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Who believes in god because the existence of god is ridiculous?

I'm paraphrasing, obviously, but I recently encountered the Thoughts of a Prominent Thinker who's belief in the existence of god is based, somewhat backwardsly, on the sheer ridiculousness? improbability? unlikelihood? of god's existence. I can't for the life of me track down the specific memory attached to this idea, and google only gives me a bunch of websites arguing about how to prove god does or does not exist. Help me out, friends!
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Converting from atheism to religion

I've been basically a lifelong atheist, but a small part of me is extremely tempted by some of the more comforting aspects of various religions (such as the idea of an afterlife). But the logical part of me just can't bring myself to seriously believe in things for which there is no evidence. I am interested in hearing stories of people who have gone from being firmly atheist to accepting religion later in life, and how they were able to do so without cognitive dissonance. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Nov 13, 2014 - 33 answers

One nation [BRIEF PAUSE] with liberty and justice for all.

My kindergartener's class has started learning the Pledge of Allegiance. I told him he could stay silent during the "under God" part. Am I being too strident? Would there have been a better way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 25, 2014 - 50 answers

Seeking faith as an atheist.

I've been an atheist for most of my life. I've never been to a formal church service outside of a wedding or a funeral. Recently I've realized that I politically agree with the leftist interpretation of the teachings of Christ. I still don't believe in the supernatural aspects of the Christian faith. Would it be wrong for me to seek out a left leaning sect like Unitarians? I'm worried that this is, at the very least, intellectually dishonest to my own beliefs, and more likely, selfish for the church I'd pursue. I'm looking for guidance on how to proceed. I apologize if I've offended the faithful with a misunderstanding of their beliefs. Part of my desire for this is that of community and connection with fellow left leaning folks.
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2014 - 41 answers

Praise hymns for atheists, agnostics, pantheists, and freethinkers?

Could some MeFites recommend music that might be considered praise hymns for atheists, freethinkers, etc.; that is, emotive songs with recognizable, traditional melodies and lyrics that can be sung in a group setting? Die Gedanken sind frei, It Ain't Necessarily So, and certainly John Lennon's Imagine are a few examples of what I'm trying to get at. Thoughts?
posted by jwhite1979 on May 25, 2014 - 32 answers

The ethics/practicalities of an older woman dating a younger male virgin

[This post contains somewhat graphic descriptions of our intimate experiences and sexual topics generally, so if you are sensitive or perhaps at work it is good to know that.] I am in my early 30s and my new boyfriend is in his mid 20s. I am the first woman he has ever dated, the third he has ever kissed and if we progress in the relationship I will be the first he has ever had sex with. He is a phenomenal human being and I can hardly believe how lucky I am to know him let alone get the chance to have a relationship with him. I am worried about a few things, however and want to weigh them carefully before proceeding any further. [more inside]
posted by telomere on Sep 16, 2013 - 36 answers

Recommended reading on religion and natural laws?

I am a scientifically-minded person who is trying to sort out my religious beliefs. I think it would be helpful to read some debates between deism, atheism, pantheism (Spinozism), and/or a scientifically-grounded theism. Can anyone recommend me books or essays that discuss these topics in ways that are engaging, well-thought-out, and thorough? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Mar 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find this George Carlin quote about prayer?

Where can I find the George Carlin quote, "Before every football game, both teams pray they'll win. One team always loses." [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Adam and who now?

How do atheist or otherwise non-religious parents teach their kids about the Abrahamic mythology? [more inside]
posted by looli on Jan 24, 2013 - 44 answers

What positive book about atheism to recommend to a Christian?

What one book should an atheist recommend to a fundamentalist that will open their mind to atheism but is not focused on the debate about whether god exists? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Dec 10, 2012 - 36 answers

Intro to Humanism, Winter 2012

If you think human rationality, and efforts to ‘predict and control’ are, together, shaky ground for ethics, what’s left? [more inside]
posted by nelljie on Nov 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books.

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jul 30, 2012 - 41 answers

What's the deal with meditation?

How and why does meditation work? How does one do it properly (that is, in the way in which one may extract the most benefits)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 29 answers

How can an atheist/catholic marriage succeed?

I'm on the brink of proposing to my Catholic, Indian-American girlfriend. However, I come from a long line of athiests/humanists and I am starting to worry about how we will balance our backgrounds in raising our children. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Jun 15, 2012 - 49 answers

Alternative to God?

What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 6, 2012 - 63 answers

I confirm that this is a sticky situation!

What should I get my sister for her (Roman Catholic) confirmation? Wrinkle: I'm an atheist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 31 answers

Explaining death to baby atheists

Atheist families: how have you talked about death with your small children? [more inside]
posted by xo on Apr 3, 2012 - 29 answers

Help me find this guy!

Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Feb 21, 2012 - 9 answers

How prevalent was atheism in ancient civilizations?

How prevalent was atheism in ancient civilizations? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Feb 7, 2012 - 33 answers

The way things are going, they're gonna ...

Conversations with my Father-in-law have lead him to lose his faith in God. My mother-in-law is not coping well with this and blames me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Jan 5, 2012 - 26 answers

How does one apostatise from the Church of England, and what are the (practical) consequences?

IrreligionFilter: When I was around 12 I was baptised and confirmed into the Church of England. I no longer consider myself as theist. What are my options for formally renouncing my religious past (apostatising)? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Sep 28, 2011 - 34 answers

Can an atheist join the Freemasons?

Can an atheist join the Freemasons? [more inside]
posted by Hoopo on Sep 16, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I forget / remove values that were taught to me when I grew?

My parents are conservative Christians and I were brought up with Christian values. As I grew older, I began to question my faith and after years of searching, I finally discovered that Christianity; like other religions are based on ideas and concepts that are mostly outdated. I am an atheist now and I am happy with that. But the thing is... I have an animosity towards Christianity; I feel that years of my life wasted in believing lies... years that I can not ever claim back. And worse... some of the values taught to me seem to stick like chewed up gum sticking on shoe. I don't know how to get rid of these Christian values I want out. [more inside]
posted by bbxx on Jul 31, 2011 - 37 answers

lying is a sin, but it'll probably make them happy

My father unexpectedly passed away last weekend from a heart attack. I am not religious. Part of my family, and most of our community of friends & extended family, are. Help me navigate the religious talk without either going on the defensive, or being complacent. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Atheist book with Alex Grey cover

Looking for a paperback with an Alex Grey painting on the cover. Subject is autobiographical, beginning with the author's experience of witnessing his grandfather's senility leading him to conclude that there is no soul. [more inside]
posted by levijk on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

One Book on Atheism I Should Read (read details!)

I am looking for one single book, perhaps a college-level read (not much higher), that explains the case for atheism. I'm not looking for any 'new atheist books', though I have enjoyed them -- especially Harris. I have read Bertrand Russell as well. I have a few atheist friends but do not want to talk to them about this as I am a Christian and don't want to give them the impression that I want to change them or judge them. I just want more exposure to it in a sincere and kind fashion without short bumper sticker like explanations. (BTW, I don't look at my friends as "Hey, here come my 'atheist' friends! But mainly here comes "Bob" and "Joe". I just don't think it is right to bug them about their positions or lack thereof. <--Not sure how to state that.) Thanks in advance for your book recommendation.
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 3, 2011 - 33 answers

Dealing with death...as an atheist.

How can I help my wife deal with the death of a loved one? I am an atheist and I find it hard. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 - 28 answers

I want to convert my family

As a converted atheist raised in a converted neo-calvinist family. I am regularly flooded with books, newsletters, and other reading material (read emails that are 90% quotes) supporting christianity. I'd like to return the favor (: [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Jan 16, 2011 - 26 answers

I Don't Believe in God Anymore

I have just recently realized I don't believe in god. It's difficult because my father was a Presbyterian minister. [more inside]
posted by wv kay in ga on Dec 15, 2010 - 52 answers

interfaith for the faithful and faithless

Are there any organizations, non-profits, etc. that support or encourage building relationships and positive dialogue between atheists/agnostics and various religious groups? Like interfaith organizations, but including the faithless.
posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Atheist ISO non-religious Al-Anon-style support

I am very deeply in love with and married to a man who has substance abuse problems - particularly alchohol and cigarettes. I am not interested in leaving him. My powerlessness to help him causes me pain, and my misguided attempts to "fix" him are painful for him. Watching him destroy himself is destroying me, and is making me less loving a partner than he deserves. I've looked into Al-anon but, being passionately atheist and unable to reconcile myself with its higher power BS, I have not been to any meetings. Please help me find alternatives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 - 23 answers

I just want to make my own choices!

Atheist and (closet) atheist couple. Parents want a catholic wedding and lots more hassle from us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 - 44 answers

A kinder, gentler atheism?

After several years of soul searching, I have decided that at best, I'm agnostic, and am borderline atheist. The main reason can be traced to too much skepticism and rational thinking - I simply don't believe that a supernatural god can bend the rules of nature. We as a society are getting too advanced for religion, and science is starting to explain a lot of what we chalked up to a divine being. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 - 34 answers

I want to believe...except maybe not.

Is it possible for a rather hardcore atheist to find some sort of spirituality again? Long, but I attempted to keep it concise. [more inside]
posted by LokiBear on Mar 24, 2010 - 52 answers

Help me a fill a hole in my belief system

Atheist/secular filter: How do non-religious people deal with good fortune and lucky breaks? I'm having trouble replacing the whole "God is looking out for me" concept of my youth with something more in line with my current belief system. [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Mar 11, 2010 - 72 answers

Buddha for Dead White Males

What are some good resources on Buddhism for someone who wants to remain attached to Western scientific rationalism? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Mar 10, 2010 - 35 answers

How to survive/thrive in AA when you don't really "believe" in the AA program?

AlcoholismFilter: Members of AA who “take what you want, and leave the rest”. How exactly do you DO this? What do you “take”, and what do you ignore? How can I benefit from the mutual support and encouragement of an AA group, and help others and myself, while there are many things about AA I disagree with? (Non-AA groups not available in my area). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 - 14 answers

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership.

I’d like advice on how to either leave my church as gracefully as possible, or find a way to reconcile my lack of faith with my continued church membership. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Nov 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Letting go of God: Help me deal with my atheism and the five stages of grief. I'm in the fourth stage now.

Please give advice on how to accept my atheism, let go of God and the need for one, how to get over the fourth stage of grief/letting go (depression), and how to find my passion for life again! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 46 answers

To discover the meaning of life...consult Merriam-Webster.

As an atheist, what sort of activities or practices (that don't involve New Age wankery) can I get into to increase my spiritual welfare?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Oct 30, 2009 - 65 answers

Where did Kurt Vonnegut describe Unitarianism as atheism with hymns?

I need help tracking down a Kurt Vonnegut quote which says roughly that Unitarianism is 'atheism with hymns.' [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Deconverting Christians

How do I convince [the more liberal] Christians to become atheists? (Issues you have with the wording of this question are likely addressed inside.) [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 3, 2009 - 83 answers

Atheism definition aka Philosophy 101

Is atheism the belief that there are no gods or the lack of belief in existence of gods? This is philosophy 101 but I honestly keep finding different definitions claimed by atheists. Can someone clarify? (and if my question is phrased poorly, please forgive me but I hope you understand the gist.)
posted by snap_dragon on May 26, 2009 - 49 answers

Apologetics & Debate Mp3s burnable to disc?

I am looking for Christian apologetics/debates (christian/atheist etc) in mp3 downloadable form to burn to disc in Itunes (My ipod broke so no podcasts) :( ...Can you recommend any sites where I can get free mp3s for this? Thanks.
posted by snap_dragon on Apr 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Atheist therapists?

How to find an atheist-friendly therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Help this struggling atheist get over her desire to believe.

After years of drifting along as a "spiritual but not religious" believer I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that I'm not actually a believer at all. I am an atheist with a lingering but unwanted desire to believe and it is making me miserable. Can you help me move past this? [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Feb 6, 2009 - 77 answers

Is my irritation over receiving tacky religious gifts unfounded?

Is my irritation over receiving tacky religious gifts unfounded? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Dec 31, 2008 - 82 answers

Help me become the best atheist chaplain I can be.

Help me become the best atheist chaplain I can be. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Sep 1, 2008 - 21 answers

Religion, the non-believer and worthwhile relationships.

Myself: atheist. SO: Lutheran. Not too long ago she sent me an email to say that at some point in the future she would like to talk about the religious card and its possible effect on our relationship. Any thoughts on how to approach this? Hints have been dropped here and there at her wanting to finally discuss this. [more inside]
posted by roooooot on Aug 27, 2008 - 20 answers

Help my niece free her mind

What are good techniques to deprogram a Christian fundamentalist? [more inside]
posted by plexi on Jul 28, 2008 - 53 answers

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