My main approach to explaining atheism is not to deny God but, rather, to deny any knowledge about the supernatural: and I think we can all agree that God is as supernatural as it gets.
A common response to the above assertion goes something like, "What IS the supernatural, anyway?", or "That depends on what you mean by supernatural".
So let's clearly delineate the difference between the natural and supernatural realms.
The natural realm is the entire universe… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on July 14, 2009 at 8:40pm —
This, and so much more, was also posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube
Let's own up to a dark and terrible truth.
We atheists all know that we have just as much faith in unproven superstitions as the religious people we so gleefully despise. I mean, secretly, we're all well aware that our beloved "science" is just another way of seeing the world, dependent on at least as much blind belief as, say, fundamentalist… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 28, 2009 at 12:44pm —
Frequently, the writings of atheists tend to be critical of religion, theistic beliefs, and dogma rather than positive toward non-belief. It’s a necessary tack to take on a regular basis when confronting religious activism in politics, education, health care, and science. I do it myself. However, sometimes it seems that there isn’t enough written about the positive aspects of atheism… how non-belief is beneficial rather than how theistic beliefs are harmful. Sometimes we’re so busy defending… Continue
Added by Dan Gilbert on June 17, 2009 at 1:32pm —
Big development today. Recovering from Religion is getting a feature article in the "faith" section of the Kansas City Star on Saturday June 13! This will be the first print media attention we have received for RR.
Take a look at the RR website
We are working hard to find people across the nation who will facilitate RR groups. We now have 11 groups in 10 different cities after only two months. If you know of someone who might be… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on June 10, 2009 at 12:53am —
Today, 26 May 2009, sees the opening of the "Galileo 2009
" conference, organised by the Jesuit Stensen Institute and held in Florence. The first day takes place in the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Galileo is now buried, with the last day being held in the Villa "Il Gioello di Arcetri", where Galileo spent his last years. Today's Osservatore Romano
has two articles… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on May 26, 2009 at 3:54am —
A little while ago I posted an entry
about very depressing PostSecret in which a wife suggested that all of her husband's troubles were the result of God punishing him for renouncing his faith. There's another one like that in this week's secrets.
"I'm scared my husband won't come home because I don't believe in God."
It's kind of a… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on May 17, 2009 at 1:31pm —
Many atheists start as believers in some kind of religious doctrine but eventually come out of it. I'm one of those. I was raised by my devout grandmother and my abusive, alcoholic mother. Grandma told me that if my faith was deep enough, prayer would see me through any crisis. So I attended the local United Methodist church, went to the youth group meetings and attended Boy Scouts in the church's basement. I even learned to bake so I could contribute to the church's coffers (we were too… Continue
Added by Jim C. on May 9, 2009 at 10:39am —
My mom and I are both going through therapy over her mother, my cult-leader grandma. So, tonight we had another conversation about religion, faith, faith-healing, Paul, Revelation, and the apocalypse. She told me about her sister's teeth being miraculously straightened, and that she believes in prayer. (My grandmother was a faith-healer, hence the heavy focus on this.) I told her that people of all different faiths can report miraculous healings, that they experience the sensation the Christian… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on May 4, 2009 at 8:13pm —
I was raised pretty damn fundamentalist. In fact, we looked at churches like Saddleback and thought "Pff! They aren't TRUE believers." Frankly, we didn't have much respect for people who didn't take their faith seriously enough to entertain the notion of drinking a little poison now and again or handling venomous snakes. I mean, come ON - the Bible says if you really have faith you can do it and not be harmed!
Actually Christians and atheists all seem to agree on one thing: My… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 26, 2009 at 5:00pm —
[The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book
Exodus from Zion. Once the manuscript is completed, I'll be making an announcement if anyone would like to purchase a copy of the published book.
Each birth was different, but births were always the same. A phone call. A scramble to pack up Bible, oils, and grandkids. My older brother and sister were attending public school the year the baby ministry was at its zenith. So I would go with Giggy, with my coloring book… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 16, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Taken from my blog
Later this week my religion class is going to be "debating" whether or not Jesus was born of a virgin. I of course am going to say he wasn't, and as practice thought I'd run through my reasons here.
What I think it comes down to is probability. Which is a more probable explanation for crop circles?
A) Aliens with super advanced technology that allows them to travel MILLIONS of light years… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on March 2, 2009 at 12:59pm —
I just found this post in the online version of one of the larger national newspapers:
I could not find the original research publication - maybe somebody else can help out.
In case you cannot understag German, here my… Continue
Added by Kelin on March 1, 2009 at 10:30am —
Why do religious people (or any people) consider good conclusions to bad situations to be miracles? Going about daily life on an average scale free of tragedy is not a rare, precious thing. It is the default. The real "miracle", or "anti-miracle", is that such a tragic and terrible thing happened in the first place. The odds are against planes crashing, being held at gunpoint, or being attacked by a shark. Just because one of these life-threatening situations ends in survival does not make it a… Continue
Added by cj the cynic on February 28, 2009 at 5:48pm —
I have to tell the world about this: I just saw the weirdest thing ever!!!!
But first some critical analysis for what was a seeming culmination of supernatural phenomenon. The event:
at approximately 10:40 this evening, February 19 (pacific time) a white utility truck (?) drove up the street with it's lights blaring in the surrounding darkness and the diver unscrewed the cap to a yellow hydrant, releasing all the water gushing out in to the road. That is weird right? A… Continue
Added by Rickr0ll on February 19, 2009 at 11:00pm —
In the recent edition of the Osservatore Romano (16-17 Feb 2009) there is a very short piece entitled "In the footsteps of Galileo science must value faith and reason." The message is spelled out in the first sentence, stating that scientists are called upon by the Vatican to not renounce "neither reason nor faith". To suggest that scientists do not value reason is an insult of the highest order. But the abuse of language which is one of the hallmarks of Vatican propaganda needs not only to be… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 17, 2009 at 10:42pm —
Friendships with Fundies can be very taxing.
When I began my friendship with “Frieda” we were both members of an Australian Methodist church. I began studying for the Methodist ministry but the intensive academic study of the Bible led to me losing my religious beliefs. Shortly after that Frieda moved to a country town. The ensuing 20 year relationship has been continued, for the most part, by email.
When the Methodist Church joined to become part of the Uniting Church,… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 16, 2009 at 3:00pm —
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm —
I lost my way in '87
And turned my heart and thoughts to heaven
A foolish boy
What could you do?
I thought I was open but I was closed
I thought I had answers to show the world
I thought that the good light would guide me home
For thirteen years I hid away
And waited out the final days
But now there's time to live my life
As it decays
As it decays
I thought I was open but I was closed
I thought I… Continue
Added by George S. on January 6, 2009 at 12:02am —
A while back, some friends of mine and I went to see "Religulous" in Indianapolis with the Center for Inquiry. It was a great show, great conversation, and a great time over all.
On the way home, we were discussing the topic of "faith" and what that entails. Key players here were Margaret (sitting in the back seat) and Jon (driving), and myself (passenger seat).
The discussion was whether or not Atheism takes faith.
I have always been of the opinion that Atheism… Continue
Added by Aaron on December 21, 2008 at 8:00am —
Good to find this community in the Season of Un-Reason (though I was born on Christmas and became a minister, I now climb
the trees and honor the life of Nature on that, and other, days!).
I invite conversation and readers here, and on my website
. I especially welcome comments on my book Life After Faith
and I'm happy to hear from any other writers or teachers (or former… Continue
Added by Chris Highland on December 2, 2008 at 11:30pm —