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  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Why Evil Disproves Atheism

    01/17/2015 6:20:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    As Islamists continue to kill innocents, they provide more fuel for the oft-made atheist claim that religion is evil. Atheist Richard Dawkins condemned the recent attacks in France by tweeting, "No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn't." Dawkins is right that some religions and religious people have consistently perpetrated evil. Atheists often use this fact to support atheism. However, the existence of evil turns out to be a bigger problem for atheists to explain than for theists. The kind of evil Dawkins and the rest...
  • TALKING BACK TO ATHEIST BILLBOARDS

    01/11/2015 2:26:27 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 10, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    As atheistic movements grow more bold, they are putting up monuments and anti-shrines and billboards. Here are some images of atheist billboards and what I would say to them, if they could hear me … Indoctrinate you? As painter George Braque said “Art disturbs; science reassures.” I cannot limit myself to teaching you the reassuring facts of science and the “carpe diem” philosophy of the world — I must introduce you to the truths that challenge: These include beauty, sin, God, the afterlife, and the often difficult necessities of love. I don’t want to indoctrinate you; I want the truth to...
  • Atheist: "I must confess I was wrong about Pope Francis"

    12/31/2014 4:14:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 24, 2014 | Breno Altman
    I come from a Jewish family hardwired to Socialist ideas and to atheism for four generations. The last one in my lineage to believe in God must have died in the beginning of the last century. Christmas is to me a date with no special significance, even though I have learned to respect those who celebrate the birth of Jesus. But I wish to take the opportunity of this Christmas Eve to make a confession. A year and a half ago, I wrote for Opera Mundi one of the most flawed articles of my journalistic career. The title says it...
  • Obama Worships at the First Church of Eighteen Holes

    12/30/2014 5:04:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28, 2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    When hes not mocking Americans for being Bible-toting, bitter gun-clingers, every chance he gets Barack Obama loves to throw Bible verses around. The problem is that the verses he quotes are usually out of context, woefully misinterpreted, cherry-picked and distorted to support a socialist worldview, and occasionally completely made-up. Listening to the president play the reverend on more than one occasion would lead one to believe Jesus Christ was a Marxist whose only objective was to further Obamas Gospel of Collectivism. Moreover, for the Scripture enthusiast the president portrays himself to be, its amazing how he manages to avoid the...
  • Religion Without God: Impulse to hold a church service despite a hesitant or nonexistent faith

    12/26/2014 7:00:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | T.M. Luhrmann
    THIS Christmas our family will go to church. The service is held in a beautiful old church in the charming town of Walpole, N.H., just over the border from Vermont. The Lords Prayer hangs on the wall behind the sanctuary. A lectern rises above the nave to let the pastor look down on his flock. The pews and the side stalls have the stern, pure lineaments suited to the Colonial congregation that once came to church to face God. Except that this church is Unitarian. Unitarianism emerged in early modern Europe from those who rejected a Trinitarian theology in preference...
  • Ex-Pastor Who Took Yearlong Break From Faith Asks 'Why Do I Need Religion to Love?'

    12/23/2014 3:57:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries. Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa...
  • s Atheist Group's Complaint Backfires, Lands Nativity In Full Public View

    12/19/2014 1:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | December 15, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war. The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release. In a letter sent to the citys...
  • Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism'

    12/18/2014 7:35:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward." "Research shows that atheists and other nonbelievers remain at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance. One reason for that is that even though at least 20% of the population today is nonreligious in the United States, many Americans have never knowingly met an...
  • Atheists Push to Remove Language From Constitutions in States Banning Them From Public Office

    12/11/2014 8:34:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Although these bans aren't enforceable under federal law, a coalition of atheists are now lobbying to remove language from constitutions in Maryland and six other states that prevent people who do not believe in God from holding public office. Along with Maryland, the constitutions of Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all bear language prohibiting people who do not believe in God from holding office according to The New York Times. And the Openly Secular coalition wants the language removed. "If it was on the books that Jews couldn't hold public office, or that African-Americans or women...
  • Seven Things Atheists Get Wrong

    12/10/2014 7:43:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/10/2014 | David Marcus
    In a spectacular and telling failure of journalism MSNBC reported recently that Pope Francis broke with Catholic tradition by asserting that the Big Bang theory is real. Instantly, the Internet responded with the name Georges Lemaitre, one of the creators of the Theory of Universal Expansion who also happened to be a Jesuit priest. He is also the first entry on a Google search of Catholic Big Bang. That the MSNBC author did not bother to do one search before making a pronouncement about the faith of a billion people displays abysmal incompetence. But it also reflects very skewed...
  • Does Science Now Point to God? Author to Discuss Discoveries in Cosmology, Biology, Evolution

    12/08/2014 2:54:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PRWeb ^ | October 1, 2014 | Joseph Budzinski
    Has science now proven that God exists? Douglas Ell, author of the new book Counting To God, will speak about this and other big questions related to science and faith in two lectures at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. Times: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:00 pm Location: Trinity Episcopal Church 2365 Pine Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32960 Both talks are open to the general public and there is no charge. In Counting To God, Ell applies the lens of mathematical analysis to a series of scientific discoveries, drawing startling conclusions about the relation...
  • Proof of Life

    12/07/2014 8:01:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | December 7, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The intellectual role that used to be occupied by theology is now largely filled by science fiction. Wikipedia lists only a dozen of possibly hundreds of books where writers, some of them practicing mathematicians or scientists themselves, examine the consequences of our current understanding of the universe. The familiar, everyday world that we know isnt what it seems. It is actually a strange place. On large scales it isnt governed by common sense Newtonian physics but by the paradoxes of relativity. At very small scales, perhaps at its foundation, it is governed by quantum phenomena, which is stranger still. Arthur...
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • Atheist Confession: I like Pope Francis.

    11/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Filipino Freethinkers ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Celestino.
    Im going to say something many of my fellow secularism advocates would probably not appreciate: I like Pope Francis. Why? I like Pope Francis because, in my opinion, he is more liberal than many liberals. American conservatives already hate him for his seemingly liberal position on many issues. Hes so liberal that Sarah Palin is actually taken aback by what she calls his liberal agenda. The Pope is so liberal that writer Damian Thompson, in an article he wrote for The Spectator, had to ask if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war. Apparently, even Catholics...
  • A Swiss Euthanasia Group Has Offered a Powerful Challenge to Catholics

    11/18/2014 8:20:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | Francis Phillips
    A film presented by EXIT highlights the importance of offering solace to those who have lost the will to liveAnyone involved in the euthanasia debate in this country should watch a recently released YouTube film about the work of EXIT ADMD, a Swiss association which helps French-speaking Swiss residents to die. As Michael Cook describes it in his article on Saturday, it is about the mysticism of Swiss-assisted suicide and it is all the more powerful and persuasive because of it. Unlike films about euthanasia made by the BBC in this country, there is nothing overtly strident or polemical about...
  • The Rise of Christianity in China

    11/16/2014 6:04:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 11/7/14 | Jamil Anderlini
    The states response to this resurgence of faith is an escalating campaign of repression As he stood in the hot sun and watched a dozen earth movers smash through the walls of the Sanjiang church, Mr Dai felt a great sadness and also fear for himself and for the future of his fellow Christians. There were so many police blocking the road and surrounding mountains. They had cut off power to the whole area and blacked out mobile phone coverage and they were trying to stop anybody coming near, he says. By pretending to be part of the demolition...
  • Jesuit Philosopher Works to Demonstrate Compatibility of Faith and Science

    11/05/2014 3:34:45 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 4, 2014 | Jim Graves
    Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, during a 2010 appearance on "The Larry King Show". Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Ph.D., 62, is president of the Magis Center (www.magiscenter.com), headquartered in the new chancery office of the Diocese of Orange, California. The center’s goal is to demonstrate that faith and reason and science are compatible, and to combat the increasing secularization of society, particularly among young people. Fr. Spitzer was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was an attorney and businessman; he was one of five children. His father was Lutheran; his mother a Catholic and daily communicant. He attended...
  • Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence (Huffington Post)

    11/02/2014 8:31:57 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10/29/14 | Mick Mooney
    It's interesting to note that Jesus knew his identity as the Son of God, yet he did not speak of himself with that terminology; rather, he repeatedly called himself the Son of Man... Yet, for many believers the idea of embracing and celebrating our humanity is rejected, as if our humanity is contaminated, dirty, and sinful... The Pharisees were quick to denounce people as sinful from birth, but Jesus did the opposite. He actually pointed to the little children as an example of the Kingdom of God. The notion Jesus thought any of us were born sinners is completely contrary...
  • John-Roger Dies At 80; Founder of Controversial New-Age Church

    10/23/2014 8:36:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | DAVID COLKER
    John-Roger Dies At 80; Founder of Controversial New-Age Church By DAVID COLKER John-Roger's church had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises and celebrity endorsements John-Roger, a coal miner's son who founded the controversial new-age Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness church in the 1970s that had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises and celebrity endorsements, died Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 80. He had been in frail health for several years and died of pneumonia, said MSIA board member Mark Lurie. To awaken, keep going back inside of you The greatest challenge is not outer space; it's...
  • Letter to editor: Not all pro-life people are religious

    10/18/2014 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10.18.14 | Guest
    Hello, everybody. Im 19 years old, and %100 pro-life. Im also an atheist. But before you decide to stop reading this, you deserve to know a few things about me. I was born and raised in a Catholic family. I was baptized a month old, went to Sunday school, and went to church every Sunday. Okay, I went most Sundays. I also know that there are other divisions of Christianity, as well as other religions, and I respect your spirituality, what ever it may be. I stopped breathing twice the day I was born. They doctor didnt think I would...
  • Are You There, Nobody? Its Me, Margaret [A Children's Book for Kids of Atheists]

    10/12/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/12/2014 | Candida Moss
    New childrens book is a gentle introduction that there is no dog but dog. For nearly two thousand years, religious groups have held a monopoly on how to teach morals to young children. Now Me & Dog, a new childrens book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gene Weingarten and illustrator Eric Shansbyboth of The Washington Poststeps into the competitive arena of nighttime reads (6-8 p.m. division) with an atheist lullaby. Cue sincere hand wringing: Wont somebody please think of the children? The setting for this shameless piece of atheist propaganda (you can quote me on that, religious right) is a walk...
  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    10/2/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Some people - and quite a few atheists - have made hay over Obama's comments, primary among them being Obama's comment that "No religion condones the killing of innocents." Inherent within Obama's statement is that no TRUE Muslim would ever kill innocent people, be they men, women or children. As such, this would fall within the parameters of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. The only problem with this is that it leaves Christians open to the charge that true Christians have (for example) bombed abortion clinics, takes away from Christians the ability to say that "No true Christian would ever...
  • Secularist to Lead Alabama City Council Meeting in Its First Atheist 'Prayer'

    09/25/2014 8:40:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/25/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    North Alabama Freethought Association board member Kelly McCauley will open the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday in a non-religious invocation after a secularist group threatened to sue the council over its tradition of Christian Prayer. McCauley, who according to his Meetup page was confirmed in the Lutheran Church and "dropped out" at age 23, told AL.com, "My goal is to offer a non-sectarian invocation that, I hope, will lend gravity to the meeting and point to our civic values." McCauley was invited by Huntsville leaders to give the body's first atheist "prayer" after secularist group Freedom From Religion Foundation complained...
  • First of Its Kind: Tufts University Hires Humanist Chaplain for Atheist Students

    09/25/2014 2:05:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/25/2014 | Gabriella Morrongiello
    Five years ago, a group of atheist and agnostic students launched a campaign to hire a nonreligious chaplain at Tufts University. With the recent addition of a university-funded humanist in residence, it appears their prayersor lack thereofhave finally been answered.The new position is believed to be the first-ever university-funded campus chaplain catering to atheist, agnostic and nonreligious students, according to Religion News Service.In early September, Walker Bristol, a former intern of Harvards Humanist Community, was hired as the first humanist chaplain at the private, Massachusetts-based university. Bristol previously served as a student leader of Tufts Freethought Society, a group of...
  • Its Official: Religion Doesnt Make You More Moral

    09/23/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09/23/2014 | Elizabeth Picciuto
    A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesnt make our everyday lives more moral. Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldnt tell you anything you didnt already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our everyday lives suggests that religious people are no more moralor immoralthan non-religious people. Whether or not we believe that divine precepts give us guidance, our behavior is remarkably similar. The fact that atheists are apparently...
  • A delayed desire: Albanian priest waited decades for ordination

    09/22/2014 2:03:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Gjergj Simoni speaks with CNA in Tirana, Albania on Sept, 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled. “When I first said I wanted to be 'like Him,' a priest told me that it was a dark path to take, but I replied: 'I see no darkness,'” Father Gjergj Simoni said. In a Sept. 21 interview with CNA, he recalled...
  • Those zany Satanists!

    09/15/2014 12:19:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/15/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In case you were wondering, the satanic event scheduled to be held in an Oklahoma City civic center (thus, state operated), is still on and has sold out. HEREBut, hey! Dont worry. These are just benign people doing their thing. Right? No consecrated Host, no harm, no foul, right?In other news, we read at The Mail: Terrified five-year-old boy has his eyes gouged out with spoon by his mother and five relatives in satanic ritualA Mexican family has been jailed for gouging out the eyes of their five-year-old relative with a spoon during a satanic ritual to bring about the...
  • Atheist Bill Maher Defends Christians as Host Charlie Rose Compares Christianity to Islam

    09/13/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Appearing on Charlie Rose's PBS show this week, HBO's "Real Time" host Bull Maher rebuked him for linking Islam to Christianity, defending Christians by saying a vast numbers of them do not believe in violence or treat women as second class citizens. Maher, a self-proclaimed atheist, began by refuting former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's recent statement that vast numbers of Muslims are not like ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda offshoot that seeks to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad." Interrupting Maher, Rose asked, "Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical?"...
  • The Original Tea Partier Was an Atheist

    09/02/2014 7:04:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/02/2014 | By MATTHEW STEWART
    How do we decide who deserves a place in history? Generations of devoted American history buffs have spent countless hours reading and writing long books about the American Revolution without ever having come across the name of Dr. Thomas Young. Yet it was Young who came up with the idea for the original tea partythe one in Boston Harbor. And he went on from there to help kick off the Revolution in Pennsylvania, co-write the first modern constitution, and name the state of Vermont. The reason he isnt well remembered today is just this: The grandfather of todays Tea Party...
  • "Why did God kill people?"

    09/02/2014 12:11:48 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 85 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 2 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Why did God allow for the striking-down of people in the Old Testament? How is this reconciled with the dogma of a loving God?Protestants and modern-day "Jews" don't have an answer for this -- one beyond dualism or "mystery", I mean. But the Church does. There is mortal sin, and there is venial sin (1 John 5:17). Mortal sin -- willful and of grave nature -- separates one from God, practically killing the soul. Venial sin -- all other -- must simply be cleansed, and it does not eternally separate us from Him. And this distinction is shown in the...
  • Catholic Archbishop in Cuba Criticizes Government

    09/01/2014 5:43:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 8/29/14 | Nora Gamez Torres
    In an unusual gesture for a member high in the Catholic Churchs hierarchy in Cuba, the Apostolic nuncio Bruno Musaro spoke openly about Cubas extreme poverty and human and civil degradation. Musaro made his controversial remarks while on vacation in Italy after holding a Mass in the San Pio de Pietrelcina park, in the Italian municipality of Vignacastrisi. The Cuban people are victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them subjugated for the past 56 years, Musaro said, according to the Italian newspaper, Lecce News24. Im thankful to the pope for inviting me to this island, and I hope...
  • Surprised by Joy: A response to Richard Dawkins on Having a Child with Down syndrome.

    08/23/2014 6:33:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2014 | By Matthew Hennessey
    Every once in a while people let their guard down and say what they really think. For Richard Dawkins, Wednesday was one of those days. In an extraordinary moment of public honesty, Dawkins, the British evolutionary biologist and militant atheist, wrote on Twitter that it would be immoral to bring [a child with Down syndrome] into the world if you have the choice. It was a statement that no doubt delighted the utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer, his friend and fellow traveler, who has advocated the killing of disabled infants on the grounds that they are not rational and self-conscious...
  • Gods Not Dead, But Some Are Trying: Why are they so angry at someone who doesn't exist?

    08/19/2014 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/19/2014 | Andrew Klavan
    Take a look at some of these reviews for the religious indie hit God’s Not Dead [1]:From Britain’s Socialist newspaper The Guardian [2]: ”This warped evangelist item… veers from the suspect… to the outright hateful: by the jawdropping climax, wherein a preacher is effectively granted divine right to mow down non-believers, ‘doing God’s work’ has become indistinguishable from Grand Theft Auto. Ban this sick filth.”Here’s one from Movie Nation [3]: ”It’s a movie where rare is the voice that is raised, but deep is the rage bubbling through its rabid anti-intellectualism. When a non-believer is considered to be better...
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo Not Too Fond of Atheists; Says They're Always 'So Angry'

    08/18/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry." Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics. "I'm a Christian myself and...
  • Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

    08/12/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    July 8, 2014 - I regret to inform you that satanists are planning a "Black Mass" on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege. Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University -- the "Black Mass" there was stopped. Canceled. Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again. Please help TFP Student Action gather 50,000 petitions. Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the...
  • North Korea Rejects Invitation to Popes Mass in Seoul

    08/05/2014 12:43:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    South Koreas Catholic Church said Tuesday that North Korea rejected its invitation to a special mass led by Pope Francis next week, throwing cold water on the ceremony dedicated to peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea. The Norths titular Catholic association declined to attend the Aug. 18 mass, linking the refusal to Pyongyangs opposition to annual military drills the South and the U.S. are scheduled to begin on the same day, a South Korean church spokeswoman said. The summer military exercises as well as other large-scale annual drills tend to bring strong rebukes from Pyongyang, which calls them...
  • The church with no God in America's Bible Belt

    07/27/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2014 | Peter Foster
    Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee deep in the heart of Americas Bible Belt, looks very much like a church. And stepping inside, where a congregation is swaying along to music, listening to sermons and discussing ways to help their local community, it sounds very much like a church too. There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God. I pass seven big churches between my house and the...
  • Catholic Seminarians Boycott Graduation from Beijing Seminary

    07/22/2014 7:53:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/19/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Conflict over excommunicated bishop may result in suspensions of seminary students and a loss of vocations Chinas Catholic community reeled recently as news spread that Beijings seminarians had boycotted their graduation ceremony, scheduled for late June. The decision was made after the seminarians discovered that the illegitimate and excommunicated rector of the seminary, Bishop Ma Yinglin, was scheduled to offer the graduation Mass. When the students voiced their objection to assisting at a Mass celebrated by a bishop who is not in communion with the Pope, the seminary officials suggested replacing Bishop Ma with Bishop John Fang Xingyao,...
  • Poll: Americans Rate Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals Warmly; Muslims, Atheists More Coldly

    07/20/2014 7:09:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2014 | BY JESSICA MARTINEZ
    Americans feel warm toward Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals but they are colder toward Muslims and atheists, according to a new Pew Research Survey. Respondents were asked to rate each faith group according to a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, 0 reflecting the coldest and most negative rating and 100 being the warmest, most positive. The outcome concluded that U.S. adults are more fond of individuals who share their same or similar faith. "In a society like the United States, where religion is such an important part of life, of how people view the world, how people approach politics...
  • "Why Christians get the 10 commandments wrong" (Salon)

    07/15/2014 3:17:34 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 120 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/14/14 | Valerie Tarico
    The American Bible Society funds an annual State of the Bible survey, and this spring the Christian Post cheered some of their findings: The Bible continues to dominate both mind space and book retail space as Americas undisputed best-seller. According to the study, conducted by Barna, over 88 percent of American homes contain a Bible. In fact, the average is 4.7 copies per household. Now, I should note that a young non-religious friend once came home from school with a bright green Gideons New Testament that she later touted as a reserve of fine rolling papers, which may explain why...
  • There are states where you technically cant hold public office if youre an atheist

    07/09/2014 1:26:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    Eight state constitutions include restrictions on people who dont believe in a supreme being. In Arkansas, denying the existence of God means you cant hold civil office or testify in court, while in Tennessee there are also guidelines about belief in the hereafter. However, the Supreme Court ruled in a 1961 case that a Maryland man appointed as a notary public didnt have to declare his belief in a supreme being to hold office, arguing it violated his rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Since then, these restrictions havent been enforced, said Dave Muscato, a spokesman for American Atheists....
  • Christopher Hitchens: The Last Good American Atheist

    07/04/2014 1:33:35 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 23 replies
    America (big tip o'the hat to Hot Air) ^ | 07/01/14 | Sean Salai, S. J.
    I asked the middle-aged man across from me, Who was the last good American president? It was the year 2000. As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science, I was eager to know my drinking partners response to this question. He had just finished railing against Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush '41. At this point, I was wondering if he liked any U.S. president at all. To my surprise, I didnt have long to wait for an answer. Without hesitation, Christopher Hitchens leaned across the table, looked me in the eye, and quipped with boozy conviction: Eisenhower....
  • Hobby Lobby Verdict a Victory For Ultra-Right Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colsons Ghost

    07/01/2014 6:27:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/1/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Pope Francis must have vomited when he heard the Hobby Lobby news. Nothing could undo the good he has recently done the Churchs image more than yet another case of anti-woman lashing out by a cabal or far right Roman Catholic activists this time in the Supreme Court. Alarmed by the Supreme Court pandering to the extreme religious right in the Hobby Lobby case, the new pope might ask Who is responsible for this? The answer is: Many people. However two people are the real instigators: the late evangelical far right activist, Charles Colson, and Roman Catholic far right ideologue...
  • Non-believers Make the Best Saint Movies: "Monsieur Vincent"

    06/30/2014 6:19:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/28/14 | Patrick Coffin
    It is only because of your love that the poor will forgive you the bread that you give them. When Christians make movies about saints, they sometimes succeed as hagiography, always make their intended audiences feel good, and almost always fail as art. Christians often cant resist the temptation to tell the story with a bullhorn and end up, too frequently, with movies that appeal primarily to the choir, the members of which are (understandably) hungry for fare that glorifies the Faith. When agnostics and atheists make movies about saints or other heroes whose life choices were motivated by the...
  • Singer Tim Lambesis Said He Became Atheist But Kept Claiming to Be Christian to Keep Selling Music

    06/17/2014 1:40:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Tim Lambesis, lead singer and founder of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, recently confessed that he and other members of his band had become atheists but kept claiming to be Christians so they could keep making money selling records to Christians. In a wide-ranging interview with Alternative Press shortly before he was sentenced to six years in prison last month for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis, the singer addressed a claim he made last year in a YouTube video about his spiritual allegiance after fans started saying he had become...
  • South Korean Missionary Sentenced to Life of Hard Labour by North Korea

    06/01/2014 10:04:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5/31/14 | AP
    Kim Jung-wook admits performing religious acts banned in the country and 'malignantly hurting the dignity' of ruling Kim familyNorth Korea has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labour for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches. He is the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled north. North Korean state media said the missionary was tried on Friday and admitted to anti-North Korean religious acts and "malignantly hurting the dignity" of the country's supreme leadership, a reference to the ruling Kim family. The rival Koreas have different...
  • Long Island Medium (Theresa Caputo) works for Satan

    05/30/2014 4:32:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 103 replies
    Connecticut Catholic Corner ^ | May 29, 2013 | Julie
    Long Island Medium (Theresa Caputo) works for Satan She’s charming, she’s whacky, and she’s got funny hair and crazy fingernails- she’s also working for the devil. Sound harsh?  Good. , Theresa Caputo,AKA “The Long Island Medium” seen weekly on the TLC cable channel, is the devil’s own Pied Piper leading people along the devil’s path.  Does she know it?  Probably not, but she should. Caputo is a psychic- yes they do exist.  I am not talking about the “Miss Cleo” types who randomly make up anything to make a billion (yes, that’s right) dollars.  I am talking about the psychics...