All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (505)

A banned documentary about Islam

It seems fair and well researched. Why banned? I don't know.. maybe it hurt someone's feelings..? 

Added by juha the stupid on January 20, 2015 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

A Late Night Catechism

Yesterday at the Mythicist Milwaukee meeting, we were throwing around ideas for activities that might interest people, when one guy, Brian, mentioned an improv play he had seen in Chicago called A Late Night Catechism. Apparently the play was has also been performed around Racine and Milwaukee pokes fun at religion in general and the Catholic church in particular. As Brian explained, it sounded very interesting and something I might want to…

Continue

Added by kenyatta yamel on January 19, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Frrom how did the Packers blow that game to Mythicist Milwaukee

I just came home from a meeting of Mythicist Milwaukee, an atheist group with a particular flair. The mythicists examine the myth of Jesus in declaring that there is reason to doubt whether such a person ever existed.

There is evidence that many of the stories of early Christianity were borrowed from other religions. In addition the stories in the Bible are so fantastic that they boggle the imagination. Noah and the…

Continue

Added by kenyatta yamel on January 18, 2015 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

The Wrong Meaning of Life

Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.”  It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept.  What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life?  If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior.  They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking. 

In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond.  The force that governs all life is…

Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on January 16, 2015 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

The Best Larping Around: Religious Services

Let's talk about a past time I thoroughly enjoy now and then.



LARP.



For those unfamiliar, LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Essentially, a bunch of similarly minded folks get together and collaborate to have fun pretending scenes out of their favorite movies, books, comics, etc. This is strictly pretending, of course, but with rules involved. The basic goal of LARPing (yes, you can make the acronym a verb, how cool!) is to create a desired fantasy environment… Continue

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on January 11, 2015 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Religion puts society out of balance because of attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values

In this 21st century, society reflects misery and discontentment. The cause may spring from attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values founded on desires and expectations of family, education, and culture. Society may be systemically out of balance.

I experience  many men and women in our dangerous era who appear to adhere to a culture of violence, punishment, retribution, threats of damnation and hate-mongering.…

Continue

Added by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Religion puts society out of balance because of attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values

In this 21st century, society reflects misery and discontentment. The cause may spring from attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values founded on desires and expectations of family, education, and culture. Society may be systemically out of balance.

I experience  many men and women in our dangerous era who appear to adhere to a culture of violence, punishment, retribution, threats of damnation and hate-mongering.…

Continue

Added by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments

More nuttiness from chabad.org: why Jews obey rules

I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion.  There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.

So why do it?  Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?

Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…

Continue

Added by Alan Perlman on January 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Science / Religion Dichotomy – Another View

Christianity insists on dependence on its god and its savior.  Indeed, it demands submission to that supreme being, saying “thy will be done.”  Islam is not only no different, the very word means “submission.”  Both expect the believer to trust in Yahweh or Allah to provide for them and nurture them and bring meaning to their lives.  The price for that nurturance, though, is utter obedience without question.  One of the immediate consequences of such an attitude is vulnerability to…

Continue

Added by Loren Miller on December 18, 2014 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

Psychology Of Junk Food is the same as Psychology Of Religion?

Some may think I'm stating that religion is junk food for the mind.

Well, not quite right.

I'm drawing from comments made by psychologists and neurologists whose work I've been studying.

Essentially it is the confirmation of a quote from Arthur C. Clarke:

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

Which, when the junk food phenomenon of…

Continue

Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 7, 2014 at 6:23am — 4 Comments

Atheism on the Radio

The Hoover Radio Show went fine but only as an icebreaker to more important issues.  It reminded me of early Christian bishops arguing over how many angels can reside on the head of a pin.  I felt like standing up and yelling out, “Look, as you sit here in this luxurious setting, people are getting their heads chopped off, wars are being fought, 15 million people (mostly children) are starving to death and billions have to live in fear of opening their mouth or saying the wrong thing.  Isn’t…

Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on December 5, 2014 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Self Deprecation In Christianity: A Facetiously Emotional Sales Ploy

We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck.



Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well,…

Continue

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on November 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Laff and Happiness

All credit to Al Green for writing a song that could butcher in the name of humor. Two nights ago I strapped on my guitar, wearing it low and to the side like and old-time gun slinger. After setting up my gear, a few minutes passed before the director came in and counted it off.



From there we kicked up a Texas dust storm. Three hours later it was done and all the musicians were ready to call it a night. Until one of the audience members recognized and obviously thought it was a good… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 24, 2014 at 12:08pm — 9 Comments

Preaching On Social Media - via rottingthoughts.wordpress.com

We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:

Untitledy

If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:…

Continue

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…

Continue

Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 15 Comments

Religion creates havoc in people's lives

I have often wondered why christians can use such dastardly deeds to achieve their ends. Obvious examples are The Crusades, The Inquisition, the destruction of the native cultures all around the globe, the acceptance of slavery and all its cruelties, the maltreatment of women, Blacks and GLBTQ. The pretense of loving those who are different than they reflects a hate that is palpable. 

I have read the old and new testament from cover to cover. I noted the injustices and cruelty…

Continue

Added by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2014 at 11:11am — 10 Comments

Religion creates havoc in people's lives

I have often wondered why christians can use such dastardly deeds to achieve their ends. Obvious examples are The Crusades, The Inquisition, the destruction of the native cultures all around the globe, the acceptance of slavery and all its cruelties, the maltreatment of women, Blacks and GLBTQ. The pretense of loving those who are different than they reflects a hate that is palpable. 

I have read the old and new testament from cover to cover. I noted the injustices and cruelty…

Continue

Added by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

Letter to Rabbi Rosin

FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.

Oct. 5, 2014

Dear Rabbi Rosin,

Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…

Continue

Added by Alan Perlman on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — 17 Comments

Stone Age Church

Added by Raymond Betancourt on October 5, 2014 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

USA citizens are a colonized people. It begins with religion

The citizens of the United States of America have become colonized by factions that do not believe and do not act in ways that take the freedom of people as the fundamental foundation of our nation. Rather, religion and money colonize all aspects of our lives. It buys our government, it buys our political parties, it buys our votes. If we are to change things, it means we must think and act like people who think critically who act politically. Those who are colonized, who resisted the misuse…

Continue

Added by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2014 at 1:10pm — 8 Comments

Monthly Archives

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

1999

© 2015   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service