Why do many atheists care what other people believe? Because people act on their beliefs. If religious beliefs only affected the people who held them, most atheists wouldn’t care very much about them. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.
(Kind of behind and need to catch up –this may be Atheist Meme of the Half Day for a couple days.) 🙂 If religious believers can’t say what evidence would change their minds — if nothing could possibly persuade them that their religion was mistaken — then it’s unfair for them to accuse atheists of … Continue reading Atheist Meme of the Day: What would convince you you’re mistaken?
If an idea is good, it should be able to withstand questions and criticism, and should even welcome them. And that’s just as true of religion as anything else. When believers passionately insist that religion should be above criticism, it doesn’t make the God hypothesis look stronger — it makes it look weaker. Pass it … Continue reading Atheist Meme of the Day: Good ideas should welcome criticism
Not believing in God doesn’t require 100% positive proof that God doesn’t exist… any more than not believing in unicorns requires 100% positive proof that unicorns don’t exist. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.
If you care whether the things you believe are true, you need to ask whether those beliefs can be confirmed or verified. And that includes religion. Religion is not a subjective experience that’s true for some people and not others — it’s a hypothesis about the external, non-subjective world. Pass it on: if we say … Continue reading Atheist Meme of the Day: Beliefs should be verified
If God is real, why are people’s perceptions of him so wildly different, and even totally contradictory? The physical universe is also huge and complex and bizarre — and yet, by comparing notes and collaborating, our understanding of it has moved forward dramatically. That is conspicuously not true of religion. Pass it on: if we … Continue reading Atheist Meme of the Day: Religions are Inconsistent
There is a big difference between criticizing an idea, and being disrespectful or intolerant of a person. And that’s just as true for religion as anything else. It’s not intolerant for atheists to say we think religion is mistaken… any more than it’s intolerant to say any idea is mistaken. Pass it on: if we … Continue reading Atheist meme of the day: Criticism is not disrespectful
Greta Christina has been putting out these Atheist Memes of the Day that are really good and thoughtful, like this one: Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheism is not a belief system. … Continue reading Atheist Memes of the Day
This is amusing: Earlier today I posted a short blog called “Getting Your Attention” in which I mention John Loftus’ observation that it looks like only believers are really interested in converting people and not any omnipotent or omniscient deity, and a quip from another on what would convince him God exists… I just discover … Continue reading 6 (Unlikely) Developments That Could Convince This Atheist That God Exists
Greta Christina is the source if my “Atheist Meme of the Day” posts, and today she has an article: “Why Did God Create Atheists? — If God is real, and religious believers can perceive him… why is anyone an atheist?” There’s really not a thing in this article I don’t agree with! … “I want … Continue reading Why did God create atheists?
Taking a quick break from serious posts for a minute (I do need to catch up on my “Atheist Meme of the Days”), and thought I’d post a few iPhone pics I’d taken of some crazy stuff I’ve seen in stores. This one I call “The Nutcrackers of Dr. Moreau” And here I have captioned: … Continue reading Some crazy store pictures
(This is the 8th edition of my Alpha Course reaction. For the first and all past posts, see the Alpha Page.) Oh boy. I’m going to try to keep in reigned in, but this is going to be a doozy edition (as if the previous novels haven’t been). Wife and I attended the weekend Alpha … Continue reading Spirit in the sky. Now with lots of videos!
(This is part 7 of my, a non-believer’s, reaction to The Alpha Course, an introductory course into Christianity. The beginning is here, and the previous entry, part 6, is here.) (Update: I just read Stephen Butterfield’s reaction to this night’s topic — if you have to read just one, read his! It’s much better written … Continue reading The devil’s in the details.