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18 comments:

  1. Hello Susan, I too am an atheist. You have some very interesting articles here and I look forward to more posts.

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  2. Thanks Pete for posting the Christmas Songs article on your Buzz. Great Blog Susan, I look forward to reading more posts on here.

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  3. Thanks, Jon! And thanks for following on Twitter too. :-)

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  4. Good luck with this website.

    I have to say that I'm fascinated by the fact that sites like this need to exist. Until recently, I didn't realize that I was lucky enough to live in a country where I can go months without hearing mention of God or Jesus. This, without there ever being a 'movement' that I am aware of.

    It seems that once religion starts losing it's grip, things move pretty quickly, so stand up and be counted and in a generation or two... who knows?

    @SaucyArt

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  5. Thanks, @SaucyArt. In America, I frequently hear people say that they don't really believe in god or religion, but they go along because it's expected or acceptable. They don't want others to think they are "bad" for not believing. That makes me sad for so many reasons. Hence the blog. :-)

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  6. I was raised as a Presbyterian, and for the most part, had their belief system rammed down my throat. I even became a church member. Something about that always galled me and over the years, I began to see chinks in the things I was being taught.

    After seeing so many church members (and even the Minister) acting one way on Sunday and differently the rest of the week, I started down the path of rethinking things.

    While at a local bookstore, I found a book of essays by Bertrand Russell titled "Why I Am Not a Christian". That was the catalyst I needed and over the next few years, more or less developed into a raging agnostic.

    I'd alway heard in the past that an Atheist denied the existence of god, something I couldn't logically follow since you can't prove a negative. I take the middle ground, I suppose. I'm an agnostic who doesn't believe there is a god, but also can't prove it. I don't think anyone CAN know if there isn't.

    I've tried reading some of Richard Dawkins books, but they always rub me the wrong way. I still don't believe in god, but some of his arguments trying to disprove the existence of god just don't work. He's created a great career for himself though.

    As my kids grow, I'm trying to teach them to think for themselves and not let others steer them into "believing" without getting all of the facts first.

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  7. Eyegor- Thanks for leaving a comment! Seeing hypocrisy in my church growing up (Catholic) probably did contribute to my lack of belief, but ultimately I couldn't find a way to reconcile the contradictions I saw in the bible (or in the church's teachings). Exploring other religions led to the same conclusion: I just don't believe in a supernatural "god-like" being.

    Of course, my definition of atheism may be a bit on the agnostic side because I don't say that there absolutely is no god. (That's as unprovable as saying that there absolutely is a god.) But I don't believe that there is a god, given the current evidence, and I think that makes me more atheist than agnostic.

    To me, it's the same as saying that leprechauns don't exist. I can't really know for sure that there aren't leprechauns living in some hidden way, but there's enough evidence for me to conclude that leprechauns are a man-made fiction. If someone were to produce a leprechaun--or strong evidence of their existence--I'd certainly reconsider my position. :-)

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  8. I also find it kind amusing to claim I'm a pastafarian (Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster). My wife thinks it's insulting to Christianity, but it's mostly just to be silly.

    I read a few interesting articles on wikipedia on agnosticism and atheism that break down the various flavors on non-believers.

    Given all the evil done in the name of god, I find it disturbing that people think I'm immoral because I'm not religious.

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  9. My oldest claims to be a pastafarian, too. He even made me an FSM pipe-cleaner sculpture once, complete with meatball eyes and many noodly-appendages. :-)

    On this point, I couldn't agree more: "Given all the evil done in the name of god, I find it disturbing that people think I'm immoral because I'm not religious."

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  10. Hi Susan,

    I'd like to compliment you on your website Atheist Living. I love the design and learned a lot about atheism by perusing your content. :)

    I have recently started my own Atheist blog and invite you to check it out! I have added a link to your site on my blog.

    The URL for my blog is:

    http://handelinatheism.wordpress.com/

    All the best,

    James Handelin

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  11. I am a Catholic and I find if not all then most of your aritcles way out of line with the Catholic Church. I do understand that athiesm is the rejection of the Catholic Church but I find that many of the things you have mentioned have been the wrong and Immoral look upon the Catholic Church. What you write about may make sense to you but it is because you are looking at the Church in an incorrect way. I admit Catholics in the past and even present have made mistake but the Church itself does not make mistakes. I recomend looking deeper into the Catholic Church and maybe you will find the true faith that has been reigning for thousands of years. Thank You

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  12. Hi, Anonymous, thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure I quite understand your message. My articles are "way out of line with the Catholic Church" because--in most cases--I'm not discussing the Catholic church.

    I do not consider atheism to be "the rejection of the Catholic church" as much as a lack of belief in all supernatural god(s).

    I have a right to not believe in god(s), just as you have a right to believe in Catholicism (or anything else). You have your beliefs and I have my own. My beliefs seem "incorrect" to you, and many of your beliefs seem "incorrect" to me.

    If my articles bother you, you do not have to read them. If you want to discuss a specific point in an article, please comment on that article and I'll try to answer your questions. Thanks!

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  13. Thank you for your site, I like that it is a non angry place for atheists

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  14. RESPECTABLE MADAM,
    FIRST OF ALL I THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORTS TO ENLIGHTEN THE PEOPLE TO BRING THEM OUT OF THE WELL OF SUPERSTITIONS. EVERY PERSON WHO DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY THING SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS PREVAILING IN THE SOCIETY SINCE LONG OR SOME INTELLIGENT PERSON HAD TOLD IT,BUT ACCEPT IF IT SATISFIES ON THE LOGIC POINT OF VIEW IS AN ATHEIST. I WAS LOOKING FOR SUCH GOOD IDEAS AND YOUR IDEAS ARE EYE OPENING.THANKS.I WILL COMMENT IN FUTURE ALSO

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  15. RESPECTABLE MADAM,
    FIRST OF ALL I THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORTS TO ENLIGHTEN THE PEOPLE TO BRING THEM OUT OF THE WELL OF SUPERSTITIONS. EVERY PERSON WHO DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY THING SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS PREVAILING IN THE SOCIETY SINCE LONG OR SOME INTELLIGENT PERSON HAD TOLD IT,BUT ACCEPT IF IT SATISFIES ON THE LOGIC POINT OF VIEW IS AN ATHEIST. I WAS LOOKING FOR SUCH GOOD IDEAS AND YOUR IDEAS ARE EYE OPENING.THANKS.I WILL COMMENT IN FUTURE ALSO

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  16. There are two things in the universe: energy, and information; and, information is the conformation of energy. That conformation must be in differentiated closed circuitry, that there be something to move out of the way and fill in behind in the one substance, energy. Enough differentiation causes consciousness so that, in turn, the matrix of energy is thereby differentiated and therefore conscious.
    It was found that in outer space there are automatic differentiations wherever there is enough nothingness, for, the infinitesimal point nothingness, . , is rastered by time into space, U , which exerts its oneness in one direction, /, stirring closed circuitry, O, that all going the same way, vO^XvO^, repels, X, forcing confluency, =, back into undifferentiation.
    The force of stirring, /, is different on either side of a circuit in this process due to the value of pi going from zero to higher values, and thereby there is a different amount of force on either side of the circuit thereby allowing the circuit to circulate.
    The friction is caused by the Planck's volumes. Nothing can be smaller than Planck's volume. The infinitesimal point nothingness is absolute nothingness, nothing. As said "nothing" can be smaller than Planck's volume.
    This process is eternal, therefore, energy is eternally conscious, and has been called God.

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  17. Hi, how do I get permission to share or distribute posts from this site?

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    1. You're welcome to share and distribute posts as long as you include the original links to the site. (Either online or in print.) :-)

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