kellermathis asked:

I'm a believer that there's life beyond the confines of our planet. Not necessarily aliens like how they are portrayed in the movies. Perhaps even just micro-organisms. The universe is vast after all and the possibility of life out there is very likely. If or when it is proven that there is life in other planets, how do you thing the church will react? Their stand? Do you think it might end religion?

Religious folks (at least the majority in the US) believe evolution is false. A microorganism in Mars won’t change their minds. I actually suspect no amount of evidence will.

In reason:
-FA 

idontmakemonkeys asked:

As an atheist I'm curious about this one thing whenever I encounter another atheist. As an atheist you've used logic to come to the conclusion that religious authority is invalid. Can you explain how secular authority can be justified without using the same arguments that a theist would use to justify religious authority?

1) What do you mean by secular authority? What do you mean by religious authority?
2) Why would anyone use the same arguments theists make? Such are logical fallacies to begin with.
3) Science and reason are valid because they work, bitches.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OtFSDKrq88

In reason:
-FA

letsthinkfreely asked:

My girlfriend's parents are always forcing their Christianity on me. They even ask me to pray aloud before dinner when they know that I have no belief in their god. How do you suggest someone deals with someone who tries to force their religion on them?

The parents are obviously hostile to your lack of beliefs. First thing you will realize is that no matter what you say or what do you will not change their minds. You can’t reason people out of something that they did not reason themselves into in the first place.

You can either respectfully decline to participate in their religious activities or be just as hostile with them as they are with you. The latter will get you in trouble with the GF, the former requires a lot of patience (and I mean a lot) to do.

Personally, I refuse to spend time with people that are hostile to me. I don’t and I won’t put myself in a situation where ignorant people can try to force anything on me. If the GF can’t understand that then I will refuse to spend time with her too and call it off. The older you get the more you realize that you can’t put a price on peace of mind.

In reason:
-FA