My favorite song from my favorite movie

I'm talked before about how much the movie Tangled means to me. I think it's actually my favorite movie ever. The song in the video below is the most moving for me of all the songs, largely because I've felt essentially everything expressed in it.http://youtu.be/H_0Y4aSY1hMFor me, this song symbolizes the moment I realized that everything I'd been taught growing up was upside down from reality. Suddenly, the world looked completely different.Lyrics: All those days watching from the … [Read more...]


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Suddenly the world got so much bigger

I grew up believing that the world was created in 4004 B.C.E. and that the world would end within my lifetime. In other words, I believed that the entire length of the world's existence would be something just over 6000 years.As a young adult I learned the scientific evidence behind evolution and found that the world was much, much, older than I had ever thought. As I left religion I suddenly realized that this mean that the world was not going to end with the return of Christ, whether … [Read more...]


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On Ethics, Atheists, and “Absolute Morality”

As a child, I was taught that atheists had no basis for morality, no ethics, no nothing. Atheists just believed in . . . nothing. They did whatever they felt best, whatever pleased them most. If atheists ever followed the law, it was because they were afraid they might be sent to jail if they liked. Atheists had no check on their selfishness and lived hedonistic lifestyles as a result.In fact, I was even told that many atheists were atheists so that they could do whatever they liked, without … [Read more...]


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I never had “faith”

I just read a post discussing the definition of "faith" at Camels with Hammers, and I realized something. By his definition, I don't think I ever really had "faith." Or if I did, not very much of it. Let me explain. Dictionary.com defines faith as "belief that is not based on proof." Dan adds more detail, defining faith as follows: Faith is deliberately believing a proposition more strongly than evidence warrants (either when you think that the proposition is not strongly supported by … [Read more...]


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My atheist journey; and, how I approach religion

When I first became an atheist, I was more than a little bit timid. I was practically apologetic. I was painfully aware that I lived in a religious world surrounded by religious people, and that I was the aberration. I was content to just see things differently and keep my head down.Then I read Dawkins' The God Delusion. This changed everything for me. Suddenly I no longer felt the need to apologize for my lack of belief. Suddenly I no longer felt the need to keep my head down. I no longer … [Read more...]


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On closet atheists and the atheist “out” campaign

After I wrote my post explaining that I blog anonymously and why, and a subsequent post on the journey of coming out,I received a number of comments from atheists, agnostics, and skeptics who are not fully "out" either.The Timid Atheist explained her reasons for not coming out as follows: The biggest reason I don’t come out is because I’m a single mother living in a state that absolutely looks at religion as something required for children to have a happy, healthy, well-rounded home life. And I … [Read more...]


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Reality Matters

I just read Greta's recent post, "Truth Is Not Boring," and this quote stuck out to me: There’s something JT Eberhard says a lot in his talks, and he said it again in some of his responses to de Botton: Caring about reality is a moral obligation. You can have the best intentions in the world, but if you’re not committed to understanding how the world really works, you’re going to make bad decisions: decisions that hurt yourself and others around you. You’re going to let your child die when medic … [Read more...]


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