tagged w/ Atheist
Most atheists I know don't care for religion, obviously, but aren't angry about it. Not so the True Unbelievers – the Dawkinses and their followers – who prove that you don't have to be religious to be a fundamentalist.
Unfortunately, militant atheism in power has repeated all the crimes of religious regimes and, absent ethical restraints, made them vastly worse. Though their ideologies despised Christianity, both the communists and the Nazis justified their own monstrosities as "scientific." While religion's atrocities cannot be denied, today's atheist campaigners blindly refuse to accept that atheism's savage legacy is no accident.Most atheists I know don't care for religion, obviously, but aren't angry... more
The Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers ran an incredibly offensive ad on city buses in De Moines featuring naked lesbians masturbating with Bibles.
No, wait, that wasn't it. It was an ad announcing that god hated Christians and they were all going to burn in hell.
No, I don't think that was it. It was an ad offering free bacon to anyone willing to deny the Holy Spirit, and the Iowa vegans were outraged.
Nah, don't think so. Actually, the horrible, awful, evil ad they were running was this one:
"Don't believe in God? You aren't alone"
That's the ad that some people found offensive? So offensive that the ad was promptly yanked from city buses, and Governor Chet Culver announced that he was "disturbed, personally" by them?
Look, it's a clear case. There was absolutely nothing offensive about those ads, nothing that would make the horses skittish or frighten the children. Somewhere down the line, a few intolerant ignoramuses freaked out and started phoning the bus company, and a coward or a zealot somewhere in the chain of command saw an excuse to shut down a harmless advertisement. It's bigotry, plain and simple.The Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers ran an incredibly offensive ad on city buses in De... more
This is just more controversy caused by some atheist ads. I think the atheists of the Des Moines area need to get creative. They should try to band together to aggressively boost atheist ridership for DART, and use that as leverage to try and persuade them to return the rightly paid for ads. It's understandable that they simply need to protect their businesses profits.
What the local atheists their don't need to do is lash out in anger about this. These are typical and understandable reactions from people who are feeling like the foundation of their belief system is being threatened. It does not matter how rational their reactions may or may not be. We all know how emotions can get the better of us. Just keep pushing forward with a smile on your face knowing that you have every right to do what you are doing. We are simply reaching out to each other. It's important to keep up the momentum.This is just more controversy caused by some atheist ads. I think the atheists of the... more
"Up until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself "a weak Christian" whose baptism at age 11 in a Kentucky church came to mean less and less to her as she gradually lost faith in God.
Then the 32-year-old medical transcriptionist took a decisive step, one that previously hadn't been available. She got "de-baptized."
In a type of mock ceremony that's now been performed in at least four states, a robed "priest" used a hairdryer marked "reason" in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all. Several dozen participants then fed on a "de-sacrament" (crackers with peanut butter) and received certificates assuring they had "freely renounced a previous mistake, and accepted Reason over Superstition."
For Gray, the lighthearted spirit of last summer's Atheist Coming Out Party and De-Baptism Bash in suburban Westerville, Ohio, served a higher purpose than merely spoofing a Christian rite.
"It was very therapeutic," Gray said in an interview. "It was a chance to laugh at the silly things I used to believe as a child. It helped me admit that it was OK to think the way I think and to not have any religious beliefs.""Up until last summer, Jennifer Gray of Columbus, Ohio, considered herself... more
Physicist and Nobel laureate Arno Penzias, contemplating our enigmatic universe, observes:
"Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan."
Albert Einstein was struck by the wondrous orderliness of the world:
"You find it strange that I consider the comprehensibility of the world (to the extent that we are authorized to speak of such a comprehensibility) as a miracle or as an eternal mystery..."
Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle argued in The Nature of the Universe:
"Such properties seem to run through the fabric of the natural world like a thread of happy coincidences. But there are so many odd coincidences essential to life that some explanation seems required to account for them...The scientific community is prepared to consider the idea that God created the universe a more respectable hypothesis today than at any time in the last 100 years."
Needs Statement for a Habitat Place in the Suitable Universe for Complex, Conscious Life:
An abbreviated, but illustrative, list of additional requirements must be specified for a place of habitation in this universe. First, we need a star that is located in a relatively "quiet" region of the universe (e.g., not too many neighbors that are producing high intensity, sterilizing radiation). This star needs to have its highest intensity of radiation in the range that is suitable to drive the chemical reactions essential to life without destroying the products of these reactions. Furthermore, this star needs to have a very special satellite within its solar system. A partial list of the requirements this satellite must meet include:
-a planet or moon that is terrestrial--or, solid rather than gaseous;
-a temperature range suitable to maintain the universal solvent as a liquid rather than a solid or gas;
-just the right concentration of heavy (radioactive) elements to heat the core of the planet and provide the necessary energy to drive plate tectonics, to build up land mass in what would otherwise be a smooth, round planet completely covered with solvent;
-just the right amount of solvent (carefully coupled to the plate tectonics activity) to provide a planet with similar proportions of its surfaces as oceans and land mass;
-just the right protection from the destructive forces in nature such as radiation and asteroids over a reasonable amount of time; and
-just the right stabilized axis tilt and angular velocity to give moderate, regular, and
-predictable seasons and moderate temperature fluctuations from day to night.
While one is tempted to think that these requirements are easily met, given the large number of stars, it should be noted that ***there are few places in the universe sufficiently free of sterilizing radiation to provide a suitable solar system.*** The number of candidate "neighborhoods" is further reduced by the requirements of a sun with the right amount of mass to give the right electromagnetic radiation spectrum. Furthermore, the occurrence of a suitable satellite in conjunction with such a star is even more problematic.
******Only the earth in our solar system of sixty-two satellites meets the above requirements for a "home" (earth) in safe "neighborhood" like our sun and solar system, which are well placed in a quiet place in a suitable universe as described above.******Physicist and Nobel laureate Arno Penzias, contemplating our enigmatic universe,... more
The Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. is suing to insure the separation of church and state by preventing the engraving of 'In God We Trust' unto the new Capitol Visitor Center.The Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. is suing to insure the... more
It must strike progressive atheists as a stroke of bad luck that Christopher Hitchens, leading atheist spokesperson, happens to have hawkish views on foreign policy. After all, with atheists an overwhelmingly left-wing group, what were the chances that the loudest infidel in the western world would happen to be on the right?
Actually, the chances were pretty good. When it comes to foreign policy, a right-wing bias afflicts not just Hitchens's world view, but the whole ideology of "new atheism," especially as seen in the work of Hitchens allies Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.
Atheism has little intrinsic ideological bent. (Karl Marx. Ayn Rand. I rest my case.) But things change when you add the key ingredient of the new atheism: the idea that religion is not just mistaken, but evil -- that it "poisons everything," as Hitchens has put it with characteristic nuance.
Consider Dawkins's assertion, in his book The God Delusion, that if there were no religion then there would be "no Israeli-Palestinian wars."
For starters, this is just wrong. The initial resistance to the settlements, and to the establishment of Israel, wasn't essentially religious, and neither was the original establishment of the settlements, or even of Israel...
[continues at link]It must strike progressive atheists as a stroke of bad luck that Christopher Hitchens,... more
He was the ultimate Renaissance man - studying anatomy, designing a rudimentary helicopter and creating some of the most admired paintings of the age.
But could Leonardo da Vinci also have perpetrated history's greatest art forgery?
That's the suggestion of one expert, who claims that Leonardo was responsible for faking the Turin Shroud.
The relic has inspired generations of pilgrims who have flocked to see what they believe is the face of the crucified Jesus.
But it has also provoked bitter controversy after scientists carbon-dated it to the Middle Ages.
Now an American artist has entered the fray, putting forward her own theory about its origin.
Lillian Schwartz, a graphic consultant at the School of Visual Arts in New York, claims that the image is a self-portrait of Leonardo, which was made using a crude photographic technique.
Using computer scans she found that the face on the Turin Shroud and a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci share the same dimensions.
Miss Schwartz came to prominence in the 1980s when she made detailed measurements of the Mona Lisa and a Leonardo self-portrait.
To her amazement, the two faces lined up perfectly, leading her to suggest that he used a self portrait as a model for the painting.
Earlier this year she used the same technique to compare another Leonardo self-portrait with the Turin Shroud.
'It matched. I'm excited about this,' she said. 'There is no doubt in my mind that the proportions that Leonardo wrote about were used in creating this Shroud's face.'
According to a Channel Five documentary to be shown tonight, Leonardo scorched his facial features on to the linen of the Shroud using a sculpture of his face and a photographic device called a 'camera obscura'.
Is this another fraud committed by the Catholic Church?He was the ultimate Renaissance man - studying anatomy, designing a rudimentary... more
Bible Camp? No thanks! Prominent Atheist Richard Dawkins has opened an alternative to religious summer activities with Camp Quest, a non-religious camp with emphasis on critical thinking. From the BBC:
"Organisers said the purpose of the camp was to encourage critical thinking and provide children with a summer camp "free of religious dogma".
The camp, supported by scientist Richard Dawkins, plans to expand after receiving hundreds of inquiries.
The event has been set up by Samantha Stein, a postgraduate psychology student from London.
She said: "It is not about changing what they think, but the way that they think.
"There is very little that attacks religion, we are not a rival to religious camps.
"We exist as a secular alternative open to children from parents of all faiths and none."
If you are thinking this idea would do well in the more secular England, think again, because Dawkins borrows the idea from the good ole US of A where Camp Quests are already functioning around the nation! Here's the website: http://www.camp-quest.org/
From the site: "Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view."
What do you think about these Atheist Summer Camps?Bible Camp? No thanks! Prominent Atheist Richard Dawkins has opened an alternative to... more
Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content
Why do we Dream?
Why on earth do our minds conjure up such ridiculous imagery, such inane thoughts, such spectacularly vivid and surreal landscapes, intense emotions—such narrative trash?
Over the years, many psychologists have conjured up their own evolutionary explanations. And it’s a fair assessment of the literature to say that we still don’t know why we dream. After all, although it’s relatively easy to see why sleep itself would have conferred evolutionary advantages (avoiding nocturnal predators, recharging our neural batteries and so on), it’s not entirely clear why we don’t simply sleep without dreaming.
Harvard University psychologist Deirdre Barrett might have some answers for us. In a recent review of evolutionary theories concerning the possible adaptive function of dreaming, Barrett shrugs off the better-known psychoanalytic theories of dreams (for example, Freud’s “wish fulfillment” and Jungian archetypes) as being irreconcilable with a Darwinian framework and instead highlights the major contemporary, biologically informed theories. Remember, the key question for us to consider is why dreaming occurs at all, since it’s not immediately apparent why natural selection wouldn’t have simply engineered a dreamless, non-REM sleep.
On this site there are some of the best current evolutionary contenders in the field of dream studies:
If you're interested into dreams, why we dream and the study of dreams, then you should definitely check this site out. It has some interesting studies.
It would be interesting to hear any of your thoughts on dreams and what they are for?
Why Do We Dream?Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content Why do we Dream?... more
Sit peacefully in your church hall and listen to light worship music. Shame on you, it’s all because of you that people see nothing else in god but a mocking item.Sit peacefully in your church hall and listen to light worship music. Shame on you,... more
Scan across the AM radio dial, and the premise doesn't make any sense. There's regular religion, conservative political religion, religions of every kind. Never heard an Atheist Station before. That's a new one, jeesh!Scan across the AM radio dial, and the premise doesn't make any sense.... more
This article dives into the vast similarities between the believers and non-believers. Having a belief in something is basically having come to a conclusion. So what we have here are a world of believers and non-believers, ironically the non-believers, non-belief becomes their belief.
This world is full of 3 types of people.
1. The people who label themselves as believing in a GOD.
2. The people who label themselves as not believing in GOD.
3. The people who don't know and don't label themselves anything.
In order for there to be peace in the world the believers and non-believers alike must first see how destructive and divisive their chosen label is. Be it Catholic, Christian, Muslim Buddhist or Atheist subscribing to ANY label as proven over thousands of years of recorded history will inevitably bring fear, aggression, conflict and war.
Can you NOT have a label? Can you not define yourself, what would you call yourself if there were no dictionary?
Read full article and let me know what you think.
Peace.This article dives into the vast similarities between the believers and non-believers.... more
As we celebrate the 200th birthday of the godfather of evolution, Charles Darwin, mankind still looks to religion for answers that his theories have tangibly brought fourth. Statistically speaking however, womankind is even more likely to believe and pass on religious dogma, which presents a logical dichotomy given that they're the gender most oppressed by their faith.
Following on from her previous article on The Evolution of Religion, R. Elisabeth Cornwell (who works alongside Richard Dawkins in support of his Foundation For Reason & Science) explores the evolutionary reasons why women endure and pass on the bondage of belief.
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
1 Tim. 2:11-14
Religion has both revered and reviled women, exalting their fertility and fearing their sexuality. While religions throughout history have mutated, gone extinct, and propagated -- the position of women within their ever expanding reach has usually fared poorly. Yet, women are far more likely to be religious, attend religious services, and inculcate their children with their beliefs*. Why are women so willing to give in to religious dogma and subject themselves to the degradations often inflicted upon them? This is a fascinating question, and is especially perplexing when you consider the great strides toward equality women have gained in the West. Yet, without women passing on faith, belief, and dogma, religion could not survive through the generations.
The full article can be found at the link above:As we celebrate the 200th birthday of the godfather of evolution, Charles Darwin,... more
In a bizarre macabre account of divine intervention, Erik Larson amazingly encounters the All Mighty through a death proof hearse. Empowered to guide the lost, the Minister of Death mobs down the streets in his bequeathed vehicle of demise to enlighten the impressionable, the drug addicts, and the criminal element of the mortality that challenges them. Being scared straight may be the answer toward a future of sobriety.In a bizarre macabre account of divine intervention, Erik Larson amazingly encounters... more
A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming "There's probably no God".
Ron Heather, from Southampton, Hampshire, responded with "shock" and "horror" at the message and walked out of his shift on Saturday in protest.
First Bus said it would do everything in its power to ensure Mr Heather does not have to drive the buses.
Buses across Britain started displaying atheist messages in an advertising campaign launched earlier this month.
Mr Heather told BBC Radio Solent: "I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror.
"I felt that I could not drive that bus, I told my managers and they said they haven't got another one and I thought I better go home, so I did.A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming... more
This kind of sums up my own feeling for a number of born-again, fighting-against-mummy-and-daddy, proselytizing, dogmatic atheists who just smugly parrot Dawkins, Darwin, and their sophomore-year philosophy professor in order to establish their self-perceived intellectual superioty over Christians. This is why I often see little difference between this brand of atheists and fundamentalist Christians. Different dogma but same annoying attitudes!This kind of sums up my own feeling for a number of born-again,... more
"Officials at the Advertising Standards Authority are now considering whether to tackle the question that has taxed the minds of the world's greatest thinkers for centuries.
It has recorded 48 complaints since Tuesday when buses first hit the streets emblazoned with the message: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." At least 40 more people were understood to have made objections by last night.
Most of those who have contacted the ASA consider the adverts offensive and say they break guidelines on taste and decency.
However Stephen Green, the Christian campaigner who led the protests against the BBC's broadcast of Jerry Springer – The Opera, is claiming they should be taken down because the statement in the adverts cannot be substantiated.
He said: "If you're going to put out what appears to be a factual statement then you have to be able to back it up. They've got to substantiate this proposition that in all probability, God doesn't exist."
The ASA is now considering whether to investigate his complaint, which could lead to it reaching a deep ontological conclusion about a supreme being.
If it ruled that the wording in the posters was unsubstantiated, it would be interpreted as effectively saying that in all probability God does exist.
Ruling that the words were justified could be taken as an agreement that God probably does not exist."
Wow! So what do you think- is it more probable that god does or does not exist?
Please note I said PROBABLE, so I want to avoid the "we can't know everything" sentiments and get into the meat and potatoes of this conversation- what do you REALLY believe?
Also, do you think the ASA should be ruling on something like this?"Officials at the Advertising Standards Authority are now considering whether to... more
Atheists have long been looked down upon and criticised for their beliefs. While open debate as to whether God exists is widespread, so are prejudiced views that paint atheists as lesser people. These views lead to insulting comments and occasionally downright hateful attacks aimed at atheists, the majority of whom are happy to live alongside religious peoples.
No More Atheophobia is a new campaign against anti-atheist bigotry, and intends to rid society of atheophobia and anti-atheist bigotry once and for all.Atheists have long been looked down upon and criticised for their beliefs. While open... more