SparkPeople Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers and Humanists Team Messageboard A group where atheists, agnostics, humanists, and others can discuss their views, current events, and offer support to each other Without being persecuted for being the minority SparkPeople Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers and Humanists Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 3 Dec 2019 08:06:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 4 Nov 2019 08:58:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 2 Nov 2019 22:12:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 29 Sep 2019 17:57:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:25:14 EST Old posts I've been reading the old posts. We have a lot of intelligent, interesting people here in this group. Tue, 4 Jun 2019 08:24:14 EST Read Any Good Books Lately? I'm reading "The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft" Thu, 30 May 2019 08:50:10 EST What is Humansim? <link><BR>-humanism/manifesto2/ </link> Tue, 28 May 2019 18:53:10 EST My music on here for you to share. Hi all fellow agnostics, <BR> <BR> I am Trev and presently reside in the South West of the UK. I will spare you my details in here as they are all available in my blog so please feel free to look in there. <BR> <BR> I believe in the power of music and the way it can lift us and motivate us. It can mentally steer us towards many better directions in life too. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a b... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:10:16 EST Hi from Trev in the UK I have just seen this group and it seems fairly close to my thinking. <BR> <BR> I am an agnostic who lives in Devonshire in the south west of the United Kingdom. I am not and have not been of any religious persuasion and choose to keep an open mind as to what may and may not be out there. I am a pacifist, a pescatarian and a freelance artist who mainly teaches music and composes. You will find more about me on my sparkpage and blogs so please feel free to investigate if you so wish. <BR... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 06:42:50 EST introduction hi! this is my first time posting on spark people. i'm a graduate student in DC whose been struggling with on-and-off binge eating over the last few years. im at an okay weight now, but know that if i can't get back on track with my eating, it's going to give me serious health problems down the line. so it would be wonderful to hear from any of you with a similar history - funny, but some stuff is easier to talk about with internet strangers. <BR> <BR> I love cooking, reading, biking and pe... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:44:40 EST Hello from Georgia! Hi all. I'm not exactly sure where I fit in at the moment but this looks like a nice place to help me figure it out. I was raised in a Baptist church, but when I got a little older I found a Non-Denominational one that I liked better. Now that I'm grown and experienced many hardships life has to offer, I don't feel very religious minded. I do still believe there is a higher power at work, but otherwise I'm fairly open-minded. I just try to be a good person. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:49:13 EST Is it okay to share how you became an atheist? I hope not because I see it as much a part of finding me as getting my physical health back. Why is it we live in a country founded on freedom of expression, but only those who believe in god are allowed to say how they feel or what led them to where they are. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:33:30 EST New Admin Thanks for letting me help out as an admin! <BR> <BR> Meghan Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:04:03 EST The End of Religion, Not the replacement Penn Jilette is one of my favorite writers on the topic of Athiesm. Take a moment and read this if you have a chance. He brings up some great points to use when stuck in an argument along with his message. <BR> <BR> "Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything. Atheism is not a religion. It’s the absence of religion, and that’s a wonderful thing." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/22/is-atheism-a-religion/atheism-sho<BR>uld-end-religion-not-replace-... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:09:14 EST Paleo Free-thinker from SWMO Hi! I'm Meghan, I've been a member of SparkPeople off and on for 5 years. I have done a lot of research on food, nutrition, and the only thing that makes sense for me to eat is Paleo. <BR> <BR> I make a 70 oz green smoothie each morning, this gets 6-10 fruit and veggie servings/day right off the bat. Eat paleo for my meals. <BR> <BR> I am a few days away from 36, single mother of 4 in SW Missouri. I work from home. I'm a techie, I love facebook (let me know if you'd like to be friends), l... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:51:39 EST Hello From Florida I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I typed in "Atheist" in the SparkTeam search bar lol....I'm so used to being disallowed that I expected the same response here as well. Refreshing to see good representation from the "secular" crowd...woo hoo! <BR> <BR> The short and sweet of my path to Atheism is this.....I was raised in a Pentecostal (Evangelical) household and was "saved" at 8 years old. My teen years were tough and I endured a fair amount of religious abuse at the hand... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:33:56 EST has anyone read Satanic Verses? I saw an interview not too long ago with Salman Rushdie about his new memoir coming out. I'm not huge into memoirs but I decided that it was high time I picked up Satanic Verses. It was such a huge story when it came out. <BR> <BR> I downloaded it on my Kindle and dug in. <BR> <BR> I had a hard time getting through the first chapter. Actually I was starting to think I was in way over my head and should bail before it was too late to get my money back. I was impressed that people actually u... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:17:27 EST interesting article Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers <BR><BR>0/religionandgenerosity/ <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:14:35 EST Ah High School I saw this story about some high school cheerleaders fighting to use Bible verses on those banners they make for the football players to run through: <BR> <link><BR>untze-high-school-football-cheerleader<BR>s-bible-verses_n_1905083.html </link> <BR> <BR> Personally, I think it's just another form of bullying by the "mean girls" under the guise of whatever this is under the guise of. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, does it really matter? Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:33:19 EST Name a Book That Changed Your Life A book that, at the very least helped put you on your current path/opened up your mind. <BR> "God is Not Great, How Religion Destroys Everything" by Christopher Hitchens. <BR> <BR> It really impacted how I thought. Instead of looking at the world as Christian, non Christian, and atheist/agnostic - I began to see Christianity as just another religion...if that makes sense? I am not sure I could even begin to adequately describe how this book changed how I see the world. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 06:13:44 EST For the parents or some interesting reading if not <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This blog is pretty awesome to go through from time to time. Raising a child as a non-believer can get... interesting. <BR> <BR> or as she describes it. <BR> <BR> For parents who aren’t religious, the task of talking to children about religion can be daunting. So daunting, in fact, that the entire subject often gets glossed over or ignored completely. But turning your back on religion is a good way to breed ignorance and intolerance in y... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:13:10 EST Yay!!! Freethinkers and such.....hello all!! I just joined SP and the first thing I did was look for the Freethinkers, etc.....and there you all are. I am so happy to see you here, because I am going to have to come here to vent after reading the "magical thinking" posts on a couple of the other teams I have joined. Cannot say how long I have been a freethinker, but I suspect it has been all of my life. I was "home churched", my parents believed but did not push it. We didn't go to church and the only time I went to church was to be... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:31:36 EST It Will Be More Fun If People Contribute To This I like the idea of this team, but I looked to see if anyone posted this month...looks like no... <BR> So. <BR> Let's talk. <BR> How has your physical health journey affected your spiritual health journey??? Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:19:12 EST again with the yoga devotions My fault - really it is. I should have known better. <BR> <BR> The thing is, I felt badly for the chick teaching this yoga class because since she took it over fewer and fewer people have been showing up. We've gone from having to get there early to find space to being able to spread out like electrons. <BR> <BR> Last Monday when it got time for the lay on the floor and psyche up to go back to work part people were bailing out like rats leaving a sinking ship. I've been sneaking out too bu... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:57:10 EST Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged. Anthem. Fountainhead. I love these books and I'm curious about what you think of them, learned from them, how they have affected your life. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:57:41 EST I know what the C stands for in YMCA Really I do and I can mostly ignore it but the chick teaching my yoga class now is reading devotions during the meditation part at the end of class. The teacher who just left was Jewish so that may be why she just left us alone with our thoughts and the funky music. <BR> <BR> thing is I know I'm the weird one here and I am the one who choose to join the Y but seriously, is that necessary? Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:18:03 EST a cool quote "What you are, we once were. <BR> What we are, you will become." <BR> <BR> -Sign in an Italian cemetery Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:00:58 EST Woohoo! From S.C How awesome is this! I just signed up yesterday and I'm super excited to find a group of like-minded peeps. I'm 38. I'm a Brit, but I live in S.C because I married an American 14yrs ago and this is where the air force sent us in January. <BR> Nice to meet all you heathens <BR> <em>250</em> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:42:21 EST Adding up all the Christmas mumbo jumbo! By now, many have the Nimrod tree up, and decorated! Thu, 1 Dec 2011 16:15:37 EST Hello Hello, I'm from Christchurch, New Zealand. Looking forward to being a member of this team. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 14:52:41 EST Hi from Colorado I'm Stella, I am one of those people who doesn't care if there is, or is not a makes no difference to my life, one way or another. I'm sick of all the religious mumbo jumbo, and am looking for a place to hang out with like minded people. <BR> Just because I think religion is bunk does NOT make me a Liberal...I am NOT! I detest Obummer and his left wing cohorts as much as I detest the Bible thumping, "every sperm is sacred" hard-right whack jobs. <BR> <BR> If you feel the same, l... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:29:01 EST Hello from Texas My name is Mona and I'm so glad I found ya'll. It's nice to meet all of you :) Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:20:29 EST Giving Credit Where it is Due Something that has been frustrating me lately is the fact that people are giving the credit for all of their (or someone else's) hard work and assigning it to their god instead. <BR> <BR> I just cannot get my head around the fact that someone put in a year of hard work and pushing past their own weaknesses and then takes none of the credit for doing so? <BR> <BR> I would love to know why... any ideas? Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:14:04 EST Challenge Ideas What types of challenges would you guys like to try? <BR> <BR> I'm putting a few new team goals in and we'll see how it goes from there :) Sat, 5 Nov 2011 08:31:35 EST Hi, I'm Rissa Hi there, I'm Rissa. I've been an atheist for a couple years now, and have never been happier! I was in a cult back in college (I'm 28 now) and am still getting over the brainwashing they did, but I have lost belief in any sort of god. The brainwashing I'm dealing with is more of the "us vs. them" mentality and things of that nature. I'm trying to lose weight again to get healthy, I'm pretty content with my body even though I'm morbidly obese. I just want to be able to do the things I used to... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 13:03:08 EST An open-minded skeptic Hi all. I am new to sparkpeople and obviously also new to this team. I'm happy to have found you all. I grew up nominally Christian (Presbyterian) but with parents who weren't particularly religious. My mom's main "religious" teaching was "God gave you a brain and he expects you to USE it." Whether or not there is a god is something I don't think I can ever be sure of one way or the other, and that's fine with me. But the advice to use my brain, that I'm expected to use it, has served me well... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:35:52 EST Greetings from Northern New Jersey/NYC... Hey There...Joined SP in a few months ago and find it to be pretty interesting...I consider myself an agnostic/freethinker...Cool that there's a team like this on SP...hope to enjoy a healthy exchange of ideas here... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 00:10:27 EST What do we want to do with this group? I just sort of joined up and want to try to rekindle some activity in this group. I figure the best place to start is asking you all what you expect and want from a group like this? Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:08:50 EST In-person support I have been a SparkPeople member for some time now, but I do not check in very often, and, I believe consequently, my success rate is not really worth crowing about. I am finding, however, that the issue for me may well be that I am in greater need of local connections. I live in the bible belt and every day is a struggle to find anyone to talk to who doesn't think I should just "lay it all at the feet of Jesus". <BR> <BR> Recently, I found some groups through Nashville Athiests... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:17:59 EST Losing Weight Without a Deity I thought I'd throw this out there and see if anyone bites. When it comes to many things in life theist will often attribute their success and failings (in varying degrees) to a deity. Being an Atheist myself, I take responsibility for the years of couch sitting and junk food eating that made me fat. So too do I take credit every time I make a conscious choice to eat healthy and exercise. Do others here think that it is easier for the Theist to place blame or credit on a deity when it comes t... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:04:41 EST New to this team from NW burbs of Chicago Hi all, <BR> I found this team on JGaryP's feed. Sounds like something I should be part of. I have been on SP since early Jan, lost about 13 lbs (hope more today when I go to the healthclub) but even if not, I am happier and healthier than I have been for a long time. I am also on the cycle team, and now I have been inspired by them to do a 500 mile bicycle ride across Iowa in July, yes it is crazy! Crazy fun! Thanks for this team. We all need to stick together against the idiocy out th... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:13:36 EST Anyone Out there? Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Tia and I am just joined the group, doesn't look like a whole lot of activity but I figure it couldn't hurt to post and see what comes of it. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:20:09 EST What"s the Diffrence Between an Atheist & Humanist At first I was unsure of what a Humanist was as it was used for the naming of this group. So I researched it and found that it was the belief basically that people even if they are not religious are good. Though in my studies I didn't find where Humanist do or don't believe in God I assume that they don't. So whats the difference. Also I was excited to learn that I have been a humanist since elementary school an I have just never known it. <em>345</em> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 02:06:32 EST Hello from Ontario Canada I'm glad to have found an atheist community at SparkPeople. Can't wait to read the forums and join in on discussions. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:38:27 EST Hello everyone! I am new to Spark Hi, I am Laurel. I joined a few days ago, and find it inspiring to find a community of people sharing similar goals. I am an <BR> American, now married to a Brit and living in the UK. My goal is to lose about 50 pounds. The best thing for me so far is the dog, who insists I take her for long walks daily. I enjoy gardening, reading, painting, psychology, travel etc. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:50:05 EST TEAM MAP Please, Everyone, put yourselves on our Team Map! I've read the concerns about the viability of this Team's future. I'd like to suggest one simple thing we each can do: allow ourselves to show up on the Team Map. A simple action, and a helpful step toward strengthening our sense of community. I'd like to see that map crowded with dots! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 20:37:25 EST Do you have a good quote to share? "Backward and forward, eternity is the same; already we have been the nothing we dread to be." Herman Melville in 'Mardi'. <BR> <BR> I listened to 'Moby Dick' on audiobook a few months ago, read by a fine reader who brought more out of Melville's words than I could have by rereading the book on my own. I must say, not only could Melville spin a good yarn, but the descriptions of sky and sea and weather are pure poetry, and the historical and philosophical asides are essay jewel... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 13:50:40 EST Daily Accountability I'm starting a food tracker and exercise streak. I have a horrible track record for being consistent with either, and I figured others might be the same way. <BR> <BR> So, anyone want to join me? Just post your calorie total from the foodtracker and your number of minutes of exercise, plus the number of days in your streak for each category. We can cheer each other on, celebrate together, and help each other out. <BR> <BR> The posting could read like this: <BR> Day 1 of streak: <BR> Cal... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:02:56 EST Team Leader When I went to the message boards to see how a person can take over a group, I saw this: <BR> <BR> Once a leader has not posted for 60 days, a link will appear on the team page. <BR> When clicked the leader is emailed and given 3 days to respond, if no response the person who clicked the link will become leader. <BR> <BR> Has someone already done this? Because I don't see a link. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:19:29 EST What is a Humanist? I thought I would share an article in our local Humanist group in Columbus, OH - the HCCO. It's a wonderful description of what a Humanist is. <BR> <BR> One minute (or so) elevator talk on humanism <BR> By Bob Bhaerman <BR> <BR> I was on an elevator in Columbus the other day in the <BR> many-story Buckeye Building when an elderly lady entered. On seeing the T-shirt I was wearing, she threw me a very suspicious glance and asked, “What the hell is a humanist?” <BR> “Let me answer your questi... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 19:18:11 EST Hello Out There?!?! Is there anybody out there? I don't see a leader for this team. Is there anyone who wants to try and reactivate this team? Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:10:19 EST Plato's Noble Lie The philospher Plato thought that people coudln't be trusted to act in their own and society's best interest and proposed a noble lie that the gods want everyone to fulfill their role in society. <BR> <BR> Did any other atheists ever consider joining a church who's other viewpoints you like? I've always admired the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I admire many historical Quakers and agree with many church teachings (except the bit about God). I also like a lot of the teachings of ... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 14:31:00 EST Penn & Teller on Obesity "epidemic". WARNING: NOT SAFE FOR WORK! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>37F7069E0ECA3 </link> <BR> <BR> That being said, I think it's interesting food for thought. It may not directly relate to atheism per se, but it does relate to rational skepticism and the principles of free thought. And for a site like SparkPeople, it's definitely relevant! <BR> <BR> A few of the things they talk about are how BMI (body mass index) is not good indicator of overall health, and how heavy pe... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 20:30:28 EST Hurry vote in MSNBC's "In God We Trust" poll Please, please, if you don't think that IGWT should be all over our money, vote in MSNBC's poll while it's still up, and forward it to your likeminded friends. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 18 Aug 2008 18:11:11 EST Carbon dating Brennie, I am curious to learn more about your experience with your field of work. In the intro thread you said this: <BR> <BR> "I'm a scientist - a geologist. Most of my research is centered on the Cretaceous period. So it really is disheartening to hear folks say that evolution isn't valid or that radiometric dating is a crock." <BR> <BR> Can you give more info on radiometric dating? Is it different than "carbon dating"? And most importantly, what makes you conclude that it is accurate... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:54:10 EST Any other ex-believers? For a substantial portion of my life, I was what you would call a "true believer" in my religion. It helped that I grew up in a very sheltered environment and went to a private Christian school during my childhood years, so I wasn't exposed to alternative points of view. While I once considered myself a "prayer warrior" in a cosmic battle against good and evil, that view gradually crumbled as I learned more and more about science and critical thinking. <BR> <BR> But it has not been very long... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 16:42:40 EST Discrimination Have any of you ever experienced discrimination for not believing in some kind of higher power? I'm not talking about removing 'In God We Trust' from the dollar or changing the pledge of allegiance. I mean, have any of you avoided telling someone or discussing your beliefs because you were concerned about the reaction you might get? Mon, 5 May 2008 14:09:41 EST Weekly Weigh-In/M asurements Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> Each Sunday we will have a weekly weigh-in/measurements to help keep us on track! <BR> <BR> You can post your measurements here. <BR> <BR> Cheers! Mon, 5 May 2008 13:45:23 EST READ THIS BEFORE POSTING: Team Guidelines Hi and Welcome to the Team! I started this team because I didn't really feel there was a group on Sparkpeople that really provided interesting discussion on atheistic or secular views. <BR> <BR> I am an atheists, but this group is open to anyone - religious or not. My hope is that this team will create a discourse to help others realize that atheists, agnostics, etc aren't immoral human beings with an agenda...just that our beliefs are different from the majority and that's okay. <BR> <B... Mon, 5 May 2008 13:26:31 EST