I posted a note a few days ago about my young brother-in-law who killed him self just this past Saturday. Obviously, emotions are very raw still and I wouldn't dream of saying what I am posting here to any of my family members. My sisters-in-law and their parents are now struggling with exactly where is he NOW? One says he could not possibly be "saved" and so must be in Hell. Another says, he must be being punished by God before he enters Heaven, and others say he must be in Heaven already. How… Continue
Added by Daniel on January 8, 2009 at 7:40pm —
Considering the claim of God's omnipotence made me wonder about the concept of free will and how that fits in with the "grand plan." It seems that the very claim of omnipotence invalidates the existence of free will (and vice versa).
I'd love to hear comments on my conclusion for those who are interested. You can see the whole argument on Rationality Now
I would imagine that somebody,… Continue
Added by Dan Gilbert on January 8, 2009 at 1:41pm —
Carl Sagan's Cosmos television series led me - I'm more or less convinced of this, as I look back - into becoming a professional scientist. From watching Cosmos I learned about nucleosynthesis, the process by which fusion in stars cobbles atoms together from primordial hydrogen. I'd never been taught about the origins of the elements before, in any science class in grade school. Not once. Cosmos also taught me the basics of how evolution works, what a redshift is, and how I can thank fanatics… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 8, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Internet Infidel Activists - your help is needed!
The following amateur writer writes in my local paper. He is a home-schooled Christian fundamentalist. He gets a mention of Christianity or Jesus and a gratuitous insult at atheists and/or humanists into every column he writes. He "hates" the phrase "Happy Holidays", and does an annual "Christ in Christmas" piece. He is about 17-20 years old.
I need the help of atheists to flood my local paper with criticisms of his… Continue
Added by Drew on January 8, 2009 at 11:57am —
The 2nd foundational falsehood of creationism: Scriptures are the “Word of God”
By: Aron Ra
The 2nd foundational falsehood of creationism is the belief that sacred scriptures were written by a god rather than by the actual human authors. When believers argue over any of the many things which contradict their religion, they often challenge us to decide whom we are going to believe? The alleged “word” of God? Or that of Men? As if human inquiry had no chance against… Continue
Added by John on January 8, 2009 at 11:47am —
Reasons to eliminate religion.
Sorry, but I have to vent for a minute, OK; for hundreds of years indigenous people and their culture have seen extreme brutality from Muslim and Allah, Jews/Christians and God/Jesus. In fact, for those of us who have read-up on history knows that the justifications for enslaving and brutalizing these people was that "they were not Christians or "saved" and we, the good God/Jesus loving colonialists, must convert these pagans to… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on January 8, 2009 at 9:30am —
The 1st Falsehood of creationism: “evolution = atheism"
By: Aron Ra
The U.S. population seems pretty evenly divided over whether the human species is biologically related to other animals or whether we were “specially-created” as part of a flurry of miracles. Even our collective politicians -seemingly all of them- are wrapped up in this controversy. Yet it is hard to find even one of them who know what it is about. Why is it that there is such concern in so many… Continue
Added by John on January 8, 2009 at 8:30am —
The Atheist Foundation of Australia
has launched a new forum
. The forum is intended to be a place for Australian (though they don't knock back internationals) Atheists to meet,… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 8, 2009 at 8:20am —
The atrocity going on in the Gaza Strip is a prime example of the poison of religion. The death toll is now over 600 including civilians. This is all because of a disagreement of religion. They want this 'sacred' plot of land. We're talking about the massacre of children in a UN school and blatant disregard for 'collateral damage'. People are losing their homes, families and lives over this trivial medieval idea of god. I know its asking a lot but it would be nice for these blind, brainless… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 8, 2009 at 5:30am —
I received this in my email this morning and although I am not yet old - though rapidly approaching it - it summed up my philosophy of life pretty nicely (I already recognise myself in a lot of it!). This is how I want to be in my old age and know that when my time comes to slip this mortal coil and return to oblivion, I will have enjoyed it to the last - life is too short to do otherwise!
"Old Age, I decided, is a gift.
I am now, probably for the first time in my life,… Continue
Added by Crystal Shard on January 8, 2009 at 4:30am —
I keep getting comments, pm's, and emails regarding a satire piece I wrote for Christmas. There's even a 'Stumbler' who thought the article was serious and reviewed it as if it were here
I've gotten messages from Christians telling me that mistletoe isn't a Christian religious symbol and messages from pagans insisting the same. I've even gotten a… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on January 7, 2009 at 7:14pm —
A new demographic study
of the Prop H8 vote shows that the black vote probably wasn't the deciding factor the pundits claimed it was at the time. According to the study authors Patrick J. Egan at New York University and Kenneth Sherrill at Hunter College, CUNY carried out, the defining factors that determined which way someone voted on Prop H8 were... get ready for a real… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 7, 2009 at 6:45pm —
It's heartening… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 7, 2009 at 6:30pm —
While waiting for work to come through the system today, I got to thinking about times past and times present. Has education and the world around us (particularly in the US) changed compared to when I was young back in the 60's and 70's? I remember the Civil Rights Movement and putting a man on the moon, but I don't remember hearing an uproar from Evangelicals over creationism and the diluting of the study of the sciences with superstitious garbage. I'll read Pharyngula's blog and discover that… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 7, 2009 at 3:26pm —
Why Do People Have Kids?
I have always wondered why people choose to have children.
There is nothing rational about purposely raising one's own stress level, or having less discretionary income, or doing things your normally would not do in life. The answer most people often give for having kids is having a bloodline continuation, joy, or happiness. But why are children so expressly associated with happiness? Just because one has a child does, not automatically make… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 3:25pm —
Christianity has been more of a threat to society. Let the historical record speak for itself...
* As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.
* Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.
* Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of Aesculap in Aegaea, the Temple of Aphrodite in… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 3:04pm —
It's January 7th, 2009 and already were talking about Chrisitan Conservatives needing to re-energize their base. The argument is going to come this November that legalizing same sex marriage will violate the constitutional right of religious freedom to those whom are religious.
First of all it needs to be realized that "We The People" means justly that WE THE PEOPLE. It does not state "We the Religious People", or "We The Christians", or "We The Jews".
Some of the people… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 2:52pm —
The greatest threat to national security is not terrorists, nuclear weapons, bird flu, immigration, guns, or even religious fanatics from all sects of religions. The greatest threat is to US National Security is the uneducated, ill-informed, US citizen. Thusly, this makes democracy the lowest form of government.
For a democracy to truly work at its finest, it rests solely on the notion that its citizens are educated. It is a requirement, not an option. But not educated simply from… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 2:43pm —
The case for why "GOD" has to be IMPERFECT and AMORAL
All religion rest's solely on Pascal's Wager or Gambit, which states as follows...
1)You may believe in God, and God exists, in which case you go to heaven: your gain is infinite.
2)You may believe in God, and God doesn't exist, in which case your loss is finite and therefore negligible.
3)You may not believe in God, and God doesn't exist, in which case your gain is finite and therefore… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on January 7, 2009 at 2:41pm —
There’s an interesting article here that argues that there is, in fact, no religious right. The arguments are convincing; it does sound at first glance that there has been an over simplification on whether or not a discernable movement is actually present. It would seem illogical to assume that there are secret clandestine meetings involving hundreds of pastors and clergymen, all agreeing on the best course of action… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on January 7, 2009 at 2:22pm —