Skeptics/Seekers (Religion)

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  • Near-Death Experience Led to Heaven's Door

    06/04/2011 11:00:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 64 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 6/4/11 | Joanne Thibault
    Heaven Is for RealA Little Boy's Astounding Storyof His Trip to Heaven and BackBy Todd Burpo with Lynn VincentThomas Nelson, 163 pages, $17WHILE on a family road trip in 2003, a small-town Nebraska boy just shy of four years old survived a brush with death made all the more maddening by how preventable it was. A simple case of appendicitis took a malevolent turn when medical miscalls, parental errors in judgment and the vagaries of winter travel conditions lead to Colton Burpo suffering a rupture and rampant infection. Heaven Is for Real, by Colton's father, Todd, a Baptist preacher, with...
  • California Prisons Don't Have to Subsidize Wicca

    06/01/2011 1:18:57 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | June 01, 2011 | TIM HULL
    (CN) - The 9th Circuit on Wednesday rejected a Wiccan chaplain's claims that the California prison system should add a celebrant of Wicca and other pagan or nature-based religions to its paid chaplaincy program. The federal appeals court in San Francisco said the merits of the Wiccan religion did not factor into its decision to dash Patrick McCollum's First Amendment, free-exercise and equal-protection claims against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Rather the court concluded that the volunteer chaplain lacked standing because he "attempts to transform his employment discrimination action into an effort to vindicate the inmates' First Amendment...
  • Bethesda woman sees Jesus in a garden shovel

    05/23/2011 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    Bangor and Anglesey Mail ^ | May 11, 2011 | Daniel Bissett
    A BETHESDA woman claims to have spotted an apparition of Jesus Christ on, of all things, her boyfriend’s garden shovel! Andrea Jones was having a cigarette in her garden when she noticed this ‘image’ in the shovel which was leaning against a rabbit hutch. “I was deep in thought at the time, miles away,” she said. “Then I saw the shovel and what looked like a face on it, but I’ve seen this shovel so many times before and hadn’t noticed a thing. “I thought it looked a bit like Jesus and pointed it out to my boyfriend Neil and...
  • (Vanity) God, Free Will, and Chess

    05/20/2011 9:06:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 30 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2011 | grey_whiskers
    One topic which has been the center of a great deal of controversy in Christian doctrine is that of free will. It has been discussed in various forms in St. Paul’ s epistle to the Romans, Chapter 9:Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that God's purpose in election might stand not by works but by him who calls--she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ Just as it is written: ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says...
  • Betting Against the End of the World

    05/18/2011 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 12 replies
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | May 17, 2011 | Edward Hudgins
    Throughout human history and especially in recent centuries, cults of all kinds have predicted the end of the world. You’ve probably noticed that they’ve all been seriously wrong. The latest such silliness has come from 89-year-old Harold Camping’s Family Radio network of 66 stations. Based on his study of the Bible, Camping calculates that doomsday will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Christianity is particularly prone to such nonsense. After all, the Book of Revelation is all about doomsday, though with details from a clearly delusional mind. The “son of man” appears out of the clouds with a two-edged sword...
  • US atheists offer pet rescue after judgment day

    05/18/2011 12:37:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 5/18/11
    When judgment day comes -- which some US Christian fundamentalists insist will happen on Saturday -- have you thought about what you're going to do with the family dog and cat? In 26 US states, you could have them rescued and adopted by enterprising atheists who have set up a business to care for the animal companions of any Christians who are selected to go to heaven when Jesus Christ comes back. "You've committed your life to Jesus. You know you're saved. But when the Rapture comes, what's to become of your loving pets who are left behind?" Eternal Earth-Bound...
  • Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God

    05/17/2011 8:37:33 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 14, 2011 | Tim Ross
    Richard Dawkins has made his name as the scourge of organised religion who branded the Roman Catholic Church “evil” and once called the Pope “a leering old villain in a frock”. But he now stands accused of “cowardice” after refusing four invitations to debate the existence of God with a renowned Christian philosopher. A war of words has broken out between the best selling author of The God Delusion, and his critics, who see his refusal to take on the American academic, William Lane Craig, as a “glaring” failure and a sign that he may be losing his nerve.
  • Why do Americans still dislike atheists?

    05/01/2011 6:06:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05/01/2011 | Gregory Pauland, Phil Zuckerman
    Long after blacks and Jews have made great strides, and even as homosexuals gain respect, acceptance and new rights, there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist soldiers are rated potentially deficient when they do not score as sufficiently “spiritual” in military psychological evaluations. Surveys find that most Americans refuse or are reluctant to marry or vote for nontheists; in other words, nonbelievers are one minority still commonly denied in practical terms...
  • Atheist groups push for military chaplains

    04/28/2011 1:27:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | April 28, 2011
    As Deacon Greg Kandra says, it sounds like an Onion headline, but it's not: The New York Times reports that groups of atheists and secular humanists in the military are pushing to add some of their own to the ranks of military chaplains:Joining the chaplain corps is part of a broader campaign by atheists to win official acceptance in the military. Such recognition would make it easier for them to raise money and meet on military bases. It would help ensure that chaplains, religious or atheist, would distribute their literature, advertise their events and advocate for them with commanders.But winning...
  • Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military

    04/27/2011 2:59:57 PM PDT · by arderkrag · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 26, 2011 | James Dao
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But an atheist? Strange as it sounds, groups representing atheists and secular humanists are pushing for the appointment of one of their own to the chaplaincy, hoping to give voice to what they say is a large — and largely underground — population of nonbelievers in...
  • To hell with Hell?

    04/26/2011 3:41:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | April 26, 2011 | Carl Olson
    James Kirk Wall, author of Agnosticism: The Battle Against Shameless Ignorance, seems to think he has come up with a clever line of agnostic apologetics to pursue in getting rid of Hell: Pastor Rob Bell is arguing that there may be no Hell. Would Christianity still be able to sell without Hell, or would membership plummet? Heaven and Hell make up the greatest marketing campaign ever created by man. If you buy what we’re selling, you will live forever in happiness. If you don’t, fire and brimstone for all eternity! Uh, yeah, that's a perfect to way to put...
  • Hitchens' address to American Atheists (self eulogy)

    04/23/2011 4:34:15 AM PDT · by Salman · 31 replies
    Pharyngula ^ | April 22, 2011 | Christopher Hitchens
    Dear fellow-unbelievers, Nothing would have kept me from joining you except the loss of my voice (at least my speaking voice) which in turn is due to a long argument I am currently having with the specter of death. Nobody ever wins this argument, though there are some solid points to be made while the discussion goes on. I have found, as the enemy becomes more familiar, that all the special pleading for salvation, redemption and supernatural deliverance appears even more hollow and artificial to me than it did before. I hope to help defend and pass on the lessons...
  • Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?

    04/21/2011 3:45:20 PM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 54 replies
    The historical evidence contradicts this popular notion.Anyone encountering anti-Christian polemics will quickly come up against the accusation that a major festival practiced by Christians across the globe, namely, Easter, was actually borrowed or rather usurped from a pagan celebration. I often encounter this idea among Muslims who claim that later Christians compromised with paganism to dilute the original faith of Jesus.
  • Richard Dawkins: Atheist Stranded in a World of Purpose

    04/18/2011 7:34:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2011 | Miguel A. Guanipa
    Fifty years ago, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave a speech at an antireligious rally, where he declared that the celebrated cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had confided to him that while in space, he had peered into the infinite distance before him, but could find no traces of God.  Someone in the audience is alleged to have murmured then that if he had removed his helmet, the proud space traveler would have instantly secured a personal audience with the one whose creation he so carefully surveyed in hopes of finding. This amusing story illustrates the doleful plight of the itinerant Atheist,...
  • Jesus Christ the Man: Does the Physical Evidence Hold Up?

    04/17/2011 8:16:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Live Science ^ | 04/14/2011 | Natalie Wolchover
    Jesus Christ may be the most famous man who ever lived. But how do we know he did? Most theological historians, Christian and non-Christian alike, believe that Jesus really did walk the Earth. They draw that conclusion from textual evidence in the Bible, however, rather than from the odd assortment of relics parading as physical evidence in churches all over Europe. That's because, from fragments of text written on bits of parchment to overly abundant chips of wood allegedly salvaged from his crucifix, none of the physical evidence of Jesus' life and death hold up to scientific scrutiny.  [Who Was...
  • Atheist Ricky Gervais – A Better Christian than Christians? An Easter Message from the Comedian

    04/16/2011 4:42:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2011 | Eryn Sun
    Are atheists better Christians than Christians are today? Famous comedian and English actor Ricky Gervais likes to think so. Posting a holiday message for Easter entitled “Why I’m A Good Christian” in The Wall Street Journal, Gervais, a professing atheist, revealed that he is a “good Christian” compared to a lot of Christians. To prove his point, he outlined the Ten Commandments and analyzed how he faired against each law. Giving himself a 10 out of 10 – passing all counts of murder, idolatry, and blasphemy – Gervais considered his perfect score “not bad for an atheist.” The thrust of...
  • A great “godless” book

    04/15/2011 8:31:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 15, 2011 | Randal Rauser
    Pete Hautman. godless. Simon Pulse, 2004. 198 pp. ISBN: 10: 1416908161 It is summer in St. Andrew Valley and Jason Bock is fifteen, awkward, disenfranchised and bored. Needless to say the Catholic Church he is forced to attend by his parents doesn't add much in terms of excitement. Father Haynes is "a thousand years old at least" (33) and his sermons are extended treatments for insomniacs. Jason's dad senses his son's "agnosticism going on atheism" and deals with it in the most ineffective way possible: he sends Jason to "Teen Power Outreach" meetings which are intended to indoctrinate, oops, I...
  • Moral relativism paves way for Satanism, says expert

    04/13/2011 2:18:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2011
    Rome, Italy, Apr 11, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA).- A society dominated by moral relativism “fosters the spread of Satanism,” an expert recently explained.Carlo Climati told CNA on April 5 that Satanism “destroys those universal values that are written in the hearts of each human being.” It creates “a society that is turned on its head, in which good becomes evil and evil becomes good.”Climati is the press director of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome.He said young people become captivated “by the illusion of a life that appears to be free of all rules” and by a deceiving...
  • Gagarin's Family Celebrated Easter and Christmas, Korolev Used to Pray and Confess

    04/11/2011 7:11:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/11
    Moscow, April 11, Interfax - Hegumen Iov (Talats), patriarchial metochion's rector of Transfiguration Church in Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City), gave evidence that neither Yury Gagarin, nor Sergey Korolev were atheists. "Yury Gagarin baptized his elder daughter Yelena shortly before his space flight; and his family used to celebrate Christmas and Easter and keep icons in the house," Father Iov said in an interview to the April issue of Foma magazine. He also recalled that Gagarin urged the authorities to reconstruct Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. "Sergey Korolev lost faith for some time but eventually regained it through suffering and...
  • A humble act of hubris? AC Grayling's secular bible

    04/08/2011 6:46:28 PM PDT · by bronxville · 4 replies
    New Humanist ^ | 5 April 2011 | AC Grayling
    Some of you may have noticed that philosopher AC Grayling has been in the news a lot this week, on account of the publication of his latest work The Good Book: A Secular Bible. It's a bold project, and one that is, not unexpectedly, attracting criticism from religious commentators. Indeed, Grayling himself recognises the scale of ambition involved in putting together a non-religious bible, and he discusses it with Matthew Adams in an interview for the New Humanist website: "I acknowledge the fact that it does look tremendously hubristic, but it’s certainly done – and I don’t want to come...
  • Who will pray for Christopher Hitchens?

    04/02/2011 7:20:05 PM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 82 replies ^ | October 6, 2007 | Ellen Makkai
    With Christopher Hitchens teetering on the brink of eternity, revisit this query from 2007: Do we have any prayer volunteers for Christopher Hitchens? He’s the self -proclaimed “atheist/anti-theist,” and stunningly clever wordsmith. He leapfrogged puzzled agnosticism to a pledged rebellion against God. He’ll be a tough turn-around, so thick is his iron-clad ignorance of the divine. In a recent Newsweek he cynically dissects Mother Teresa’s dark theological struggles, a postscript to his derisive 1995 book, “The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.” A week ago he was a featured speaker for an Atheist Alliance conference in Washington DC....
  • EWTN: A Network Gone Bad - PREFACE

    03/31/2011 11:20:56 AM PDT · by verdugo · 51 replies
    Book: EWTN: A Network Gone Bad, ISBN: 0-9663046-7-5 | 2006 | Christopher Ferrara
    Preface With the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of his successor, Benedict XVI, a new era has begun in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. But the crisis that has wracked the Church since the Second Vatican Council (1962 1965) goes on, even if the faithful hope that during the present pontificate measures will at last be taken to bring the crisis to an end. Over the past forty years a growing number of Catholics have come to recognize what is manifest: that the postconciliar crisis began with, and has resulted from, a host of...
  • Is the New Testament Forged? New book by major NT scholar makes mincemeat of Christian's faith

    03/28/2011 12:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/28/2011 | Jerry Newcombe
    A new book by a major New Testament scholar is sure to make mincemeat of many people’s faith. Needlessly. The scholar is the iconoclastic Dr. Bart Ehrman, who teaches religion at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The book is called Forged: Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. Ehrman said on a radio broadcast that about 75 percent of the New Testament documents are supposedly forged. They’re frauds. Dr. Sam Lamerson is a conservative New Testament scholar who teaches at Knox Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale. (By way of full disclosure, I earned a theology...
  • Catholic-Atheist Meetings End with Pope Benedict Appeal to Youth

    03/26/2011 7:13:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/11 | Tom Heneghan
    Pope Benedict urged French youths on Friday to help put God back into public debate, either as Christians sharing their faith or as non-believers seeking more justice and solidarity in a cold utilitarian world. In a video address from the Vatican to an evening rally outside Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, the pope also urged them to “tear down the barriers of fear of the other, the foreigner, of those who are not like you” that mutual ignorance can create. Benedict’s address, projected on a large screen in the square, came at the end of two days of a...
  • "In this court of the Unknown God..." (Pope's msg at conclusion of "Courtyard of the Gentiles" )

    03/26/2011 8:45:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Chiesa ^ | March 25, 2011 | Sandro Magister
    Dear young people, dear friends! I know that at the invitation of Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, and of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, you are gathered in great numbers in front of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. I greet all of you, together with our brothers and friends from the Taizé Community. I am grateful to the Pontifical Council for having taken up and extended my invitation to open a number of "Courts of the Gentiles" within the Church. This image refers to the vast open space near...
  • Vatican Launches Public Dialogue with Atheists

    03/25/2011 7:18:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/24/11 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - The Vatican launched a series of public dialogues with non-believers Thursday, choosing leading intellectual institutions in Paris to present its belief that modern societies must speak more openly about God. The decision to start the series in France, where strong secularism has pushed faith to the fringes of the public sphere, reflected Pope Benedict's goal of bringing religious questions back into the mainstream of civic debates. The dialogues, called "Courtyard of the Gentiles" after the part of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem where Jews and non-Jews met, will continue in at least 16 cities in Europe and...
  • Symposium--Divine Command Theory

    03/23/2011 12:22:15 PM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 2 replies ^ | 01/29/11 | Ellis Washington
    Socrates: We are gathered here today at this symposium to discuss the subject of ethics, specifically the divine command theory which posits this question: Is what is good, good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good? Without God, of course, the divine command theory immediately collapses, but even allowing that God does exist, there are still a number of serious problems threatening the theory. Probably the gravest of these is the so-called Euthyphro dilemma, first raised by Plato some 2,400 years ago. Plato: In my dialogue Socrates engages a young man named Euthyphro in...
  • Nine countries are on the path to complete atheism.

    03/22/2011 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 25 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/22/11 | Scott Connery
    It seems like the religion in the U.S. is a juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable in the next decade or two. It's seemingly impossible to get elected without being openly and devoutly religious. George Bush claimed to receive divine commandments on how to perform his job. President Obama has made his church attendance receives plenty of attention too. Some question his sincerity, but no one questions that this is the politically smart thing to do. George Bush famously said that Islam is a religion of peace despite all the evidence to the contrary. 40% of U.S. citizens are strict...
  • Can Atheists and Believers Form a Duet?

    03/21/2011 6:31:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pope to Address "Courtyard of the Gentiles"VATICAN CITY, MARCH 18, 2011 ( The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture is giving more details about the project Benedict XVI entrusted it in order to foster dialogue with non-believers. Today in the Vatican press office, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi spoke about the official launch of the Courtyard of the Gentiles, scheduled for next Thursday in Paris, and presided over by Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO. "At the request of Benedict XVI the Church has decided to embark on a new stage of dialogue, exchange and joint activity among believers and non-believers," the...
  • Vatican plans major effort to engage non-believers

    03/18/2011 2:37:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 18, 2011
    The "Courtyard of the Gentiles,” a Vatican bid to start conversations with non-believers, will be unveiled in Paris next week. At a March 18 Vatican press conference, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, explained the project, which his office has undertaken on a suggestion from Pope Benedict XVI. "The aim is to help to ensure that the great questions about human existence, especially the spiritual questions, are borne in mind and discussed in our societies, using our common reason,” Cardinal Ravasi said. The title, “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” is drawn from the area outside the...
  • The Molech Paradigm

    03/13/2011 12:11:04 PM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 7 replies
    God commanded the Israelites that they were not to sacrifice any of their children to Molech: "And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. ..." Sacrificing to the Phoenician god Molech (king) was a popular form of idolatry; it consisted of burning children alive. The idol was heated and the children were placed in its hands. Think of Molech as the ancient pagans' answer to partial-birth abortion. For over 25 years I've written that once you separate legality from morality,...
  • The Prince of Screw Ups.

    02/24/2011 9:22:02 AM PST · by alleyesonCHRIST · 3 replies
    All Eyes on CHRIST ^ | 2/24/2011 | Charles C. Matthews
    Man have I screwed up in my life. In fact, I have screwed up a lot. I continually do no matter how hard I try to do better. I certainly do not deserve to be a Prince, but yet that is exactly what I am. In fact, the kingdom to which I am an heir is the wealthiest in the entire world. The streets are made of gold. My Father, well, He is the King of Kings. All will one day bow to Him. How bout you? Are you a Prince or Princess? Well, you can be. In fact, my...
  • Didn't Do Your Homework

    02/19/2011 8:55:33 PM PST · by Jules8 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    SL City Weekly ^ | Feb 15, 2011 | Julie L. Taggart
    Didn't Do Your Homework By City Weekly Readers Praise to City Weekly for its willingness to inform the world of The Sealed Portion when The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole [“Sealed Fate,” Jan. 27, City Weekly]. But what a disservice Stephen Dark does to readers, the LDS community and the world for mocking the man who holds the only solution that could end the worldwide economic crisis. In preparation for the story, Dark was invited to peruse Human Reality: Who We Are and Why We Exist or find a flaw, if...
  • Sealed Fate (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

    02/10/2011 8:52:35 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Salt Lake City News ^ | Stephen Dark
    In February 2007, Ida Smith attended a lecture about Mary Magdalene at the Salt Lake City Public Library. There, she ran into her cousin, Julie Taggart, who told her she had left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, founded by Joseph Smith, the brother of Ida Smith’s great-great grandfather, Hyrum Smith. Taggart, a self-described former “Molly Mormon” and divorced mother of eight, said she had found something better: a translation of the fabled sealed portion of the Book of Mormon. After she heard a version was out there, Ida Smith later wrote, “I felt like I had been...
  • Founder of German Media Outlet Was Child Abuser

    01/31/2011 12:32:17 AM PST · by 0beron · 3 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 01/30/11 | Tancred
    Will the left-leaning German 'taz' lay claim to its dark past and offer damage payments? No trace, only the German capitulation Bishops can be so stupid. Fawning Obit for Child Abuser ( In the 70s the left-leanding Berlin daily 'taz was one of the leading mouthpieces [In German about the left wall of silence about their attempts to legalize sex with children] for the legalization of child sexual abuse. Original citation: "Pedophilia is a crime without a victim."
  • Atheist Chris Redford: I Am Smarter Than God, and I Have Higher Moral Standards

    01/28/2011 4:19:26 AM PST · by · 31 replies ^ | 1/25/11 | David Shedlock
    Over the last several months I have been responding to a series of YouTube videos produced by unevangelist, Chris Redford, a former Assembly of God youth group member turned atheist. Most of his videos are professionally made, and His soft-spoken manner and “Christian” music do not fit the stereotypical view of an angry atheist.  Nevertheless, his viewpoint in the latest videos I watched can be summed up this way: “I don’t like the God of the Bible.  I am smarter than Him, and I have better moral standards.”  Few of his arguments in Deconversion 2.3 and 2.4 discuss the existence...
  • Vatican to launch dialogue with non-believers in March

    01/26/2011 2:42:56 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | January 26, 2011 | Alan Holdren
    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi Vatican City, Jan 26, 2011 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dialogue between the Vatican, agnostics and atheists will take place in a new arena as of this spring.The "Courtyard of the Gentiles" project, brainchild of the Pontifical Council for Culture and its president Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, will be officially presented Mar. 24-25 in Paris, France.Cardinal Ravasi first unveiled his plans for the Paris inauguration of the "Courtyard" last year, but further details were released in a statement from the council on Jan. 25.The Vatican's culture department plans for it to be "a new permanent Vatican structure...
  • Is God an Alien Mathematician?

    01/22/2011 9:25:57 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 13 replies
    h+ ^ | Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
    BEN GOERTZEL: Hugo, you've recently published an article on titled "From Cosmism to Deism”, which essentially posits a transhumanist argument that some sort of “God” exists, i.e. some sort of intelligent creator of our universe – and furthermore that this “creator” is probably some sort of mathematician. I'm curious to ask you some questions digging a little deeper into your thinking on these (fun, albeit rather far-out) issues. Could you start out by clarifying what you mean by the two terms in the title of your article, cosmism and deism? (I know what I mean by Cosmism, and I...
  • Atheist claims Creationist teachers are mentally insane

    01/19/2011 12:30:55 PM PST · by Talkwire · 15 replies ^ | 1-18-11 | some guy
    An athiest wrote comparing Creationists to crazy people. The excert is below. - - - So, how insane is the person who is teaching your kid? (or if you are a teacher, how nuts are your co-workers?) 76% of teachers believe in God. Well that seems like great news, right, that 24% of teachers are Atheists? Not so fast, Darwin. Of the self described non-religious, only a tiny fraction (well less than 2%) declare as atheist or agnostic. They rest are skeptical, or too cowardly to admit it, or have a trippy New Age belief. In fact… Your Teacher is...
  • Property rights and religious freedom [Boulder County CO loses its last appeal re church expansion]

    01/17/2011 2:21:08 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 1/16/2011 | Charles Danaher
    "Millstones of Justice turn exceedingly slow, but grind exceedingly fine." -- John Bannister Gibson, 1780-1853, American jurist, Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Finally, it`s over. Last week Boulder County lost its final appeal in a drawn out dispute with Rocky Mountain Christian Church (RMCC) in Niwot over a proposed expansion. The church first filed its special-use application in 2004. Even after three lost decisions, the county failed to grant the permit, or drop the case. The county lost a trial in 2008 where the jury found the county had violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), then U.S. District...
  • MAGNIFICENT By Andie Isle

    01/10/2011 3:07:19 PM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 18 replies
    JOB 38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for actiona like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? “Or who shut in...
  • Atheist Chris Redford Hits Wrong Targets.

    01/09/2011 10:52:40 PM PST · by · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/09/2011 | David Shedlock
    Can an atheist further the kingdom of God?  Can God take sin and use it for his glory? Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye...
  • Atheists Declare Religions as 'Scams' in New Ad

    01/03/2011 8:47:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/03/2010 | Nathan Black
    American Atheists erected a billboard over the weekend in Huntsville, Ala., that claims all religions are scams. The ad reads, "You know they're all scams" and pictures some religious symbols including the cross, the Jewish star, and Islam's crescent moon and star. The billboard further claims that the group American Atheists has been "telling the truth since 1963." Blair Scott, communications director for American Atheists, acknowledged to The Huntsville Times that the sign will likely "make a lot of people mad." But he explained, "[O]ur target is not the Christians, but all the atheists and agnostics still in the closet...
  • Popes, Atheists and Freedom

    12/31/2010 8:02:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/30/10 | Daniel Henninger
    Secularists should recognize that the pope's fight is their fight.This being the season of hope, Islamic extremists of course have been engaged in their annual tradition of blowing up Christian churches. An attack by a radical Muslim sect on two churches in northern Nigeria killed six people on Christmas Eve. On the Philippines' Jolo Island, home to al Qaeda-linked terrorists, a chapel bombing during Christmas Mass injured 11. One of the central public events during these days at year's end is the Pope's midnight Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In his homily the pope invariably pleads for peace,...
  • Why I’m Soured on the Idea of Praying to a Jug of Milk

    12/22/2010 1:37:27 PM PST · by · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/2010 | David Shedlock
    Chris Redford, former Assembly of God youth group member turned atheist (Evid3nc3 on Youtube) began a direct assault on God with a series of 13 videos on YouTube he calls Deconversion. As in the original video recounting his own falling away, which I critiqued earlier, Redford begins with the assumption that he was once a Christian. In this second video, Redford directly attacks Jesus when he challenges the Lord and His call to prayer, and describes his evolving definition of prayer. One noticeable problem from the very beginning is when he confuses the term “intercessory prayer” with the term...
  • Common Atheists' Myths

    Introduction I know that Christians are supposed to be the ones who believe a lot of myths. However, the vast majority of atheists believe myths such as religion is the primary cause of wars, and the vast amount of atrocities have been caused by religious people, the Bible has been vastly changed over the centuries, Paul invented Christianity, and the list goes on and on. Find your favorite myth below and read the article so that you won't embarrass yourself in the future. Atheists' Myths Atheists have Proven God Does Not Exist. Right? - Only if that god is not the God...
  • War on Christmas aims Atheist Christmas Coloring Book at kids [video]

    12/14/2010 2:05:37 PM PST · by Talkwire · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-12-2010 | Fox & Friends
    There is a coloring book by atheists who claim to love Christmas. The creator was on FoxNews on Sunday discussing an Atheist Christmas Coloring Book aimed at kids. How can an atheist love Christmas?!? Here is the clip on YouTube from Fox&Friends The atheist Christmas coloring book is online here
  • God and Rocks, Barbers and Haircuts.

    12/13/2010 4:43:02 AM PST · by ^ | 12/10/10 | David Shedlock
    Can God build a rock big enough that even He can’t lift it? This is a foolish question tempters and amateur atheists ask. Their intent is not to ask whether “omnipotent” is the best theological term to describe God’s power, but to tempt believers to question God’s existence. This is not an existence-of-God problem. It is really just a “trick question” of the same sort when one asks a righteous man if he has stopped beating his wife. That question contains an unproved premise and therefore cannot be answered “logically”. Another example from philosophy illustrates the real problem. Suppose...
  • ‘Fear not … I bring you tidings of great joy’

    12/10/2010 7:28:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    I have a confession to make.One of my childhood heroes — right up there with “Little House” author Laura Ingalls Wilder, Celtic great Bill Russell and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck — was cartoonist Charles M. Schultz. I still cannot believe that Schultz died (February 12, 2000) only hours before his poignant farewell to his readers ran in American newspapers.I remain an avid reader of the “Classic Peanuts” feature and, to tell you the truth, some of the strips remain so current that it seems like Schultz is still at work, taking the latest fads in pop psychology and weaving them...
  • The Catholic League, the American Atheists, and the Spirit of Christmas [Barf or Pińata?]

    12/09/2010 11:32:45 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    FindLaw ^ | December 9, 2010 | MARCI A. HAMILTON
    Not since World War II has it been more imperative that Americans come together as a united people against a common enemy. The jihadists want to destroy all that is good about America. But, frankly, the Catholic League may beat them to it. Here is what is not just good about America, but extraordinary: We are a religiously diverse people who have never in our history had a religious war. We started diverse, with multiple Christian denominations and Jewish settlers, and we are now the home for a rich, complex, and ever-changing collection of believers (as well as a small...