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(Washington Post)   Meet Sigfried Gold, an atheist who credits losing 110 pounds and saving his family with praying three times a day to a "spiritual being" he created that he named "God." "That's a big hole in atheist life. Some atheists are saying, 'Let's fill it.'"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 32
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2013-06-25 08:28:37 AM
17 votes:
Makes sense. As an atheist myself, I still molest little boys so I don't lose touch with my heritage.
2013-06-25 08:34:47 AM
14 votes:
I have another three letter G word I credit for helping me lose weight. The gym.
2013-06-25 09:03:04 AM
9 votes:

Aarontology: I have another three letter G word I credit for helping me lose weight. The gym.


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2013-06-25 09:10:04 AM
6 votes:
I mostly just pray to that waffle that's stuck to the ceiling.

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2013-06-25 09:08:38 AM
5 votes:

untaken_name: Atheism is the worst religion ever.


Anvils are the worst boats ever.
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2013-06-25 08:44:53 AM
4 votes:
very vivid goddess he created

I like to create very vivid goddesses and "pray" to them myself.
2013-06-25 09:12:33 AM
2 votes:

Farking Canuck: untaken_name: Atheism is the worst religion ever.

Anvils are the worst boats ever.


Science damn you!
2013-06-25 09:06:20 AM
2 votes:
So, basically, some atheists are as confused and stupid as some believers.
2013-06-25 08:56:51 AM
2 votes:
So.. I'm fat because of god? That's good. I was blaming laziness and beer.
2013-06-25 03:24:38 PM
1 votes:
He is an Atheist heretic!

The streets will flow with the blood of the non-believers of non-believing...I mean those who believe that non-believers should believe something...you shouldn't be a non-believer who b...you know what, could you just make your non-believing be a little less believ-ey?
2013-06-25 12:52:25 PM
1 votes:

The One True TheDavid: FarkinHostile: The One True TheDavid:

By definition atheists don't believe in supernatural forces, whether you call them gods, fairies, or Late-For-Dinner.

No.

Atheists do not believe in a god. That's it. They can, and many do, have irrational beliefs in things like ghosts, spirits, aliens, ect.

Materialists do not believe in anything supernatural. Atheist and Materialist are not synonymous but are somewhat related.

Ah. Okay. Point taken. I humbly bow to your more arrant pederasty.

Can someone be a Materialist and a God-believer?


I thought that was the norm. Anybody got a figure on the net value of the Vatican these days?
2013-06-25 11:11:36 AM
1 votes:

Monkeyhouse Zendo: BarkingUnicorn: "No thought,no reflection,no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself."  Tilopa.

Your education is sorely lacking.  Meditation with the goal of emptying the mind of thoughts is an ancient technique practiced by hundreds of millions.

I'm familiar with Hindu meditation although Buddhist traditions are more my forte. You're reading a poor translation and compounding that problem by misinterpreting it. What Tilopa is aspiring to is not a lack of thought but rather absorption in a single thought. In the traditions of Vedanta this is usually absorption in contemplation of the unity of Atman and Brahman i.e. the soul and the divine ground of the universe.

Saying that this is not thought is like saying that a flute player is not playing while he blows a single, long, note.


Well, I don't read Sanskriit so I won't challenge your interpretation of it. Holding a single thought in one's mind to the exclusion of others is a different practice; call it "meditation" if you wish.  It is prayer to me; the practice amplifies the selected thought's power.  But filling one's mind with one thought is little different from filling it with many thoughts.

I have learned to let thoughts arise and float away without thinking new thoughts about them.  When thought-bubbles cease to rise, the pond of the mind becomes still and clear. One can then perceive the bottom of the pond, where lies Enlightenment.

Or something.
2013-06-25 10:43:57 AM
1 votes:

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: I've found vigorous exercise burns more calories than vigorous prayer, but maybe I'm just not lifting enough spiritual weight or giving my faith enough recovery time.


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2013-06-25 10:35:19 AM
1 votes:
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If there's a big hole in your life as an atheist ... maybe you're not an atheist?
2013-06-25 10:26:32 AM
1 votes:

The_Gallant_Gallstone: Kinek: Put the context in you Ninny.
Context of this quote, this is an agent of hell writing to his nephew. The enemy in this case would be heaven. Just for other people to figure out what the hell they're reading.

There was a time, boy, when I searched for steel, when steel meant more to me than gold or jewels


Contemplate this upon the tree of woe.
2013-06-25 10:22:14 AM
1 votes:

Weaver95: I'm sticking with paganism. There is a lot less guilt involved


Pagans are the hipsters of religion.

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2013-06-25 10:21:36 AM
1 votes:

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: I've found vigorous exercise burns more calories than vigorous prayer, but maybe I'm just not lifting enough spiritual weight or giving my faith enough recovery time.


Try short prayers, in reps of 5-10. Take a ten minute confessional between sets. It's what my priest recommended and now the pounds are flying off!
2013-06-25 10:05:26 AM
1 votes:

Infernalist: BarkingUnicorn: This  thread is further testimony that strict materialists are the most shallow, closed-minded, unaware, and miserable of humans.

I'm a secular humanist, thank you.


No, thank you!  I collect non sequiturs.
2013-06-25 10:03:27 AM
1 votes:
Let's see... So far we've seen atheists compiling their own sacred books, gathering to listen to their prophets, trying to convert those who don't believe what they believe, gathering for weekly meetings, erecting idols to worship, and now they're praying.

Nope, modern atheism isn't a religion at all.
2013-06-25 10:01:02 AM
1 votes:

rubi_con_man: Farking Canuck: untaken_name: Atheism is the worst religion ever.

Anvils are the worst boats ever.

I totally agree. Atheism - The common, shared belief that there is no God - is the worst belief system ever. (or is that system of disbelief?)

Yes, Atheism is a Religion. An Exceptionally spare one, but certainly a belief system with at least one big article of faith : There is no God. Other articles of faith (depending on your personal creed) are : Theists are stupid, The Universe is like __________, and Atheism isn't a religion.

Be well, Adherents of Atheism.


What are the religious tenets of Atheism?  The central figure(s) of Atheism?  To whom do you pray?  Whom do you honor and revere?

Bear in mind that believing in something because it can be proven is not faith, Faith is believing in something absent of evidence.

Believing in something that can be proven is not faith.  We call that sanity.
2013-06-25 10:00:25 AM
1 votes:

RedPhoenix122: Praise the Sun!


I'm afraid you have it all wrong, RedPhoenix122, all of you. I've been monitoring some of their old-style radio waves, the empire spokesman trying to ridicule their religion. But he couldn't. Don't you understand? It's not the sun up in the sky. It's the Son of God!
2013-06-25 09:55:33 AM
1 votes:

BarkingUnicorn: Meditation's goal is to cease creating thoughts.


That is neither the goal nor the process of meditation. Meditation comprises a vast number of practices and subjects but I can't say I've ever heard anyone who practices meditation claim that its goal is to cease creating thoughts. It's almost as if you have no idea what you're talking about and are parroting the words of someone else who is equally ignorant but that can't be since this is Fark.
2013-06-25 09:36:46 AM
1 votes:
Of course he lost weight. He just didn't eat till he got an answer to his prayers.
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2013-06-25 09:18:12 AM
1 votes:
As an atheist, I must say I am highly confident that I would lead a much happier more fulfilling life if I could convince myself that there was a god, my place in the universe was "meant to be",  and that I should be doing things for a higher purpose than stimulating my bodies receptors until they cease to function.

Oh well.
2013-06-25 09:09:23 AM
1 votes:
I like the statistics in the article that some atheists believe in god or a spiritual blame. Doesn't that make you exactly the opposite of atheist?
2013-06-25 09:07:04 AM
1 votes:

Opus Croakus: Prayer has never helped me with any of my hangovers.


I spent my teens and early twenties bargaining with God that if he'd cure my hangover I'd never drink again.  He never came through so that's why I still drink.

It was a simple deal.  I guess he wanted me to keep up the drinking.
2013-06-25 09:06:16 AM
1 votes:
Atheism is the worst religion ever.
2013-06-25 09:06:00 AM
1 votes:

jfivealive: I don't care who you are or what type of person you are or what you believe in, prayer works.  And I can prove it.


1/10
2013-06-25 09:04:25 AM
1 votes:
I don't care who you are or what type of person you are or what you believe in, prayer works.  And I can prove it.
2013-06-25 09:02:37 AM
1 votes:
Prayer has never helped me with any of my hangovers.
2013-06-25 08:39:20 AM
1 votes:
Yeah, I'm sure it had nothing to do with changing his diet and/or exercise habits. It was definitely the prayers to an imaginary goddess that did it for him.
2013-06-25 08:32:53 AM
1 votes:
What in the 72 hells? My gods that makes no sense to me.
 
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