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Skeptics/Seekers (Religion)

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  • Bulgarian Bishops Were Communist Spies

    01/24/2012 10:06:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1/23/12 | AFP
    THE ghost of communism has resurfaced in Bulgaria, with 11 of the country's 15 top bishops exposed as former secret police agents, shaking the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its image just as it readies to choose a new patriarch. A list published by the parliamentary archives committee has singled out 97-year-old Patriarch Maxim and three other bishops as the only members of the church's top authority, the Holy Synod, not to have collaborated. The other 11 were listed as agents of the most notorious part of the Darzhavna Sigurnost, the political police who spied on people for suspected "anti-communist behaviour".
  • Etsuro Sotoo: The Sculptor Who Became Catholic Thanks to Gaudí's Sagrada Familia

    01/22/2012 9:46:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 1/21/12
    January 21, 2012. (Romereports.com) Etsuro Sotoo was a professor of art at Kyoto University when he decided to travel in Europe. He arrived in Barcelona in 1978, he was so impressed with Gaudí's Sagrada Familia that he dropped everything to follow in the work of Gaudí as a sculptor. Ever since then he continued to learn more and more about the architect. Etsuro Sotoo, Sculptor“I know all the works, all the words, all the models, but I can't take another step. I can't come close to Gaudí. I decided not to look to him. So then where do I look?...
  • Agnostic Assesses Vatican Dialogue at Assisi

    01/20/2012 8:33:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    One of the agnostics who took part in the day of reflection, dialogue, and prayer in Assisi in October suggested that the Vatican recognize that “non-believers are usually somewhere between the two extremes: on the one hand are the rabid atheists, enemies of God and of religion; on the other, the spiritual agnostics who are on the point of converting to some specific religion.” “Between these two extremes, so remote from each other, there are many kinds of non-believers--the tolerant, the indifferent, those who are seeking God, those who resist believing in him,” said Guillermo Hurtado, director of the Institute...
  • Benedict XVI and Fidel, a Surprise Meeting?

    01/18/2012 7:55:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 1/14/12 | Gianni Valente
    The Vatican and the Cuban government are working towards a face-to-face meeting between Benedict XVI and the sick and elderly leader, Fidel Castro, which will take place during the upcoming papal visit to the Caribbean islandIt was not mentioned in the official program published by the Cuban bishops. But by this time, it is a bit more than just a hypothesis: the surprise hit of the upcoming papal visit to Cuba could be the face to face meeting between Benedict XVI and Líder Máximo, Fidel Castro, who had a momentous meeting with Pope John Paul II back in 1998. The...
  • File Sharing Is Now an Official Religion In Sweden

    01/15/2012 10:23:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 01/04/2012
    Rejoice, brothers! File sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. For real. It took two years, but it's done: it's called the Missionary Church of Kopimism and has Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as its sacred symbols. Founded in 2010 by philosophy student Isak Gerson, the 3,000-member Missionary Church of Kopimism was created to avoid legal persecution. Talking to Torrentfreak, Gerson believes the official seal of approval by the Swedish government will change things: ____________________________ I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones....
  • Atheist article calls Tim Tebow a "Christian Taliban"

    01/12/2012 9:04:25 PM PST · by Talkwire · 47 replies
    Tim Tebow is called a "Christian Taliban" by an atheist, comparing Southern Baptists to Muslim fundamentalists. Link to Mindposts article hereExcerpt: "Superstar NFL quarterback Tim Tebow looks like an All-American guy, but he has more in common with the Taliban than with our Founding Fathers. The press has given Tim an open mic to opine on abortion, virtue, and piety. When will reporters ask Tim to share his views on gay marriage, the subservience of women, the power of the devil, where the dinosaurs too big for the Ark, or the age of the planet? His overt Christianity has resounded...
  • Need help expressing some answers for skeptics

    01/09/2012 9:43:30 AM PST · by UnChained · 6 replies
    This is a vanity request instead of a news citation and I don't know if I'm posting amiss but I'm giving it my best guess on how to approach this. I had a stroke about eighteen months ago that left me partially paralyzed and mentally impaired also. I seem to have an OK ability to write though. My writing shortcomings though have led to this request for aid. I've lived a fairly unusual if not bizarre life that has given me an unusual Christian testimony. For years I felt constant prodding to share. I was hesitant to write it though,...
  • California atheists block out nativity scenes

    12/24/2011 7:45:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 24, 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    I don’t like dredging up that whole “war on Christmas” thing, but (with apologies in advance to Allahpundit) this story kind of gets under my skin. In Santa Monica, California, there is apparently one particular stretch of road alongside a park which has traditionally been set aside for Christmas displays. The nativity scenes on display have been popular with residents and tourists. But in order to be fair to everyone, the city used a lottery to allocate space to groups wishing to put up Creche displays and related scenes. Now, a group of atheists are accused of swamping the lottery...
  • The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

    12/23/2011 3:13:01 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 23, 2011 | Francis J. Beckwith
    On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, or Antony Flew.  But like all undisciplined enthusiasts who confuse wisecracking proselytes with wisdom-seeking pilgrims, the New Atheists seem incapable of completely ridding themselves and their disciples of the metaphysical infrastructure of the...
  • China Sees New Surge in Christmas Tradition

    12/19/2011 6:38:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | 12/19/11 | George Thomas
    BEIJING, China -- It's been a hectic few weeks for Wang San Ping. Ping owns a small Christmas shop near the U.S. embassy in Beijing. She, like so many other merchants on this street, is trying to entice shoppers to spend this Christmas season. The last couple of years, Christmas in China has been a huge money-making business, but this year, many are not feeling too merry about the season. This is traditionally one of the busiest times in China's economic calendar, as factories rush to export billions of dollars worth of goods made in China, most of which will...
  • Christians Grieve Death of Christopher Hitchens; Share Hopes for Deathbed Conversion

    12/18/2011 6:31:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2011 | Eryn Sun
    Christians everywhere have been responding in grief and sadness over the death of famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, who passed away late Thursday evening after a yearlong battle with esophageal cancer. From pastors to theologians alike, all expressed pain and sorrow over the recent news, which Vanity Fair was the first to announce. The magazine reported that Hitchens had died from pneumonia, a complication from his stage IV cancer. He was 62 years old. Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., tweeted, “My friend Christopher Hitchens has died. I loved & prayed for him constantly & grieve...
  • A Bishop's Life in North Vietnam

    12/17/2011 3:23:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Bac Ninh Prelate Tells of Government Surveillance and Thousands of Youth Seeking the ChurchROME, DEC. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Cosme Hoŕng Van Dat of Bac Ninh, in North Vietnam, says he would not describe the Church of his homeland as a "persecuted Church." Yet he states with simplicity that he's sure the government watches his every move. The 64-year-old bishop's estimation of things is clearly marked by his simplicity and deep faith. His life as a bishop is simply a mission from Christ, he notes. Marie-Pauline Meyer for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need...
  • RIP Christopher Hitchens: Abortion survivor, post-abortive father, cognitively pro-life

    12/17/2011 1:46:09 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    JillStanek ^ | December 17, 2011 | Jill Stanek
    I say, “RIP,” sadly thinking Christopher Hitchens is not.The renowned liberal author and journalist died yesterday at the age of 62 following a short battle against esophageal cancer since summer 2010.Hitchens spent his latter years evangelizing atheism. So he wanted it known he would not convert to Christianity at the end, and if he did he really didn’t. From Causa Celsum: Hitchens suspected there would be rumors of a deathbed conversion – but even more he feared that he might actually call out to God. Speaking perhaps truer than he knew, he sought to give a preemptive strike against...
  • In-your-face atheists attempting new marketing strategy

    12/12/2011 12:41:21 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/12/2012 | Dianna M. Nanez
    Freddie Schineller is a hip-looking math professor with a salt-and-pepper goatee. His artist wife, Holly, has long blond hair and stays home to take care of their four kids, ages 8-12. The middle-class family lives in a modest Tempe home full of lots of love, noise and pets, including two dogs and a python named Monty. Their bookshelves hold works by Plato, Leo Tolstoy and Franz Kafka, as well as the Book of Mormon and a Bible. But Holly and Freddie don't believe in G0d. And, earlier this year, they decided it was time to "come out of the closet"...
  • N. Korea Warns Against Christmas Lights Near Border

    12/12/2011 6:46:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 12/10/11 | Agence France-Presse
    SEOUL — North Korea warned South Korea on Sunday of "unexpected consequences" if Seoul displays Christmas lights near the tense border, and vowed to retaliate for what it called propaganda attempts. The South's defence ministry said earlier it was considering a request by a Seoul church group to put up Christmas lights on a steel tower atop a military-controlled hill near the border. The North's official website— Uriminzokkiri— called the plan "a mean attempt for psychological warfare" against the communist state and threatened to retaliate immediately when the lights are switched on. The 155-metre hill in the South, about three...
  • Is Christopher Hitchens about to convert? (Could he become a Christian?)

    12/10/2011 8:17:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/10/2011 | Mark Judge
    It’s a possibility that doesn’t seem laughable anymore. Hitchens, the celebrated British journalist, angry atheist and roué, has a very powerful piece in the January issue of Vanity Fair. Hitchens has been in Houston undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2010. In his essay, Hitchens rejects a popular aphorism attributed to Nietzsche: “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Hitchens had thought of the phrase at different points in his life where he narrowly escaped death — experiences told well in his memoir “Hitch-22.” After enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments that made swallowing unbearable and...
  • Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas

    12/04/2011 6:18:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/02/2010 | Stephanie Pappas
    They may not find much meaning in the birth of Jesus Christ, but many atheists embrace religious traditions such as churchgoing for the sake of the children, a new study finds. The research, which focused on atheist scientists, found that 17 percent of atheists in the study attended a religious service more than once a year. The atheists embraced religious traditions for social and personal reasons, they told the study researchers. "Our research shows just how tightly linked religion and family are in U.S. society — so much so that even some of society's least religious people find religion to...
  • Even Richard Dawkins is Right Sometimes (Is the Biblical story of Adam and Eve a myth?)

    11/29/2011 12:32:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 417 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 11/28/2011 | Paul Wallace
    For the last several months there has been a flurry of discussion—mostly online, of course—about the impossibility of a literal Adam & Eve (see, e.g., here and here and here). This ruling-out has been accomplished recently by the Human Genome Project, which indicates that anatomically modern humans emerged from primate ancestors about 100,000 years ago, from a population of something like 10,000. In short, science has confirmed what many of us already knew: there was not a literal first couple. So what else can we learn from this story? Plenty, it turns out. Peter Enns, a biblical scholar who blogs...
  • Atheists launch campaign to get unbelievers to `come out’

    11/26/2011 8:06:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/26/2011 | Kimberly Winston
    The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm room—a loft bed and the clutter of cast-off clothes—piled behind him. Alex Fiorentini isn’t talking about girls, beer or football. Instead, it’s a coming-out moment of sorts. “Is it acceptable to the majority of the population to be an atheist?” he asks the camera. “Nope. Are all of your friends going to accept you as an atheist? Probably not all of them. And yeah, those things are gonna suck. But the real question is, ‘Is it OK to be...
  • Hear Evolutionists/Atheists Themselves on Evil & Ethics (like Rape for Instance)

    11/21/2011 9:46:01 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 89 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 11-21-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    A new audio added to my mix of videos in regards to evolutionary ethics and rape. Richard Dawkins in an honest moment.