Joseph Andrew Knapka
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Joseph Andrew Knapka replied to Russ's discussion Doing a Sunday Service in August, Input is welcome in the group Unitarian Universalist Atheists
"You go, man.  I've done a couple of atheism-themed services at my UU, and they've always been well-received.  I think about 20% of our membership, if not more, identifies toward the "agnostic" or even more-skeptical end…"
Jun 13, 2011
Joseph Andrew Knapka replied to sehkmet's discussion Class Issues in UU in the group Unitarian Universalist Atheists
"I'm a member of a UU congregation in a city that is 70% Hispanic, but Hispanics comprise less than 10% of the UU membership.  It is definitely a problem.  As Eddie points out, there are structural reasons for this, in most cases --…"
Jun 13, 2011
Joseph Andrew Knapka commented on Irreverend Mike's group Unitarian Universalist Atheists
"Hi folks,  I'm president-elect (will be prez in '12) of the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, TX.  For a while now, I've been thinking about how to reconcile my deep involvement with UU, with my increasingly firm…"
Jun 13, 2011
Joseph Andrew Knapka replied to Dr. Terence Meaden's discussion "RELIGION HAS NO BASIS IN FACT", English judge tells Christian complainant as he rejects the man's appeal in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"There is always the Kitzmiller decision in Dover, PA. It was a very powerful and clear-cut rejection of creationist/ID incursions into school curricula, handed down unchallenged by a Bush-appointed Republican…"
May 1, 2010
Mel replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Lets cut out all the middle-men here. We're "reality-ists". Yep, we worship at the cult of reality. Our dogma of reality is absolute! Heretics will be... well they'll be mocked unmercifully. Which I think nicely differentiates…"
Oct 26, 2009
Jared Lardo replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The term "Darwinist" is inappropriate. "Evolutionist" would be more correct in more situations; though, it would remain the bastard incest antichrist that it is, having been cooked up by creationists because they're…"
Oct 25, 2009
Mel replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I probably should say that three of my four children were breast-fed and seem better for it so I have some observational evidence... Breastfeeding good, all the evidence in the world for that. Whether having a kilo (or 5!) of fat wrapped about the…"
Oct 22, 2009
Marc Draco replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Woah! You got me out of bed for this... ;0) GD iPod email reader. Sorry, I know we're way off topic here: but discussions do have a habit of evolving. I probably should say that three of my four children were breast-fed and seem better for it…"
Oct 22, 2009
Mel replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Very irrelevant :D You'd be surprised what a huge variance in how busty you look can be acheived with different styles of underwear. Decades is not remotely enough time for evolution in human breast size, but there is a lot of other absolutely…"
Oct 22, 2009
John Secular Smith replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I'm reminded of the late 19th and early 20th centuries where bust size fluctuated dramatically from very large to very small (i.e the flappers). I know of no evidence of actual fluctuations in breast size, just fluctuations in fashion. When…"
Oct 22, 2009
Marc Draco replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Completely irrelevant to your point, Mel, but do you think that sexual selection of breast size (by men) is Fisherian or does another model describe that better? I'm reminded of the late 19th and early 20th centuries where bust size fluctuated…"
Oct 22, 2009
Mel replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I have never ONCE heard any lecturer or researcher in my 2 biology degrees (undergrad and 3/4 through a Masters) use the word "Darwinist". Not to describe themselves, their work, their attitude to life, EVER. IIRC, when I was taught…"
Oct 6, 2009
Steve replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I would respectfully disagree that just because the "N" word is bandied about in the African American community that it has lost its harshness. If anything the fact that I won't as a white man even type it out tells you that coming…"
Oct 4, 2009
Joseph Andrew Knapka replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"(Just ruminating, here...) Homosexuals have "reclaimed" words like "gay", and even "fag"; and as Marc points out, blacks use the "n" word (which I can't even bring myself to write) routinely. Females use…"
Oct 3, 2009
John Secular Smith replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Well, they've managed to demonize secular humanist, which is someone who thinks we should do things that actually help people and we should let everyone has their religious beliefs without interference from the government. What's…"
Oct 3, 2009
Steve replied to Joseph Andrew Knapka's discussion Are we "Darwinists"? No! We are Devo! in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"It obviously has gone round the bend and now has pejorative connotations now. I say it is like the word "Atheist". What other things don't I believe in that they don't have a word for? Anti alchemist A Astrologist. Perhaps…"
Oct 3, 2009

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Atheist Spirituality

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 1:00am 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I gave a presentation at a Sunday morning service of the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, TX, where I'm a member. The title was "Atheist Spirituality", and it was very well received. The following is an outline of the service, including the full text of my talk, approximately as-delivered. (I do have a tendency to ad-lib here and there.)




Atheist Spirituality
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Where's the virtue?

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 6:29pm 4 Comments

Apparently Andrew Sullivan is leaning towards support of a (limited) public insurance option, and as Andrew goes, so goes the nation. Historically, anyway. He says:



...on the public option, I'm still behind. I don't want to see a stealth government take-over of private health insurance, but I can see the case for a limited public option. Clear restrictions…
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At 3:01am on October 2, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to the discussion group "Origins". Do visit often. You have much to contribute. Congratulations on your August address to the unitarian movement.
 
 
 

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