In an emotional display, Kevin Rudd PM told the story of a couple that he knew personally, who died tragically whilst doing a good deed, to the Australian Christian Lobby’s annual conference in Canberra. Allan Taylor, the husband, was a school chaplain. Rudd intends to give $42.8mil in funding to the National School Chaplaincy program which was due to end late 2010.
Rudd used personal testimonies of Taylor, by friends, students, teachers, and colleagues as evidence of the importance… Continue
Added by Paul Gee on December 1, 2009 at 12:50am —
Don’t pastors’ kids make the best atheists?
November 19th, 2009
Those of you who read my sample chapter on Janet (which was also published) have read the story of a PK (preacher’s kid) who experienced one of the worst things that could happen to a child. Her father urged her to pray to forgive the man who sexually abused her, something she was not able to do. This was a pivotal moment in… Continue
Indianapolis public schools, in a clear breach of church-state separation, are banning students from viewing the websites of only certain religions, as well as atheist and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) sites.
So, who is the god of Abraham? Is it Yahweh, God, or Allah? Or, are they all simply one in the same?
It depends on how you define things. The Christian god is supposed to be the same god as Allah, but obviously you can’t actively believe they are all one in the same. Why? Because of the differences of laws, beliefs, and the judgments those gods are involved in. A Christian is not going to look at the things attributed to Allah, such as the prophet Muhammad and the insistence that… Continue
There are dozens of offshoots of Christianity: Catholicism, Protestantism, Lutheranism, Greek Orthodoxy, Jesuit churches, Baptist churches, Latter-Day Saints, Eastern Orthodoxy, Evangelism (Born-Again churches), Mormonism, Branch-Davidian churches, Methodist churches, ad infinitum. These are all separate churches (schools of thought) dealing with the same faith; the same holy book - that book being the Bible.
Now, you'd think that - if the Holy Bible is the true and infallible word… Continue
Added by Robert Head on August 22, 2009 at 12:00pm —
What's so great about Christianity?
Not much in my opinion. Nonetheless and despite my atheism, yesterday I checked out the book by the same name from my local library. The author, Dinesh D'Souza, has a big task ahead of him. I think he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
In the book D'Souza (supposedly) reveals the following, which is laid out on the inside flaps of the…Continue
most times when I compare Christianity with Islam I found it less dangerous and more tolerate-able . but some times priests and the Pope change my mind !
take a look at this New York Times article (his first statement about condoms) Pope Says Condoms Make AIDS Problem Worse
here at least in Iran mullahs have no problem with condoms or other birth control methods or STD prevention .
How can… 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.
Am I? The reason I ask myself this question and now put it to all of you is what started the last summer and continued until a couple of weeks ago.
During the summer I was working with a couple of guys at my college. Both of them really nice, a Japanese guy and an American of Lao descent. The Japanese guy, let's call him Taro, one Friday invited me to a party "for international students". I said sure, let's go. I hadn't gone to any… Continue
The 13th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Evolution is a fraud!”
By: Aron Ra
Ernst Haeckel was a pioneer zoologist and taxonomist whose numerous contributions to biology go largely unnoticed compared to a couple rather odd errors. First, he proposed that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny", suggesting that embryonic development reflects the organism’s evolutionary ancestry. To illustrate this, he produced about a hundred drawings of embryos at various stages.… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:19pm —
The 11th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Macroevolution has never been observed.”
By: Aron Ra
You share more traits in common with your siblings than you do with your cousins due to the recent ancestors you share with them, your parents. Deeper down, you share more in common with those in your extended family than you do with neighbors and classmates, etc., people you don’t recognize as part of your biological family. But you must realize that on some level… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:13pm —