This Is How You Pray Harder, While Accomplishing Nothing

The biggest complaint atheists have about prayer — at least when it comes to praying for something as opposed to mere meditation — is that it makes you think you’re doing something useful when you’re totally not.

Catholic blogger Meg Hunter-Kilmer has a list of 50 ways people can talk to God. I’m not calling attention to it because she’s advocating for prayer (a Catholic is acting Catholic? Shocking!), but because some of her examples are so obviously useless for the task they’re trying to accomplish.

Like #1:

Close your eyes and just repeat the name of Jesus.

Our God is a good God… a good, egomaniacal God who wants you to repeat his Son’s name ad nauseam. (Which, by the way, is kind of hard to do. Try it.)

And #7:

Hold a crucifix while you pray.



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The Awkward Moments Children’s Bible: The Passages They Don’t Share in Sunday School

Whenever you hear Christians talk about “living biblically,” it’s hard not to roll your eyes. Because anyone who’s read the Bible knows that it’s full of passages (that usually go unmentioned in churches) that ought to make anyone question why so many hold the book in such high esteem.

Now, “Horus Gilgamesh” and illustrator “Agnes Tickheathen” (Agnostic Heathen) have put out a book called the Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible documenting many of these little-known verses. The finished product is simply incredible. The book features beautiful/disturbing illustrations of several Bible passages that no Christians want to admit are in their holy book.

Searching for a gift to give your Reddit Secret Santa or atheist friends this Christmas Festivus? Look no further.

Just take a look at some of the pages:

This one quotes Exodus 21:20-21:



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You Have to Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Conversation with an Intelligent 9-Year-Old

Take a very inquisitive 9-year-old with an excellent question (involving stopping asteroids from colliding with our planet) and let Neil deGrasse Tyson take a crack at it.

The result is pure awesomeness:

(What’s that on your face? A huge smile? That’ll go away once you’re reminded of the 7-year-old admirer of Creationist Ken Ham.)

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A Christian Conference Last Week Had Over 100 Presenters, So Why Were Only 4 of Them Women?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the recent controversy involving a Christian conference and how more than 95% of the speakers were male:

(For more on the story, read this.)

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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The Trailer for ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Will Make Your Eyes Roll

It’s the Christian movie trailer based off the book that was inspired by one child’s overactive imagination and spread by millions of gullible adults.

I present to you, Heaven is for Real:

Citation needed…

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