10 More Atheist YouTube Videos

A nice U-Tube collection selected by TheClosetAtheist

The Closet Atheist

Hello! You may or may not know that I am, and always have been, a big fan of YouTubers. Last January, I shared with you fifteen of my husband’s and my favorite atheist YouTube videos in order to take a break from all my coming-out horror stories. Well, I’m not having any coming-out drama anymore, but I’ve gotten back into watching lots of atheist YouTube again after taking a short break, so I’m taking this chance to keep you updated on what some of my recent favorites have been.

1. I’m an Atheist Activist in the Closet – Genetically Modified Skeptic

So I was slightly disgruntled that this video was published less than a month after I posted my list of my favorite YouTube videos last time… because this would have been #1. I highly recommend that you check out Drew’s video on hiding his beliefs—and his entire YouTube channel—from…

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Part 1: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up!

Who was this Jesus of Nazareth? Was he really the son of God as Christians claim? Or was he nothing more than a myth, as many others claim? Or was he just an ordinary mortal Jew from Galilee, as I and many others claim.

Only Christians actually believe Jesus was the son of God, and they point to their New Testament evidence to justify their belief that he was resurrected in Jerusalem after his crucifixion. However, Christians conveniently ignore the fact that, outside of their New Testament, there is very little evidence to suggest that Jesus ever existed, and no evidence whatsoever to corroborate their claims that he was resurrected after his crucifixion. Christians therefore have to rely entirely on the evidence in their Gospels to sustain their claim that Jesus was the son of God. I will address the reliability of these Gospels in Christianity’s Achilles Heel, the 3rd and final part of this series.

Many non Christians claim that Jesus never actually existed. Those belonging to the  Jesus Myth Fraternity argue that, had Jesus ever existed, he would certainly have been noticed by contemporaneous historians. But on many separate occasions, numerous scholars have trawled through all the existing contemporaneous historical documents, and failed to find any reference, whatsoever, to a character called Jesus. They therefore conclude that Jesus never existed, that he is, in fact, nothing more than an ancient myth. However, their argument is a flawed argument based on a flawed premise, namely the tacit assumption, that had Jesus ever existed, then he had to be the son of God, the character portrayed in the Gospels, the character that was crucified in Jerusalem and then resurrected from the dead. This was the Jesus they searched for in contemporaneous records, and this was the Jesus they failed to find.

However, the Jesus Myth Fraternity ignores totally, the possibility that Jesus was not this Gospel Jesus character portrayed in the New Testament. They ignore totally the possibility that Jesus may have been just an ordinary Galilean Jew, a mere mortal preacher whose popularity eventually threatened the fragile status quo. Would you expect to find traces of this mere mortal Jesus in “contemporaneous dispatches”? I think not, anymore than you would expect to find traces of any of the other tens of thousands of ordinary Jews who were around at this time. However, applying the flawed logic used by the Jesus Myth Fraternity, you would have to conclude that these thousands of people never existed. But even today, you could trawl through all the newspaper reports, and all the news broadcasts, issued over the last 30 years, and find no traces whatsoever of billions of people living on this planet. That doesn’t imply these people don’t exist. It just means these people never did anything and never said anything worth recording for posterity.

So, who was Jesus really? Was he the son of God as Christians claim? Was he just a 2000 year old myth as many others claim? Or was he just an ordinary, relatively insignificant, Galilean Jew? Both the argument that Jesus is the son of God, and the argument that Jesus is just a myth, leave much to be desired. Therefore, on balance, I believe the evidence strongly favors the notion that Jesus was just a very popular Jewish preacher from Galilee, who was later immortalized in Gospel stories written well after his death.

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Is there any point to debate between theists and atheists?

Another interesting post by JEROME highlighting the frustration we atheists  experience when debating with committed theists. Theists seem impervious to logic and common sense, and they demonstrate time & time again, that John Loftus was right when he said “You can’t expect to argue them out of their religion, because they were never argued into it in the first place”. Jerome expands on the nature of the problem.

Is there any point to debate between theists and atheists?

By Jerome

Anyone who has read this for a while will know that I am an atheist. To anyone who got here without knowing it, now you know too. This is written from the point of view of an atheist, and the title asks the question after spending some time debating theists online. When I started debating them, it was always with patience and thoughtfulness, always as polite and respectful to them as I could be. But I’ve found that as time went by, my respect waned, and is now almost as lacking as my patience. I often respond to them simply by naming their most obvious bad argument or fallacy, and include a link to a site like RationalWiki explaining the fallacy or bad argument they’ve made. I also respond with loads or irony and sarcasm. I’m not rude, insulting or condescending, but I think it is fair to say that that I am blunt and unsympathetic. Recently an old friend, who happens to be a theist, asked me if I know of any forums or groups where he can debate. I told him that in all honestly, I don’t know of a forum that treats those with the opposing view respectfully. There is much bias, and many in the atheist and skeptic groups that I belong to are not only intolerant of the opposing view, they are often rude and insulting. But there is a reason for this. I’ve tried debating theists for a while now, and it gets frustrating quickly. I don’t think that atheists start out disrespectful of theists’ arguments; it’s just that we hear the same poor arguments over and over again. It becomes tiring to hear the same invalid arguments, to make the same statements to different theists who make those arguments, only to find that they do not pay attention to the details of the arguments against their beliefs anyway. They often post the same question or statement again, making exactly the same argument phrased differently. There is neither anything learned nor an interest in learning – they want to win arguments and ignore the answers anyway. Then repeat the same debate tomorrow with a different theist. It doesn’t end. Rather we get to make the same arguments again and again, with the opposing view based on assumptions but no logic, sometimes even with the same people. The fact is, I do not respect the opposing view, because I have learned that there is nothing in that view worthy of respect. But I do treat that opposing view fairly. It is fair to outright reject an argument that isn’t based on evidence. It may at face value appear unfair for me to say this, but there is no argument that will ever convince me that any god exists. I’ll explain why…

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Religion as an Abusive Relationship

Another great post from CONCERNEDTHINKER showing great insight. Reinforces and articulates one of atheism’s most important arguments when confronting religions.

Religion as an Abusive Relationship

By concernedthinker  11 Aug 2015

Religion is dehumanizing.  It takes the best qualities of humanity and attributes them to divinity. Love is not divine. Love is human. Kindness is human. Strength is human. Consciousness is human. Creativity is human. By attributing these qualities to something inhuman, religions steal the best aspects of humanity and leave us with only our worst aspects.

Religions use human attributes to describe gods because they cannot invent new attributes which are unique to their gods.  They’re like paintings with magical new colors, except instead of a completely new color, say color X, the painting is just extra blue.  This doesn’t make any sense.  If all of a god’s attributes are just natural human attributes, then what makes it a god?

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What every Theist should know about real Atheists

Tom Chivers [http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers] asked 19 atheists how they find meaning in a purposeless universe. He asked them

“If there’s no afterlife or reason for the universe, how do you make your life matter?

As an atheist, I identify with much of what was said in reply to this question. I also think the various replies are essential reading for any theist wanting to understand where real atheists are coming from, as opposed to all those intellectually challenged, brain dead “atheists” currently found marauding the internet.

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Love others as much as you love yourself

A very positive precise of the Christian world view. I accept the sentiment but disagree about the need for God.

LOVE OTHERS AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF

Posted on August 10, 2015 by debjon

The title seems to go without saying. Most of us were raised to put others ahead of ourselves by giving the go-ahead at the four-way stop to the car that was there first or helping a little old lady cross the street. Governed by rules of legality and social etiquette, these examples are hardly representative of how God calls us to love others.

You may wonder why I’m talking about loving people in a broad way that seems, at first glance, to have little to do with romantic love and personal relationships. But these examples and principles have much to do with learning how to love in the way that God intends us to

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What is This World Coming To? Exactly What Jesus Said it Would.

Another interesting post, this time taken from CROSSWALK.COM. It illustrates the very warped ideas some Christians have about mankind’s intrinsic nature. Personally, I tend to think the vast majority of people are basically good by choice, but I accept that there will always be exceptions. I’ve never needed a God breathing down my neck, and threatening me with eternal damnation, to make me treat my fellow humans [and animals] in a civilized manner. “Love your neighbor as  yourself ” and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” have always sufficed. Christians claim these are God’s commandments. I say, bollocks, they are just common sense house rules for any group of people choosing to live together in harmony. Anyway have a read a see what you think.

What is This World Coming To? Exactly What Jesus Said it Would.

Stephen Altrogge, Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA.

16 Jul 2015

Every so often I hear someone say in despair, “What is this world coming to?” This kind of comment usually comes in response to a doomsday report of some kind. You know the kind I’m talking about…

Statistics show that kids are more sexualized now than ever, and that 70% of kids will have sex before graduating high school!

A new report says that 45% of Americans think that God wants them to be happy more than anything else!

A pew poll report shows that church attendance is at the lowest mark in twenty years!

Studies now indicate that the current presidential administration is the most anti-Christian administration of the modern era!

When we hear these kinds of reports and stats, our gut instinct can be to throw our hands up in despair, panic, or disgust. We are shocked at the behavior of young people these days. Shocked at the levels of immorality at universities. Shocked at the apathy of people toward spiritual things. Shocked at the spike in gay marriages. Shocked at the smut being produced by Hollywood. Shocked at the increase in sexual promiscuity in our culture. What is this world coming to?!?

Whatever happened to the good old days, when a fella could leave his car unlocked without fear of having his stereo stolen? Whatever happened to the days when kids would actually respect authority? Whatever happened to the good old days when young men and women actually treated each other with courtesy, instead of trying to sleep around with each other?

I would venture to say that many conservative television shows, and radio shows, and blogs, and podcasts, perpetuate the “what is this world coming to?” attitude. It’s not uncommon for talk radio hosts to spend three hours lamenting the decay of morals in the world.

But we shouldn’t be shocked or dismayed. The world is coming to exactly what Jesus said it would come to, and this actually gives us a lot of hope.

A GODLESS WORLD

The simple reality is that we live in a godless world. Of course, I don’t mean that there isn’t a God, or that the true and living God is not active in our world. I mean that the natural state of every person is wickedness, godlessness, and evil. It has always been this way, and it always will be this way

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