Friday, November 8, 2019
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Sunday, September 1, 2019
When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 31, 2019
I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And - given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower.#aspiepower pic.twitter.com/A71qVBhWUU
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Looks like they don’t really trust the “power of prayer”— Anastasia Poulikakos (@APoulikakos) August 18, 2019
Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report https://t.co/6jFv6FAkQv
I know many people are having a tough time and I don't want to act like I'm a special case. I am always hesitant to ask and have staved off doing so as I've attempted to use other sources but this month and perhaps the next month...
— Apetivist🎃 (@apetivist) August 18, 2019
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Thursday, August 15, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
#EvangelicalBibleFilter #6: Although Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers, turn the other cheek, love your enemies, and do good to those that hate you, it’s okay to love guns, always be ready for a good war, and—in every encounter—to make sure you win. Credit to @Emilinalala.
— Tim Sledge (@Goodbye_Jesus) January 15, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Mena Mangal: Journalist and women’s rights campaigner shot dead in broad daylight in Kabul
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
This is a sperm at just ONE day old. Masturbation is MASS MURDER and should be a federal crime. At one day your sperm has 23 CHROMOSOMES a FLAGELLUM and can already SWIM. pic.twitter.com/kZ4boZa1bq— ✨Lidya Thee Pony✨ (@Lidyaxxo) May 12, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
This Polish Film About Pedophile Priests in the Catholic Church is Unforgettable by The Friendly Atheist
Issued In 1980 By The Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism (now the Council for Secular Humanism) Introduction Secular humanism is a vital force in the contemporary world. It is now under unwarranted and intemperate attack from various quarters. This declaration defends only that form of ...
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
The Christ: A Critical Review and Analysis of the Evidences of His Existence By John E. Remsburg (1909) p. 49
You can read the book for free at: https://openlibrary.org/books/OL23286419M/The_Christ
*This is an open source library that allows 14 day reading of books with an account (free).
Sunday, May 5, 2019
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Friday, May 3, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
“To express a cognitive belief, as we have seen, is also to affirm (at least implicitly) that the content of one's belief is true. And since to affirm the truth of a proposition is to judge its cognitive value, all such beliefs can reflect on our competency to judge.
There is an absurd but popular notion that one's fundamental beliefs are sacrosanct and therefore immune to criticism Religious beliefs in particular are often spoken of in hushed and reverential tones, as if their lofty content automatically confers upon them the special privilege of unearned respect. A person is said to be admirable because he is a "deeply religious" person with strong convictions."A person who has profound beliefs about God deserves our profound respect, however profoundly we may disagree with him.
All such claims are sheer balderdash. There is nothing admirable about a belief per se, whatever its object may be. To say that beliefs are a dime a dozen would be to overestimate their true value. A belief, subjectively considered, has no more cognitive value than a feeling, viz., none at all. We are overstocked with beliefs; everyone has more than he needs, and everyone tends to think that his beliefs are especially important simply because they are his.
Monday, April 29, 2019
If there is a god or gods and they want us to believe in them then it is upon them to present convincing evidence of their existence as well as presenting their plan for us and why we should care to follow such a plan. Making it a guessing game, a matter of faith, and poisoning the well by allowing 4,200+ religions throughout the world seems an odd way to go about establishing your existence as a fact. How can this god or gods expect anyone to make the correct choice regarding all these claims as well as the discordance between practically every version of each sect.
If this god or gods make claim that they are omniscient, omnipotent, omnisapient, and omnibenevolent then they have a very strange way both literally and figuratively of NOT showing it.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
****For Facebook I suggest downloading Social Fixer Chrome extension and then select Options then go to Filters and select Hide Avengers: End Game Spoilers.
More options in the article> https://www.wired.com/story/avengers-endgame-avoid-spoilers/
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
(MUELLER REPORT LIVE THREAD) This thread chronicles—in real time—the release of the Mueller Report, with news and analysis from a @Newsweek columnist and @NYTimes bestselling author (Proof of Collusion). Please retweet this thread widely for those you think might benefit from it. pic.twitter.com/GEueMg8qPe— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 17, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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Saturday, April 13, 2019
I think it is a wonderful depiction that Christian Soteriology isn't as simple as most Christians think it is...in fact it is rather impossible to know if you are ever saved and even if somehow you did there is no guarantee that you can keep it as the Bible shows multiple ways this can happen while other verses contradict it and say that salvation is eternal. This is a total mind f**k. This all goes with never once providing evidence that the claims are even true or that there is such a thing as a god much less the Christian god.
Friday, April 12, 2019
It's no wonder there are thousands of different Christian brands. The New Testament itself has fueled so much heated debate, diluting the One True Faith and provoking endless irreconcilable interpretations. So pity the poor laypeople. Largely isolated from theological wrangling, they have to figure out the essence of the faith from what they've learned in Sunday school.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
David Madison PhD Biblical Studies Discusses His Book "Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows You Why You Should Ditch the Faith- Naked Diner Podcast Ep 14
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS David Madison has a PhD in Biblical Studies from Boston University and is the author of Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows You Why You Should Ditch the Faith.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Saturday, April 6, 2019
"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." - Charles Darwin
"A little learning is a dangerous thing." - Alexander Pope
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius
"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Friday, April 5, 2019
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
If the Christian god was truly good he wouldn't risk our salvation upon faith amidst a world rife with conflicting religious claims and sects. He would provide an irrefutable and personal revelation via a direct message to each of us and the message would never conflict. A truly loving god would not leave it up to an accident of birth, geography, or what family you're born into to determine whether you will ever believe the right things.
Saying that the Christian god revealing himself would be infringing on our free will is ridiculous. Not only did he reveal himself to various people during the OT he even did so in the NT. If the Christian god is supposed to not favor one over another then it would be unreasonable and unfair for the Christian god to expect anyone to take another person's word for it much less an account told my someone that lives millennia ago and in whom we have no verifiable details about their life much less their motives or honesty in telling these stories.
The Free Will Defense also exonerates the Christian god from answering for the very problems he started. If the Christian god is omniscient, omnipotent, omnisapient, and omnibenevolent then he could very well have placed us in a universe where there would be no sin, evil, or suffering. In fact, an omnibenevolent god wouldn't be able to live with himself unless he did exactly that. If I had a way to prevent or solve suffering I would do it. That means that, I, a mere mortal has more compassion than the Christian god. If I had both the ability and desire to prevent evil and suffering and I didn't do so then I am not a loving or compassionate person.
Consider supporting this young man's endurance run for an important cause: https://t.co/YRTISPMuDU— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 30, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Hey all. I will periodically check in on Twitter and my www.apetivist.com (I may post on blog but not my own work) but I have my hands full with most of my medical problems as well as some personal projects I am on. If you wish to contact me do so by DM. Please don't tag me in threads until I make my Twitter comeback.— Apetivist (@apetivist) March 27, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
You know what happened to us ex-ministers? We researched our beliefs and examined them based on all available information on the subject matter. We realized we had been sold a false bill of goods and left it because it was the honest and logical thing to do.— Apetivist (@apetivist) March 27, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
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Monday, March 18, 2019
After 50 years as a Christian I finally read my whole Bible, compared it to #science #history #archeology and became as #atheist. #SacrilegeSunday #EmptyThePews #EndReligion #ExChristian pic.twitter.com/ue1CvTTseh— Wendy McClelland (@wendyweb47) March 17, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
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Monday, March 4, 2019
If there is a god or gods and he/they/she/it wants me to believe in it then it has done a really poor job of convincing me that it exists. It is hilarious that Christians and Muslims threaten unbelievers with Hell or tell us that there is no justice. We make our own justice and we always have. It may be finite in its scope and isn't by any means perfect but it does a good enough job to deter a lot of chaos. Sometimes there is no justice and that is a hard fact to swallow but to wishfully think that there is some divine afterlife justice such as Hell is ludicrous. Infinite punishment for finite crimes is beyond barbaric. If for some reason I discovered that the Bible god was real I would certainly not worship it nor would I respect it. If there is such thing as a god or gods I think its quite clear that they are disinterested with human affairs and human and animal suffering. In such a case I wouldn't care and have no respect for them either.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
My Thoughts On The Problem of Evil by Apetivist
Is it not possible for Yahweh to have created us all with a sense to do the right thing and also give us the idea of what constitutes wrong things? If Yahweh created the Universe as it is then he intended the world to have evil in light of his omniscience. Free Will Defense nor Transworld Depravity is not a good excuse either and in the following paragraphs I think I will make it clear why this is the case.
Apologist, Alvin Plantinga, puts forth the his famous apologetic argument:
"It is possible that God, even being omnipotent, could not create a world with free creatures who never choose evil. Furthermore, it is possible that God, even being omnibenevolent, would desire to create a world which contains evil if moral goodness requires free moral creatures." (God, Freedom, and Evil by Alvin Plantinga, 1974)
With advances in neuroscience and physics we are beginning to see indications that free will might be illusory and that indeterminism actually means that we are not as in control of the electrochemical reactions in our brain as we may think. This will make for another discussion later.
But that means that Yahweh is not omnipotent and it even calls into question his omnisapience. Surely even I can imagine a world where humans could think of doing evil but any attempt to carry it out would be thwarted by some measure. They have the free will to act as they may but there would be no ill effect on themselves or another if they so choose to do so.
Take an example regarding moral evil. I decide I want to stab a person with a knife. But the moment I try to do so the knife dematerializes. Imagine that I try to push a person down a flight of stairs and the moment I touch them my arm passes right through them with no effect whatsoever. Evil could be considered but not carried out with any effect. Eventually people would realize how pointless evil would be. Free will should not be so important that it takes away the free will of another person.
Equally I can imagine a world with no moral evil or natural evil. Can’t we all learn the importance of life without pain and suffering? We can challenge our character without experiencing physical pain. There could always be challenges but they need not involve suffering.
Why in the Garden was Adam and Eve created ignorant of good and evil? Why couldn’t Yahweh have placed that within them? Could he not of trusted his own creations to do what was right? Especially if they knew what was right? Surely, they could think of doing otherwise but as I said before they could be physically prevented from ever carrying it out. In fact, they could have knowledge of doing every act of evil imaginable but it would only serve as a way to appreciate the good life that they had.
If I can imagine this can’t an omnisapient and omniscient deity be able to do so? It seems that Yahweh is more concerned with the free will of a rapist in our world than the free will of the raped. In our world the toll and consequences of moral and natural evil is beyond measure. Even if we get a heaven later does that mean that we are properly compensated? Even if compensation seems fair would that in and of itself rectify the justification for evil in the first place?
If Yahweh knew all along that there would be no evil or sin in the New Heavens and New Earth then why didn’t he just make it that way to begin with? Skip to the end. Why even create people that are destined for Hell? Why even create a Hell? It is all so senseless especially given the so-called omnisapience of Yahweh. It also paints Yahweh as being evil. Only an evil deity would create a Universe where there is evil. An omnibenevolent deity would never create a Universe whereby evil would exist.
For those that say I’m being idealistic then you forget that Yahweh is being idealistic with the New Heavens and New Earth. It makes no sense whatsoever to put trillions of animals through suffering if it never was necessary to begin with. That is why I say that if Yahweh exists as described in the Bible then he is a malevolent deity. We could imagine a Deistic god though that is either unaware or apathetic of our existence. This Deistic god could have just set things into motion and left it all to play out perhaps to a desired end or to no ends whatsoever.
However, until we have any evidence of a god of any sort then we are left with no other choice than to withhold belief in such a being and go with what is available to us through naturalistic observation and measurement. Science (hard and soft and in-between such as psychology) and most of useful philosophy helps us better understand the world around us in such a way that religion could never have. It tells us that we live in a naturalistic universe and there are physical causes for what happens. If a person chooses or carries out involuntarily a moral evil against another person it isn’t because of some demon compelled or influenced them to do it is because that person is either intentionally violent, mentally unstable, or mentally deficient to do otherwise. What caused them to do it can be complex thus we have all different fields of study that can help shed light on such reasons if there are any to be discovered. Some events happen for no apparent reason but that just means that presently we don’t understand it and perhaps soon by asking the right questions, research, and testing we may eventually know.
An omniscient and omnipotent deity could well have created the Universe but without evidence of such we are left with more questions. Why would this deity or deities place us in a Universe where there would be suffering? If this deity is omnibenevolent then what has it to gain in such a creation? The less absurd hypothesis based on available evidence proposes we live in a naturalistic universe. It may not be comforting for the religious to entertain this but it is less complex than the Creator Hypothesis. I personally am left to no other course of thought than to side with the postulates of Occam’s Razor.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Antiprocess is the preemptive recognition and marginalization of undesired information by the interplay of mental defense mechanisms: the subconscious compromises information that would cause cognitive dissonance. It is often used to describe a difficulty encountered when people with sharply contrasting viewpoints are attempting (and failing) to discuss a topic. In other words, when one is debating with another, there may be a baffling disconnect despite his apparent understanding of the argument. Despite the apparently sufficient understanding to formulate counter-arguments, the mind of the debater does not allow him to be swayed by that knowledge.
There are many instances on the Internet where antiprocess can be observed, but the prime location to see it is in Usenet discussion groups, where discussions tend to be highly polarized. In such debates, both sides appear to have a highly sophisticated understanding of the other position, yet neither side is swayed. As a result, the debate can continue for years without any progress being made.
Antiprocess occurs because:
The mind is capable of multitasking;
The mind has the innate capability to evaluate and select information at a pre-conscious level so that we are not overwhelmed with the processing requirements;
It is not feasible to maintain two contradictory beliefs at the same time;
It is not possible for people to be aware of every factor leading up to decisions they make;
People learn argumentatively effective but logically invalid defensive strategies (such as rhetorical fallacies);
People tend to favor strategies of thinking that have served them well in the past; and
The truth is just too unpalatable to the mind to accept.
The ramifications of these factors are that people can be engaged in a debate sincerely, yet the appearances suggests that they are not. This can lead to acrimony if neither party is aware of antiprocess and does not adjust his or her debating style accordingly.
Monday, February 25, 2019
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Friday, February 15, 2019
Please Stop Calling Religious People
I’ve heard or read it many times.
Theists calling atheists stupid or atheists calling theists stupid. I
wish this would stop. It isn’t only a poor debate tactic but it is
also insensitive, rude, and in most cases, factually incorrect. In
most cases it is just hateful language. The truth is that all
atheists and theists are intelligent. The hallmark of intelligence is
the ability to attain and use knowledge and skills. It doesn’t mean
that one is always correct. If one person is more knowledgeable in
one area than another person, with most factors being equal, it is
usually because of additional experience or talent in that specific
We are all ignorant of something.
Ignorance can be remedied with education. As long as a person is open
to learning (and has no significant learning disability to prevent
them) they can establish themselves with a previously unknown subject
given enough time and effort. So where do people get off on calling
each other names?
When we think that others should
clearly know what we know, as if it is common knowledge, we can often
resort to thinking that such people that don’t hold that knowledge
are stupid. Rather than considering the reasons why people do not, at
least in the present, hold such knowledge we can often be quick to
judge them. This is in part because we feel a satisfaction thinking
we are intellectually superior or far more insightful than another
person (particularly our opponent in a argument or debate) but, by
doing so we are often mistaken.
Theists and atheists can all be
misinformed or wrong on any number of subjects. Often times we may
believe things purely for emotional reasons. Those reasons could be
good or bad, provable or unprovable. Sometimes we think we are
justified intellectually to hold a position but we could be mistaken
and our knowledge may be insufficient in the subject to rightfully
make such a claim.
When I was a believer I was capable of
using reason in almost every other area of my life except my
religious beliefs. Not only is it discouraged in Christianity to have
doubt or question but it is often judged to be a sign of some moral
indiscretion. So I cordoned off my Christian beliefs from analysis.
This is called compartmentalization (psychology) and people of many
different beliefs do it, not just for religious reasons but also for
political reasons, nationalistic reasons, superstitions, etc. When we
call people stupid we are forgetting that we are also susceptible to
such psychological defense mechanisms. These mechanisms stem from our
evolutionary past and without them we would not have survived.
Trusting authority figures and going
with the tribe often led to increased probability of survival.
Superstition and religion came on the
scene earlier than the advent of science and as such it was the only
game in town when it came to explaining the world around us. This
eventually led to the development of philosophy which in turn led to
natural philosophy (what we now call science). People raised in
religion or in a religious culture often don’t give a second
thought as to its veracity and even when they do they still subscribe
to it because they feel included in a group that provides support as
long as they continue to fit in. This really isn’t stupid. If it is
all you have known and becoming an outsider means losing support then
it is a wise strategy to stay within the in-group. It becomes even
more intelligent to stay when becoming an outsider means losing
family, friends, jobs, homes, and in some cases your life! This is
why I tell fellow atheists that it is one thing to help deconvert a
believer it is another thing to provide them an alternative support
system. A lot of people don’t have it in them to rough it and start
anew especially at such a heavy cost. So, do consider this and
realize that even when you may feel superior to a theist, if you were
in their shoes, you may very well be doing the same thing!
Monday, February 11, 2019
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Honestly, if you have an issue with evolution or you being part of the ape family then you have to provide evidence for and give a better explanation of all the evidence for natural branching common descent. Good luck with that. #Evolution pic.twitter.com/3mkMwBQE4u— Apetivist (@apetivist) February 1, 2019
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Excerpt from Phil Zuckerman's article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-secular-life/201606/killing-atheists
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Lawyers don't lie unless they are trying to cover for their clients. Cohen lied to Congress for a reason. What else could be that reason? Trump wanted him to lie on his behalf and very much needed him to do so! Ridiculous to think Cohen just did it with no direction from 45!— Apetivist (@apetivist) January 19, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
If there be such a thing as a deity then it may also be possible that there are multiple deities. Therefore, unless America is based on a belief in monotheism (it's not) our money should say "In gods we trust" or we could just use "E Pluribus Unum" and be done with this crap.— Apetivist (@apetivist) January 14, 2019
Saturday, January 5, 2019
A fool is someone who too readily accepts improbable claims from questionable sources on insufficient evidence. So it’s no wonder that the Bible and the Qur’an both use the opposite definition, because those books were written to fool you.— Aron Ra (@Aron_Ra) August 30, 2018