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Merry Christmas (from an atheist)

Dec 22, 2014 11:13:06 AM
Dec 22, 2014 11:13:17 AM
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  I'm amused at the yearly "Keep Christ in Christmas" protests all over social media (and especially on Fox News). Here's the thing. A TON of non-Christians love the Christmas holiday. They call it Christmas (which is the holiday's proper name). They don't care how you personally celebrate it, as long as you're not claiming that it's a day exclusive to your particular faith or ramming it down our throats. Non-Christians enjoy Christmas trees, Christmas music, gifts, decorations, hot cider, t...

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A Perfect Plan

Dec 9, 2014 9:51:01 AM
Dec 9, 2014 9:51:15 AM
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  Listening to Creationists mock The Big Bang (which, admittedly, suffers from a pretty lame title) really grinds my gears, partially because they usually follow the mockery with an outright declaration that they haven't read or watched any vetted data on the issue, and partially because they then eagerly declare that the True answer for our origins and "purpose" is...magic. That's right, kids. God created hundreds of billions of galaxies so that he could focus his attention on an obscure ro...

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Arrogance

Nov 19, 2014 11:39:04 AM
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Was just informed by a religious associate that my marriage to Natalie is without merit because I'm an atheist, that my rejection of God is mere arrogance, and that my public unbelief is disrespectful to a highly religious family. Here's my take, which was given directly at the time but warrants mention here: Arrogance is asserting that you have a bigger seat at the table because you believe in spirits. Arrogance is deciding that a supposedly omnipotent God needs you to defend him. Arrogance ...

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Science Isn't Perfect

Nov 18, 2014 10:35:34 AM
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To the "Science Always Makes Mistakes" crowd:People a few hundred years ago couldn't conceive of the advances we've made, and those advances have been made in the teeth of religious dogma. (Remember that the Catholic Church imprisoned Galileo for daring to suggest that the sun didn't revolve around the earth. This is a single symptom of the epidemic, anti-science nature of religion, and it's been going on for centuries.)The advances we've made as a species? They came from science. They came f...

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International Blasphemy Day

Sep 30, 2014 8:55:55 AM
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Today is International Blasphemy Rights Day. Some don't like the provocative nature of it, but personally, I find it liberating to declare, publicly, that ideas and claims aren't guaranteed respect simply because 1) someone holds it dear and/or 2) it's part of a "sacred" religion. Think about blasphemy in the Christian context, as it's the one sin God will not forgive. Ever. “I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are...

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Marriage, Slavery and the Men's Rights Movement

Aug 20, 2014 8:53:30 AM
Aug 20, 2014 9:21:16 AM
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On August 1st, 2014 in Alaska, I got married.  We'd lived together for several years, had already built a family and simply decided that marriage was a good fit for us.  Thanks to all who sent their congratulations and kind words, and thanks to everyone who gave our "wedding gift," a charitable contribution to a worthy, secular organization, the Foundation Beyond Belief.  This community's generosity has made the $10,000 goal a reality.I recently saw this line from a guy in the TTA YouTube ...

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A Letter of Encouragement

Jul 8, 2014 3:00:04 PM
Jul 8, 2014 3:06:45 PM
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Over the past year, I've given a speech around the country called, "The Ultimate Question."  It can be viewed on YouTube by clicking HERE. At the close of that speech, I read a letter to the audience...a letter of encouragement.  So many people have responded to it that I've posted it below.  Enjoy it.  Forward it.  Change or customize it for those in your own circle who might benefit.  And ultimately, be encouraged by it.  -Seth ____ You learn a lot about people when you declare that ...

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The Sponsorship Situation

Jun 25, 2014 2:06:19 PM
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I got this response on the latest podcast, "Counter-Apologetics Part 1," which said: "I hate Nature Box now. Every fucking TTA video now. Early videos were so much easier to listen to with little to NO interruption." When it comes to the podcast sponsorships, the vast majority of people totally get it, but I hear enough bitching to warrant a response, which goes like this: Does a single show sponsorship (2 tags and a single commercial) really make it impossible to enjoy the 60-90 minutes (som...

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The Great Debate

Jun 5, 2014 12:05:09 PM
Jun 5, 2014 12:19:22 PM
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The Memphis debate video featuring Matt Dillahunty and Sye Ten Bruggencate has 50,000 views in two days. Obviously, lots of people are interested in this particular exchange. Some still assert that it was a mistake to give Sye Ten Bruggencate a platform and notoriety (which I'm convinced he craves), but I think presuppositionalist claims in general have became enough of an annoyance that they need to be occasionally smacked with a flyswatter.Matt Dillahunty presented definitions, defined goo...

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Tell Me You're Joshing...

May 30, 2014 9:22:11 AM
May 30, 2014 9:28:16 AM
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There's a clip by pastor and evangelist Joshua Feuerstein called "Dear Mr. Atheist ... allow me to destroy evolution in 3 minutes!" that has gone viral.   According to his Twitter page, he is a "Disciple of Jesus. Bachelor. Evangelist. Hope Peddler. A nobody telling everybody about somebody named Jesus!"   There's no doubting his enthusaism, but unfortunately, Josh is just another apologist presenting old, tired, hackneyed and long-debunked arguments as if they'd never been presented before...

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