It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
My last post contained this quote and I thought I'd explain why I liked it. It reminds me of the way religious people censor their lives so that no contradicting ideas cause them to doubt. It was one of the things that bothered me most growing up. I was very curious about everything and was frustrated repeatedly by my parents taking books out of my hands and telling me they were of… Continue
Added by Krista on January 2, 2009 at 10:49pm —
Unless you live in China you will almost certainly have been subjected to one or more simpering viral emails usually attributing a set of positive or magical characteristics to the christian god. Instead of just being irritated by them I though it might be constructive to rearrange them and send them back into the system.
I received one about math magic as a New Year's greeting from a friend. It was presented in Power Point. I do not have Power Point installed on my system so I took… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on January 2, 2009 at 9:40pm —
I have decided to make 2009 a great year. I am going to be as positive as I can, no matter the situation with which I am faced. Christians I know seem to think atheists are depressed and negative, with the absence of the divine. I think I should do my part to show christians that atheists are more often than not, happy about life, freindly, loving, considerate etc. Not to mention, i know some christians who are unfriendly, negative about everything, and overall depressing. Hopefully people will… Continue
Added by Heather The Heathen on January 2, 2009 at 3:30pm —
From my blog
One of the things I think stands in the way of atheism is people’s fear of it, fear of the implications. I know from personal experience that this was one of the things that kept me in the christian faith for as long as I was.
I was having atheistic thoughts a few years before I eventually shed my faith, yet I was scared of these thoughts. I remember lying in bed at night thinking there might not be a god, but… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on January 2, 2009 at 3:07pm —
I wish everyone a prosperous and healthy new year in 2009! I declare 2009 The Year of Enlightenment. It will be the year that humankind of all walks of life will embrace logical and rational thinking, and to final reject all war, in favor of diplomacy and dialogue. "War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate." From the eternal Marvin Gaye.
Added by Khemisi on January 2, 2009 at 1:06pm —
I have sent this to over 100 Catholic priests hoping they will quit being priests.
What has happened since the major decline of religion in Europe?
Even in Ireland 160 Irish priests died last year but only nine priests were
ordained. Religious decline in Europe has been very dramatic. Our "U.S.
Ambassador James P. Cain found the first church he and his family went to
was chained & padlocked. The next week they tried a different Lutheran
Added by Paul O'Brien on January 2, 2009 at 12:53pm —
I used this concept on two very troubled children last year a boy 14 and a girl 16. getting poor marks, By the end of the school year his report card showed 5 As and 2 Bs, hers was 2 As and 4 Bs. Both are getting along very well and had became very friendly, nice to be with and open. In the USA 4 out of 10 students drop out of school. I have now used it on other kids with equally fantastic results. I goes against the beliefs of most Christians while using what is taught in now very atheist… Continue
Added by Paul O'Brien on January 2, 2009 at 12:41pm —
... if you dare.
So… the antibiotics finally took effect, and a few minutes later some sunbeams happen to shine on a wall… and that’s proof of titanic entities composed of pure energy roaming the cosmos doing good deeds? The afflicted little girl aside… how does everyone else who appears in this video manage to feed themselves?
“Whether the light is a camera misfunction (sic) or not is not the issue,”…. really?… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 2, 2009 at 12:18pm —
Let loose some replicators, leave them to mutate and multiply for four billion years, and if you’re lucky you get a nice, complex biosphere. No magical sky pixies required. Evolution is so beautiful as a process not simply because it generates astounding forms of life, but because it has what physicists all crave in their equations: elegance. All that is required for evolution to work is a host of mutating replicators and lots of time… time to explore, blindly, the parameter space of Possible… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 2, 2009 at 10:34am —
Twitter is fast becoming my early warning system when it comes to finding out about the things that I am interested in.
That’s how I found out about Think Atheist, the second Atheist networking site that I am aware of. Taking a quick look at the site it does look like an Atheist Nexus clone( in the sense that it seems to be built using the same software and has the same features).
It is sitting at around 300 members but, I have to ask why they bothered if it’s essentially… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 2, 2009 at 9:32am —
I posted my first blog a couple days ago about all of my confusion in coming to terms with my identity as an atheist, and I have to say thank you for the responses. I got 3 replies inside of 2 hours. It was really nice just to know that someone is at least trying to understand and can feel where I'm coming from. I'm finding lots of great groups on here and I'm really excited about being on a social site where I know I can say what I want and be who I am. I just read this crazy story that was… Continue
Added by Jurbank on January 2, 2009 at 12:15am —
Blair Scott, President of the American Atheists, has posted an open letter
to the nation that describes a new and welcome legal philosophy for the organization. Blair's letter should be required reading by every atheist or skeptical activist in the US.
I am tired of the rationalist perspective losing in the US. Religion here is like a horde of berzerking orcs laying constant siege… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 1, 2009 at 7:26pm —
My parents were not very religious, but they were good people and brought me up to respect others and treat them as I myself wanted to be treated. I loved science and as I grew up, religion never made sense to me in the real world. But then I was never really sure, so I guess that made me an agnostic.
In my twenties I became a Christian. This significant change in belief is an interesting story in itself, but for the sake of brevity I shall save that for another time. Let's just… Continue
Added by Lakafaith on January 1, 2009 at 6:28pm —
Happy New Year! As you may know, the Sc-Fi channel runs a Twilight Zone marathon on New Years's Eve and New Year's Day. It's fun to see all the old filmmaking techniques, the occasional bad acting, the weirdness of the stories and how freaky that narrator is (Futurama does a perfect parody called "The Scary Door".) But it's also fun to see American culture and weird beliefs in this era.
One episode called "The Obsolete Man" had this weird "git them godliss commies!" feel to it. A… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on January 1, 2009 at 4:33pm —
Added by Rick on January 1, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I once heard an old joke that went like this:
A Dog says, “My owner feeds me, plays with me, gives me a warm place to sleep, and does everything in his power to make my life pleasant. My master must truly be God.”
A Cat, on the other hand, says, “My owner feeds me, plays with… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on January 1, 2009 at 10:00am —
Am I crazy, or has anyone noticed that when Christer-loving cable news organizations like Fox Noise discuss atheists, someone almost always claims atheism is a "gay thing"? I have heard this a half dozen times, and, hey, I am not one to tune in Fox very often. Usually, it will be an obvious idiot like Sean Hannity, but others have said it, too. It's almost as if they were saying, "If you're an atheist, you're just a fag, so nobody should pay any attention to what you say." I met Madalyn Murray… Continue
Added by James M. Martin on January 1, 2009 at 9:33am —
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Just wanted to thank the atheist/agnostic/skeptic communities for welcoming me with open arms this year. This was the year that I truly admitted to myself that I was indeed an atheist and that it wasn't a bad thing at all.
This lead to me putting Global Atheist up on November 2nd. Although it has only been online for 1/6th of a year, I wanted to share with you the top 20 stories of (the final sixth of)
I had to laugh at what ended… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on January 1, 2009 at 2:48am —
I heard about this on the radio, so I had to find it...
China's Charter 08
Translated from the Chinese by Perry Link
The document below, signed by more than two thousand Chinese citizens, was conceived and written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed a
loose, informal, and open… Continue
Added by j on January 1, 2009 at 12:00am —
...do freedom exist?
It is possible that something such as "freedom", that is, the state in which a person can do anything she/he wants whenever she/he wants to do it without having to make any excuse, nor feel guilty about it nor regret. Thus, being "free" is a superior state that is like the Nirvana. That is: freedom is a mental state which go beyond all worldly things (society) and returns people to a more primitivecondition.
The question here is: can a person or a… Continue
Added by Anarel on December 31, 2008 at 8:33pm —