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Are Christians afraid to discuss or think about Hell?

I suspect that the thought of eternal damnation is the psychological 'elephant in the room' for Christians. In my travels and discussions, Christians seem to be at their most evasive when questioned about Chez Lucifer, and they seem to never raise the subject.

They never discuss Hell, and I suspect the thought is really too traumatic for them to even entertain.

Thoughts??

Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 14, 2014 at 7:05am — 7 Comments

Rape Fantasy

Many years ago I was dating a girl. One evening things between us were proceeding as they naturally do between two people who are attracted to each other. Things were quite hot and we were down to our underwear. I was removing her panties.

"Stop" she said. 

I did. We lay beside each other, eyes into eyes. A very intimate moment. She finished undressing me, with some unmentionable activity. I started to reciprocate.

"Stop" she said. 

It was our 6th date, we hadn't…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on July 13, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Skin Politics: Propaganda and Reality

Do You Know Any of These People?

Skin politics in the African American community is dirty laundry rarely discussed in public…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 11, 2014 at 8:06pm — 19 Comments

Burqa Back to Babylon, Boo: This is the West

This week, The Humanist posted a poll on whether we support France’s ban on women publicly wearing burqas.

Bill Maher jokingly says that Arab men keep their women in beekeper suits, but this is no joking matter. Women are silenced, made invisible daily in many parts of the world and the incursion of Muslims into Europe is bringing many unwanted traditions, such as honor killings, arranged marriage of…

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Added by Hiram on July 11, 2014 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Islam vs Nazism

After reading the blog on this  and watching the video....It left me  depressed  and gave me the chills.....If  what they say is true...WWIII is coming.......The West  may be stronger  but  the Islamists  have us beat in numbers.........Since  Islamists feel their god is  the only true  god  and  they  are more than willing  to die  for their  cause  one can't  help but feel  like  something  Horrific  is  about…

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Added by Freethinker31 on July 11, 2014 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

The Sociology of Religion

QUESTION:

What have (and would) famous sociologists have said and written about religion?

Religion should be evaluated from a sociological point of view, shouldn't it?

What is the impact of religion on our species?

Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 9, 2014 at 9:23pm — 4 Comments

Seth Andrews - "The Ultimate Question"

Seth Andrews is NOT “The Thinking Atheist.”  He’ll tell you this himself, and doubtless, he’s tired of disavowing that that sobriquet was in any way meant to represent him.  He wanted it to be an icon to represent atheists who THINK, who have reasoned their way to the conclusion: “Religion simply does not make sense.”  All the above notwithstanding, there can be no argument that Mr. Andrews is A thinking atheist, even if he isn’t THE Thinking Atheist.



As evidence to…

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Added by Loren Miller on July 9, 2014 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

What books should I read that can help me understand this important step I've taken.

I'm new at this. I'm the first in my whole family to brake the chains of religion. What literature is recommended to understand atheist.

Thank you

Added by Erika Monrreal on July 7, 2014 at 3:59pm — 7 Comments

Does Sarah Palin hurt your seratonin?

Do you lose sleep thinking that she almost became Vice-President?

Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 6, 2014 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

Religion as Mental Disorder

Can belief in the absurd be considered a mental disorder?

To entertain belief in an imaginary friend is to dwell on the ficticious. While I feel that the human imagination is one of our best features, I also fear that societal forces and specific institutions have evolved into psychological enslavers, manipulating this aspect of our intelligence and our natural brain function.

Imagination is an amazing quality of the human spirit, and has brought us so much good by augmenting…

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Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 6, 2014 at 9:07am — 37 Comments

The Parthenon Enigma

8 months ago (Oct. 2013) I was gazing at the wondrous spectacle known as the Parthenon sitting atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece. I roamed the sites and toured the amazing museum. I tried to appreciate what I was seeing, but my lack of Greek history and culture limited my ability to comprehend it all--that is, until I read The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly.

Anybody that's ever seen the Parthenon should read this book.…

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Added by Randall Smith on July 6, 2014 at 7:45am — 4 Comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Referencing this article, does anyone else find this whole situation completely retarded? The supreme court judges are debating the wrong issue!

No one would object to participating in a health plan voluntarily. It is wrong to use force to coerce any one.

The Christians are right, but for the wrong reasons. Irony abounds. 

And now we have…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on July 3, 2014 at 1:20pm — 9 Comments

Do Certain Usages of the English Language Foster Anthropomorphization of Plain old Reality?

I'm currently reading H.L. Mencken's The American Language. It just occurred to me that when the notion of gender is introduced as an adjective for a thing that is not a sexually reproducing creature, that thing gets a little bit anthropomorphized. Why don't we refer to God as "It?"

 

When you say that "he" or "she" did this or that in English, you are in fact subtly asserting that the subject or object of…

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Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 2, 2014 at 11:18am — 5 Comments

Symbolism and Propaganda

This may seem like a bit of a 'reach' for you kind reader, but I just had a thought I will probably play around with for a while.

While we know that Constantine's Chi Rho Christian symbol was this:

The earliest cross symbol was a pagan one like this:…

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Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on July 2, 2014 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

My Body is a Cage

There is a song out there called My Body is a Cage. I can’t recall who wrote it but as far as performing the song goes Peter Gabriel’s version is what I find myself listening to most often.

For me my body has become a cage. One I’ve been trying to escape from for a while. Progress is slow then it seems things take a turn and go back downhill. In my fight to fix myself I have a lot going against me in that my lungs don’t function very well. This doesn’t mean I give up. I just have to…

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Added by Nick Walker on July 2, 2014 at 7:33am — 2 Comments

Bible verses religious people don't mention or preach about + art for the verses

Have you all checked out "Awkward Moments Children's Bible" yet? It's an Amazon award-winning book and concept. No, I don't own shares of this book or are related to it's creators but I really, really LOVE the whole concept asnd I often share the illustrations on my Facebook page. I'd like to see the author put the art+verse on the backs of T-shirts (large design so easily read) as I'd proudly wear that in public to get people to think - I'd even purposedly stand in lines and position myself…

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Added by LBGT Atheist/Secular Humanist on July 1, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments

One nation under God

When I was a kid I was taught the pledge of allegiance. It was explained to me that some ideas are so important that it is good to repeat them by rote. Each day before school we stood before the flag and put our hands on our ribs, saying the pledge:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the republic for which it stands,"

This statement is deceptive in that it claims unconditional allegiance is patriotism, but actually it is serfdom.

"One nation under God,"

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on July 1, 2014 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

The Problem With "The Leftovers"

When we think of irrational behavior, we naturally think of human beings first, of their ability to act based on belief rather than fact, to operate without regard to their own wellbeing or that of others they are charged with caring for or some other related behavioral anomaly.  However, what if there were an irrationality in the laws of physics and of nature, which allowed two percent of the world’s population to suddenly vanish, with the speed of throwing a light switch?  Babies from…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 30, 2014 at 9:14am — 15 Comments

Jonathon Miller's Rough HIstory of Disbelief

I just watched all three hours of this on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft2SypNRvUk

 

Anyone else ever watch this??

 

 

 

Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on June 29, 2014 at 9:02pm — 8 Comments

Article - The Good Works of the Church?

On the “Good Works” of the Church

Andy Hoke

Religious discussions and debates seem to rage as much in 2014 as in any other time. Those arguing against religion are regularly stalled when asked to respond to…

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Added by Andrew Bradford Hoke on June 29, 2014 at 12:59am — 6 Comments

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