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  • Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century

    06/17/2018 4:13:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | June 14, 2018 | Uppsala University
    Museum collections in Sweden contain thousands of Iron Age board-game pieces. New studies of the raw material composing them show that most were made of whalebone from the mid-6th century CE. They were produced in large volumes and standardised forms. The researchers therefore believe that a regular supply of whalebone was needed. Since the producers would hardly have found the carcasses of beached whales a reliable source, the gaming pieces are interpreted as evidence for whaling. Apart from an osteological survey, species origin has been determined for a small number of game pieces, using ZooMS (short for Zooarchaeology by Mass...
  • Genuine pirate haven: Not like the movies

    06/07/2018 7:21:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 6/6/2018 | Bill Federer
    Spain laid claim to the Island of Jamaica from the time Columbus landed there in 1494. In 1503, Columbus was shipwrecked there for a year. In 1655, Jamaica was captured by British Admiral William Penn, the father of Pennsylvania’s founder. Jamaica was too far from England to defend, so the inhabitants turned to privateers, freebooters, buccaneers and pirates for protection. The likes of Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Captain Henry Morgan, namesake of the rum, attacked Spanish ships and settlements, then returned to Jamaica with their booty. The skull pirate flag, called the “Jolly Roger,” was adapted from the flag of...
  • Belief in Reincarnation Tied to Memory Errors

    04/06/2007 7:52:24 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 53 replies · 1,169+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 04/06/07 | Melinda Wenner
    People who believe they have lived past lives as, say, Indian princesses or battlefield commanders are more likely to make certain types of memory errors, according to a new study. The propensity to make these mistakes could, in part, explain why people cling to implausible reincarnation claims in the first place. Researchers recruited people who, after undergoing hypnotic therapy, had come to believe that they had past lives. Subjects were asked to read aloud a list of 40 non-famous names, and then, after a two-hour wait, told that they were going to see a list consisting of three types of...
  • Only 55% of Brits associate Jesus with Easter

    05/29/2018 3:56:13 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    yougov ^ | April 2017 | Youguv
    New YouGov research reveals that Brits are much more likely to associate chocolate eggs than Jesus Christ with Easter. Despite the fact that Easter is one of the most important occasions on the Christian calendar – and that Jesus is obviously the reason for the festival’s existence – only 55% of Brits associate the two. By contrast, more than three quarters (76%) associate the Easter with chocolate eggs. 2670 UK adults were questioned on 13 Apr 2017. Results are weighted to be representative of the GB population In fact, the son of God placed fourth in the list of things...
  • « Atheist Hate Groups Trample Upon Memory of America’s War Dead

    05/28/2018 1:13:15 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 28, 2018 | JP
    The 40-foot Peace Cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to the 49 soldiers from Prince George’s County, Maryland who perished in World War I. The Bayview Park Cross in Pensacola, Florida has occupied its location since 1941 when America’s armed forces prepared to enter World War II. And the Veterans Memorial Bell Tower in Evendale, Ohio was dedicated just last year in memory of those who lost their lives in the service of our nation. As a grateful nation marks the sesquicentennial of Memorial Day, how ironic it is that the three aforementioned war memorials are in imminent...
  • The new gang of hyper-confident male atheists wants you to laugh at religion

    The New Atheists were never a particularly funny bunch. They were either, like Richard Dawkins, chippy materialists with a quasi-religious faith that science can offer a complete answer to any mystery worth contemplating. Or they were, like Christopher Hitchens, swaggering verbal stylists whose cleverness put a charming gloss on sentiments about believers that would otherwise sound like hate speech. But there is another gang of hyper-confident male atheists for whom knee-slapping humour is front and centre in their atheist proselytizing, far more than science or intellectual debate. These are the Comic Atheists, people like TV host Bill Maher, Family Guy...
  • Dimitrios Pagourtzis: What we know about the Santa Fe shooting suspect (Self Described Atheist)

    05/18/2018 1:36:45 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 79 replies
    ABC13 Houston ^ | 5-18-2018 | KTRK
    SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) -- Authorities tell Eyewitness News that 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was the gunman in the deadly shooting that unfolded Friday morning inside Santa Fe High School, killing 10 people and injuring 10 more. Pagourtzis was arrested, and authorities say he is a student at the high school. SOCIAL MEDIA His Facebook page also listed a possible interest in the United States Marines Corps, "starting in 2019." ABC News reached out to the Pentagon, and they said they do not have record of anyone with the last name Pagourtzis in Marine Corps. Pagourtzis describes himself as an atheist...
  • EWTN Live - 05-09-18 - Anthony DeStefano - Debunking the New Atheism (Secular Humanism)

    05/10/2018 7:33:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa ^ | 05.09.18 | Anthony DeStefano
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  • The New Atheism May Be Finished, but Its Sad Legacy Lives On

    04/27/2018 10:14:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2018 | Randal Rauser
    The movement that became known as the New Atheism was born in the smoldering ruins of 9/11. It was the horror of that scene, perpetuated by terrorists driven by a radical Muslim ideology, that convinced several atheists that the root problem was religion. Like secular versions of the biblical prophets of old, they concluded that they needed to speak out and denounce the dangers of religion with a new boldness and ferocity. Sam Harris led the way in 2004 by when he published The End of Faith. That book exhibited a strident, anti-religious message which helped it become a bestseller....
  • Here Is What Pope Francis Told Crying Boy Who Asked Whether His Atheist Father Is in Heaven

    04/20/2018 7:54:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/20/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis was tasked on Sunday with answering a challenging question by a little boy, who asked whether his late atheist father, described as a "good" person, is in Heaven. According to Catholic news site Aleteia, the encounter took place when the Vatican leader was meeting with parishioners of St. Paul of the Cross before celebrating Mass. A boy identified only by the name Emanuele was invited to whisper a question he had for Francis, which he did, but was too overcome with emotion to repeat it in public. The pontiff then shared with the parishioners what Emanuele had whispered...
  • GWU Offering ‘Christian Privilege’ Training For Students And Faculty

    04/01/2018 2:32:06 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 31 March 2018 | Peter Hasson
    George Washington University (Washington D.C.) - The session will teach students and faculty that Christians “receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country” and “experience life in an easier way than non-Christians,” according to the university website.
  • US Navy Says No to Atheist Chaplains; Members of Congress 'Relieved' by Decision

    03/23/2018 7:57:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The U.S. Navy turned down the application of an atheist chaplain to serve in the Navy Chaplain Corps. The move comes after 43 members of Congress signed a letter warning that the very definition of what it means to be a chaplain is at stake. Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) and Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) explained in a joint statement on Wednesday that the Navy made the right call in turning down the appointment of Dr. Jason Heap, the national coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason based in Washington, D.C., who first made the attempt under the Obama...
  • Navy Floats Idea of Atheist Chaplains

    03/20/2018 8:49:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/20/2018 | Tony Perkins
    If there aren't atheists in foxholes, why should we put them in the Chaplain Corps? Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) can't imagine. Like most leaders, he's astounded that the Navy is even considering letting someone who doesn't believe in God join the chaplaincy. Three years ago, the idea was so absurd that even Obama's military attorneys went to court to stop it. Now, with Secretary Jim Mattis at the helm, no one can quite understand why the topic is even up for discussion. The bizarre storyline started in 2015 when Jason Heap tried to sue his way into the chaplaincy. Not...
  • Warnings from a Survivor of Communism

    03/18/2018 8:49:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2018 | Jerry Newcombe
    “I should be dead. Buried in an unmarked grave in Romania. Obviously, I am not. God had other plans.” So declares a lady who grew up under Communism. Her name is Virginia Prodan. I had not heard of her until she reached out to me through Facebook---to commend me for a recent column I had written about how Communism, despite its deadly track record, seems to be gaining some support among the young and naïve of the West. I have come to learn her story, to read her book, and to interview her on the radio. She has an important...
  • Consigned to the memory hole: the content of the DNC leaks

    01/03/2017 6:33:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    libcom org ^ | 02 January 2017 | Soapy
    Hidden from the media narrative of Russian cyber sabotage is the content of the DNC leaks, and how the leaks revealed the arrogance and corruption of the Democratic Party elite. Amidst the blame Russia hysteria, the actual content of the the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hacks has been consigned to the memory hole. In a veritable tidal wave of false narratives, the mainstream media has succeeded in drowning the legacy of the leaks in (not terribly convincing) accusations of Russian culpability. Erased from this narrative is the fact that the highest levels of the Democratic Party—supposedly neutral arbiters of the...
  • China, officially atheist, could have more Christians than the U.S. by 2030

    03/05/2018 10:19:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 03/05/2018 | Bill Murphy
    Officially an atheist nation and a place where the government shutters some Christian churches, China is on course to become home to more Christians than any country in the world by 2030. Christianity also is growing rapidly in some other Asian nations and sub-Saharan Africa as people in countries modernizing at a breakneck pace seek solace from the leading religion of western, technologically advanced nations. "As countries get incorporated into the global capitalist world, a lot of uncertainty and stress is introduced into society," said Michael Emerson, an academic who focuses on the sociology of religion. "Christianity is seen as...
  • Portland State University Panel Discussion: ‘Is Intersectionality A Religion?’

    03/04/2018 4:03:09 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 10 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 3-4-18 | John Sexton
    “I hope the irony is not being lost on anyone that three liberal atheists are being sponsored, their event is being sponsored, by the most conservative groups on campus,” Dr. Peter Boghossian said. That statement kicked off an hour-long discussion (plus an hour of Q & A) on the question “Is Intersectionality a Religion?” The discussion took place at Portland State University a couple weeks ago, just days after another group hosted a talk with former Google engineer James Damore. Almost exactly a year ago I pointed out a piece by Andrew Sullivan (yes, that Andrew Sullivan) on the same...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Identifies “Youth” With Atheists and Political Extremists

    02/24/2018 12:41:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 24, 2018 | Gloria TV
    The Swiss Bishops will send three young people to the Roman Pre-Synod taking place in March as a preparation for Pope Francis’ “Youth Synod”, 20min.ch reported. The controversial Pontifical Council for Culture explicitly asked for delegates who were “critical of the Church” and “atheistic”. One of them is Jonas Feldmann, 25, a non-practicing Catholic who opposes Catholic doctrine and is active in the pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-family and pro-euthanasia Green party, an extremist leftwing party. He will tell Francis that he does not want to be a member of an institution that “discriminates homosexual love”. Another delegate is the journalist Sandro...
  • He Became A Celebrity For Putting Science Before God. Now Lawrence Krauss Faces Allegations [tr]

    02/23/2018 6:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 22, 2018 | Peter Aldhous, Azeen Ghorayshi, and Virginia Hughes
    When Melody Hensley first met Lawrence Krauss, she was a 29-year-old makeup artist at a department store, and he was one of her intellectual idols. She ran an atheist website in her spare time and had just started volunteering for the Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit group committed to promoting science and reason above faith. She was hoping to build a career in the burgeoning “skeptics” movement, and Krauss was one of its brightest luminaries. At a CFI event in November 2006, Krauss asked Hensley for her card, and later, as she was leaving, asked her if she was...
  • Does Christianity Produce Agnostics?

    01/16/2018 11:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | By Dan Delzell
    While discussing religion with Stephen Colbert on the "Late Show," Ricky Gervais described himself as an "agnostic atheist." Gervais said, "No one knows if there's a God, so technically, everyone's agnostic. We don't know. An agnostic atheist is someone who doesn't know if there's a God or not, as no one does."And from Gervais's point of view, such a statement makes perfect sense. After all, one would expect a self-proclaimed agnostic atheist to assume that even Christians don't know for a fact that God exists, right?In reality, you can know for sure that God is real by entering into a...