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Why Can't You Leave Religion Alone?

Jan 28, 2011 2:00:54 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:13:14 AM
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The protests come every day from the religious, and they go something like this: * "Why spend your time disproving God?" * "Why not just let people believe what they want to believe?" * "Why can't you leave religion alone?" As one YouTube commenter said recently, "No one can explain to me why it is so important to convince theists to abandon their beliefs." The answer is simple. Pages like this one exist because religion exists. Religion permeates our culture, shows up on our doorsteps with l...

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The Official TTA Response to The Christian Post

Jan 28, 2011 1:58:59 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:13:40 AM
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On Friday January 21st, my update of “The Story of Suzie” video was the subject of an article in the religious publication, The Christian Post. For reference, here’s the link: http://www.christianpost.com/article/20110121/atheist-depicts-christians-as-delusional-in-story-of-suzie-video/ The day before the article went live, three hours before her publication deadline, the article’s author Katherine T. Phan sent me an email request for a phone comment. Her initial email was intercepte...

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Isn't Atheism Just Another "Belief System"?

Jan 28, 2011 1:53:11 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:14:52 AM
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I address a common debate tactic used by the religious. Your comments welcome. This is a question that came up several times this week, including one Facebook message from a religious acquaintance (I'll call him Steve) who asserted that science had no more definitive answers than faith. Steve then charged me to give an example of anything that I believe, but cannot prove. Of course, he was making the classic argument that non-belief is actually a belief system in itself. Baiting me to demonst...

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Put the "X" back in XMAS

Dec 20, 2010 9:52:05 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:16:04 AM
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If you look at history, mythology and even the holy bible, you'll notice that Jesus isn't the Reason For The Season. If you look at history, mythology and even the holy bible, you'll notice that Jesus isn't the Reason For The Season. Every year at this time, on cue, an entire culture cries foul over the term XMAS, proclaiming that Christ is being systematically deleted from his own birthday. And after all, Jesus is (to quote the cliché) the Reason For The Season.  XMAS is an insult to Chris...

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The Dream of my Father

Apr 7, 2010 2:19:47 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:16:25 AM
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  Exploring the consequences of "coming out" as an atheist in a religious family. It’s funny. When you’re growing up, you never dream that one day you’ll break your father’s heart. You certainly don’t plan for it. Or even desire it. But 2 months ago, that’s exactly what happened. 2 months ago, I officially “came out” and told my father I was an atheist. Dad wasn’t born into a particularly religious family. But he chose God at an early age, became educated in theology, and h...

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Baby Jesus For Ransom

Dec 20, 2009 2:46:58 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:16:47 AM
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Some thoughts about the biblical nativity story Some thoughts about the biblical nativity story Baby Jesus For Ransom I was driving with some friends the other night, and we came upon a cluster of police cars, lights flashing, surrounding a vehicle in front of a church. On the church lawn was a small nativity scene. Joseph. Mary. And a cradle. An empty cradle. The baby Jesus was missing. So…we surmised that the perp must’ve been some mischievous kids trying to steal Christ from the manger...

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If You Believe The Bible...You Also Must Believe...

Jun 27, 2009 8:18:19 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:17:15 AM
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The Bible Makes Harry Potter Look Like Wikipedia If you believe the Holy Bible is absolutely, perfectly accurate and infallible: • You also believe in dragons. Yes, the authors of scripture speak about dragons as real creatures.  (Deuteronomy 32:33, Job 30:29, Psalm 74:13, Isaiah 27:1, Jeremiah 9:11, Micah 1:8) • You believe in the Satyr, a creature of Greek mythology. It is a man with a goat’s legs, ears and horns. (Isaiah 13:21, Isaiah 34:34) • You believe in the gigantic sea monst...

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The World's Worst Dictators

Jun 17, 2009 11:10:24 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:18:02 AM
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A quick look at some of history's worst acts. Sometimes the headlines and history books make my head ache. I shudder at the idea of so many dictators and powerful leaders who committed monstrous acts against their fellow men and women. Like Taliban leader and terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarquawi, who once had a woman stoned to death for gathering sticks to make a fire on a cold day.  Or Ugandan President Idi Amin, who sent his soldiers into cities with orders to kill all of the men (including mal...

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The 4 Personality Types in a Debate

May 31, 2009 5:46:40 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:19:09 AM
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This is just my personal observation, but I believe it has merit In my quest to test the merits of Christianity over these past years, I’ve seen a pattern. I ask tough but legitimate questions to people of faith, and the answers that come back usually place the sender into one of four categories. The more people I speak with, the more repetition I see. The categories are: THE FEELER The Feeler often has a bible in tow and easily interjects God and Jesus into everyday conversation.  The Fe...

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Questions I've Always Wanted To Ask God

May 31, 2009 6:16:53 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:19:47 AM
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(Don't tell me you've never wondered this stuff.) Upon my death, if I am indeed to stand at the Pearly Gates and seek entrance to Heaven, and if I am required to give account at the judgment seat for the totality of my life, I’ve decided to arrive prepared. I’m compiling a list of honest, simple, legitimate questions for God. He has questions. I have questions. • If you made Eve from Adam’s rib, why do men and women still have 12 pairs of ribs each? • Why did you allow a single act...

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