If you are sitting, stand up and if you are already standing, make haste

Here is something to make your day/ evening worthwhile, especially if you are a choir member.

15 ways atheists can stand up for rationality


About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

26 thoughts on “If you are sitting, stand up and if you are already standing, make haste

  1. exrelayman says:

    Excellent article. Thanks for citing it, I would never have seen it had you not done so.

    BTW the ‘stand up’ reference brings to mind the hymn ‘Stand up, stand up for Jesus’ from fundamentalist days long ago.


  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Sit down, stand up…oops! I’m so confused! What do you want me to do? LOL! At first I thought I was back in a primary physical education class! 🙂

    Thanks for publishing the link to this manifesto, my Nairobi brother! Very good resource! 🙂 See, you received two smiles in one comment today!


  3. This was a brilliant article. Thank you so much for pointing us in the right direction. I find this advice very supportive in what I try to do all the time. 🙂


  4. john zande says:

    “The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.”

    Oh wow, I like!


  5. I was lying down, but you didn’t mention that.

    Couldn’t agree more!


  6. ladysighs says:

    Thanks for referencing this article. Most of us … well me… don’t encounter debates about religion either on or off line. But I do meet situations that either out right or subtly challenge my right to not believe or expect me to fall in line. It is difficult to speak up and I usually let it pass. I have had two good friends just dismiss my friendship because I sent them an email saying don’t send me angel stuff any more.
    I probably was a bit abrupt with them because I didn’t know how to speak without perhaps hurting feelings.

    I think the article could help us to give answers to believers rationally without confrontation.


  7. Sonel says:

    Great share Mak! Loved the ‘common religious pronouncements and how atheists can respond to them’. He has some good answers there. 😀 Enjoy the rest of your weekend. *hugs*


  8. Points to Ponder:

    “I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’
    ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’
    ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’”
    – Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974


  9. More PtP:

    Devil’s Advocate

    Calling Halloween “the devil’s holiday,” in 1986 Ralph P. Forbes of London, Arkansas, filed suit to prevent the public schools from letting kids wear costumes to school, on behalf of himself, all Christian children, and Jesus Christ. The defendants included the Arkansas Department of Education, “high priests of secular humanism,” and Satan.

    U.S. District Judge George Howard Jr. continued the case, whereupon attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. offered to represent Satan pro bono. He pointed out that the Dark One doesn’t transact business, own property, or commit torts in Arkansas, and asked the judge to drop him as a defendant.

    The Chicago Tribune reported drily that “efforts to reach Satan for comment were unsuccessful.”

    (Hey, it’s Sunday morning here, what else am I gonna do, go to church?)


  10. “Heaven goes by favor,” wrote Mark Twain. “If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”


  11. Real real me says:

    9. “If you’re wrong about God, you go to hell. It’s safer to believe.”
    I find this to be the funniest. 😀
    People reasonably make there choice about where they want to go. Atheists believe there is no god, then how can they believe in hell? A man-made hell?


    • “Atheists believe there is no god, then how can they believe in hell? A man-made hell?”

      You must be referring to Church —


      • Real real me says:

        Well I couldn’t understood how can the atheists believe in hell when they don’t believe in a god… why would there be a hell at all? I was just trying to be funny, that’s why I asked the last question, without referring to anything… but I’m glad you thought further.


    • makagutu says:

      This Pascal’s wager seems to be the silliest reason to believe in god.
      And yes, such a threat is ridiculous


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