Agnosticism is often used as a middle ground of sorts between theism and atheism. I think this is a misuse of the word -- regardless of Huxley's intentions when he coined it.
comes from the Greek "gnosis", meaning "knowledge". Why this is ever applied to belief
, I do not know.
comes from the Greek "theos", meaning "god". Literally, "atheos" means "godless".
In both situations, the a-
prefix, of course means "without".… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 2:09am —
I was on my way back from Home Depot today, and I saw a guy holding a sign that said "Homeless." I'll freely admit that I hardly ever (if never) give money to these people. Sure, it's sad that some of them are very broken down in the realm of hope and motivation. But at the same time, I'm always skeptical over whether or not they are even homeless or just lazy fucks who make their living off a scam.
In any event, the thought of how giving them money is a form of "spreading the… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 1:53am —
States the following: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see"
Imagine if we did science this way. Imagine a doctor with no skill telling you this quote as you're going under for brain surgery.
Added by Left of Larry on November 2, 2008 at 10:59pm —
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 2, 2008 at 1:49pm —
I know - I'm the last person on Atheist Nexus to see the similarities between Oceania and our current administration:
The Ministry of Love Tortures people just like Guantanamo;
The Ministry of Peace runs the never-ending war that we are always just about to win - just like Iraq;
The Ministry of Plenty controls the diminishing quality of our manufactured products and the crumbling quality of middle-class life;
The Ministry of Truth: What else would you call our… Continue
Added by HotMess on November 1, 2008 at 11:27pm —
More reason to get rid of religion:
I have always been amazed listening to right wing's conservative Christians accusing people ,like Barack Obama, for example, who have pledged their life into helping better the lives of economic stricken working people as socialist and communist. Yet, these same right wing's conservative Christians put their faith and hopes in going to a place that is undeniable the ultimate welfare state ,called heaven, controlled by a communist… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 1, 2008 at 6:00pm —
Are you kidding me. Sara Palin, here is what the 'American Heritage Dictionary Of The English Language' say terrorism is.
Terrorism: The use of terror, violence, and intimidation to achieve an end
Terror: Intense, overpowering fear. Anything that instills such fear; a terrifying object or occurrence
Yes Sara, these crazy Christians were terrorist same as these idiot Muslims' suicide bombers. It seem as Sara Palin have no problem with people killing in the name of… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 1, 2008 at 5:54pm —
More reasons to get rid of religion:
Source - www.Chron.com
Yedidiyah Hawkins, 40, a House of Yahweh elder, was convicted Monday of aggravated sexual assault of a child. A judge will set the sentence, expected within 45 days. Hawkins earlier decided that he wanted a judge to assess the punishment if jurors found him guilty
Also, according to the report.
The sect's leader, self-proclaimed prophet Yisrayl Hawkins, faces trial later this year… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 1, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Well its All Hallows Day and yesterday was All Hallows Eve or Halloween. And I have a bunch of candy left over. Do children trick or treat anymore? Or is it just my neighborhood that they don’t? Its a safe neighborhood and children do live on this street but I only got 1 trick or treater. Dose it have anything to do with modern American parents irrational fears of imaginary threats to there children?
What happened to trick or treating?
Added by Lone Wolf on November 1, 2008 at 2:06pm —
I am proud to inform that I have created a brand new atheist blog named "The Atheist News" which is to be found at http://atheistnews.blogs.fi
This blog will be an avenue to publish all the interesting rational and sometimes irritatingly irrational things I encounter in my travels in wide world of the computer internet.
I have published over time a lot of links in Facebook, but as you know Facebook is a perishable commodity. I… Continue
Added by Jaakko Wallenius on November 1, 2008 at 1:20pm —
Listening to the Reasonable Doubts podcast gave me an idea yesterday. At the end of the episode, they had a correction. It seems that a common Thomas Jefferson quote we atheists use has been a misquote. The common quote is, “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man."
The actual quote is,… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on November 1, 2008 at 6:00am —
Added by Left of Larry on October 31, 2008 at 7:43pm —
I corrected the age group selection on my profile to reflect reality, but it made me think twice about my mental age. It may have been more accurate originally. Still, having both my age and age group separate is redundant. I definitely did not intend to make people think I was still a teenager.
Added by Atheist Insurgency on October 31, 2008 at 3:18pm —
The 2008 Republican Platform lays out the party's ideas of what constitutes a "real family." Unfortunately, many real families don't fall within the Republicans' idea of what a family ought to be, and therefore the Republican party labels these family as a threat to "traditional marriage." Here's an excerpt from the official 2008 Republican Platform regarding this issue:… Continue
Added by Scott Waybright on October 30, 2008 at 8:30pm —
My mom sent me this email. I laughed and then sighed.
FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY
In Florida, an atheist created a case against the Easter & Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews & observances of their holy days. The argument was, it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized day(s). The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer,the judge… Continue
Added by Krista on October 30, 2008 at 6:41pm —
The second installment in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting. Back to BEST PRACTICES #1.
If the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine High School, the April 20 massacre would never have happened. --former Republican Congressman and current Libertarian Presidential candidate BOB BARR, at a press conference on June 17,… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 30, 2008 at 2:48pm —
I have been thinking about the idea of spirituality and its relationship to religion and then my own atheistic outlook. It is something that has actually been bouncing around in my mind because of some reading at the beginning of Godless by Dan Barker as well as some discussions on various podcasts. Well the most recent podcast is the Secular Nation Podcast
#20 where David Driscoll is interviewing David E. Comings and the idea of… Continue
Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on October 30, 2008 at 2:33pm —
I have been meaning to blog more recently, but I just don't seem to find all that much time to do it.
Here are a couple of things that I've been meaning to blog about:
1. The forthcoming atheist bus advertisements in London. Due January 2009.
And there's more… Continue
Added by Dikkii on October 30, 2008 at 9:30am —
The first job I had after high school was the Air Force. I sacked groceries in high school, or as I liked to call it a “packaging specialist”, but my first taste of the “real” job force was the military. One of the things you had hammered into you was total quality. If you saw a problem, you told your supervisor. If that wasn't enough, you went up your chain of command till the problem was resolved. In the Air Force at least, whistle blowers were encouraged. I have taken this job habit with me… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on October 30, 2008 at 9:24am —
Like always, science advances whereas archaic beliefs about the world stay the same and sometimes leave little room for interpretation. If you take a naturalistic view of the world, then nature does not have a specific purpose in mind. it doesn't think things are good or evil, it just simply is...Humans have tried to understand these things for a long time. Homosexuality is one of those things that has been pondered by humans and at face value has been seen as something that was "unnatural."… Continue
Added by RogAgainst on October 30, 2008 at 1:43am —