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Question : For most of my life I’ve hidden that I’m atheist from my family and friends. The thing is: I feel embarrassed to be atheist. Is that normal?
Harmless question from an insecure atheist, even understandable. However its the answers that's quirky and paranoid in some places.
Answer : Yes it is normal. When you live in an area thats heavily populated by theists, it’s understandable that one would feel some social and psychological pressures from that community. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, isolation, and even embarrassment when one is feeling judged or ridiculed. Which is exactly how they want you to feel.
You see, one of the things about theism is that it creates an attitude of fear and mistrust. It teaches you that those that don’t believe the way you do should be shunned or proselytized. The embarrassment you are feeling is probably due to worrying about how others will perceive you, and consequently, whether or not they will accept you. Religion uses this to their advantage as a way of discouraging people from leaving the flock. It’s a method of control.
Over 9 years ago I co-created one of the fastest growing and tightly knit atheist communities on the internet, the Atheist Network . I have also been called the inspiration behind Live with the Infidelguy and The Rational Response Squad.
Matthew Green does it again....mostly pedantic reading errors that earn no Gold, but this is good:
I am going to see what I can do in ten blog articles and then I am thinking of moving onto more positive, fulfilling, and satisfying pursuits in life. I have decided that it’s best to conclude this blog with an in depth response to Mr. Holding’s lengthy essay “The Impossible Faith”. My next article, which will be up by Sunday, will make a prediction that will be about the death of Tekton Ministries!
Meh, I thought OBP's email actually raised a coupla clever points.
Anyhoo, Technically this is from February, and it's not a screwball as such, but it's typical of LGM's split-personality disorder when it comes to being "nice guy" one minute and complete doucebag the next:
Originally posted by LGM in response to genuine concern for Talkingsworth's future
Oh my...another one of god's spokesmodels.
Did your gpd personally appear to you as a burning bush and tell you he cared about Matt's particular religious beliefs?
Or maybe he came to you in a dream last night and told you?
Or maybe his magical spirit is taking control of your brain and telling you this right now?
Check the mirror...are you a god?....No...didn't think so...so try to speak only for yourself.
This message I got:
I understand the importance of Christian apologetics because of 1 Peter 3:15...I used to be a Christian myself. I'm 23 now and just a 4 months ago I realized that I'm an atheist. I started apologetics since I was 15 years old...and had even seriously considered studying apologetics at a Christian college.
No, I didn't jump in the Jesus-mythicist bandwagon or swallow the idea of Jesus being borrowed from pagan religions...I'm just not convinced of the ressurection. I've studied the subject longer than you have. I'm not going to waste my time to debate...also because I don't think you should waste your time with the mental gymnastics and masturbation of apologetics.
Why can't the only ideology be treating others with respect? Why fret about worldviews when we could just try our best in this world? Why are you trying so hard to see something behind the universe?
They aren't convincing...they seem more likely to just confirm beliefs.
Why can't you just stop focusing on immaterial existences and try your best on this planet with the life that you have? Bring the myth of Heaven and try your best to make it a reality down here?
Did your desire to still believe in the Christian story make you weigh the evidence offered in apologetics differently?
When I was a Christian...One of my favorite apologists was William Lane Craig. He "accepted Jesus in his heart" before he even studied apologetics. What do you think about that?
go to the sites below, read some articles, e-mail some of ex-ministers, ex-apologists, etc. at the site below and give yourself a challenge. Try your best to follow 1 Peter 3:15...I honestly did and I could no longer follow it...eventually I could no longer believe
Starting now in case I don't get online tomorrow. Remember the rules: Rant in the other thread, not here, or I'll feed you to Cocoa.
Geez, JP... Are you sure you want to feed your dog Junk Food?
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LGM makes more baby doodoo. When will he leave his crib and blankie behind?
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24)
Hmmm...I guess Jesus was wrong on that one.
I'm sure some brilliant apologist will claim Jesus was only kidding.
So if all it took was a few well-placed high-power rifle shots to end this wholesale massacre, I suppose you'd be okay with that, too.
Godwin in six posts!
Let me first say I know we've had some sharp disagreements in the past, and I apologize for the part I've played in them. Too often my responses have been mere epithets when a thoughtful explanation was needed.
There is only one "racist" in the recorded phone calls. It is the caller, who is clearly a pro-life advocate trolling for a tape to put up on youtube. This much is clear. The audience listening to this tape is asked to overlook this racism in order to see only the tolerance of this racism, despite the fact the racism is brought into the conversation by the pro-life advocate, and in no way instigated by the secretary handling the call.
This is the hypocrisy I see:
The receptionist is branded a racist but the caller is not.
The receptionist's attitude is used to paint her entire organization, but the caller's is not.
The contrary motivation of the caller is granted, but that of the receptionist is not.
I have sympathy for the vast majority of the work done by planned parenthood which consists of providing sexual health examinations and birth control, often at a discount for students and the financially disadvantaged. To give these discounts requires donations. When one is placed in the position of asking for money, it's sometimes necessary to hold your nose at the ethics of the man holding the wallet. This is as true for an organization asking for donations as it is for the common laborer working for a robber baron.
I would prefer that every pregnancy was taken to term with the caveats and suppositions contained in my old thread, Two out of three ain't good. But I am extremely wary of any path to righteousness that demands we overlook the ideals trampled underfoot in the process.
As ever, Jesse
"Years ago, I mean decades ago, I read a quote about politicians performing quid pro quo favors for campaign cash, and whether or not we could prove it. The guy who was quoted opined that it was difficult to determine. He noted that in many cases, the payoff might not take the form of votes on legislative action -- those might be detectable, and so are avoided -- but could take subtler forms, like the question that is never asked at a hearing.
The media's doing a terrific job of not asking questions it doesn't want to know the answer to. It doesn't ask these questions in bulk, and the great volume of questions it doesn't ask makes it cheap to not ask questions.
And it passes these savings on to you, the customer." Ace
I confess…I’m an intellectual. I like to discuss Christian theology. I appreciate that the Christianity we live today was shaped by first the writers of the New Testament and lots of faithful people...
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