In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Nonsense from Kreeft

deconversionmovement:

twocrowns:

“I am an atheist. I don’t believe in the god you don’t believe in either.”
—Peter Kreeft

Let me guess, Kreeft is attempting to pull Yahweh out of the Bible and conflate him with Augustine’s Platonic views or Aquinas’ Aristotelian notions—both of which support deism and not theism.  Most apologists will actually tell you that other arguments are necessary to get from the god implied in The Argument from Motion to the god of the Bible, for example.  Not that Aquinas’ arguments hold up, but the arguments that attempt to establish Yahweh as the god in Aquinas’ arguments definitely don’t hold up.  Am I supposed to read verses in where he murdered children and infants figuratively?  Oh, that was written with respect to those times?  My question is simple: when was that ever okay—especially coming from an omnibenevolent god?  Yahweh is a logical contradiction in more ways than one.  I disbelieve in the right god, despite the apologetic acrobats of guys like Kreeft.

Penn And Teller Bullshit - The Bible

The characters and events depicted in the damn bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Aesthetics, God, and Creationism

deconversionmovement:

thinkingtheist:

religiousragings:

Okay, this is far from a scientific argument, but it bothers me, so I’m going to post it.

If God created the universe 6000 years ago, why the heck did he put us HERE?

I mean, he could have put us anywhere. He could have created a different universe where there actually was a center, and we, or…

uh no, the solar system isn’t “random.” It’s actually a very precisely organized world where gasses, distances, and gravitational forces must be within a very fine parameter. You are bringing up things like “the continents aren’t perfectly square,” or “the moon looks boring”; these are painfully trivial points that have nothing to do with the theory of divine creation. You say the earth’s “randomness” is exactly what we’d expect if the “scientific theory” of creation was correct - by which you mean the Big Bang. Well I concede that statement. If everything did come from an explosion of matter, we would indeed see randomness. In which case we couldn’t exist. Because as I said, there are many parameters in the universe and solar system that are imperative for life to exist, and that are anything but random. The rational person sees the scientific evidence of natural precision as very near irrefutable proof for a cosmic Author. It can only be the one with the incredibly strong presupposition that an Author does NOT exist who can disregard such potent evidence.

Thanks for reading

First of all, it’s gases not “gasses.”  Secondly, your god is no divine author.  Assuming the Bible, the solar system is wrong.  The Earth is a circle and it is held up by pillars.  Well, a circle and a sphere aren’t the same.  The area of a circle is pi(r)^2 and the area of a sphere is 4pi(r)^2.  The word of a perfect god would not get the math wrong.  Moreover, the Earth is held up by gravity.  Further still, the Earth was created before the stars.  However, that is impossible (read here).  Most solar systems are byproducts of supernova explosions.  Thus, the Earth could not have preceded the stars. 

The Bible also posits that man was created by god in his present form.  False!  Man evolved from sub-human species and there is substantial evidence.  Read below:

http://deconversionmovement.tumblr.com/post/9533372151/bad-design-proves-evolution

http://deconversionmovement.tumblr.com/post/9470539078/atavisms-prove-evolution

http://deconversionmovement.tumblr.com/post/9472465552/dead-genes-pseudogenes-prove-evolution

Just in case you find me to be dishonest about those quotes, read the book for yourself.  Here’s a video from the man himself regarding his book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1m4mATYoig

Moreover, if that isn’t enough evidence, here’s a free course courtesy of Yale University:

http://oyc.yale.edu/ecology-and-evolutionary-biology/principles-of-evolution-ecology-and-behavior/content/sessions/lecture02.html

In listening to the lectures, you will hear the evidences.  I would also advise you:  do not and I repeat, do not present Apologetic pseudoscience.  That is nothing but unsubstantiated garbage.

Earth is special?  Sorry, it isn’t (read here).  Many more earth-like planets have been found (i.e. Gliese 581g).  The Bible posits a 6,000-12,000 year old universe.  Furthermore, it posits that the Earth is just as old or even older than the universe.  Wrong again!  The universe is 13.72 billion years old and no time dilation does not account for its rapid expansion — an expansion that your Bible deems impossible in Genesis 2:1.  Well, given the expanding universe, the heavens and the Earth were not completed. The Earth is 4.5 billion years old.  The Earth is neither older or as old as the universe.   

Big Bang you say?  There’s a new theory in the works.  However, the Big Bang theory is currently the best theory to explain the birth of our universe.  Furthermore, we do exist obviously.  Your statement is a speculative statement.  Your god is not the author; I am sure and I can provide evidence.  All you have is faith and faith based speculation.

Side note: I don’t think the earth is “held ‘up’” at all. Seems to me that while we are gravitationally bound to our sun, and it to its galaxy, we are all constantly falling through expanding space. The idea of pillars makes no sense, not even metaphorically.

(Source: skepticalavenger)

religiousragings:

deconversionmovement:

Sam Harris on Christianity

If you haven’t already, PLEASE watch this.  Honestly, I don’t see how anyone could argue the points that Sam Harris makes in this clip.  It is simply brilliant.

(Source: academicatheism)

The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.

Christopher Hitchens, god Is Not Great (via cocknbull)

Either the Gospels are in some sense literal truth, or the whole thing is essentially a fraud and perhaps an immoral one at that.

Christopher Hitchens, god Is Not Great (via cocknbull)

I remember a gentleman coming and telling us how very difficult it had proved to get the Bible into Tibet. There had been seven occasions: the first time, there had been landslides. The second time, it rained—the pages got stuck together. The third time, the mules fell off the mountainside. The fourth time, there were thunder bolts, and so on. The seventh time, he said, “God helped us! And we got the Bibles into Tibet.” The obvious conclusion is that God was trying like hell to stop them.

John Cleese (via cocknbull)

The apologetic “modern Christian” who argues faintly that of course the Bible isn’t meant to be taken literally is saying that it isn’t the word of God. He is, thereby, revising his faith out of existence.

Christopher Hitchens, In These Times (via cocknbull)

(Source: creatorbreakdown)

ih8religion:

Bible zombies. 

Almost believable enough to base your entire life on it.

ih8religion:

Bible zombies. 

Almost believable enough to base your entire life on it.