I am fairly certain that had I ever been Christian, I would have questioned my out of it. I like to think that the breaking point for me would have been the thousands and thousands of different denominations. I often wonder why this isn’t the answer most ex-Christians give for “why don’t you believe anymore?”. There are over 40,000 denominations of Christianity – that’s 40,000+ different interpretations of the “inerrant word of god”. This alone cancels the whole damn thing out, does it not? If God’s word were truly inerrant and perfect as is claimed, then how is it possible for us, mere mortals, to interpret it in a way he did not mean for us to? I hear a lot of your stories of deconversion and there really aren’t very many that cite this as the reason they can no longer believe. Today, I finally have a story for you that brings this problem up briefly. Here is Anonymous with their deconversion story:I was raised protestant by … [Read more...] about Your Stories of Atheism: You’ll Have To Get Baptized The Right Way
I don’t know how many times I need to say this: Atheism is not normative. Atheism is not normative. Atheism is not normative. Am I to the center of the Tootsie Pop yet? PZ has a post about so-called dictionary atheists that is just inane. He uses an analogy with humans, pointing out that when we talk about humans we don’t define them merely biologically: He also noticed that every single human being he ever met, without exception, was more than a perambulating set of chromosomes. Some were good at math and others liked to dance and others were kind and yet others liked to argue, and these were the virtues that made them good and interesting, and made them…human, in this best sense of the word. So when he praised being human, it wasn’t for the accident of their birth, it was for the qualities that made being human meaningful. PZ is confused. There is a fundamental difference between the concept of “human” and the concept he is describing – … [Read more...] about Atheism is not normative
In recent years, as atheists have become more comfortable stepping out of the closet and living as out, open nonbelievers, we’ve seen an influx in believers lashing out against atheists, publicly stating they’re not welcome, or worse yet, should leave the country. In just the latest example of this, the Boy Scouts of America, already known by the secular community to be discriminatory against atheists, reinforced their stance at their 2018 annual meeting. During the event, the BSA National Executive Board adopted a resolution entitled, “Reaffirming Duty to God.” In part, it says: The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgement of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental of good citizenship should be kept before them.So … [Read more...] about When Will Anti-Atheism Be Viewed as Bigotry?
Story highlights Karim al-Banna was sentenced to three years in prison for Facebook posts insulting Islam Human Rights Watch says al-Banna's sentence is part of an Egyptian crackdown on atheism Egypt's Constitution provides "freedom of belief," but freedom to practice is more limited (CNN)Egypt's Constitution states that "freedom of belief is absolute," yet it says nothing about those who don't believe. Watchdog groups are asking the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation to reconsider its stance toward atheists after authorities arrested a student and sentenced him to three years in prison for Facebook posts that insulted Islam. Karim Ashraf Mohamed al-Banna was arrested with a group of people at a cafe in November, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression. An Egyptian minor offenses court sentenced him on blasphemy charges Saturday in what Human Rights Watch called "part of a wider government push to combat atheism and other forms of dissent." … [Read more...] about Watchdog: Student jailed in Egypt’s crackdown on atheism
Apologist Ray Comfort is known for his creative approach to sharing the gospel. Comfort, who founded the Living Waters ministry, regularly creates documentaries and other outreach projects aimed at reaching people with biblical truth. But the well-known apologist wasn't always the Bible-believing man he is today. In recent years, Comfort has produced and hosted films like " 180," "Noah and the Last Days," "Audacity" and his new project "7 Reasons" — movies that lead people to think deeper about faith, the world around them and God's love. He recently spoke with PureFlix.com's "Pure Talk" about what he believes is the biggest barrier that prevents people from embracing God and the Bible. (Read also: Want to Know How to Answer Atheists? Check This Out) "It's not understanding the danger. The Bible says men love darkness and hate the light, neither will they come to the light lest their deeds be exposed," Comfort said, noting that this love for darkness clouds human … [Read more...] about Filmmaker and apologist lays out why ‘atheism is so attractive’ to some and what it took to change him
So … Satanism … yeah … Satan. Alright, listen dear reader, yes: The Satanic Temple lawsuits are still grinding through courts and when Arkansas puts their monument back up there will probably be another one so TST could really use some money if that’s your thing. People are working on fixing up TST’s headquarters for reopening, which is cool and I’m told there will be some kind of event involved. They’ve also been doing this movie tie in thing lately with Everything is Terrible and tonight Lucien Greaves is in Philadelphia for another movie event featuring a screening of Alucarda. For historical reference LaVey did that once with the Rosemary’s Baby premiere and made a big show of going to the screening so that’s kind of neat. Still, it was easier to grab headlines back in the day for LaVey. He was the only game in town, there were only 3 TV stations, and the internet was a just a twinkle in the Department of Defense’s eye. … [Read more...] about A Brief Note about Chaos in Satanism and Atheism