It's obviously a commercial for the book and it's obviously satire. (Is that a religious guy peeking over the fence?). Patriarchal idiocy, fun, or both? Demeaning or stereotype busting? Good/Bad Marketing?
I don't have a problem with the ad content (production values aside), but it bothers me for reasons I can't put my fingers on at the…
A raptor, probably a Cooper's Hawk, just picked off a Morning Dove in our back yard. In the Torey Pine tree about 50' away ripping the feathers off preparing for a feast.
We put out bird seed for our feathered friends. Mostly it's for California Towhees, Spotted Towhees, California Thrashers, and House Finches. Lately, however, the Morning Doves have been getting the "hawk's" share.
I went back to the church a few weeks later to hear about how god is the only foundation for absolute morals. Hoo boy, let me tell you about that one! From this visit, I learned something very important. I learned that this church is set up in a way that does not allow for any sort intelligent discourse. The first visit was an interview, so I did not think it was representative of the church’s usual Sunday meetings. But this Sunday was a typical Sunday meeting of people with like interests who… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 7:06pm —
This church is doing a lecture each Sunday this month on what they are calling Mythbusters. Mythbusters is actually a popular show on the Discovery Channel that is dedicated to debunking real myths such as the paranormal and miracles. I am very certain this church did not have permission to use the copyrighted “Mythbusters” name for their sermons. The church has entitled their “myths”: “Evolution is a fact, not a theory, Humans can be moral without God and Science and Christianity are… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 7:01pm —
I tend to humor conspiracy theory proponents. They’re typically quiet, generally decent humans and more or less harmless as far as I’m concerned. Getting into a debate with one has the potential to be as mind-numbingly painful (not to mention useless) as debating a fundamentalist christian but if you just let them ramble on and nod every once and a while you can escape without tearing out your hair. I don’t believe this brand of lunacy should go on unchecked but when they person you’ve come… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 27, 2008 at 6:58pm —
I am going to do this in 3 separate posts, because it is rather lengthy. it covers my 2 visits to a big 'ol church somewhere in the Western U.S. Out of respect for the pastor, who has been nothing but nice to me, I will let the church remain anonymous. Here goes....
I went to a big box church twice in February. I had never been to a church like this. It was, well, kind of surreal, a little bit disillusioning and quite a bit sad. The building is huge. I had expected this as I had seen… Continue
Added by 5ive on August 27, 2008 at 6:53pm —
The teleological argument is an inductive means reaching the conclusion that the universe was designed by an intelligent entity. Essentially, if were to find a complicated machine in the middle of nowhere, we would not suppose it were there by chance or by whim of nature. Rather, we would suppose that the complexity and form, and perhaps function it is apparent, inferred that it was created by an intelligent being. In the same sense, though, we find that… Continue
Just writing to tell you about our upcoming guest speaker. PZ Myers will be speaking in the Tivoli Turnhall on Friday,September 12th from noon until approximately 2pm. The topic of discussion is Science education: caught in the middle in the war between science and religion.
Myers is a Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota Morris and author of Pharyngula, and online science blog. He is a prominent critic of creationism and intelligent… Continue
Hey everyone! I haven't been around much lately because I've been doing a thorough cleaning of my house. Company will be here in a couple hours for a week or more. My husband's annual family reunion is Labor Day weekend and his sisters are staying with us. What fun!
Anyhoo, I've also been doing little things to improve Heaving Dead Cats and hope to get some good blog posts up when company leaves. I should have some good material as… Continue
I have heard this term thrown around so much that it's really lost all meaning.
Geek used to mean that you were smart, and knew way too much about things that the popular kids, when you went to high school, would have thought were stupid.
Not so much anymore, apparantly, as I just heard some guy refer to himself as a "sports geek." That would be awesome if maybe he was up on all the stats and played fantasy baseball or something, but no, he just plays a lot of sports and… Continue
school is back in session, and i'm back on campus for the first time in a year and a half. greek rush numbers were record high this year, so there are frat boys and sorostitutes crawling all over campus in their matching tshirts and crap... i can do nothing but grit my teeth and just think about how awesome it will be to get out of here in may.
i don't have a problem w/ the greek system per se; it's never appealed to me really, but i know some pretty cool people that happen to be in… Continue
Added by Cati on August 27, 2008 at 1:23pm —
In emails and comments, a few readers brought up another issue that cuts close to the bone for secular parents. In the conversation with my daughters, I described our condition after death as identical to our condition before birth. Some readers threw the flag at this point -- Indoctrination, 10 yards against the parent, second down and 20! -- because I did not say… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 27, 2008 at 9:00am —
Hey another blog. I have lost track of how many I have out there, most are terribly neglected. Well in this case I think it might get more use. I often have things that come to mind in regards to religion and this would be the perfect place to post them. Of course there is the time issue. Time is often not my friend. Oh well. Anyway this is just a nice initial try out the blog post.
Luis De Jesus Miranda, minister of the Miami Growing in Grace church, gained international notoriety in 2004 by declaring himself to be Jesus Christ, and then later claiming to be the Antichrist. His theory: As he is the Second Coming, his teachings supersede those of Jesus.
His powerful and charismatic influence over the congregation of Growing Grace was in evidence when they all showed up, in mass, to get the numbers 666 tattooed on their bodies, in honor of their messiah. At home, he… Continue
Ranking 3rd on Adherants.com's list of the world's Major "religions", you wouldn't think of Free Thinkers as a dying breed. But, I ask; What are we doing to grow?
If you look at the modern Christian evangelical movement, they are putting up quite a front for the hearts and minds of the world's population, and in particular, it's youth. See, for instance, some of the… Continue