All Blog Posts Tagged 'faith' (94)

The virgin Mary wasn't a virgin....

Taken from my blog:



Later this week my religion class is going to be "debating" whether or not Jesus was born of a virgin. I of course am going to say he wasn't, and as practice thought I'd run through my reasons here.



What I think it comes down to is probability. Which is a more probable explanation for crop circles?



A) Aliens with super advanced technology that allows them to travel MILLIONS of light years… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on March 2, 2009 at 12:59pm — 9 Comments

When faith makes you ill

I just found this post in the online version of one of the larger national newspapers:

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/wissen/medizin-und-psychologie/Wenn-der-Glaube-an-Gott-krank-macht/story/18499464



I could not find the original research publication - maybe somebody else can help out.

In case you cannot understag German, here my… Continue

Added by Kelin on March 1, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Miracles or Anti-miracles?

Why do religious people (or any people) consider good conclusions to bad situations to be miracles? Going about daily life on an average scale free of tragedy is not a rare, precious thing. It is the default. The real "miracle", or "anti-miracle", is that such a tragic and terrible thing happened in the first place. The odds are against planes crashing, being held at gunpoint, or being attacked by a shark. Just because one of these life-threatening situations ends in survival does not make it a… Continue

Added by cj the cynic on February 28, 2009 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

INEFFABLE!!!!!!

I have to tell the world about this: I just saw the weirdest thing ever!!!!



But first some critical analysis for what was a seeming culmination of supernatural phenomenon. The event:



at approximately 10:40 this evening, February 19 (pacific time) a white utility truck (?) drove up the street with it's lights blaring in the surrounding darkness and the diver unscrewed the cap to a yellow hydrant, releasing all the water gushing out in to the road. That is weird right? A… Continue

Added by Rickr0ll on February 19, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Vatican Accuses Scientists of not having enough faith or reason!

In the recent edition of the Osservatore Romano (16-17 Feb 2009) there is a very short piece entitled "In the footsteps of Galileo science must value faith and reason." The message is spelled out in the first sentence, stating that scientists are called upon by the Vatican to not renounce "neither reason nor faith". To suggest that scientists do not value reason is an insult of the highest order. But the abuse of language which is one of the hallmarks of Vatican propaganda needs not only to be… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 17, 2009 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

IS "CHRISTIAN WITNESS" RUDE BEHAVIOR?

Friendships with Fundies can be very taxing.



When I began my friendship with “Frieda” we were both members of an Australian Methodist church. I began studying for the Methodist ministry but the intensive academic study of the Bible led to me losing my religious beliefs. Shortly after that Frieda moved to a country town. The ensuing 20 year relationship has been continued, for the most part, by email.



When the Methodist Church joined to become part of the Uniting Church,… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on February 16, 2009 at 3:00pm — 33 Comments

religion, now with aliens?

In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

Aereogramme - The Running Man (Profile Song)

I lost my way in '87

And turned my heart and thoughts to heaven

A foolish boy

What could you do?

Aged eleven



I thought I was open but I was closed

I thought I had answers to show the world

I thought that the good light would guide me home



For thirteen years I hid away

And waited out the final days

But now there's time to live my life

As it decays

As it decays



I thought I was open but I was closed

I thought I… Continue

Added by George S. on January 6, 2009 at 12:02am — No Comments

The "Faith" behind Supernatural Assertions

A while back, some friends of mine and I went to see "Religulous" in Indianapolis with the Center for Inquiry. It was a great show, great conversation, and a great time over all.



On the way home, we were discussing the topic of "faith" and what that entails. Key players here were Margaret (sitting in the back seat) and Jon (driving), and myself (passenger seat).



The discussion was whether or not Atheism takes faith.



I have always been of the opinion that Atheism… Continue

Added by Aaron on December 21, 2008 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Community

Good to find this community in the Season of Un-Reason (though I was born on Christmas and became a minister, I now climb the trees and honor the life of Nature on that, and other, days!).



I invite conversation and readers here, and on my website. I especially welcome comments on my book Life After Faith and I'm happy to hear from any other writers or teachers (or former… Continue

Added by Chris Highland on December 2, 2008 at 11:30pm — 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

On Spiritual Humanism (or religion based on reason)

For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason.



Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue

Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Seeya later Dems

A while back it was announced that the Democratic National Convention will be kicked off with what’s being called the “first-ever Democratic National Convention interfaith gathering“. The polarization among loyal democrats seemed nearly instant, some seeing it as a line in the sand and others writing it off as nothing but a show to win votes. The latter was my initial reaction; it just seemed to surreal. The overall weirdness of the ordeal never left my mind but I’ve been able to mentally write… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 22, 2008 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

Why Are Religious And Secular Fashions Different?

I’ve been thinking about some stuff recently. It’s sort of interesting, but hardly very original. Stick around, though – this will likely anger or confuse you.



I work in Vodafone now, which as you may know is a nest of fouls. My job so far has required me to stand at the door and apprehend all comers for the purposes of selling them a Nokia N95. This means I see a lot of people per day. Some of them are hilarious. Here’s some examples:



The utterly punked-up guy who had… Continue

Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

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