One of the advantages church-going theists have over non-believers is community. They know that in their church they are accepted, supported and cared about. Non-believers have no such support system. We make our own friends, perhaps relying on our other interests (i.e. hobbies) to provide us with a sense of community.
Perhaps that's why I'm such an advocate of forums and atheist websites. I joined my first forum (Lockergnome) in 2001, and since that moment have tried to establish a… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on July 13, 2008 at 10:31pm —
I just wanted to write a quick blurb about the very obvious lack of text talk here on Atheist Nexus. I was so tired of the 'wat r u up 2' communication that runs rampant on MySpace and FaceBook and any online game you may play.
I realize it is because education plays a big part in dismissing religion and we are a bright group (no pun intended lol), but it is a nice change of scenery and a boost to have intelligent discussion.
LOL and ;) and lmao are expression symbols and… Continue
Added by Darla on July 13, 2008 at 5:32pm —
I live in Indiana. If I wear the scarlet A shirt, what will happen? We must begin to identify as atheists if we want to change things. But each individual must consider their particular circumstances before doing so. Those who feel they can must absolutely begin to say in some way to those around them: I am an atheist. As long as we are an ostracized minority our voice of reason will not be heard. That is what "they" want.
Added by Jones, M. on July 13, 2008 at 10:30am —
I'm kind of torn as to which friend requests to accept. Should I accept all and make lots of new friends, or should I just accept people I know so that my list has some meaning for me? I'm going with everyone for the time being. It is a social networking site, right?
Added by Heather McIntosh on July 12, 2008 at 10:08pm —
Why Did The Fundie Cross The Road ?
1. He was following a trail of "Chick" tracts.
2. She was going to meet her preacher at a motel over there and audition for a missionary position.
3. To buy his beer and porn, since none of his fellow church members lived on that side of town.
4. He wasn't sure why, so he stopped… Continue
Added by HoleyHands on July 12, 2008 at 10:00pm —
out. A very interesting article on people who have lost their faith.
Added by Sidhant on July 12, 2008 at 8:13pm —
To start with: as you may have noticed I used the word "conversion" within quote marks. That means I use the word in the exact mode. To convert means to change to a different system, from centimetres to inches, Celsius to Fahrenheit, no more, no less. No values attached,,,
I compiled some replies and noticed 2 strains of answers.
1. About life-experience: the people that "converted" to atheism have "more" of something...
- "Those who convert or lose faith are… Continue
Added by Frits on July 12, 2008 at 2:03pm —
So, we're reading Susan Jacoby's book on American Secularism in my book club. We started to discuss it last week, but mostly wandered around during the discussion on other topics related to atheism. It was a serious and very productive beginning discussion, but we didn't spend much actual time discussing the basis of American secularism or much that was in the book (it didn't help that most of us hadn't finished it, but it was announced on short notice) (not that I mind that, we still had, I… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on July 12, 2008 at 1:53pm —
Always learning, but at my age I forget most of it. Shame really.
I can't help wondering how sites like this, being available to the young, are going to change society. Will they change it fast enough to save us? Will I live long enough to see major changes?
Added by Jones, M. on July 12, 2008 at 8:30am —
I had to...Goodnight All.
Added by Darla on July 12, 2008 at 1:46am —
I don't know if any of you have seen the via crucis event that takes place at Iztapalapa, here in Mexico City. Every easter they make one spectacular reenactment of the crucifiction of Christ along with the events leading to it. And I really mean spectacular. I really cannot understand how they can pour such obscene amounts of money and effort into it, when parts of Iztapalapa (one of the worst boroughs in MX City) can go for months without running water. Is it really that much important to… Continue
Added by Vyktor Alzirr on July 12, 2008 at 1:30am —
Since my main blog
is outside AN and it has a serious reflective tone, I thought I'd use this space here for pictures I run across and find funny, cheeky, or downright in bad taste. Maybe I'll throw in a quick rant or two.…
Added by Darla on July 12, 2008 at 1:30am —
I won't likely be posting to this blog as I maintain one already at http://www.drl2.com/blog
Added by Don on July 11, 2008 at 11:48pm —
I wish I had superpowers and that my car was an autobot.
Added by Jones, M. on July 11, 2008 at 9:39pm —
I admit to often being on Facebook. I have friends and family everywhere--in fact, it's safe to say that there are more far away than near me--and this has been the best way for me to keep track of them and vice versa. I try to keep it to people I actually know, with just a handful I don't really, mostly for fun (I do have Jesus Sonofgod and The Prophet Mohammad on my list). Now and then, though, I am approached by some complete stranger. Every time...every single time...it's been for… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 11, 2008 at 6:04pm —
In school today, a christian fundie guy came up to me, knowing I'm an atheist, and said "You're doing Satan's work"
I tried to laugh it off, saying I don't believe in satan (duh), he does not exist.
Then he said "You might not believe in Satan, but Satan believes in you!"
And he walked off, proud of how he had "scared" me.
Added by Sidhant on July 10, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Clickable link formats don't work here. So I have to post the url.
My take on the Atheist Nexus issue. Let's not shoot ourselves in the feet as we human cats are so ready to do whether, or not the jury is in. Continue
Added by Tim Rambo on July 10, 2008 at 7:34pm —
What a roller coaster of a ride it's been!
When I first heard about the Atheist Nexus a few days ago, I thought it a brilliant idea. The fact that over 1,000 people signed up in just a few days points out that this was something needed.
Then, this morning, a revelation is posted in the forum that there is a christian site sharing fax and telephone numbers... then the finding of a prayer being submitted by the administrator just a few months ago... shortly… Continue
Added by Brian on July 10, 2008 at 4:07pm —
Nice to meet everyone. I'm glad to have this site for a bit of venting and a bit of real non-theist community. Not that other places aren't just as nice, but this feels a little bit safer than saying these things on MySpace or one of the other more public blog spots. I used to have a journal online (before it got termed blogging) that I tediously updated, but I dropped the account a while back, and they finally got around to purging it last year. Not that it would make entertaining reading, as… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on July 10, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Ah, morning. Wake up, stumble around the apartment, feed the cat, get the coffee, sit down...whaddaya need? Sometimes I need a good laugh, but don't often get it. I'm usually bombarded with things like natural disasters, tragic shooting deaths, my candidate morphing into a conservative, and Atheist Nexus being a Christian sham. But today, we have been provided ample belly-laughs… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 10, 2008 at 10:00am —