A question I often get asked is how it is that people that would otherwise seem quite smart and logical could maintain irrational beliefs. How is it that my mother, an otherwise brilliant woman, can believe in a talking snake, a god sacrificing himself to himself, or that the biblical flood actually happened?
By bypassing their rational reasoning skills early in childhood regarding this one group of beliefs, and by reinforcing those… Continue
Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on May 7, 2015 at 12:41am —
“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 —
I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household. Continue
I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was…
Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on January 15, 2015 at 7:42pm —
Being on my "all things atheist" kick, I have been feeling rather enraged about my own childhood indoctrination and being scared of hell. I'm having a bit of cognitive dissonance because I can't bring myself to be angry at my parents, since I understand that they were also victims.
I have been reading a number of blog entries and statements made by atheists, asserting that teaching children about hell is a form of child abuse. I absolutely agree with this! However, being… Continue
Added by cbenhamcox on August 20, 2013 at 1:26pm —
I have a blended family comprised of myself, my (second) husband, my 15 year old daughter, and my 11 year old stepdaughter. As I sat with them all at dinner a couple of nights ago, I realized that our family unit is comprised of four different types of atheists. Being new to blogging about my atheism, I am certain that there are defined terms for each subtype, but I don't know them nor do I care. Descriptions always mean more to me than labels.
Because of my inherent… Continue
Added by cbenhamcox on August 17, 2013 at 1:34am —
It's a crime to lock your child up under the stairs. It's considered abuse. I fail to see the difference in locking a child's mind under the stairs. The psychological wounds last forever a broken bone heals in 6-8weeks.
I myself grew up attending the JW (Jehovah's Witness) kingdom Hall. I'm in my 40's I have 2 kids 18-22. I was lucky in a way, I was born without a God spot and knew from the 2nd day everything that was said and thought about religions was utter bullshit. And…
Added by J. Morr on January 1, 2013 at 1:00am —
Okay usually you get people that just like "historic Jesus" or think the concept is neat, or like the happy feel good hippy junk he preached about. Continue
But no, I cannot stand Jesus, not at all.
Why is this?
Well it can be summed up as: He is an inconsistent, hypocritical, asshole.
Without getting too theologically involved, lets take the trinity, in which you believe "God" and "Jesus" (not their actual names but the most frequently used aliases the followers use when…
Added by Lexi on July 29, 2012 at 6:42pm —
While nosing about YouTube earlier today, I stumbled on a segment of The Atheist Experience, a public access show from Austin, Texas. This show frequently features Matt Dillahunty, a former divinity student turned atheist and activist who comments on atheist-related issues and answers telephone calls and emails on the show. Continue
As a part of a discussion regarding the indoctrination of children in this particular segment, Matt cites an email he has received from a 15-year-old. …
Added by Loren Miller on January 14, 2012 at 1:20pm —
Would you like to know the religious affiliations of my parents? Well, too bad. Because, get this: I don't know.
Isn't that great!
I DON'T KNOW!
I am 29 years old, almost 30, and I have no idea if either of my parents are religious. For all the grievances I might have towards them (which, since I am using my real name here, I would rather not divulge), the single fact that I have no idea if they are religious or, if so, what religion, is the single… Continue
Added by Darren Cubitt on May 14, 2010 at 6:59am —
I may be misinformed here but my take on Islam is that it is the 'One true religion' and its followers have a duty to convert kaffirs or declare jihad on them (whatever the interpretation of that is). It is that black and white. As for apostates, I know of no other religion where some factions advocate death.
Faith schools and religious segregation are allowed and encouraged by this government and Madrasses are being set up all over the place. I have learned about fundie christian… Continue
Added by Yiggoto on April 16, 2010 at 3:10pm —
This is my story. I think it is different than many other people's story so that's why I'm telling it in some detail. It begins in a remote part of northern California where I grew up during the early 70's. Imagine a barely developed countryside with homesteads separated by miles of woodland and connected by a winding dirt road. My nearest neighbors were my cousins who lived about a mile away. Other than my siblings they were the only kids my age I knew until I started school, but I saw them… Continue
Added by Tom Thompson on February 25, 2010 at 3:11pm —
I started compiling the list over the summer, and now it is finished. I have a list of 100 NEW Questions for Christians. Okay, so maybe someone has used these before. But they are not the usual questions atheists approach theists with (or respond to theists with) like the Problem of Pain or the immorality of hell (or genocide or having rape victims marry their rapists, etc.) These are new questions like, what does God think of abortion? What would Jesus do? and Are gay dolphins sinning when… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on September 29, 2009 at 2:45pm —
Over at Angie the Anti-Theist I've got a lot uncommented posts. Those make me sad :( So I've done a few things to make it easier for non-Blogger members to join in the conversation. I'm using the Intense Debate comment system, allowing anonymous posters, and I've switched my blog to accept GRAvitars.
Posts that need your love (to feed my ego):
An Update on 100 Questions… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on August 14, 2009 at 3:46pm —
How does the idea of a “Catholic child” not make you sick? The child isn’t being given a choice whatsoever in their religion. Their parents have already made a decision for them before they can even make a good decision. Young children are very impressionable and you scare the shit out of them with fear of eternal damnation, that will stick with them. Indoctrinating children is easily equivalent to brainwashing. I think its truly a form of child abuse.
“Isn’t it enough to see that a… Continue
Added by Jake Collyer on August 2, 2009 at 11:21pm —
The Spencer, Iowa school district is considering opening up its doors to religious indoctrination. According to the Des Moines Register, "Public school students in Spencer will get to study the Bible and pray at graduation if school district leaders approve a proposed "religious liberties" policy, the first of its kind in Iowa.
The plan calls for elective classes such as "Critic of Darwinism," which includes arguments against the theory of evolution, and "The Bible in History and… Continue
Added by Brad on July 22, 2009 at 10:09pm —
OK, this is my first post, but it's 1am and I'm a little tired. Need to be quick, as I'm not supposed to have PC access right now....
My family currently requires me to go to church with them twice a week: once on Sunday morning, and once on either Sunday or Wednesday night. That often interferes with my work schedule, but they don't care. They'll just kick me out of the house if I refuse (not joking, sadly).
Tonight I sat through an hour of the youth pastor explaining the… Continue
Added by ThorsDecree on July 9, 2009 at 1:10am —
When our 3-year-old daughter was mauled by a neighborhood dog, we were distraught, as any parent would be. But, as Jehovah's Witnesses, we faced an even greater fear, beyond the trauma and scars introduced by the dog bites: What if she needed a blood transfusion? Our religious convictions mandated that we refuse. Her very life could be in danger, not from the attack, but from our beliefs.
My mother, an insanely devout woman if ever there was one, immediately called the congregation… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 22, 2009 at 12:33pm —
First, a little background.
My parents are Catholic. I was raised as such and went to Catholic school from 5th grade to 8th grade (which I partially credit for my current atheism, ironically enough).
My wife and I are both atheists now, but were obviously not always so.
At one point early on my parents asked my wife, "Do you believe in God?"
To which she succinctly answered, "Not the Judeo-Christian anthropomorphic God, no."
Parents, "But you believe in… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on December 23, 2008 at 4:15pm —
You may be a declared atheist maybe a weak atheist like me, but I am sure at times you wonder if you got it all wrong. What if a God or Gods really do exists yes I am sure at times you may wonder and lets be honest about it, its at times when we think of dying.
I often lay in bed wondering what if I got it all wrong but then the hard facts come to mind about my path to atheism which was due to reading the holy text, well at least those that originated from the Middle… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:34am —
I've written just a few editorials about subjects relevant to atheists for publication on Associated content but they seem to get a huge response. Some of the discussions in their comments are more entertaining than the articles themselves!
I was a little afraid to post anything that made it clear I'm an atheist for fear of getting bashed, possibly physically again but I went ahead and started doing so about a year ago on another site. I've gotten plenty of nasty pm's and emails but… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on October 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —