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Skeptics/Seekers (Religion)

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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...