Featured Blog Posts – July 2010 Archive (18)

A Conversation with Stephanie and Lisa from Mormon.org

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Added by Anne Chenier on July 31, 2010 at 2:01pm — 8 Comments

Frustrated

How can I assert my lack of belief when the person with whom I'm talking cannot comprehend what I'm saying? His lack of understanding or misunderstanding creates a wall I can't break. How can I possibly defend my beliefs (or lack thereof) when my methodology of cogitation isn't understood by the other party? It leaves me with my hands tied and leaves him feeling self-righteous; because he can't understand what I'm saying, he feels he must be right. Since when does one lose credibility for… Continue

Added by Petra Polovina on July 29, 2010 at 10:51pm — 4 Comments

Oral History

Yesterday I started a second semester postgraduate Linguistics course called Linguistic approaches to the Study of Narrative. I am going to try to do my final research project for this course on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography, Infidel, or consider the agency present in conversion stories. I haven't linked my interest in religion and academia in a long time, so I'm looking forward to this.



In the meantime I'm sitting here working on my readings… Continue

Added by kelltrill on July 29, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

If people are not worried about Muslims, they should be!!

After seeing this video, it just further angered me and just made me dislike Muslims even more. I did not know anything about the practice of taqiyya. I always figured those fuckers were lying, always known that they are trying to impose sharia law on the entire world, because the Quran demands… Continue

Added by Terri~ on July 27, 2010 at 1:49pm — 25 Comments

Bible verse sparks debate.

Hey everyone, I have yet to stir another facebook debate/discussion with my status. This one started with me simply sharing a bible verse. I could really use and feedback you may have on how to continue to respond to my "friend" Ambri.Thanks.

Me: "If a slave owner hits a slave,…

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Added by Mr Good Without God on July 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

"Morals and Atheism" From Atheist Climber Blog



Believers in god often ask "Where do morals come from?" They expect the answer to be "from God", mostly because they can't imagine that something so much at the heart of human interaction can have risen naturally.



Well the answer is reasonably simple, but long. So let me see if I can be as brief as possible with this.



As I… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 25, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 25JUL

Sunday Morning Service

25 JUL 2010



Links of Interest



GOD IN THE CONSTITUTION



Creationism vs Darwinism in… Continue

Added by Johnny on July 25, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

The Seedy Religious Underbelly of South Africa

In the last couple of years I have experienced a gradual but rude awakening to the grizzly, spine-tingling reality of South Africa's religious situation.



The existence of Bible translations into KiSwahili, isiXhosa, Zulu, Chichewa, Tswana, Shona etc is frightening. African cultures notoriously cling to superstitions as well as ancestral and tribal beliefs. Combining this with Christianity is resulting in an ongoing history of bad ideas. I have covered many of these issues before, but… Continue

Added by kelltrill on July 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Arrogance, Belief, Agnosticism

Ever since Richard Dawkins gave us his 7-point scale of God belief in The God Delusion, and positioned himself just shy of the strong atheist position, I have sensed a sort of orthodoxy develop around the defense to the accusations that atheists are arrogant and rely on faith just as much as believers. The common reply has been to cry foul ("atheism is merely a lack of belief in gods") and retreat into agnosticism ("I can't know with certainty there are no gods, I just find it highly… Continue

Added by Henry Ruddle on July 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 18JUL

Sunday Morning Service

18 JUL 2010



Links of Interest



My Darwinian Daughters



Christianity Was Not Responsible for American Democracy…



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Added by Johnny on July 18, 2010 at 5:00am — 17 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 11JUL

Sunday Morning Service

11 JUL 2010



Links of Interest



You Say God Is Dead? There’s an App for That



Free Evolution Book Excerpts…



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Added by Johnny on July 11, 2010 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

"Denial, Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias" - from Atheist Climber blog



Let me start with this statement.



When a person who already believes strongly about something is presented with evidence that is contrary to their belief, they can tend to react in one of, or a combination of three ways; ignore the information (citing that it is irrelevant or blatantly wrong),… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 7, 2010 at 7:09pm — No Comments

"Is this the only time you pray?" - from Atheist Climber blog

From Atheist Climber blog



July billboard from Outreach Media



As you may know, I drive past a church billboard every day on my way to work, which is updated ever month with a new slogan and picture. These billboards are coming from Outreach Media, whom I've… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 7, 2010 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

GODBLOCK
















GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions. When installed properly, GodBlock will test each page that your child…

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Added by Sydni Moser on July 7, 2010 at 6:06pm — 7 Comments

PERSPECTIVES



Today I did something that I only do for weddings and funerals: I went to a church.

A “relation” was celebrating their birthday and chose to do so at the church they attend. That’s fine. The gathering wasn’t religious in nature. No praying, or speaking in “tongues” nor was there any snake handling.

Having to answer “natures call” I headed off to the restroom.

Just before getting there I saw a flyer for the church’s summer camp for kids. Of course it was religious. But what… Continue

Added by Rick on July 4, 2010 at 6:23am — 7 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 04JUL

Sunday Morning Service

04 JUL 2010



Links of Interest



The Tea Party Is Dangerous



Seventh Graders Find a Cave on Mars…



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Added by Johnny on July 4, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

This Guy Is Kind Of A Jerk.

Trying to find some news about the prognosis of Christopher Hitchens’ condition, I stumbled upon this little piece posted today by Andrew Sullivan, Hitch's Cancer.



Here’s his whole post:

I'm devastated by the news. We need Christopher around for a long, long time. I do not know the details and understand his need for privacy. But he seems in good spirits if…
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Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on July 1, 2010 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Dialogue With a Theist

I discovered and joined this website two days ago and started this blog that same day. In my first post, I explained that I turned away from Christianity as a boy because I came to find it "ridiculously implausible" but that I've nevertheless enjoyed discussing Christianity almost ever since. I called it "following my Campbellian bliss," even if I wasn't sure exactly… Continue

Added by Steve Curless on July 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

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