Blog posts with "The Thinking Atheist"

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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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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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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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Free Will

Apr 28, 2014 11:35:23 AM
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I was recently asked to comment on a discussion about Free Will (a common argument from apologists declaring that humans essentially choose damnation when salvation is an option).   Free Will is a cheat. It excuses God on pretty much everything, and it plays into the "battered partner" syndrome that the church so often falls into. ("It's our fault. He only harms us because he loves us. We get our worth from him. We just can't leave him.") If I invite a child to my front porch and say, "OK. Y...

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Doctors Treat. God Heals. (Really?)

Apr 8, 2014 12:33:43 PM
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To those asserting that God uses doctors as part of his design for your healing, I'd like to draw a few things to your attention. If God sees through time and exists beyond time, he saw your sickness or malady before it ever occurred or took root. Yet he said and did nothing to prevent it, which would have been the more efficient and effective course of action. If God sees your body afflicted with disease or injury and withholds his hand of divine healing until the proper petitions are offer...

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The Legacy That Fred Phelps Never Intended

Mar 16, 2014 11:07:43 AM
Mar 19, 2014 12:35:01 PM
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Nathan Phelps just made a sobering Facebook post about his father, Fred Phelps, who is in hospice and near death. _____  I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the "church" back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.  I'm not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made. I ...

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"I'd Like to Thank God (and the Academy)"

Mar 3, 2014 10:43:23 AM
Mar 3, 2014 3:56:31 PM
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I realize last night's Academy Awards telecast often fell into the same cliched rythyms that countless others have.  The swooning red carpet hosts.  The pampered, millionare celebrities talking about their "craft."  The light show of sequins and bow ties and all manner of glamor.      Fine.  It's Hollywood.  And as a movie lover (like so many of you), I actually enjoy ticking off my laser-jet-printed ballot at home to test my own instincts about the Academy's biggest day.  And I act...

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A Random Act of Kindness

Feb 7, 2014 8:16:56 AM
Feb 7, 2014 8:20:12 AM
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I was informed by a Facebook friend that she had picked up a stranger's breakfast tab at McDonald's yesterday. When Tonya shared the experience on Facebook, I found myself smiling, as I'd done something similar the day before at the drive-thru of a Taco Bueno and mentioned the encounter on my page. In both cases, the recipient didn't even know what was happening until we had slipped anonymously out of the picture.  We could only imagine the look on their faces when they were informed, "Actua...

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Why Should Atheists Want "Community?"

Jan 18, 2014 10:58:53 AM
Jan 18, 2014 11:11:30 AM
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A question/comment emerged on the Facebook page, and I hear it echoed so often that I wanted to formally address it here.Why do we need community, as atheists? Why would we mirror the hideous gatherings of the fundementalist "thinkers"? The answer is simple: Human beings are relational creatures.  The church doesn't have a monopoly on community. The church didn't invent community. It just happens to do community really, really well. Gathering to share common interests and pursue common goal...

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Morality and the MPAA

Jan 14, 2014 11:14:09 AM
Jan 15, 2014 8:50:17 AM
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I saw an eye-opening documentary on Netflix recently called "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," which (finally!) asked the question: Who are those anonymous and unaccountable censors at the Motion Picture Association of America? Well, according to the findings of a tenacious private investigator, they're largely religious, and the MPAA appeals board includes 2 members of the clergy. {Sigh.} So essentially, we have a dozen unaccountable mystery men/women potentially basing a film's rating and releas...

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