All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (507)

As Evening Falls....

As Evening Falls...

Fade in:

It's early evening on the first day of August, down in Georgia. It's sticky as usual but not burning hot and, after supper, El Solo Lobo is in the porch swang, Rebel Lobo sets the rocking cheer a-going and over the sounds of the crickets they ruminate on the day...

El: Yeeeeeah, hit were a good day. Had some o' mah lady friends come by to chat.

Reb: "Yeah? Where was I?"

El: Oh, who knows Reb, hell YOU don't even…

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Added by El Solo Lobo on August 1, 2009 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Commit a crime? Plead religion!

AN: I wrote an advertisement for the religious plea in the voice of a lawyer or something. My cynicism glad was about to burst, so I had to write this. Of course, it can also be read and commented upon at Good reason News.



Have you committed a crime, but now the courts want to punish you? How dare they!? Maybe it's time… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on August 1, 2009 at 5:02pm — 5 Comments

God and Science Don't Mix - My Thoughts

My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.

— J.B.S. Haldane, “Fact and Faith” (1934)



"Last week, I [Lawrence M. Krauss] had the opportunity to participate in… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on July 30, 2009 at 11:37pm — 6 Comments

Should Atheists Hold to the Age Old Belief that Certain Words are Dirty

Basicly, each so called dirty word gains it's dirty word status because at some point in time religious believers claimed that they were dirty mostly because they blasphemed their god or they thought the words definition was offensive or repulsive. Well, we in the atheist community don't believe in god or religion so is it rational for us atheists to totally avoid these words like religious people do??? Should we use them but not in mixed company in fear of offending anyone??? Or should we go… Continue

Added by Ron Edwards on July 30, 2009 at 9:03am — 12 Comments

Response to a DOGmatic article

AN: I've responded to a piece in a Wisconsin area newspaper, please let me know what you think. By the way, you can also read this at Good Reason News where you can also fine an adorable puppy dressed as the pope.



Thanks,

-b.






I'm taking a page from Angie's book today and responding… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on July 26, 2009 at 6:02pm — No Comments

YASNS WTF OK fine

Yet another Social Networking Site - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! "You really should join!"

OK fine.



So anyway, I went ahead and joined AtheistNexus. I have too many theistic friends and family on Facebook; I was having to go back to MySpace to really speak my mind, but mostly as a lone voice crying in the wilderness. I've been slightly more assertive on Facebook of late, but it is never far from my mind that one of my longtime High School friends is an Episcopal priest, while two… Continue

Added by Aggiememenon on July 26, 2009 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Ignorance and Stupidity in the U.S.A.

This is my first blog post on Nexus and with a title such as I have titled this blog, possibly my last but I hope not. A little about myself before we get into the meat of this subject...



I was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Ohio. I was a failure in the public education system and dropped out in the eighth grade. I worked in a variety of jobs mostly in the corrugated box industry. I have lived in Columbus Oh, Jacksonville Fl, Greenbay Wi, Fargo ND and now I am back… Continue

Added by Ron Edwards on July 26, 2009 at 3:15pm — 3 Comments

The Prejudice of Christians

AN: Am I asking for it? Read this here or at Good Reason News





This is a little out of character for this blog, but this guy from the New American, whatever that is, really needed a logical spanking. You can see several of my posts in the comments there, but I warn you, someone on there… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on July 18, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

First Blog Entry

Hey, sorry I haven't done much with this site yet. I am very glad to be a part of the Atheist Nexus community. It's so comforting, like coming home.

I have been working on YouTube videos detailing my experience with the Worldwide Church of God. If you're interested, I invite you to check them out. Here's a link to my latest video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InaPGWgAlEc

I hope to be posting more on this blog and creating more videos soon! Feel free to ask questions. I would love to… Continue

Added by Jeanine on July 16, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

All Christians together? Hmm!

More evidence, as if it were needed, of the way religion likes to think itself inclusive but is anything but comes to us in a report on the Ekklesia website.



A girl wanted to get into a Christian “faith” school in Wrexham, UK. But she was the wrong kind of Christian, so couldn’t.



It’s called the St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican School, but Aston Padley (11) is not from an Anglican or Catholic family.



“Under… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 16, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

A thought about the Thought

Bloody hell! The BBC may open up Thought for the Day to contributors other than those of the Deluded Herd? Unheard of! Very un-BBC!



But the Guardian was talking about it yesterday, saying the BBC Trust had launched an investigation.



Non-Brits may need a sentence of background. Thought for the Day is a mini-programme-within-a-programme (the… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 14, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Science And Religion : A Truce

I took this from a posting on the Atheism vs Christianity Google Group.



It's beautiful.



http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2009/07/science-and-religion-truce.html



by Joe E. Holman



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I, Science, have heard your plea for a truce, oh religion, My nemesis

of ages past.



You are wounded, oh religion.

The still-warm blood runs down your side as you say it did your savior

on the cross.

My Soldiers in white… Continue

Added by Trance Gemini on July 12, 2009 at 10:43am — 3 Comments

Yahoo News reports on "Game show looks to convert atheists" to be run on Turkish TV

I am very amused by this but also saddened by the thought of how theists would react to a gameshow aimed at persuading theists to renounce their theism.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090703/od_nm/us_gameshow_odd;_ylt=An.3xk5rAVRKBYGJX1LXH0is0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFmZ3Jqcm12BHBvcwMyMDcEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9vZGRfbmV3cwRzbGsDZ2FtZXNob3dsb29r

Added by Mike Gonsalves on July 6, 2009 at 7:40pm — 5 Comments

The Problem of Matthew 19:28

It is a glaring “error” that should make even the most rabid religious right Christian fundamentalist wince with discomfort. Moreover, it illustrates yet another example of a New Testament writer failing to give full thought to what he is writing. In other words, failing to see things through to their logical conclusion. Due to the uncritical, unquestioning mind-set of Christian fundamentalists, however, this glaring incongruity continually fails to be held up to rigid scrutiny it so rightly… Continue

Added by Greywolf on July 5, 2009 at 6:35am — 17 Comments

Play your gods right

My pun muscles are letting me down if that's the best I can come up with. The New Humanist's "Zeal or no Zeal?" is perfect, and there must be other religion/game-show wordplay possibilities out there. I'll keep trying.



The point is, people in Turkey are going to be trying to convert some atheists on a TV panel show, by the clever application of flawless logic and the careful presentation of substantial evidence… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on July 3, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Faith of the faithless

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 — 6 Comments

Comedy in the Muslim world, found

Hey all, this same piece is posted at my blog, Good Reason News, but there you get a hilarious video as a bonus for visiting. As always, I'm happy to discuss, explain or correct anything. Thanks for reading.

-b.




Actor Jason Alexander, Seinfeld's 'George Costanza,' is pushing a program he created, called Imagine: 2018, in which… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on June 27, 2009 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

The Atheist and the Good Christian

Hi everyone,



This being my first blog-post on A/N, I thought I'd address an issue that vexes me to no end: How to deal with the "Good Christian". In carpet-bombing the religious right we non-theists, try as we might to avoid it, end up inflicting collateral damage to Christians who, otherwise, lead exemplary lives. That just gnaws at me to no end. But I suppose the fact that I feel bad doing so is a 'good' thing from a moral point standpoint. But if you think me too weak-kneed, think… Continue

Added by Greywolf on June 25, 2009 at 9:20am — 11 Comments

What if you only had a trillion years?

Cross-posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube.



This isn't an argument I've seen put forward anywhere before, so it's possble I'm having one of my more original moments here. I've written before about the idea that only a god, or an eternal afterlife, or something of that ilk, can give life any meaning or purpose, and why I think it's bollocks. But here's a way of looking at… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on June 21, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Positive Atheism

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 — No Comments

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