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Added by Djacson jn on August 26, 2014 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

The Answers

Long, long ago, when I was a superstitious, semi-spiritual, wishful thinker - in spite of an intense overwhelming fear of death - I used to imagine how at least in death, I would know the answers to everything. My spirit would ascend, and I would enter a realm where the answers would be revealed to me.

So eventually, I would find out what the spiritual entity behind the whole thing had planned for me. The answers would be my reward. The ultimate revelation. This notion can…

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Added by Ian Bowes on August 25, 2014 at 4:56pm — 3 Comments

RR Excerpt #8: Wishful Thinking

This is excerpt #8 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon. Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism ---> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <--- ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This is the 6th of nine posts describing "Reasons for Skepticism" derived from scientific…

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Added by DAN DANA on August 25, 2014 at 2:45pm — No Comments

My research on family violence and training programs of non-violent interactions

The focus of my research in 1977-79 was on the factors that contribute to maintaining and sustaining family violence. I found that all institutions, family, church, education, health care, laws, and law enforcement did not take the word of a child or battered spouse seriously, ignored or denied abuse occurred, and did not do what was necessary to make changed that needed to be made. Furthermore, I found the highest incident rate of child abuse occurred in homes of the religious. This was…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 8:21pm — 1 Comment

Drought

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Lake Mead Before and After the Epic Drought

Move the rod back and forth across the page to see before and after in its full context. 

"Using a satellite designed to track changes in groundwater, the research team found that the Colorado River basin—which supplies water to 40…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 7:38pm — 4 Comments

Many are Called but Few are Chosen: My Belief -- Yes, Belief -- in Euhemerus

This is essentially a piece I originally wrote in one of my occult fanzines either late 80s or early 90s, when I was still in the thrall of Crowleyanity (also known as Thelema) and began to really wonder why man makes deities in his own image. I consulted many works on mythology and god-making, learning that all religions begin as cults, so it is redundant to call, say, Scientology a cult of Old Mother Hubbard. It's a religion we could even call Hubbardism. I read of an ancient Greek…

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Added by James M. Martin on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead children

Fallen followers: Investigation finds 10 more dead children of faith healers

BOISE, Idaho – Peaceful Valley Cemetery sits on a windswept hill 30 miles east of Boise.

Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead in Peaceful Valley Cemetery

KATU’s Dan Tilkin covered many faith-healing stories.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 1:14am — 29 Comments

Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot



 

 

 

http://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/



Pascal's Wager. It's an often scrutinized philosophy. For good reason too, I would say. Basically, if you're not familiar, Pascal's Wager states in a nutshell that there really is no objective evidence to prove that a god exists, but it is still a…

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Added by Deidre32 on August 24, 2014 at 12:30am — 26 Comments

Infinity, Possibilities, the Multiverse, and Misconceptions

A common thing I see brought up in discussions about the multiverse is that god would have to exist because in an infinite number of possible universes that option would have played out. This is incorrect, and a common misconception regarding infinity, probability, and restrictions. It has a lot to do with our hesitance to even accept infinities as possible to begin with. 

The reason we humans recoil at the concept of infinities has much to do with our very limited…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on August 23, 2014 at 12:22am — 12 Comments

The Problem of Miracles

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What are miracles? Did you believe in miracles prior to your 'deconversion?



Taken from wikipedia:



A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods), a , a saint or a .



Theologians say that, with , gods regularly work through created nature yet are free to work without, above, or against it…

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Added by Deidre32 on August 22, 2014 at 5:55pm — 21 Comments

Welcome to the Age of Denial

Welcome to the Age of Denial

As more and more ways of knowing become available, as more information easily comes through our computers, it is exciting to track down information to see if it is validated with evidence or repeated based on a belief.  Sorting through the overload of news outlets with unreliable sources can be…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery

US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery

Let's just stop and think about this statement for a minute:

"Brantly thanked the hospital workers who cared for him in Atlanta and administered the experimental serum that cured him. 'Above all I am grateful to God for sparing my life,' Brantly said."

Let us take away the research that was…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:11pm — 6 Comments

There was a political will at work at the origins of the bible.

" target="_self">The Bible Unearthed, 4 parts

“The last king of the house of David, Zedekiah, was also exiled, his sons slaughtered, the elite of the cities, the priests and the scribes, were banished to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates. The Book of Psalms…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Ferguson: A Larger Dialog

Ferguson, MO.



Okay, please don't roll your eyes and think "Here we ago again. Another blog about police brutality, police states in America, and racist bashing." I'm not going to be analyzing the events of Ferguson, per say. I am writing about a larger picture here. No speeches about how…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 22, 2014 at 9:47am — 5 Comments

RR Excerpt #7: The Disappearing "God of the Gap"

This is excerpt #7 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon. Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism ---> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <--- ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This is the fifth of nine posts describing "Reasons for Skepticism" derived from…

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Added by DAN DANA on August 22, 2014 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

We need a new narrative.

 Abrahamic traditions gave rise to great temples, cathedrals and mosques! Paintings! Music! Literature! All these achievements began in the minds and imaginations of Homo sapiens. Stories, handed down from generation to generation, changed over time by accident or on purpose, came to this century with little evidence that any of it actually happened. The stories are myths, legends, folk tales, and sagas, told verbally at…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:29pm — 7 Comments

Putting the Cart Before the Horse



Time and time again when speaking of atheists, the question of whether one can be moral and upright without God and/or religion unfailingly comes up. For years, I have believed that the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Paul Hawken, What's Carbon Got to Do With It?

I first ran across Paul Hawken and his writing in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. I had been watching the economic markets for several years and used an old high school typewriter to record my alarm at what was happening to the economy. Because of what the markets revealed and because of writings by some economist, I began watching for a financial crash, especially in the 1980s when I had my first computer. It sits in my sunroom upstairs, idle for many years and with no services to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

About that Bible

WE all tend  to make fun of the bible because  of God  and his many  miracles....However  the expression  `throwing the baby  out with the bathwater'  applies  here'......The bible should be renamed  the Book of Ancient history......My point is  if you take out  all references  to God  and his many  miracles, all that is left  are  stories  of real people  who  actually  shaped  our lives in many ways......The so called bible  gets  the dates  wrong, but  archaeological  digs  can  verify…

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Added by Freethinker31 on August 19, 2014 at 6:02pm — 23 Comments

A Few Thoughts On The Whole "What If You Go To Hell?" Scenario

We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario.



Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…



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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 19, 2014 at 1:47pm — 11 Comments

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