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the history of the cross and its use by the christian church

In 1896 a man by the name of John Denham Parsons wrote a book on the history of the cross. Since he had been a young man several questions regarding the cross had puzzled him and when he was older he determined to try and and answer them for himself.



The first of those questions was why John the Baptist, who was beheaded before Jesus was executed, and so far as we are told never had anything to do with a cross, is represented in religious pictures as holding a cross.



The… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Great American God-Out Day!: 15th November 2008

This years Great American God-Out!–a newly established annual festivity will take place this year in San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2008. Mikey Weinstein, President and Founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation, will be the guest speaker.



The purpose of the the Great American God-Out! (GAGO) is to encourage people to think about the possibility of morality existing independently of theology and abide by humanistic principles–live as if there is no god–even if only for one… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

More family fun email

Got another crazy email. This time from my dad. It's a rant about "intellectuals", claiming that Obama isn't one, that those who are read the classics, and that intellectuals enabled Hitler. Why is it they always bring up Hitler? Why?



http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=315310



My reply:

Intellectual is a pretty broad term. I would think a politician would need to be an "intellectual" in the area of history, government, economics, human nature,… Continue

Added by Krista on November 11, 2008 at 11:02pm — 3 Comments

"ALPHA, OMEGA" - New Novel Exposes Religion as Addiction

SEATTLE, Washington—Fresh from the keyboard of science-thriller writer Lori Stephens, Alpha, Omega is—like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code—fiction with a forceful message. The story starts with a corpse. A defector from a cult called Omega has bled to death, and the only clue is the book he’s clutching: the Librah Vae-ta, the holy scripture that the Omega founders engineered over a century ago. Dr. Gatsby Donovan resolves to help solve the bizarre murder. As she spirals deeper into the danger… Continue

Added by Lori Stephens on November 11, 2008 at 10:22pm — 6 Comments

Victory in the War on Brains

And a war on brains the last eight sorry years have been. In his NYT column on Sunday, Nicholas Kristof coined that term, which I hope will go viral. It sums up our prior condition… sadly, or still current official condition until January 20, 2009… perfectly. W is even less curious about the complexities of the real world than Ronald Reagan was, if that’s possible. Palin - and Dan Quayle before her -… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 11, 2008 at 4:40pm — 3 Comments

So what's wrong with Socialism?

I mean that as a serious question. Last week, everyone on the gopper side was accusing Obama of being a Socialist, and in at least one case he was called a Marxist. It was weird, seeing the GOP so flustered, so driven to mortal frenzy, that they didn’t really care what they were saying. “Obama is a giraffe! No one has ever proven he isn’t one!! Can we trust our nation to a giraffe!?!?” they might as well have been screaming, for all the sense they made.



It was weird to watch… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 11, 2008 at 4:38pm — 2 Comments

On The Need for a Strong Atheist Community

from my site, thegoodatheist.net



I’ve written on the subject of an organized atheist movement for years now. The responce so far, overwhelmingly from many atheists, is that such a movement would violate the notion that atheism is not a religion, but rather a particular viewpoint about the non existence God. Over this same period of time, however, a number of individuals have emailed me… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 11, 2008 at 4:23pm — 3 Comments

Is Jesus God: Part one

There are, in my view, no evidence that can solidly give the slights probability of the existence of a God. Most Christians I know, and I believe all believers, use claims of "personal connection and the so called individual personal experiences" with someone or something which they can not see, as proof of God's or Jesus' existence. Sadly, however, that's not real proof of anything and the fact Hindus, Muslim, Natives Americans and Africans, etc, also have the same so called personal… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 11, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

ELEVEN SECULAR COLORADO BILLBOARDS IN NOVEMBER

Press release at http://metrostateatheists.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/eleven-secular-colorado-billboards-in-november/

Added by Metro State Atheists on November 11, 2008 at 10:46am — No Comments

Stop me if you've heard this one.

I was talking to my therapist, trying to explain what it's like for me, an atheist, to make connections in a meaningful way with most of the people I know. It's not that I don't relate to them in many ways, I just can't seem to get past a superficial level for fear that I might offend, or alienate them. Things are further complicated by the fact that for years I'd tried to fit into the religious and conservative mold of the majority of my family and friends. Yup, I'd hoped and tried to be a… Continue

Added by Dawson Gould on November 11, 2008 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

More brains, less war.

Congress is mostly composed of lawyers. They need a president and vice president who are able to do more than keep track of whether a new bill will cost or earn them a favor. The president and vice president must be capable of arguing points of law with other members of our government. This ability will provide the synergy of purpose put into government by the framers.

By now it has been demonstrated (ad commune nocumentum) that a president and vice president who are not legally versed by… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Arkansas Gays Lose Battle to Keep Adopted Children

from my site, www.thegoodatheist.com



Many of you might be wondering why, in the past few days,. I’ve been writing as much as I have on gay rights. Although it’s true that the site is primarily about atheism, my reaction to the blatant and shocking disregard for this minority obliges me to continue to write on their behalf.



Unbeknown to most of us, the election was not… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 10, 2008 at 1:49pm — 2 Comments

Other potential T-Shirt or Bumper Sticker

Prayin' Aint Learnin'

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 10, 2008 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

My first appeal to a Christian

Today I made my first appeal to a Christian as an atheist and posted a comment on this blog,



http://thewomanofvirtue.blogspot.com/2008/10/four-year-old-who-knows-she-needs.html



which was flagged up by a commenter on Pharyngula and has now been picked up Richard Dawkins website and others. Up until now I have been something of a lurker :-) I have not been active, only an observer and have never jumped in at the deep end until now. I am a committed and convinced atheist, but… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 10, 2008 at 6:57am — 5 Comments

An arrogant brat

I was born and raised in The Netherlands, and my painless deconfessionalization story will sound familiar to many people who have lived in that odd little country during the last decades of the twentieth century.



I can’t have been more than three years old when one day, my older brother coming home from playschool solemnly preached: ‘God sees everything’. His teacher had told him so, and in those days Missy ranked as the highest authority in scientific matters. I didn’t seem to like… Continue

Added by Maria on November 9, 2008 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Is Barack Obama an Atheist President?

Outwardly, Barack Obama projects an image of himself as a good Christian man. He goes to church on Sunday and proclaims "God bless America". This has me wondering, is this a means to an end, or is Barack a true believer? After all, the young Barack was raised by a woman who, if not an atheist, was at the very least, agnostic. Ann Dunham, his mother, was a freethinker who was unencumbered by strong ties to a particular religion. She introduced Barack not just to one particular religion, but to… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on November 9, 2008 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

European leveraged finance

City group has cut half of its European leveraged finance team in London, reducing the group to 14 from 27. As many as seven of those cut will be reassigned to other areas in the investment bank, a source close to the situation said. The jobs that were cut were largely junior roles. Spokesman declined to comment on the job cuts. The cuts reflect the sluggishness of the leveraged finance markets, especially in Europe, and the fact that banks don't expect the primary markets to rebound anytime… Continue

Added by shane on November 9, 2008 at 12:14pm — No Comments

The story of how the fictional Peter of the New Testament came to be invented

FRAUD: THE MYTH OF SAINT PETER—the man who never was.

ORIGINS OF RELIGIONS, PART 4

Barbara Walker, in her opus The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets. (1993. Harper and Row) wrote about the fancy and fiction of St. Peter who we may call “the man who never was”.



“The myth of Saint Peter was the slender thread from which hung the whole weighty structure of the Roman papacy. One solitary passage in the Gospel of Matthew said Jesus made a pun by giving Simon son of Jonah… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 9, 2008 at 4:57am — 6 Comments

When God became my invisible friend.

I've been wondering for some time now, when did I start believing in God? I know exactly when I stopped, like most people on this site. It's a lot harder to break the spell of culture and what I learned from my family after some 30 years of being immersed in the idea of Jesus.



As a Hispanic girl in Southern California, I was naturally raised as a Catholic. I remember Sunday churches and early morning breakfasts with the family. I remember going to Catechism school on Wednesday… Continue

Added by Roxanne on November 9, 2008 at 12:23am — 3 Comments

Muslim chef sues for religious discrimination

More reasons to get rid of religion



If your religion forbade you handle pork then don't become a chef, especially in a country where people have no problem with pork. Didn't Allah told you that?



A Muslim chef employed by the Metropolitan Police is suing for religious discrimination after he was asked to cook sausages and bacon for '999 breakfasts'.



Hasanali Khoja accuses Scotland Yard of refusing to guarantee that he would not have to handle… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:09pm — No Comments

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