Thanks to the wonders of searchable databases, locating specific provisions of the seminal religious texts has never proven easier. What used to be a cumbersome task requiring a Concordance is now the work of a few minutes at a computer. As a result, building a textual case against Biblical Morality, or against Yahweh or Allah as the Greatest Conceivable Being has never been easier. These seminal religious texts explicitly endorse slavery and describe in tooth grinding detail how to purchase…
In the beginning was the word, and the word was, like all words, a human invention, to label something that humans want to label. This gave shape to a concept that eventually led to an ontological fallacy (God-the-greatest-thing-I-can-imagine does indeed exist as a concept - that's the whole point - but that doesn't mean that God-the-greatest-thing-I-can-imagine also exists) ...
Whether a word represents 'the truth' is beside the point -… Continue
Some random thoughts. Would it be too much to encourage the Muslim world
to burn a few bibles just to even the score over the Quran burning in
Florida? It might help settle this whole thing down. Maybe in the
spirit of Jonathan Swifts' "A Modest Proposal," a mass Bible and Quran
burning next to the Washington Monument, might bring us all together.
On second thought, if every Bible and Quran in the world were burned
this week, it would probably totally tip the… Continue
Hell must be frozen solid today. I find my self agreeing with the Vatican that the Dove Outreach Center of Florida’s plan to burn the Koran is “outrageous and a grave gesture.” Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also responded by saying it would be a “disgraceful and disrespectful act.” No disagreements there either. But, then fanatics and extremists don’t care about being respectful.
The irony is that the Dove Outreach Center is using the Christian symbol of peace – the dove – and… Continue
A god can be many things to many people. One role "he" fills is that of the ultimate master. God the overlord. The alpha of alphas. He's the guy who makes the rules and writes the contract. He specifies what is right, and what is no-way-Jose.
"Servants are not to talk back to their masters. You want to work hard so that your employer will make the money. If the master is wrong, that is his issue. Don't fight back. That's the way to get along with the…
The law states that any material that "incites violence or hatred" is ignoring the responsibilities of liberty/free speech and therefore should be banned. Unless it is religious. Then, of course, it is exempt from that law.
Think about this.
On the one hand, an individual could produce a leaflet that incites violence or hatred; only a few hundred people may get to see it, most of whom will dismiss it out of hand. The law argues that if there is a risk…
This week, I'm feeling pretty poorly, sorta shut down. I've been listening to and enjoying some of my older podcasts, so I thought I'd share an old one with you guys, one from 3 years ago. I hope you like it.
“Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made. The serpent asked the woman, "Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?" The woman answered the serpent: "We may eat of the
Akosombo Dam, The only Hydroelectric Dam in Ghana prayed for by group of pastors so rains come down or be restored to supply the country's energy. They believe its the devil stopping the rains. so wont look for any solutions or renewable sources of energy, they get an excuse like always its the devil and satan. Ignorance once again.
Why do we as a people sit down, watch for a Dam like this to run out of water without looking at…
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1989 to a mixed up family of nondenominational and Lutheran Christians.
I'd never understood religion, and for the most part, the concept of God frightened me. This stranger I'd never met with fantastical powers to destroy and create, was watching me and everyone else at all times? Pointing a fat, accusing finger with a scornful brow and… Continue
I was originally going to publish this at Associated Content but they don't give up front payments for opinion articles so I published it there under a non-exclusive license and will publish it else where including my blog.
Beliefs in gods is as old as civilization as is religion. But is the belief in god(s) and religion necessary? Does it benefit society or does it harm society? It is my belief that a belief in god(s)… Continue
Today I received a message on Facebook from a friend that I knew in YWAM (she's French, so her English isn't perfect):
Girl !!! I've been thinking of you lately? How are you?? I remembered clearly the day in india when we preached and you found the courage to share what happened to you and how God was restoring you. I admired so much what you did that day !!! I've seen on your status that you were not so crazy about all of this anymore. And i wanted to share with you that…Continue
That seems to be the moral message of this entire chapter. Granted, I'm reading from the Brick Testimate, but the pattern is distinct. Every chapter begins with someone complaining about not having enough water or food. Then God talks to Moses. Sometimes Moses actually has to plead with God for mercy (whose idea was it to bring the Iseralites into the desert, again????). Then God kills like thousands… Continue
As can be demonstrated throughout history, religions do all they canto insert themselves into aspects of people's lives in which they have no business. "Good parents" bring their children to church; How many catholic hospitals are there around the U.S.?, How many religious schools?
Well? I have several translations of the Christian bible even though I have never believed in anything supernatural - just a boring naturalist. I even have some old bible loose pages that need to be framed.