Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a student of American English. Mencken, known as the "Sage of Baltimore", is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century.
The first thing that needs to be dealt with is an explanation of my title; After many years of observing multifarious religions the one and only thing that I have learned from them , and possibly the only thing that they all have in common, is the notion of faith. Faith is the idea that belief need not be based in any way on -- and in fact is hampered by -- a reliance on evidence, after all if one requires evidence then it’s not really faith, is it. Furthermore having faith in something can… Continue
Added by Crapsquire on November 25, 2008 at 11:30am —
Name: Travis Morgan Location: Roscoe, Illinois Age: 31
Born and raised in Rockford IL, I was enlisted in the U.S. Marines from 1996-2000, I am a father or four, husband, poet, philosopher, music artist, graphic and web designer, and truth seeker.
I don’t believe there is a god or gods to believe in or to disbelieve in. It is because, for the most part,… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on November 25, 2008 at 9:21am —
Prepare thyself, he who reads this, to tremble and quake before the Incredible Word of God, as written by THE LORD HIMSELF!
I am the Lord Almighty; I am the Light of the World and The Ultimate Goodness; more Perfect than your feeble human brain could ever conceive; I made the world and all the creatures in it; I have watched over, loved and protected you all of your life.
Yet despite all that I have done for each and… Continue
I'm 29 years old. I've never lost anyone close to me. My grandmother passed when I was seven. I don't recall much of that time.
Friday, November 14th, 2008... at approximately 5pm eastern... my grandfather took his last breath. It was devastating. I was crushed. Growing up, my father wasn't around except when he'd pick my sister and I up for our Christmas vacation and then for another week during our summer off from school. So my grandfather was the only father figure in my life… Continue
I called him in his hospital room. He sounded very weak and soft-spoken. We didn't talk long. I think he knew who I was, because he asked me if the boys ate. It was an odd question, but it was coherent. He dropped the phone, and the nurse took it. She told me that he just sleeps a lot anymore. It breaks my heart every time I call. I want my daddy back. Like he was before.
Added by Jerbear1974 on November 24, 2008 at 5:58pm —
Here is a reason I chosen not to be silent. This story is sad and will touch the inner core of anyone who care about humanity. However, if you are a "God fearing" person and believe that anyone who is not following your God, do have a pit of fire prepared by God, himself, for them; then, you may not be touch by this story.
Those who study the history and development of the christian faith learn about the christian faith and its relationship to… Continue
Today is ten weeks since the group ORIGINS was founded in Atheist Nexus, and today we had our 100th member. Again, welcome to everyone and to future new members.
The group debates origins of life, Earth, humanity, religion, gods, atheism, etc. using rationality, commonsense, evolution, Darwinism, cosmology, geology, archaeology and science to reject the fantasy nonsense that is religion and above all repudiate biblical creationist fictions.
I grew up voluntarily participating in protestant religion-I was a "true believer". Of course, it started when I was a very young child, so what I thought of as "true belief" previously I now consider more closely akin to brainwashing...
The beginning of the end was in my mid to late teens, though I didn't realize it then. I was still VERY active in my church, and passionately believed there was a (mostly) benevolent god. The trouble is, I am an extremely logical person, and the… Continue
It was the first time since I'd "become" an atheist. Yes, you can take this to mean that I am very, uncomfortably and irritatingly, closeted. In short, it was a highly tense and awkward experience. I felt like a complete hypocrite, an impostor among the faithful. If you've never taken communion, you should go to a church just for the educational exposure. It was surreal, watching this mass of people silently and reverently meander up to the front of the church and assemble into lines. Take a… Continue
This is an old story, but I could not resist it. About one year ago, in Grenada a proposal was made to build a casino. This proposal were seen by some as a move that can improve the tourism industry, and as a result, increase revenue since the tourism industry is the industry Grenada economy really depends on. However, as expected, there were strong decent from the public but the strongest came from the religious community. Grenada pride itself to be a deeply religious country. As a matter of… Continue
This is a good one. I came across this story on World Net Daily. According to the report a 22-year-old young man committed suicide and his family and friends are blaming a college biology course, and the Richard Dawkins book 'The God Delusion'.
"Three people told us he had taken a biology class and was doing well in it, but other students and the professor were really challenging my son, his faith. They didn't like him as a Republican, as a Christian, and as a conservative who…Continue
I'm fairly well inebriated (2/3 bottle of wine), or I would never say some of this. Enjoy. Please comment. Not really a common thing for me to be drinking to excess, but more common recently. An excess of anger/frustration that needs to be muted, perhaps.
Ahem, edited. More humorous, less cynical and snotty.
There are no rules. Officially.
Um, and don't fucking tell anyone you have rules. Not that you would. It's just a bad idea. It… Continue
order does emerge from chaos. It's like magic ... a magic trick we call "the laws of physics". cool stuff, like gravity, like fluidity, like the properties of matter. the magic is what it is and does what it does whether we call it by that name or its corollary, science.
science attempts to comprehend what can be quantified and measured in an effort to explain what and why we are. that would seem to be enough, and perhaps for many during these times, it is. but "these days" are… Continue
Thank you Phil Plait, for posting this on Bad Astronomy… I almost spit up watching it, I was laughing so hard. I have to go along with Phil on this; Louis CK rocks, at least here.
I teach college students who’ve never seen a rotary phone… it would be truly interesting to see what students today would do with one, if presented the thing as a kind of anthropological experiment. They’d be as mystified as I if someone handed me an astrolabe and said, “Find the… Continue
Added by Planetologist on November 21, 2008 at 5:10pm —
I blog over on the Chariots of Iron site, and I just put up a long one over there, it was rather well thought out so i thought I'd mirror it here for AN users that don't visit our podcast site... and yes this has been a shameless plug for bot the blog and the podcast. The version there contains many links to some references. I don't mirror posts often, so I hope you enjoy this rant.
Today has been one of ups and downs and it’s not even noon… Continue
I mentioned before that many individuals believe in religion because of what they perceive to be logical reasons, and it is often based on the illusion of design, both here on earth, and in the cosmos in general. The Universe, as far as we can observe, seems to be both extremely complex and mysterious at first glance. Here on earth, the complexity of life is staggering; in a handful of dirt, there are million of… Continue