The movie The Wizard of Oz, based off of L Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American classic. The story is also often used in social studies classes as an allegory to the Populist era of the late 1800s. Baum did not write Oz as an allegorical tale, but it fits quite well. The Wizard of Oz can also be used as an allegory to an Atheists shedding of religion and superstition, on the Atheist's road to self-discovery. I will use the…
Added by Eric Biggers (Show Me Skeptic) on June 22, 2015 at 2:29pm —
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve read or heard from Christians that they have “a personal relationship” with Jesus Christ I would probably not be writing this on account of the unimaginable wealth I would have accumulated. You see, Christians love saying it:
I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Getting to know Christ.
Jesus is my best…
Added by Shawn Hamman on January 28, 2012 at 7:52pm —
So lately I have been reading an interesting book about how each and every person on this planet has a unique story and something to contribute how does everyone feel about this? The name of the book is "the Art of Original Thinking" by Jan Phillips. But more to the point how does everyone feel about my question? Do you think that we are all an interconnected part of the world and that all of us individually have a part in creating not only our own stories but sharing them with… Continue
Added by Jason Edwin DeLeo on November 26, 2011 at 6:30pm —
So, came out as trans on Facebook for my birthday last week. Went pretty okay, everyone who posted on my wall was really supportive and everything :) I can't really expect the same from my family though, so I'm holding off on telling them until I can manage to live on my own, which seems like a long ways from now o_o Not to mention transitioning is looking to be really expensive T_T But I'll try a try.
Added by Jenny Done on June 14, 2011 at 2:10pm —
Hello, Miles here. 40-something, Minneapolis. Employed (not an interesting job, but honest work nonetheless). I have been a conscious non-believer since age 16 (both my parents came from a Lutheran background but were not church-goers and felt that we would make our own decisions in that direction).
I do not consider my own non-theist attitudes to be my most important or interesting attribute. My main atheist activities so far involve following podcasts and PZ Myers' blog, and my… Continue
Added by Plastic Exploding on September 17, 2010 at 2:47pm —
I dont describe myself directly as an Atheist, I describe myself as open minded and logical, if I was alive a thousand years ago I might believe in a God because at the time it might have been the logical thing to believe but now its quite clear there is no supreme power , there is no heaven and there is no hell. Im just wondering how many of you out there are just agnostic, open minded people like me rather then just Atheists because of a different reason.
Added by Brandin Ian MacDougall on May 5, 2010 at 2:39pm —
I know most people don't hang their laundry outside anymore, but I had always thought it was just b/c they're lazy.
It saves a ton of money and energy, but people are too concerned with their own vanity ("it looks trailer trash") to tolerate. People objecting to the sight of someone else's undergarments is very Victorian. (Look away, then.) The… Continue
Added by Prog Rock Girl on November 21, 2009 at 10:25am —
Welcome to Gabbin’ About God, sponsored by Ace Religious Supplies, where they say, “If we don’t got it, it ain’t holy.”
Just kidding. This is Not My God, a site for the personal aspect of atheism. I’m putting together a book with that title, having already 20 interviews lined up, but I still want to hear from more of you. I couldn’t find many personal stories of atheists. Dan Barker talked about his in his book Losing Faith in Faith and Julia Sweeney described hers in the monologue… Continue
Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on July 15, 2009 at 12:44pm —
I don't understand blind faith. Since we all evolve from simpler organisms, doesn't it make sense that God is an eventuality, not a precursor of life?
This is why I worship my friend, Evan.
Simply because I can see him, experience him, and KNOW that he is there.
And if I pray to Evan, he might actually be able to help me with my problems.
And I'm waiting for the day when we're together and someone else brings up the subject of faith and asks me, "Well, what do you believe… Continue
Added by Emma on February 28, 2009 at 1:16am —
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 —
[as a member of FUCK CENSORSHIP i must admit my misgivings and overall animosity to changing the subjects name into a silly- albeit apt -pseudonym, but anyone who Really wants to know and help can just be a pain in the ass and ask me- and anyone who has any complaints against it should yell at Rosemary! I'm yelling at her right now in fact!!]
This was a messenger conversation i was having with a friend of mine today. It's choppy because of that, and the emoticons don't carry over,… Continue
Added by Rickr0ll on February 5, 2009 at 12:30pm —
There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Well, my brain seems to be in the proper working order, finally. I think maybe my left hemisphere was overloading, because the only time I was okay was when I was working on statistics or on my research project, both heavily analytical (right brain) activities (is that correct, or am I getting the two mixed up?). Everything else was sending me into la la land.
Detaching from reality seems to be an occasional problem with me. But I think that I finally may have come back to earth from… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 5, 2008 at 9:46am —