All Blog Posts Tagged 'secularism' (34)

The First Secular Leader

King Ashoka, king of India around the 3rd Century BCE left am amazing legacy as the first proto secular leader. He ruled about 80% of present day India/Pakistan Read his edicts and compare them to anything in the Bible or Koran.  He certainly understood pluralism and religious tolerance far more than Christians or Muslims today.  King Ashoka of India

Added by Darrel Ray on June 18, 2011 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

A Bible For Believers And Nonbelievers Alike

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/11/leading-atheist-publishes-secular-bible/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9446000/9446028.stm



What if you took the Bible and edited out all the supernatural references and got to the core of its ethical teachings? That’s not quite what the new release by…

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Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Pope to speak at the German Bundestag in 2011

Pope Benedikt XVI. has been invited to speak out in the German "Bundestag" (aka Parliament) later this year.

Most notably ALL parties present in the Bundestag supposedly support his visit and feel honored to have him as 32nd guest speaker.

Only two members of the green party started to complain and wanted a debate concerning this but they were silenced by the leadership of the green party.

At least thats what currently is told by the …

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on January 14, 2011 at 8:02am — No Comments

Pope's letter protects church, not its victims

The Pope’s letter on child sexual abuse holds lessons for civic society. What he writes to Catholics about religion is a matter between him and them. But the Catholic church also operates within civic…

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Added by Michael Nugent on March 22, 2010 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

We Have a Lot of Work to Do as Atheists

Bear with me now. This is not going to seem relevant for a while, but I do have a point.


The Melbourne Atheist Convention is just two weeks away and there is a flurry of dieting (not just women either!), clothes buying and hair fluffing going on in anticipation of meeting people we've only met on line and who, we fear, think we are a lot more attractive than we actually are! I have a feeling that Australia's spanx sales have gone through the…
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Added by Chrys Stevenson on February 23, 2010 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Myself vs myself vs fiction...

I have been struggling of late, to understand religion and belief, asking myself the question...



Why do people feel the need to believe in fictions?



This past weekend my mom said something very telling to me that I think struck at the heart of my personal dilemma for the past few months.



"We (my family) did not need Religion, the way others families did."



To put some context around myself and this post (I warn you its a bit of a ramble, if you want… Continue

Added by JayBarti on August 25, 2009 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Examining the Secular - Latest Highlights

Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com over the past week!



* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental about things really are bad

* I worry over… Continue

Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 7:49pm — No Comments

The Military, Schools, and Porn: New posts at my Examiner.com column!

Things are getting interesting at my Examiner.com column (the DC Secularism Examiner). But of course, aren't they always? :)



Experience the atheistic adventure as I...



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Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 1, 2009 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Religion wants to be atheist/secular....?

It seems to me that the religious people, the thinking religious people who attempt to argue for their religion, do so by convincing the unbelieving listener that he is just like them. He begins to speak of the "mercy" of his religion, he speaks of how "Moses" was concerned with mankind, or that Muhammad freed the women of Arabia.

My point is: if you really believe that Islam or Judaism is REALLY the right way, then why would you apologise for it by attempting to adjust to a more secular… Continue

Added by Apostate Muslim on February 27, 2009 at 7:57pm — 3 Comments

More discussions with a Muslim...

I haven't had time to finish my response to him, but this is what he has been saying to me. Sorry about the weird quoting ways - it's difficult and tedious to quote from wordpress. If you want more clarifications on the discussion, visit http://exmuslimdiaries.wordpress.com where the discussion is being held on the posts 'Post Hijab' and 'Sacred Stupidity' Not that the = indicates things I have said - just the way he has quoted me.



= Since you very kindly listed the problems in… Continue

Added by Odd Innuendo on February 16, 2009 at 7:59pm — 4 Comments

Can secularism be blamed for societal ills?

I was over at Insanna’s blog commenting on her posts, when I suddenly saw myself get swallowed into a debate with a Muslim.



I am an atheist, a secular humanist. I live a good life, like my atheist friends. I have found that secularism does not hinder the development of this.



Abdullah, a commenter on Insanna’s blog, believes that secularism is the cause of societies ills.



Two world wars, the end justfys the… Continue

Added by Odd Innuendo on February 15, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Catholics don't have freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, say leading Catholics

[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat]



The Vatican owes me another irony meter.



Here are a couple of occurances that will be familiar to those who have encountered Catholics in online discussions:



1) They often (always?) claim that any criticism of their superstitious crap by 'intolerant secular bigots' represents a concerted attempt to deny Catholics their freedom of religion.



2) Any comments to the… Continue

Added by Andrew on August 21, 2008 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

I'm stuck!

So, we're reading Susan Jacoby's book on American Secularism in my book club. We started to discuss it last week, but mostly wandered around during the discussion on other topics related to atheism. It was a serious and very productive beginning discussion, but we didn't spend much actual time discussing the basis of American secularism or much that was in the book (it didn't help that most of us hadn't finished it, but it was announced on short notice) (not that I mind that, we still had, I… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on July 12, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

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