I haven't checked back at the nexus in a while, and partly this is because I have been busy working on my new column
at Examiner.com where I am the "DC Political Atheist Examiner
If you haven't been by, I'd love for everybody to check it out.
Here are some recent highlights:
Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 25, 2009 at 10:28pm —
Yes...I'm posting about this Muslim dude I've been 'debating' with...
I give up arguing with this guy now even though I've been told on here to enjoy the debate, these are the remains of the debate...or at least his response, which has turned from wannabe intellectual debate to insulting:
February 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm
scream riot aka lacking in intellect and deen, you are errrr annoying me…and err scaring me. you are becoming a pilot? pshh, scary… Continue
Added by Odd Innuendo on February 25, 2009 at 12:19am —
Sorry to have been under radio silence for so long, but I'm working on a scientific manuscript for publication. Once that's off to be savagely critiqued in peer review, I'll be back for more god-bashing. For now, though, I can only offer this ridiculously lengthy reply I just wrote, to a comment on one of my previous posts
on evolution. Enjoy:
I actually don't think I'm being unfair to theists, in… Continue
Added by Planetologist on February 24, 2009 at 4:00pm —
If I had a penny for every time a theist told me that on many occasions in history, atheism has been the cause of genocide...particularly Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin.
I wrote a blog post about Hitler and Stalin in particular over at my blog: http://www.odd-innuendo.net. I won't bother reposting it here, as I would just be preaching to the choir.
I'm getting tired and frustrated. Maybe I need to take a break and do what I enjoy...photography and art...but then again, I just… Continue
Added by Odd Innuendo on February 23, 2009 at 10:04pm —
“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” they say. Taking each small thing in a vacuum, I couldn’t agree more. The sweat, of course, starts flowing when small thing piles on small thing, until you reach the proverbial backbreaking straw. A ton of feathers still weighs a ton. In order to wash off some of my sweat, here are a few small things that have me a bit riled up:
Added by Matthew Orlando on February 19, 2009 at 1:47pm —
Welcome to the light.
This was a comment on my previous blog post (thanks, Felch). Reading this, I thought I'd share my coming out story.
A year ago I was a religious nut. Not totally insane/loopy... simply Pagan. I knew evolution was real, I knew magick didn't work unless you used it to change yourself, I loved science, I loved questioning how things worked. I was down to earth, I believed in following a mundane path if it existed and only turned to magickal means or divine… Continue
Added by Kristine Robinson on February 19, 2009 at 9:36am —
"...But if you want everlasting life, that’s a completely different issue, and that’s where Christianity is unique. Almost all religions are what are called “works righteousness” religions. By that I mean they maintain that you have to do something to merit salvation (eternal life). However, Christianity says that we can’t do that because we are criminals in God’s eyes, who have seriously violated His Law. That means that anything we try and do to please God (fasting, praying, etc.) are not… Continue
Added by Kristine Robinson on February 18, 2009 at 7:26pm —
Please, join the fight!
Newdow vs Roberts
Added by V1ktor on February 18, 2009 at 6:02pm —
I recently discovered this site and was prompted to make a post here. Mostly because I have come to despise (yes despise) many religionists. I use that term to include any and all who feel a god given urge to promote the need to believe in their particular brand of god, and aggressive push the set of rules they consider to come with that belief.
I know many believers who are secure in their faith and do not feel this need, but I am active on one of the many… Continue
Added by Mark Knowles on February 16, 2009 at 8:53am —
The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.
A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 13, 2009 at 9:58pm —
Let's organize an effort to strike the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" off our currency.
Let's launch a political campaign to get "E PLURIBUS UNUM" back onto our currency.
Let's place more atheist ads
on buses like in London, England and Washington, D.C.…
Added by 驪 on February 11, 2009 at 12:00pm —
As an atheist I've long attempted to put myself in the mindset of a true believer. I can't seem to do it. In my adult life I've never ascribed to a belief system that relied solely on self-justifying ideology, detached from rational proof, based entirely on the folktales of primitive peoples. I can understand academically that people can believe so strongly in invisible forces that they're willing to kill and die for them. The lesson of history is clear on this point. But it used to be couldn't… Continue
Added by Planetologist on February 10, 2009 at 7:05pm —
I wasn't sure where to post this but I wanted to share it. It is a very good episode about an atheist woman from Kansas who is immersed in a fundamentalist christian household in Texas complete with weekly bible studies. It's a 45 minute video on hulu so the commercial interruptions are short. I'd love to hear your post-viewing comments.
Added by Sheryl on February 10, 2009 at 6:00pm —
[Full versions of all my posts, including images and links, can be found on my blog, Artificial Habitat
No doubt many of you will be familiar with the atheist bus ads around Britain and the fuss kicked up by a few whining Christians.
Let's not forget that they were a response to religious bus ads giving links to sites which bang on about eternal torment for non-believers.
Well, now they've started responding with ads… Continue
Added by Andrew on February 9, 2009 at 7:33am —
A friend of mine from L.U. told me that our mind is surrounded by three forces – the knowable, the unknown and the unknowable. Everybody has an idea what is known, right? And we all ponder the unknown. But the unknowable will remain…er…unknowable. God and mysticism belong to the unknowable.
This theistic pretext is not new. Time immemorial, the mystics believe that anything that transcends human understanding is unknowable. That’s what they call the limitation of… Continue
Added by John Paraiso on February 9, 2009 at 1:48am —
After wandering the internet for days after my last post about atheist merchandise ( http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/2182797:BlogPost:72253 ), I finally found some sites. My criteria were 1. it must be about atheism and not evolution. 2. It must not be offensive(on purpose) 3. I'd like it to make people think. I eventually settled on zazzle.com and cafepress.com as the places to go to. Tons of atheist stuff that would meet anyone's criteria.
One of my favorites is this… Continue
Added by TravCav on February 6, 2009 at 8:46am —
haiku again- by me;)
awakened by truth
religion won't save the earth
someone help me wake the world
Added by Shiny Rage on February 5, 2009 at 3:03pm —
Ross Douthat of the Atlantic needs to rethink his line of attack when he goes after the atheist menace on his blog. Why? Because when facing people asking for empiricism and tangible evidence, focusing on probability and unconvincing recounts of things like personal experiences just doesn't work. His first instance of completely missing the point was in his invocation of the Pope in a post about the atheist bus campaign he labeled "anti-theist" in a case study of a poisoning the well… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 2, 2009 at 12:20am —
You know it: I know it, but why don't they know it? It's pretty obvious that atheists don't believe in God, but for some reason, a fair number of people seem to think atheists believe in God but just choose not to worship God. While some people who may believe in God may choose not to worship it doesn't make them atheists.
Because I kept bumping into this weird idea that atheists believe in God but have… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on January 29, 2009 at 12:00pm —
I've found that my belief in the concept of "luck" went away with my theism. Have any of you experienced anything similar?
Merriam Webster's first definition of luck
is: "a force that brings good fortune or adversity"
: "a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably"
What IS this force? I think I thought it had to do with god. (Or maybe Star Wars?? tee hee… Continue
Added by Jude Johnson on January 29, 2009 at 12:00pm —