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March 9th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Chris Tomlin, king of the sing-along

By Eric Marrapodi and Tom Foreman, CNN
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Baltimore (CNN) - The capacity crowd at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore is bouncing in unison to the most widely sung music on the planet today. The catwalk above the arena is shaking.

Chris Tomlin grabs the microphone and asks the crowd if they’re ready.

"I feel alive, on God's great dance floor!" He leads the packed venue in singing and jumping.

Tomlin is out touring the country with his latest studio album, “Burning Lights.” In January, it topped the Billboard 200 charts. But unlike those who've enjoyed performances by Beyonce, Johnny Cash and a host of others who've played this Baltimore hall, after these fans stream out the doors they will have ample opportunity to sing Tomlin's songs again, as one.

That is the secret to Tomlin’s success – the stage, the lights, the band - aren’t about him. As lively as his shows are, the point is not to get you inside the doors. The point is to get you singing in church.

“I strive for trying to write something that people can sing, that people want to sing, and that people need to sing,” Tomlin explained before the show.

Tomlin is the undisputed king of worship music, a genre of Christian music sung on Sunday mornings all across the world and increasingly played on Christian radio stations. The music is simple, devotional and easy on the ears.

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“We would say that Chris is the most prolific songwriter in the United States now, in this past decade,” said Howard Rachinski, CEO of Christian Copyright Licensing International, the company that tracks what music is used in churches around the world.

In 2012, CCLI paid out $40 million to artists and musicians, and Tomlin got a healthy slice of that pie. Churches around the world used 128 songs he wrote or co-wrote last year, Rachinski said.

CCLI estimates that every Sunday in the United States, between 60,000 and 120,000 churches are singing Tomlin’s songs. By extrapolating that data, Rachinski says, “our best guess would be in the United States on any given Sunday, 20 to 30 million people would be singing Chris Tomlin's songs.”

In their last two reporting periods, Tomlin had the No. 1 most-sung song and five of the top 25.

Search YouTube for "How Great is Our God" or "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)." Black, white, Asian, big churches, small ones are all belting out Tomlin songs. A lot.

For perspective, consider Tomlin’s musical success against one secular counterpart. In 2012, Katy Perry's record sales dwarfed Tomlin’s, but Billboard reported her songs were played 1.4 million times on the radio. Using CCLI’s low-end calculation, Tomlin’s songs were played 3.12 million times in churches.

Growing up Tomlin

Chris Tomlin was reared in Grand Saline, Texas, heavily influenced by country music. His dad taught him to play the guitar.

“I learned all country music - Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash, all those kind of guys. Those are what my dad played and I played. And I played at my church as well,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin went to college to study sports medicine. “I just didn't know the music would take me here. I loved it and I was getting opportunities to go play, and when I say go play I was starting to write songs of worship even (as) a young kid. I didn't know really what worship music was, what a worship leader was, any of that. I didn't know any of those terms,” he said.

Today, at 40 years old, he is the artist most associated with worship music.

While in college he began singing and writing in earnest. As a senior, he said, he was getting invitations to lead the music for Christian conferences with 10,000 students.

He knew his music was resonating with crowds when he got a call from EMI Publishing after his song “We Fall Down,” which was released in 1998, starting being  played in churches.

“I was just writing songs for the church and from there they just started taking off.”

The compositions are considerably different from pop music. They are simpler, and he takes pains to write them that way.

“I'm thinking as that comes out of my heart as a song of response, I'm trying to think, how can I form this so that everybody, people who are tone deaf, who can't clap on two and four, how can I form this song so they can sing it, so that it is singable?”

Part of that process comes from his love of country music, the simplicity of that music and the stories those songs tell. His goal is to write songs that communicate what people would like to say to God.

“Now, that doesn't happen all the time. I mean, I write so many songs that you never hear because they are not any good.”

Tomlin is the worship pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta. He leads worship there twice a month and beta tests all his new songs on the congregation. Tomlin is also a major draw as the worship leader of the Passion Conferences, a series of Christian conferences around the world. In January, the conference packed out the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with 60,000 college-age students. Billboard magazine noted the conference helped push up pre-sales of Tomlin’s latest CD.

His songs are so sought-after that, even before they're released on CD, they start showing up in CCLI’s online database.

“His songs have probably had the most immediate impact on churches that we have seen in history,” Rachinski said. “Even before you get to street release [of a CD], churches are already networked and engaged with his songs.”

Don’t look for a crossover

Other contemporary Christian musicians, as the music industry designates them, have crossed over to mainstream pop with some success. Tomlin said he has no designs on making that leap.

He also doesn’t need the money. Over the course of his career he’s sold 4.2 million albums, had 6 million digital downloads, a number of sold-out tours, and of course, the copyright royalties.

Tomlin said money isn't what motivates him to write and perform.

“I feel like I have a responsibility,  that God has given me a gift to write songs for his church that people listen to and that people are coming to expect now,” he said. “When I make a record I feel that responsibility that worship leaders, churches are going to say, 'Hey, are these some new songs we can sing in our church?' And I don't take that lightly, and I don't go, ‘Oh let's go do something else fun.’”

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“I haven't invented any new instruments, I haven't created new chords that no one has ever played. I play the same chord that every band plays, we play the same instruments up there, the melodies are melodies. The difference to me in the music is that I ask that God's presence be on it and that people, when they sing these songs, sense that God does something.”

The spotlight is on Tomlin even more than ever after starting the year a top the Billboard charts. As he tours the country at bigger and bigger venues, he would prefer to step out of the spotlight, away from the microphone, and let everyone else sing.

“People would be mad that they paid for a ticket for that. So I do that just occasionally, but that is what I love.”

He said the night before, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, he took as much time as he could to step back and let everyone else sing.

“It was just so beautiful, because I feel like it says something. It's not just like, ‘Hey, listen to me sing.’ This is all of us together. I think when you step back from the mic and it is not about you - and yeah, the light may be on you, but this is about all of us singing. This is about a bigger story, it's about a greater story. It's about a greater name than my name. My name is on the ticket, but this is about a greater name.”

CNN's Oliver Janney, Chris Turner, and Dan Merica contributed to this post.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Music

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  1. kevobx

    Psalm 83:6 is revealed! *Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold of them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. *Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: (Remember, Asaph is the recorder.)

    March 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Austin

      Kevobx,I your verses here are not. Prophecies about the day of the lord, or the mil lineal kingdom. They are about the conspiracies against Israel.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Austin

      When you misinterpret scripture and teach it wrong, that is serious. You are asking for a tough judgment.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Angie

      A real god would not have scripture that could be misinterpreted. Oh wait...

      March 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  2. kevobx

    Why are all the churches avoiding Psalm 78:56 what is the reason for that? (Job 32:11)

    March 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • End Religion

      I'm sure that not one of you has actually read FSM's Word with an open mind and heart in an attempt to disprove it. They are only repeating the usual agnostic cliches without investing time attempting to prove their points. They only post foolish insults and end up proving their own conjecture, circular reasoning and seemingly gullible nature, a nature that would rather believe a lie than the FSM Gospel Truth. I say, seemingly, because I believe each of these people, at a point in their lives, has known the Witness of the Holy Spaghedeity but have rejected that Spirit. If they look at the magnificent complexities of nature and our universe and not understand that there is a Creator/Designer, then they are only confirming an extreme lack of human logic at the very least and disingenuousness at most. The only thing standing between a non-believer's understanding and eternal life with their Creator is his own arrogant pride. The Truth is that the Flying Spaghetti Monster came into the world in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, walked among us, showed us how to live and then did an amazing thing. He suffered and boiled in Calvary's Colander. He took the sins of us all upon himself and then rose from the dead giving the believer victory over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and sits at the Right Noodle of the Father now interceding for all who receive Him as their Savior and their Lord. This cannot, in human terms, be proven to the scoffers any more than they can disprove it. However, if they will put aside human pride, read FSM's Word with an open mind and heart and ask FSM to speak to their hearts, no proof will be necessary–because the Holy Noodle with which FSM touched them will provide them that which they so desperately seek in life.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      Maybe it's because of the Newtown massacre and the fact that the bible says we should be happy about the murder of children in a different verse of Psalms. How should you feel when you dash babies against the rocks?
      . Happy. - Is this "pro-life"? This is one of numerous examples of god-ordained genocide. Even if you coldly feel there is justice in killing the innocent infants of people deemed "evil" by your religion, would you be happy to do it, as the bible declares? If this is not evil, then what is?
      "O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." (Psalm 137:8-9)

      March 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • Austin

      Which old testament statutes are we supposed to keep?

      March 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Austin

      @ at nietodarwin,

      When Christ finishes the battle of Armageddon, when the victory on earth is complete and his kingdom is set in place, will Christ rejoice?

      We wait for Him. The prophecies state, that Satan will be the cause of war before He returns.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  3. John P. Tarver

    "Everything that is created was created by me and for me", JC. From this claim by Christ to be the spell of creation, that God breathed, we can know all of creation was done so God could live as a Jew for less than 45 years; while also redeeming Adam's birthright of everlasting life, for 70 weeks.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • End Religion

      It's time to push your god further into the gaps. We have created life from non-life.
      http://voices.yahoo.com/scientists-create-artificial-life-living-organism-6070036.html
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/science/28life.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/may/20/craig-venter-synthetic-life-form

      March 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Unraveling the building blocks of life is the driving force behind the end of Darwin's nonsense. In biology today Darwin's "Origin of Species" is refered to as "the ant study" Science has moved on and populism needs to do the same.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • .

      They need to move on...where? To the bible, Tarver? Lol. Twit.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • End Religion

      citation for your insanity please? This nutter also posted " The ant study is false and no amount of religious need for it to be true can change that. The Human Genome project is complete and today we know that Dog is Man's closest Genome Relative" – any citation for that lie either? Not that we didn't already know you were just another kook...

      March 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Bennett X. Wentworth

      As far as science goes, the pretentious jerk going by the handle of John P. Tarver doesn't know his fat ass from an ant hill on the ground, despite his frantic attempts to present himself otherwise.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  4. John P. Tarver

    The scientific basis of the big bang is time-space.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • Doobs

      The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      This appears to be just a nonsensical statement...care to elaborate, with coherent thought not opinion laden rambling please.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      The big bang however was never more than a notional hypothesis, under the scientific method.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The big bang is proven fact, using scientific method.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Robert-read the other post about relativity, the two can not be posted together.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Bennett X. Wentworth

      As far as science goes, the pretentious jerk going by the handle of John P. Tarver doesn't know his fat ass from an ant hill on the ground, despite his frantic attempts to present himself otherwise.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Science

      There is a Hell Johnie I have been there it is in MI USA. But no god(s) required to get there.

      By the way the the soul is on the bottom of shoe can be replaced or repaired.

      Peace

      reposted from below Johnie.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  5. kevobx

    Passover is near (John 11:54), are you reading the Psalms (Luke 24:44). The entire world itself is afraid of grace and truth. And this is why (Psalm 78:56)

    March 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • End Religion

      Again, the God of Israel is fiction. All is Created and Given by the LOVING Spaghedeity. Look at the historicity of the empty colander, proof that He was boiled for your sins, probably prefers the colour red, and is Risen to His Heavenly Father's Kingdom.

      What is particularly profound proof that FSM is greater than your fictional God is that yours is only triune in nature. FSM is made of infinite dimensions. he is Son, Father, Holy Noodle and so much more! He is not limited like your god. FSM can also be Earth, Wind and Fire (the elements AND the band!)' He is Penne and Fusilli; He is every atom and spinning electron; he is vapor, water, ice and marmalade. ALL HAIL OUR LORD FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER!!!

      March 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • lol??

      Better check yer monster. Those spots aren't pepper. They're fly specks.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      psalm 78:56
      Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies.

      Did you know that the word tesimony, and testlfy were from ancient greece where they would sacrifice a male goat, sever its testicles and you held them in your hand to "testify" . There is no record of any god ever having done this.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  6. John P. Tarver

    Relativity is Maxwell's Equations with Time decoupled from space into a 4th Dimension.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Doobs

      Joan was quizzical, studied pataphysical
      Science in the home
      Late nights all alone with her test tube
      Oh, oh oh oh

      Maxwell Edison, majoring in medicine
      Calls her on the phone
      "Can I take you out to the pictures Joan?"
      But as she's getting ready to go
      A knock comes on the door

      Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
      Came down upon her head
      Clang! Clang! Maxwell's silver hammer
      Made sure that she was dead

      -Paul McCartney

      March 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • Bennett X. Wentworth

      As far as science goes, the pretentious jerk going by the handle of John P. Tarver doesn't know his ass from an ant hill on the ground, despite his frantic attempts to present himself otherwise.

      March 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  7. ScreamForMe

    I am only 40, but when it comes to songs in church I prefer the oldies, but that I mean songs written before I was born. When they insert newer (after I was born) songs and even contemporary songs I don't "feel it" and don't sing along. But that's me.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
  8. pandapath

    there are at least to realms.
    that is not dimension. i said realms. within realm there is perhaps dimension.
    built in, so no mere physical being will ever get the keys..ala science as you say, which is a fetish, a dash, nothingness.
    here, 2 realms are married. we are an example of animated physical existence.
    thankfully, we will never know, until we leave here, then, we will know the actual, and real, world.
    logic and sciennece and so called evudunce are utter blindness.
    adaptation is built into all physical worlds, not just this one. it has nothing to do with the exigence of reality.

    ellen

    March 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      "to realms" or "two realms"?????? Please STOP !!!! You are embarrassing yourself and the literate xstians on here. Soon some believer will be asking you to quit posting because you are bringing shame to the "faithful."

      March 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      @pandapath: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

      March 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • Akira

      Oh, my.
      Worse. Proselytizing. Ever.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  9. End Religion

    Be sure to crank this REAL religious music up LOUD!

    http://youtu.be/JyU3mJAr-Tc

    March 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  10. John P. Tarver

    Relativity cancelled the big bang over a century ago and Athiests need to let go.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The Big Bang is fact...it did happen. You can only argue over the cause at this point.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • Doobs

      You need to stop lying.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      That first part makes no sense, so the second part is meaningless.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      It's all meaningless. random word generating bot.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  11. lyman

    Texasmike, jdurand, shawnDH, Neitodarwin, etc. One more time. If you want people to go along with your ideas making the world a better place, be civil. Most of the people I see posting that the other side is bad throw insults that make themselves look bad (just read the posts and pretend the other side used the uncivil tone and see how you feel about it). Arrogance knows no boundaries of belief, but if your beliefs make the world better, prove it by your words. If your argument really holds up, you shouldn't need to insult each other. Also please stop implying only your side is being persecuted–there's been persecution by and to Christians for centuries, that's human nature, and again no side has a monopoly on that. I'll respect your beliefs, but one-sided arguments aren't going to do much good. Some of the criticisms and comments on the article are reasonable, the rest is distressing. I don't claim to have all the answers, but we all try, and isn't that the point? To learn and live from one another. Please.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      That is just the methamphetamines talking Lyman.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • End Religion

      How about if lyman minds lyman's own business? Twat.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      I don't recall any of the people you named threatening people with eternal torment. Now THAT would be insulting.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Sheol is actually called Pardise by Christ and Islam, so perhaps the afterlife is not just the Hell created for the fallen Angels and Heaven.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Science

      There is a Hell Johnie I have been there it is in MI USA. But no god(s) required to get there.

      By the way the the soul is on the bottom of shoe can be replaced or repaired.

      Peace

      March 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  12. TJ

    Most of the Christians I know are genuinely caring and gracious, but the majority of "them" make mike ill.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      It is the demon inside you.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  13. pandapath

    god? did i read the above right? that you say there is no evidence of the existence of god? yes? i do not think i have laughed so hard in a long while..i would say convulsively. there is no god? really? so...you built the universe then? and everything in it? you? the great you?
    im laughin....
    god so exists..so much so, and so huge, that you have missed the entire story...funnily enough, you are in the story.

    good luk

    March 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      There is evidence of the Logos, that is Jesus Christ.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      "I would say convulsively" ????????? I hope you don't own a gun, you will surely shoot off your foot, or other appendage.
      The time you have spent "praying" and neglecting your education is REALLY SHOWING. As I said to the other thumper on here, "Put down your bible and get a grammar book" (Well, in your case a dictionary) Religion is mental illness, and mental illness and brain disorder can cause convulsions, so maybe you really meant what you wrote.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • End Religion

      Not one teeny-tiny little scrap of evidence for any god. Suck it!

      March 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Normal human psycosis is Freudian psychology and Religion is the cure. I don't care about the plight of unemployed English teachers and I wish you would leave that dimension of your personal life out of these discussions.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Doobs

      No one has said that they created the universe. That is a very poor argument.

      We don't know exactly how the universe came to be. But "I don't know" does not automatically mean "gawd did it wif majik".

      March 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      John 1:1 Jesus Christ is the Word. (Logos)

      March 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Pandapath worships GAP-GOD. In his lexicon, total absence of evidence = TRUTH

      March 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Doobs

      Ole Kirk Christiansen: Play well. (Legos)

      March 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Akira

      Oops, jumped the gun.
      THIS is the Worst. Proselytizing. Ever.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  14. Dan

    Farewell

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0fN-EK4qmY

    March 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Science

      Hey Dan

      Proof is the Y

      Hey Bobie and As-stin Chad/rachel l4h fred Robert Brown loony bethany etc etc All creationists !!!Topher too.

      Was the bible around back then ?

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

      Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

      Peace

      March 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • lol??

      "...Was the bible around back then ?....." back then when, dork??

      March 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Science

      lol??

      Yiu really can read can you? or figure out 338,000 years ago no bible da.

      Paece

      March 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • .

      When the Big Bang occurred, you disingenuous hag, lol??
      Follow along, moron. Dayum, you're stupid.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • lol??

      You guys get stuck on an as*sumed theory way too easily. You expect me to believe in a single Big Bang, when creation has pairs falling all over the place??

      March 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      I believe in multiple BIG BANGS. I try to have at least one a day.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  15. Sshollie

    Chris Tomlin music is wonderful. Millions agree. The one true God we serve is not the one talked about on this blog. Lots of angry and disrespectful people out there. You are missing out on the most important part of what your life is suppose to be about.

    March 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      You are missing out on the most important point of what your writing is SUPPOSED to be about. Put down your stinking bible and get a grammar book.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • End Religion

      I heard this beautiful song of True faith outsells Tomlin...

      http://youtu.be/g1jJ-ttrSd8

      March 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Bootyfunk

    there is nothing creepier in the world than christian music.

    March 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • JMEF

      Gregorian Chants have been credited with driving some of the chanters insane. (insaner?) probably wrong.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • TJ

      Especially when it has been bought and sold. And don't even get me started on big-boxed Mc-churches!!

      March 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • lol??

      C'mon ,ya gotta admit the snake dance the A&A's do looks gay., 'specially with yer words added. And snakes can only HHHHhhhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmm.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Science

      Yea lol ?? with your AZZ and ankles tripping on everbody

      March 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  17. Nietodarwin

    I appreciate all the kudos on the Dan Barker quote, about holding hands and singing "I believe that gravity is real." I keep in my little stack of atheists quotes, (I'm not a normal atheist, I try to CONVERT "believers" into people of reason, into a love of humanity and reason, for which there is evidence, from a belief in a "god", for which there is NO evidence.) That quote is VERY on point for this article. I would post it again, but I'll just get "Duplicate comment" Hope somebody else puts it back up. SAVE A XSTIAN, bring them into the flock of reason. We can take a page out of their book an preach a bit. (Of course, we won't be murdering to make our point.)

    March 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      come on, christians, give cognitive thinking a chance!

      March 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • JMEF

      All we are saying is THINK for yourself.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      All we are saying, give reason a chance
      All we are saying, logic needs a chance
      All we are saying science needs a chance
      All we are saying. look at evidence

      March 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • lol??

      You've given plenty of evidence for your existence as snakes. Try sumpin' new. serpent bigots

      March 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Anoesis is was easier than cognition.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  18. Nietodarwin

    "I don't want no god on my lawn, just a flower I can help along
    'Cause the soul of nobody knows how a flower grows

    Mary dropped her pants by the sand and let a parson come and take her hand
    But the soul of nobody knows, where the parson goes

    (Cat Stevens) We may as well say "Cat Stevens Rest in Peace." The xstians didn't get him, but the muslims did. Same intellectual, psychological, and spiritual death.

    March 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Cat Stevens is no more...he is now Yusuf Islam...and although he once was one of the people most invited to the White House, he now isn't allowed in the country due to his "ties with terrorists", and the incident with the child p0rn.

      Always amazed me this guy would say one thing for a long time, then when money got tight, went right back on his word and did more music.
      I like some of his music, but the guy is pretty skeevy.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Esaias

      Hey hater,

      God says, "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God.'" Psalm 14:1
      It's amazing at the hatred and hypocrisy of so-called atheists. You people are atrocious.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • End Religion

      Hey Esaias,

      "You shall not judge, lest you be judged." Matthew 7:1
      It's amazing at the hatred and hypocrisy of so-called Christians. You people are atrocious.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Esaias
      Where do you see hate in these posts?
      And posting the insulting religious circular lgic that somehow justifies your belief is not going to work...watch

      "The fool says in his heart, "There is God"

      You see...That is just one opinion, and so is mine. You a$$ume you are right, so call me a fool for not believing the same as you, even though there is absolutley no reason or logic to believe.
      Typical christian...(not hate, just observation)

      March 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Esaias
      "God says, "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God.'" Psalm 14:1"

      1. What makes you think that a god said that?

      2. It's a quite old and sometimes effective tactic – declaring that those who do not believe your story are 'fools'. Nobody wants to be considered 'dumb' for not seeing the Emperor's new clothes, or a 'bas.tard' for not seeing the Sultan's new turban, or a 'cuckold' for not being able to see the Miller's gold thumb.

      Even Joseph Smith used it when he gathered his 'witnesses' to his golden plates. He told them that only those with 'true faith' would be able to 'see' them.

      The ancient, primitive Hebrews who originated those Bible stories were quite adept at manipulative mind-games.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • sam stone

      The real fools are the ones who claim to speak for god. Whether they are 21st century fools who are tying on an internet blog, or iron age sheep mounters.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • ME II

      @Esaias,
      "anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell." (Matthew 5:22)

      March 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  19. kevobx

    Christ did not come to save the world, he came to save the lost sleep only! A remnant is from the world. *Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. *Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. *Exodus 2:25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them. (What does the Lord hate? That is exactly what the world loves *Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: *Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

    March 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • Melissa

      The "lord" also promotes selling your daughters for a good price. How about you actually read the book?

      March 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      The dead and in hell are among the congregation.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      jesus is a myth plagiarized from other religions/mythologies. look up mitra, osirus, dionysus and more. and if jesus really did live, he was just a crazy cult leader, no different than david koresh.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Dionesis is a knock off of Nimrod, who you may remember from the book of Numbers. Christ's birthday was moved to December 25 for the purpose of ending the tradition of burning the most popular person in the community as a sacrifice to Molech. The astrological event described in Mathew and Luke occurs on May 14, 6BCE. Jupiter apearing as a Morning star in the House of Judah, eclipsed by the Moon.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Esaias

      @ Bootyfunk:

      It's Jesus not jesus you God-hater. Learn some respect, repent and believe now or you will eternally regret it later.
      What is with all of the hatred with atheists? I love it how they preach tolerance for everyone (but for the Christians). Atheists are the biggest HYPOCRITES!

      March 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • End Religion

      Esaias, have you heard the good word about your Lord and Saviour, the Flying Spaghetti Monster? You will never feel empty without Him!

      March 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • sam stone

      esaias: fvck you and your empty proxy threats

      March 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  20. sybaris

    Christian mooozic 101

    "Blah, blah, blah I'm a sinner. Blah, blah, blah worship God. Blah blah, blah Jesus died for you."

    Chorus: "Waaaaaaaaaa"

    *bridge*

    "Blah, blah, blah I'm a sinner. Blah, blah, blah worship God. Blah blah, blah Jesus died for you."

    March 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Bugs

      Funny!

      March 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • pam

      You're giving them too much credit. It's simpler than that. lol.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • Billy Roberts JR

      Son you are whats wrong with this country that Jesus himself founded.

      Boy I tell you what. If i was your dad id set you down and you and boy would have a talking to.

      Christian music is the best around because unlock that Kiss mumbo jumbo snoopy doggy puppy you listen to we got variety. And all that variety comes back to one thing and that we serve the lord. When im up in the golden streets and u smokin sulpher with Hitler and abortionists u better ask urself why u got there boy.

      March 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Doobs

      Son you are whats wrong with this country that Jesus himself founded.

      Where did you come up with this lie? Jeebus had nothing to do with the founding of the USA.

      When im up in the golden streets and u smokin sulpher with Hitler and abortionists

      You mean the guy whose army had "Gott Mit Uns" on their belt buckles?

      u better ask urself why u got there boy.

      You'd better ask yourself why you skipped getting an education, boy.

      March 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
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