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  • An Appointment You Will Keep....Regardless

    09/26/2011 8:26:15 AM PDT · by bkaycee · 50 replies
    Sword & Trowel Gam Publications | October 1971 | John G. Reisinger
    "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the JUDGMENT" Hebrews 9:27 You may do all in your power to put the thought of death away from you. However, you cannot escape the fact that you must die. You KNOW that you must die and face God. Maybe the reason you are reluctant to think about death is that you also know that judgment follows death as surely as night follows day. I an seriousness, could I possibly press a more sensible or important question upon you than this -- What is going to happen to you...
  • The Pope in Germany. In the Desert of Faith

    09/21/2011 6:55:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 9/21/11 | Sandro Magister
    In Berlin and Erfurt, Benedict XVI enters into the area of Europe farthest from God. He wants to make it a new mission territory. A report from Chemnitz, where atheists are in the majority and almost no one is baptized anymoreROME, September 21, 2011 – "Where God is, there is the future": this is the title that Benedict XVI wanted to give to his third visit to Germany, which begins tomorrow. Pope Benedict has stated repeatedly that the "priority" of this pontificate is to bring men closer to God. But the case of Germany makes this urgency of his all...
  • BIBLICAL ETHICS ~ Did God Kill Children? (Second Kings 2:23-25)

    09/13/2011 6:13:40 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 9 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 9-12-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    ....One last point before we bullet point the complete idea behind the Holy and Rightful judgement from the Judge of all mankind. there were 42 persons killed by two bears. Obviously this would require many more than 42 people. Why? What happens when you have a group of ten people and a bear comes crashing out of the bushes in preparation to attack? Every one will immediately scatter! In the debate I pointed out that freezing 42 people and allowing the bears time to go down the line to kill each one would be even more of a miracle than...
  • 'The Thomas Jefferson Bible' to Be Published in Color by the Smithsonian

    09/08/2011 3:14:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/07/2011 | Eryn Sun
    Smithsonian Books will release Thomas Jefferson’s cut-and-paste Bible in a never-before-seen color edition in November. Formally titled 'The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth', The Jefferson Bible was an attempt by the famed founding father to “separate the gold from the dross” and remove and extract what he felt was most pertinent of Christ’s teachings from the Bible. Using a razor, Jefferson literally cut and arranged selected verses from the books of Matthew, Luke, and John and created a single narrative, devoid of any divinity, miracles, prophecy, resurrection, and other elements he found unnecessary and misinterpreted by the Four...
  • The Shallow, Self-refuting, Incoherent, and Illogical Thinking of `Agnositc` ~ Vincent Bugliosi

    08/26/2011 9:18:56 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 14 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 8-26-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    [Listen to audio from Vincent Bugliosi] âś“ Atheism: The belief that there is no God. This is typically the conviction that there is no personal Creator of the universe, and no powerful, incorporeal, perfect being in heaven or anywhere else. âś“ Agnosticism: The state of not-knowing whether there is a God or not. The humble agnostic says that he doesnÂ’t know whether there is a God. The less humble agnostic says that you donÂ’t, either. The least humble agnostic thinks that we canÂ’t ever really know. Tom Morris, Philosophy for Dummies (Foster City, CA: IDG Books, 1999), 238. [...] Â….To...
  • 20 Years Ago, Russia Gained Freedom From Atheism and Oppression, Russian Church Stated

    08/22/2011 6:42:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/22/11
    Moscow, August 22, Interfax - The service to commemorate people who lost their lives in defending the White House was conducted at the memorial sign located the intersection of Novy Arbat Street and Novinsky Boulevard, Moscow. "We gathered together here to pray for people who had lost their lives in defending freedom and Motherland," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said addressing dozens people who attended the service. He said many people had fearlessly taken to the streets 20 years ago "to defend freedom in this country and many of them expressed their...
  • Two Worlds - Two Cultures

    08/19/2011 7:16:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 8/19/11 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I am sure this will be happening in Madrid as it did in London. Richard Dawkins brought at least one laspsed Catholic back to the Church during the Papal visit to the UK. She saw the the anti-Pope snarling mob led by Dawkins and Tatchel, with their plastic devil horns and inflated condoms, sex "toys" and angry faces and she saw the sheer joy of those cheering the Pope and the banners carried by the enthusiastic youth. She said it wasn't about arguments, it was about faces. Dawkins & co. glaring and hopeless, those who were there cheering the Pope...
  • The Response Rally – the only thing political about it was the media covering it

    08/08/2011 3:21:45 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 1 replies
    Houston, TX – There was a smattering of protesters greeting attendees of the Response Rally in Houston, Texas on Saturday. No more than two or three dozen by my estimation compared to more than 25,000 who flocked to Reliant Stadium to pray for a nation in crisis. The majority of the protesters were there in support of gay marriage. There were also a few people who were protesting for separation of church and state and, of course, there were a few atheists protesting God knows what. A representative from Americans United for a Separation of Church and State was passing...
  • 5 Catholic Teachings That Make Sense to Atheists

    08/04/2011 12:40:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 25, 2011 | JENNIFER FULWILER
    Last week I gave a talk about atheism, and in the Q&A afterward there were a lot of questions about how to share our faith with atheists. I emphasized that the most important thing is simply to pray and work on becoming a saint yourself, so that you can show people Christ rather than just talking about him, but people with atheist friends, family members and coworkers wanted to know more. In the case where you’re chatting with a nonbeliever who is open to hearing your perspective and specifically asks for information about what you believe, how should you proceed?...
  • 5 Catholic Teachings That Make Sense to Atheists

    07/26/2011 11:40:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/25/11 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    Last week I gave a talk about atheism, and in the Q&A afterward there were a lot of questions about how to share our faith with atheists. I emphasized that the most important thing is simply to pray and work on becoming a saint yourself, so that you can show people Christ rather than just talking about him, but people with atheist friends, family members and coworkers wanted to know more. In the case where you’re chatting with a nonbeliever who is open to hearing your perspective and specifically asks for information about what you believe, how should you proceed?...
  • Atheists Rally Behind New Movie Thriller

    07/21/2011 6:57:25 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 54 replies
    My Fox Houston ^ | 08 Jul 2011 | NED HIBBERD
    <p>It’s Christian vs. Atheist in a new thriller released Friday.</p> <p>Except the Christian is the bad guy. And atheists are saying this film could be their “Brokeback Mountain,” which broke down barriers for gays six years ago.</p> <p>The atheist director of “The Ledge” is hoping to start a similar conversation on behalf of non-believers.</p>
  • Science and Religion: God Didn't Make Man; Man Made Gods

    07/18/2011 7:45:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 60 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 17, 2011 | J. Anderson Thomson and Clare Aukofer
    Science and Religion: God Didn't Make Man; Man Made Gods In recent years scientists specializing in the mind have begun to unravel religion's "DNA." By J. Anderson Thomson and Clare Aukofer July 18, 2011. Before John Lennon imagined "living life in peace," he conjured "no heaven … / no hell below us …/ and no religion too." No religion: What was Lennon summoning? For starters, a world without "divine" messengers, like Osama bin Laden, sparking violence. A world where mistakes, like the avoidable loss of life in Hurricane Katrina, would be rectified rather than chalked up to "God's will." Where...
  • Carl Marx Monument Dismantled in Penza [Russia] to Free Space for Future Cathedral

    07/14/2011 7:26:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/14/11
    Penza, July 14, Interfax - Monument to Carl Marx at the Sovetskaya Square in downtown Penza was dismantled as a cathedral will be erected instead of it, the Penza Diocese told Interfax. "A part of the Savior Cathedral will occupy this part of the square, its construction is underway," the interviewee of the agency said. A foundation pit for the church building will soon be excavated. The decision to move the monument was taken by the city administration. It was planned to transfer it to Carl Marx Street. World's first monument to Marx was set up in Penza on May...
  • Christian share a common enemy in sexual abuse crisis Ch.2: the Good Intentions of Free Masons

    07/06/2011 10:43:58 PM PDT · by dangus · 68 replies
    Original ^ | 7-6-11 | Dangus
    It's no wonder why anti-Masonic conspiracy theories fail to catch on: There is a long line of heroic, patriotic, Christian Freemasons in our national history. To assert that George Washington, Winston Churchill, Stephen Austin, Buzz Aldrin or Omar Bradley were part of a some Satanic conspiracy is to beggar credibility. At the same time, many evil organizations, from the K.K.K. to Aleister Crowley's pagan cult, borrowed heavily from freemasonry, employing its systems of graduated revelations, initiations, and secret recognitions to infiltrate and pervert other organizations. These organizations can fairly be said to be perversions and usurpers of freemasonry, not freemasonry...
  • Godlessness Has Doomed Britain

    07/07/2011 11:10:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/4/11 | Shmuley Boteach
    No Holds Barred: Atheism equals nihilism, neither of which are fertile ground for a national resurgence.Britain today has become one of the most godless societies on Earth. Its principle ‘religious’ exports today are thinkers who despise religion. From Richard Dawkins, who has compared religion to child abuse, to my friend Christopher Hitchens, who titled his 2007 book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, the British have cornered the market on being anti-God – at least the Christian and Jewish varieties. While 92 percent of Americans believe in God, in Britain only 35% do and, according to Britain’s National...
  • Dawkins Urges Constitutional Reform to Remove Church Role [Ireland]

    06/07/2011 6:06:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 6/6/11 | Patsy McGarry
    FREEDOM OF expression and of religion “should be limited only by the need to respect the rights and freedoms of others”, according to the Dublin Declaration on Secularism and the Place of Religion in Public Life, adopted unanimously at the World Atheist Convention yesterday. The declaration also states that “the sovereignty of the State is derived from the people and not from any God or gods”. Speaking to The Irish Times yesterday, well-known atheist Prof Richard Dawkins said the Irish Constitution should be reformed to “remove all influence of the Roman Catholic Church and all other churches . . ....
  • 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...