All Blog Posts Tagged 'belief' (82)

Meditation on Belief, Knowledge, and Facts

Anything can be a belief. A person can believe that the sun orbits the earth or that trolls live under bridges. One can believe that a bearded man in a red suit flies from the North Pole and in one night out of the year gifts all the good children of the world with presents. Alchemists once were convinced of the possibility of turning lead into gold. The vast set of the believable also includes the idea that there was once a reserve of oil which was only supposed to last a day, yet it lasted…


Added by Loren Miller on June 1, 2016 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

What, When, Where, Who and How

Thinking is a terrible thing. If done correctly it ought to frighten you and shake you from your comfortable foundations, because it should reveal things, raise questions and challenge your ideas about yourself, your beliefs and the world.



Added by Donald R Barbera on February 12, 2016 at 8:50pm — 21 Comments

There Is Only One Right Answer

Add one and one and the result is two.  This is true regardless of what is being added or what mathematic base one and one are being added in, with the necessary exception of Base 2.  Even then, 10-Base2 has the same value as 2 in any other system of counting.  There is only one right answer.

Apply a one-volt signal to a one-kilohm resistor and one milliampere of current will flow through that circuit.  Any variance from that result will be the product of inaccuracies in the…


Added by Loren Miller on August 6, 2015 at 11:23am — 43 Comments

The Pareto Principle and Christians

When the behavior and belief of Christians in the United States, an economic theory developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Paretto may hold the answer as to why in a majority Christian nation adherence basic dogma of their philosophy seem unrecognizable. Paretto posited that in nearly every situation the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2015 at 8:11am — 4 Comments

It's Not The Hatfield and The McCoys...But It's Pretty Close

You know, I love mug shots where the perps have big grins on their faces. Specifically, the cat ate the canary kind of look. This week’s headlines managed to present one that couldn’t be missed, and dare I say, I think there are even twinkles in the eyes of these men. In the…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on July 2, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Yes We All Have Beliefs

Atheist please stop saying you have no beliefs.

Well we all have beliefs its unavoidable. The issue is having justified true beliefs that hold warrant or are valid and reliable because of reason and evidence.

I am not directing this at anyone, I am only stating this trying to help.

Even saying I don't have a belief is exhibiting a belief that you don't have a belief.

To me beliefs are not what's the problem its having…


Added by Damien Marie AtHope on June 9, 2015 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Godwinks or Hoodwinked?

Have you heard about Godwinks yet?

They are new in the “feel good” style media line up lately. I was introduced to these once a month motivational segments while at work the other morning when one of our clerks went on her break, tuning in to the ever popular wine drinking duo of Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today show. This…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on May 20, 2015 at 4:58pm — 2 Comments

Spiritual Eugenics Really Are A Thing

My eldest son and I were making the daily commute to school this past week, and we ended up on the discussion of extending human life to hundreds of years. He’d overheard a news article about slowing down the aging process, which got him thinking. Naturally, I’m somewhat against extending human…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on May 15, 2015 at 5:23pm — 6 Comments

Celebrating Is Better Than Defending

I hate to admit this, but I have a trophy folder on my laptop. Not game trophy images. Not racks of deer I've hunted. Not the typical photos of my children standing all posed with academic or sport awards. No, it's a folder full of screenshots. Frozen images in time, with winning moments in…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on March 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

To teach fables, myths, miracles and superstitions as fact is an outrageous thing

“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.”

~ Hypatia  (370 - 415 AD)

"it would be in the interests of those who believe in such nonsense as organised religion or creationism to accept the fact that religious books were written by men as a…


Added by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2015 at 7:04pm — 17 Comments

Steve Shives demonstrates the stupidity of Christian Apologetics, and gives some great debunking of it.

I've been a fan of Steve Shives's work into reading and interpreting Christian Apologetics in a rationalist manner.

Steve is a very rational person and he pretty much destroys most of Christian Apologetics.

Here is Steve's appraisal of "I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist" by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. He exposes the writer's biases, bigotry and naivety.…


Added by Dyslexic's DOG on January 7, 2015 at 6:52pm — 8 Comments

How Jesus became God on Humanist Hour

Have you ever walked across the ice on a frozen lake and begin to see small cracks form under your feet? The cracks become bigger, making a pretty sound ... until you realize that the ice is not going to hold you and you have to change direction, and really fast or tragedy will occur?

That is what it was like for me when I believed in god and Jesus. I taught and was superintendent of Sunday schools, belonged to and held leadership roles in the women's bible study groups and outreach…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2014 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

God is irrelevant

It is not essential to believe in God or in the historical Jesus or in Christianity. What resonates for me is a deeper meaning than prayers or ritual or litanies can provide. It is an awareness and understanding of who I am, personally, and professionally. It is in being able to think and reason and pay attention to what is real and distinguish that which is superstition or tradition. It is being willing and able to think of others, including other…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:58pm — 11 Comments

RR Excerpt #2: Questioning Belief

This is excerpt #2 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. …


Added by DAN DANA on July 30, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Confrontation of Belief on Prime-Time Television

Anyone here watch Grey’s Anatomy?  It’s rather a scattered potpourri of mostly doctors at a fictitious Seattle hospital, playing out multiple plotlines, medical and interpersonal and too frequently with about as much reality involved as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, but that’s beside the point.  There was one particularly refreshing event which occurred in the most recent episode, broadcast naught but a handful of minutes ago as this was written, between Drs. April Kepner and Jackson…


Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Why You Can Be Certain Deities Do Not Exist

Whether you used to believe in Jesus or Yahweh, Mohammed or Allah, Krishna or Zeus, I can assure you that none exist. I will even take you further than that and guarantee they do not exist. It is all about your perception of the concept that a god/goddess is. Not a…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 22, 2014 at 6:23am — 3 Comments

We Are Just Animated Pieces Of Meat

If you haven’t read the recent Daily Mail piece by A.N. Wilson, I would recommend you do so to follow along with what I am about to go on about. Some of you might already be familiar with his emotional appeal drivel for Christ and might be able to save yourself the agony of reading more of his…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 4, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What a Believer Should Know About an Atheist - Me

Since my wife and I moved here in 2009, we’ve been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious representatives on multiple occasions.  On three of those incidences, I engaged my visitors and responded to statements or questions made by them regarding both religion and atheism.  While I will admit having no interest in actually inviting them into my home for a protracted conversation, there are certain things I wish they would learn and understand about me as an individual atheist and…


Added by Loren Miller on October 7, 2013 at 7:03am — 21 Comments

Categories of religious belief

In respose to a post about a pretty mediocre study of "types" of atheists (indeed all A/N belong to one of the six categories, antitheists," who regard religion as dangerous fantasy and warn of its many harms and evils), I posted the following categories of religous (non-)belief.  Readers are welcome to contribute/commment. 

My categories:

(1) atheist/antitheist/"ignostic" (doesn't care, doesn't worry about it)

(1a) work in progress - trying to free oneself from…


Added by Alan Perlman on July 13, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

“Does God ‘Got Game’?” Hits All the Right Buttons

"In America it is sport that is the opiate of the masses."

--Russell Baker


"Pro football is like nuclear warfare.  There are no wionners, only survivors."

--Frank Gifford


"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.  It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasures in witnesssing violence: in other words it is war minus the…


Added by Alan Perlman on February 4, 2013 at 8:20pm — 4 Comments

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