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Help! Genesis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Oct 2, 2011. 24 Replies

A christian friend of mine has issued this challenge to re-read Genesis as a document rather than a religious book: "But if you read Genesis as described you may see that I am talking about another…Continue

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Nathaniel Summers commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'A balanced view?'
"Comparative religion is a great thing for everyone to learn. The biggest influence it would have is in helping people understand people of other faiths. They might even learn about Atheism as well. In order to pass the class, they would have to know…"
Oct 6, 2011
Looptheloop commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'A balanced view?'
"Many are indoctrinated into religion as children.  I would imagine that it's hard to have an objective view on the matter later in life once you've experienced a biased upbringing, not impossible but hard."
Oct 6, 2011
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Artor commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'A balanced view?'
"I think that a thorough education in comparative religion would quickly lead to the decline of religion in general. Once you know about more than one, you start to see that their "unique" claims and miracles are the same stories, recycled…"
Oct 6, 2011
Arcus commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'A balanced view?'
""what if we taught world religion right from the start?" In my country this was done, though with an emphasis on Lutheranism. Today around 20% of 14 year olds actively choose humanist confirmation over christian, and only around 1/3 of the…"
Oct 6, 2011
Lewal commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'A balanced view?'
"Gonna be devil's advocate for a second here but what if we taught world religion right from the start? Expose them to ALL religions equally. The idea of course is that they could then choose for themselves rather than being brainwashed into a…"
Oct 6, 2011
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A balanced view?

I was thinking today about how people blindly fall in with a religious belief without perhaps understanding different perspectives, belief systems and indeed science.In most cases (I understand that there are exceptions) people find religion in times of need or anguish. This often puts them in a position of vulnerability, and I believe that religion (intentionally or unintentionally) uses this to its own ends. People are not thinking clearly or logically at these times and so immorally religion…See More
Oct 6, 2011
Derek commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'Why so militant?'
"I prefer "calling atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair colour."   Back on topic: In my experience of debating the religious in person, I find the following to be the most effective way of talking to them: You…"
Oct 6, 2011
Andrew Carrington liked Robert Karp's blog post Supernatural explanations just don't occur to kids - they need to be taught them
Oct 5, 2011
Andrew Carrington commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'Why so militant?'
"I wish I could claim it as my own...but I am sure I have heard this somewhere before I used it ;-)"
Oct 5, 2011
Andrew Carrington commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'Why so militant?'
"This is true, although sometimes very difficult. I try to retain my diplomacy on the whole but sometimes venting is also a viable option too."
Oct 5, 2011
Ed commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'Why so militant?'
"Andrew,   Your zeal is appreciated but the road to 'sky fairy' enlightenment is a long one for most. Speak your mind but try to retain your composure, tact, and diplomacy. It does get frustrating I must admit. Sometimes I want to just…"
Oct 5, 2011
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Steve replied to Andrew Carrington's discussion 'Help! Genesis'
"As far as Biblical scholarship is concerned they are usually considered two different stories with different origins The first one is basically a much older creation myth. The second one is more of a morality tale with an emphasis on what humans did"
Oct 2, 2011
The Doctor replied to Andrew Carrington's discussion 'Help! Genesis'
"when confronted with biblical literacy and authentication (etc) I always take a more philosophical approach, for instance, for arguement's sake the entire bible is true, the morals depicted are nothing short of melevolence. So if my morals…"
Oct 2, 2011
Thaddeus Dombrowski commented on Andrew Carrington's blog post 'A brief history...'
"Thanks for including the links."
Oct 1, 2011

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A balanced view?

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 6:30am 5 Comments

I was thinking today about how people blindly fall in with a religious belief without perhaps understanding different perspectives, belief systems and indeed science.



In most cases (I understand that there are exceptions) people find religion in times of need or anguish. This often puts them in a position of vulnerability, and I believe that religion (intentionally or unintentionally) uses this to its own ends. People are not thinking clearly or logically at these times and so… Continue

Why so militant?

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 6:00am 4 Comments

I should imagine that my atheism came as quite a shock to my religious friends, and yes I do still count you all as friends. Even more surprising is perhaps the militant stance that I have taken with it.



My militancy comes from several sources. First and foremost I think it comes from my character, as a Christian I was evangelical. I always looked for ways to share my faith and organised face to face evangelism in the town centre. Just as I had 'passion' for Christianity it should… Continue

Blind Ignorance Didn't Evolve

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 6:27am 0 Comments

Charles Darwin dies in 1882, and despite demonstrable lies by a woman called Lady Hope, he did not convert before death. In 1859 he published “Origin of Species” one of the finest scientific works ever published.



Since that date some 140 years ago, evolutionary science has continued to grow and discover a mountain of supporting evidence for both evolution and natural selection.



Still, to this day there are creationists that hold that evolution is false. To do so is… Continue

A brief history...

Posted on October 1, 2011 at 4:58am 1 Comment

Three of the major religions formed out of the early Israelite religion, this religion was essentially a precursor for Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

 

The original scriptures of the Israelite religion were written between 900 – 100 BC. Not all of these had a directly religious origin, but were given religious significance by being collected together into a single compilation.

 

It was around 1200 BC that a number of tribes of diverse origin inhabited the hills…

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