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Does it take faith to be an atheist?

I can't tell you how many times I'm 'accused' by a person of faith that my label of atheism somehow implies I must have faith in the idea to the same degree they do. I want to try and clear the air here, and explain why my belief in the non-existence of God is not a position of faith, but is simply the most rational interpretation of the available evidence. Historically, I can admit atheism is fairly new to ...

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Atheist bus success!

Just when you think your country can't get anything right, something happens that makes you thankful everything hasn't totally gone to shit. Today's bit of good news comes from Ottawa, which has now approved the atheist bus campaign after previously refusing it on the grounds it would offend people. Here's the best quote from the article: ...Cullen went on to say that just because an opinion makes people un ...

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Religious affiliations are shifting

It's always interesting that perception does not usually reflect reality, specifically when it comes to religion. If you looked only at statistics, it would seem as religion were on a comeback, since studies have shown the average person attends church more often than in any period of American history. However, on the other side of the equation, it would appear that every state in the US has seen some signi ...

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Why Christians visit atheist blogs

I'm not really in the habit of visiting Christian blogs. There is nothing about their viewpoint I haven't heard or  read a million times. Jesus is Lord, Jesus is the way, the light and the only salvation. I get it; you love the guy. The Proud Atheist recently asked "why do Christians visit atheist sites", and I thought I might put in my two cents. Christianity is a proselytizing religion. If you aren't spre ...

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Richard Dawkins interview

BBC News has an interesting and in depth interview with Richard Dawkins. I've read almost everything he's written over the years, so I guess that makes me a fan. Personally, I much prefer it when he talks about science than religion, but that certainly doesn't mean it isn't always interesting. Here's a highlight: As the observance of religion in our particular country has declined, we've seen the rise of pe ...

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Birthday Post!

Hey guys. It's my birthday today, and that means this weekend's posting will be a little slower than usual in order for me to get jiggy with it. I thought this might be a good chance to talk about this patronage idea that I had talked about on my radio show. I realize of course trying to ask for money is like begging for sex; it can often make people uncomfortable, or worse, react negatively. After all, som ...

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A message to agnostics

If you've ever called yourself an agnostic, then you should head over to the Radical Atheist's blog. He's written an article on how agnosticism is compatible with atheism. Here is a quote from the article: I see no inconsistency in being both agnostic and an atheist. I'm an agnostic in the methods I use to discern truth (small a) and appreciate reality. I'm an atheist in my opinion on theism. I do not cont ...

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Apparently, I have no passion

It always surprises me how little religious people actually understand atheism. I believe it has something to do with the fact they can't possibly imagine why anyone would choose to reject the notion of God. It must be doubly confusing if your entire life is defined by your faith. It's this fundamental lack of understanding that's behind the latest claim from Jake the Evangelical, who says atheists can't po ...

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An Atheist Life: Matthew’s story (kinda)

Matthew wanted to write in to share a story about a close friend of his while also taking the time to write in a question that I'll try to answer next podcast. Hi. First let me say I really enjoy your podcast. I have a friend who is an atheist but has reasonably fundamentalist parents. (fairly unusual here in Australia) He has very strong views against religion like I do but he hasn't come out to his parent ...

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An atheist life: Adam’s story

Here's a short one from Adam in Pennsylvania: Hello, my name is Adam and I live in PA. I saw recently saw the post on The Good Atheist and decided to share the sorted [sic] road that led me to my lack of faith. First I feel its necessary to explain my family background. Both of my parents are very religious Protestants and my grandmother is a devout Catholic. The rest of my family though is not the least bi ...

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