* Born: c. 385 * Birthplace: Bannavem Taberniae, Britain * Died: c. 461
* Best Known As: Ireland's most famous saint
Saint Patrick is the Catholic saint celebrated each year on March 17th, which is called Saint Patrick's Day. He is revered by Christians for establishing the church in Ireland during the fifth century AD. The precise dates and details of his life are unclear, but some points are generally agreed: as a teen he was captured and sold…
Boom-years borrowing hits churches
By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer – Sat Mar 14, 12:48 pm ET
Metropolitan Baptist Church was bursting out of its home.
From a group of freed slaves in Civil War-era Washington, Metropolitan Baptist had grown into a modern-day megachurch and community service powerhouse. In 2006, construction began on the congregation's dream complex in Largo, Md. — a $30 million campus with a 3,000-seat… Continue
Added by Rick on March 17, 2009 at 5:00am —
This was a question that I was asked by another recovering Ex Jehovah's Witness:
you've briefly touched on your past a couple of times, but kinda glanced over exactly what it was that you were into after you left the JW world...
mysticism or something?
like Wicca type stuff?
can you tell me a lil about that...
what drew you to it?
and most importantly, what turned you off of it??
but seriously, i'd like to know what your… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 16, 2009 at 10:02pm —
This is a little story about a whistle stop on the way to atheism. My husband Mike wrote this one. So I thought I would share.
Our Lady Of Spiritual Ambiguity by Mike Pence
LeiLani Burt stood upon the stage, arms outstretched, swaying to the lilting music, perfectly quaffed and immaculate in her Sunday best. For a 60-something year old woman she was kind of hot, enormous hair bun and all. With her eyes firmly closed, and head tilted slightly back, she spoke, "We welcome… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 16, 2009 at 9:56pm —
(This little exchange took place when I was a kid.)
"The Devil cannot read your mind," Mom assured me. Her eyes widened, and her voice took on that sweet, Glenda the Good Witch tone. Like she was telling me there was a hot chocolate in the kitchen for me. Like, "Don’t forget your lunch!"
I leaned in but threw up a little in my mouth. Satan, she elaborated, has studied human behavior for millenia. He is a master at reading facial expressions and body language. If you… Continue
A particularly interesting problem in origins-of-life research has been confirming an explanation for why life on Earth is handed. Life on Earth uses mostly left-handed amino acids, and it's not entirely clear why. Amino acids link together to form proteins, which are the functional machinery in your cells. Aminos also link up with phosphate and a sugar to make RNA and DNA, the machine codes of life. For precision functionality within the clockwork guts of a cell, it's important to… Continue
There is a fundamental difference in the ways science and religion operate. For religion, something just is. That's it. Either you believe X and the religion or you do not. There is no testing or experimenting with the religion or it's claims. Now sure there are doctrinal debates and the theologians who have them, but in the end it's still just another flavor of X which the believer must accept…
Oh my, it's another miracle & a thousand people were witless, I mean witness to this. I'm thinking hes tired of hearing all the noise & is yelling for the people to shut up, so he can take his nap, but thats just my…
Ever since early Catholic education, I’ve rejected the concept of original sin. Now, in my ‘60s, I’m irate about it. Please Father, gimme a break; I had nothing to do with Adam and Eve. I can’t even figure out why God had to appease himself by sacrificing his only begotten son. What the heck is God pissed off at me for?
The concept of sin and guilt has ruined a lot of lives. To religious people, sacrifice is good and pleasure is bad—particularly sexual pleasure. Why else would all… Continue
Kashmiri Muslims raised their arms toward a relic of the Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal Shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Friday. The relic is a strand of what is believed to be the prophet’s hair. (Fayaz Kabli/Reuters)…
We had a great group at CU this afternoon. The Secular Student Alliance and Boulder Atheists organized it. One of the interesting questions that came up in the discussion after my presentation dealt with "Is there a way to eliminate the infection in someone once they have it." Interestingly enough two people seemed to be living answers to that question, a man named Kyle and a woman named Barb. Kyle had been a devout Mormon his whole life until 8 months ago. In a short conversation after the… Continue
As most of you probably already know, the bible contains a lot of contradictions and inconsistencies. A favorite of mine occurs right in Genesis in chapter 2 when God tells Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.
It's a great way to start of the bible... with a supposed omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent being either lying to Adam or making an error. Go figure.
It's time for people to learn to accept one another for what we are, because it would be a pretty boring world if we were all the same. This video helped a friend of mine when he was trying to deal with who he is and it was my way of letting him know I accepted him as he is... a beautiful person. If you take the time to watch it, I hope you enjoy.
Much Love & Peace, Kat ;D
I'm not here to judge, nor be judged...I'm here to Love!!! Kat…
"Unless you're Catholic or have been living in a cave for the last 20 years, you already know that Landover Baptist's Pastor Deacon Fred and Brother Harry Hardwick are the world's foremost Christian experts on the disease, Atheism, and its carriers called, Atheists. Both Pastors…
In a previous post I attacked US Representative John Conyers' bill HR 801, The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, which would forbid the government from requiring federal science grant awardees to publish their work where it can be accessed freely by the public. Existing policy for federal grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for example,… Continue
Something happens to just about everyone some time between the ages of 9 and 14. The religion in which they're raised starts to look a little silly. Maybe the weight of accumulated life experience just gives the poor kid enough perspective that it becomes obvious that it's only the wishful thinking of his or her parents that is supporting their belief system.
I'm thinking it's really just puberty.