Can Atheists talk about anything other than "God"?

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Nov 4, 2008
 
I find it strange that the most prevailing topic in the atheist threads are about God and Jesus.
Can anyone tell me why?
I mean, if you don't believe in God then why spend so much time talking about him?
Now if this discussion goes to a subject other than religion that would be amazing. As long as it doesn't degenerate into name calling and stupidity.

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I find it strange that the most prevailing topic in the atheist threads are about God and Jesus. Can anyone tell me why?
Most of the threads in the Atheist forum have been started by Christians. Just look at the number of titles which attempt to vilify atheists.
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I mean, if you don't believe in God then why spend so much time talking about him?
I think the God concept is extremely funny and take the opportunity to laugh at it whenever possible. I guess other atheists will have different viewpoints.
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Now if this discussion goes to a subject other than religion that would be amazing.
How about Evolution, or Cosmology, or Abiogenesis?
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As long as it doesn't degenerate into name calling and stupidity.
On predominantly atheist threads this does not happen.
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I find it strange that the most prevailing topic in the atheist threads are about God and Jesus.
Can anyone tell me why?
because no faith is the only thing atheists have in common

there is no doctrine, dogma, rituals or heirarchy to atheism

so, basically, any thread in any forum on this site is actually an atheist thread

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Nov 4, 2008
 
I agree with Open Palm's response, would add that most of us aren't concerned with "god" or "Jesus" as much as we're concerned with their dogmatic followers that wish to impose their beliefs on others and have their superstitions influence government and education.
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Nov 4, 2008
 
Headhunter 300M wrote:
I agree with Open Palm's response, would add that most of us aren't concerned with "god" or "Jesus" as much as we're concerned with their dogmatic followers that wish to impose their beliefs on others and have their superstitions influence government and education.
I agree with Open Palm as the primary reason

mine was just an additional point

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Nov 4, 2008
 
Open Palm wrote:
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On predominantly atheist threads this does not happen.
Not until the theists show up and start spewing their bile.

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I agree with Open Palm as the primary reason
mine was just an additional point
I didn't mean to suggest that I disagreed with you, nina. I don't.
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I didn't mean to suggest that I disagreed with you, nina. I don't.
I know - I justed wanted to be clear that mine was an additional point to Open Palm

not a contrary one

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How about Evolution, or Cosmology, or Abiogenesis?
Anyone of those would be fine. I guess I am just drained from all of the religious debate. Not to mention gay marriage and racism. Just some nice, friendly debate about sciencey stuff or what ever would a decent change.

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Nov 5, 2008
 
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Anyone of those would be fine. I guess I am just drained from all of the religious debate. Not to mention gay marriage and racism. Just some nice, friendly debate about sciencey stuff or what ever would a decent change.
Indeed LT. How about this to start with perhaps:http://www.newscientis t.com/channel/life/dn14094-bac teria-make-major-evolutionary- shift-in-the-lab.html

I consider this one of the best dicoveries in the past few years. Just my opinion though. Any thoughts? Anyone?

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Indeed LT. How about this to start with perhaps:http://www.newscientis t.com/channel/life/dn14094-bac teria-make-major-evolutionary- shift-in-the-lab.html
I consider this one of the best dicoveries in the past few years. Just my opinion though. Any thoughts? Anyone?
Cool... I am going to have to show that to my Father-in-law, He will flip his wig. Not that he knows what citrate is or anything like that.

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<quoted text>Cool... I am going to have to show that to my Father-in-law, He will flip his wig. Not that he knows what citrate is or anything like that.
LOL! Found this on Pharyngula. There is a cool story behind it, about how a creationist tried to get access to the data and the biologists who discovered it turned him down(thats just kinda the gist). Awesome read. If you get the chance I highly suggest checking it out.
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Nov 5, 2008
 
the cover of the new National Geographic about neanderthals was really interesting

I wasn't expecting that they had a gene for red hair and freckles too

a different gene than what we have

but very cool

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the cover of the new National Geographic about neanderthals was really interesting
I wasn't expecting that they had a gene for red hair and freckles too
a different gene than what we have
but very cool
Provide links woman I am too lazy to search for these things myself.
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Nov 6, 2008
 
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

there's a cool looking article about actually making Star Trek type shields!
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Nov 14, 2008
 
There are a lot of important topics that involve the cultural tension between theism and atheism. But there is a tension and an important one for an atheist, because it can cause him social grief. For instance. Can an atheist be moral? Does it make sense? Can he be anything other than a relativist? I have an interest in these questions and wrote a book addressing them. Please, if you would like, check out "The Moral Atheist" available at amazon and barnesandnoble among other places.
The book has a defensive thesis and is not a rant. If an atheist would like to know how to defend himself from attacks on his character, this is a place to start.

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nina wrote:
http://www.nationalgeographic. com/
there's a cool looking article about actually making Star Trek type shields!
Thanks my fingers were getting tired trying to find it for myself.

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bill tomlinson wrote:
There are a lot of important topics that involve the cultural tension between theism and atheism. But there is a tension and an important one for an atheist, because it can cause him social grief. For instance. Can an atheist be moral? Does it make sense? Can he be anything other than a relativist? I have an interest in these questions and wrote a book addressing them. Please, if you would like, check out "The Moral Atheist" available at amazon and barnesandnoble among other places.
The book has a defensive thesis and is not a rant. If an atheist would like to know how to defend himself from attacks on his character, this is a place to start.
See that is my problem. WHY does an atheist need to defend his/her character. Why can't the religious accept them for who they are as people? I consider myself religious (for the most part) and I have absolutely nothing against people having beliefs different than mine or none at all. I think that the best way I can describe myself is a modereate, independant, christian, humanitarian. But, since you suggested it I will check out your book. If it promotes division and/or insiinuates that people that have a belief system are ignorant, well then I am gonna come back here and give you a serious talking to.
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Nov 18, 2008
 
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<quoted text>See that is my problem. WHY does an atheist need to defend his/her character. Why can't the religious accept them for who they are as people? I consider myself religious (for the most part) and I have absolutely nothing against people having beliefs different than mine or none at all. I think that the best way I can describe myself is a modereate, independant, christian, humanitarian. But, since you suggested it I will check out your book. If it promotes division and/or insiinuates that people that have a belief system are ignorant, well then I am gonna come back here and give you a serious talking to.
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Good. That's what I would deserve. I don't argue that the religious are ignorant. It is clear that many theists have reflected well upon their position. However, it is not possible to defend the atheist against religious person's arguments without showing the flaws in some of their arguments. I recently heard that us atheists are the most hated bunch in the US, hated more than even gays. People would rather have a gay president than an atheist. Maybe that's the source of much of the anger we often see from atheists. They know they are unjustifiably hated and just want to be loved.:-)
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Nov 18, 2008
 
bill tomlinson wrote:
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...People would rather have a gay president than an atheist....:-)
on one discussion forum I was having with a very religious gal

she actually plainly admitted that she would vote for a

Born again, black lesbian

over a straight white male atheist

for president

yes, I think that atheists are in line with or after gays and lesbians

while atheists are staring from a closer equality in terms of perceived social value

there are rights issues, like freedom from religion, to be hashed out

like the pledge and the money and other matters

the LGBT and athiest community has a lot of overlap of issues and people

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