A handy reference guide (in the form of an Apple App), and also a nice way to remind yourself of the silliness of religion:
“Atheist Pocket Debater is an excellent and useful tool for Atheists and Skeptics.” – Michael Shermer, Skeptic Magazine
An interview with Daniel Everett.
“Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirahas, they converted him. He shows the slow, meticulous steps by which he gradually mastered their language and his gradual realization that its unusual nature closely reflected its speakers startlingly original perceptions of the world.”
A simple, well-reasoned explanation of why atheists are atheists:
What could be simpler than that?
A longer version:
More importantly, how could any intelligent person accept all the nonsense and baggage that comes with religion?
Is America divided on religious lines?
The barrier separating us is defined by the unbridgeable gulf between god and rationalism. This is not a culture war, but a cosmic battle between theism and humanism.
The conflict between these two world views is made apparent in the voting booth. The closest election in American history offers plenty of evidence for the religiosity divide. Of those voters who attend church more than once per week, 68% voted for Bush and 32% for Gore. Of those who never attend church, 35% went for Bush, 65% for Gore. Religiosity alone is the most important, obvious and conclusive factor in determining voter behavior. Simply put, church goers tend to vote Republican. Those who instead go the hardware store on Sunday vote Democrat by wide margins. The divide in our society is not between rich and poor, or Catholic and Protestant, or Christian and Muslim, but between those have faith and those who have reason.
Here is a humanitarian crisis, and anyone can help:
About seven million people – half of the country’s population – face food shortages after crop failures last year.
Aid organisations Oxfam and Save The Children say the situation is growing more critical by the day.
Their concern is shared by the UN, which says the crisis is of a magnitude not seen before.
Save the Children says 400,000 children under five are at risk of starvation.
One online discussion about why God allows children to starve:
The ultimate answer to the “science doesn’t know everything” line:
Deserves to be played twice.
This little video from Feynman is relevant:
Watch the video and it will be immediately obvious how the geographic distribution of religion is an absurdity:
Simple and straightforward – science blows religion away:
Good news from USAToday:
If the trends continue, “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships,” says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group’s survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they’re “really more spiritual than religious.”
Among the 65% who call themselves Christian, “many are either mushy Christians or Christians in name only,” Rainer says. “Most are just indifferent. The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith.”
Read the whole article. It is heartwarming.
The rational person speaks:
The religious person responds:
Who is right?
This video demonstrates how people can be mistreated by the media and made to look like idiots. It goes in all directions. In this case the recipient of the treatment is a Muslim, but atheists can get this treatment as well:
An interesting way to look at the different values of religious and rational people:
But let me offer a slightly less smug and rather simple possible explanation: highly intelligent people are simply playing a different mating strategy, and it’s one that doesn’t go well with being conservative or highly religious.
But whay are atheists smarter?