July 2012 Blog Posts (81)

eventuality

religion goes

the way of the dinosaur

&

the fear of death is overcome

by technological advancements

curing disease &

rebuilding cells, tissue,

killing off what had once been

referred to as “aging,”

meshing humans with

nanotechnology,

creating the transhuman

species, which will

inevitably either be

slaves for the AI’s

who have become the

Superb…

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Added by delapruch on July 8, 2012 at 1:43pm — 4 Comments

The Branch Manager

Treebeard - Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers (2002) Abimelech and Jephthah

Judges 9:1 to 12:1




9:1 A chaotic power struggle ensued following Gideon’s death and through various manipulations and lots of murders Gideon’s son Abimelech managed to get himself crowned king. Meanwhile Abimelech’s…
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Added by Brad Snowder on July 8, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments

Let It Be

I have a family member who has turned their life into a more positive and healthier direction in the past year.  This person’s change in behavior coincided with their increased faith in god and overall commitment to the Christian belief system.  During the same time period, I was going through a change (still am) in the opposite direction toward agnostic atheism and loss of faith.  I had started to disclose my lack of belief in a divine…

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Added by Georgie Kiely on July 8, 2012 at 8:59am — 2 Comments

Now I'm Angry

I am finding something to be very annoying when I make it known to a believer that I am an atheist.  The person will typically assume that I became an atheist due to me being angry with god or life.  The most recent episode occurred at my job when a co-worker asked me if I was catholic.  I stated no and told this person that I was an atheist.  This person looked at me and stated, "Oh something bad must have happened in your life."  In…

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Added by Georgie Kiely on July 7, 2012 at 8:23pm — 21 Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 24-35

So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb.  It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. – Genesis 35:19-20

Even atheists love Indiana Jones.  That goes without saying, of course.  Raiders and Last Crusade (let’s leave Temple out of this, shall we?) are rightly considered among the best action-adventure films ever made, and as a child of…

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Added by David Conrad on July 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

"Please Help Us Take Back America from the Godless Left - and Buy our Stupid DVD."

I got an automated call today from a stupid far-right fundraising crowd claiming to be behind Newt Gingrich. I'm disappointed the whole thing was automated... I REALLY wanted to have fun with these morons.

"We have reserved a copy of our DVD Documentary "Bringing America Back to God" (or something like that... I don't remember what it was actually called) so that you can help us to fight back against the power of the godless left and teach children the truth about why god was central…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on July 5, 2012 at 3:18pm — 3 Comments

The Confused Priorities of the Religious Right

They are you know. Just look at this poor girl:

Voted most likely to grow up to be a lesbian.…

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Added by Bryan B on July 5, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

naaaaa, couldn’t be global warming

as state after state begins to boil &

the people of this country begin to sweat,

swelter & roast

under these oppressive heat waves, the

National Weather Service

issues excessive heat advisories

like it was “handing out speeding tickets at

the Indy 500”

because the temperatures there have grown

to highs of 110 F or higher &

this has become the norm for more than a

third of the country’s people just in…

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Added by delapruch on July 4, 2012 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

The God particle, and what little it has to do with God







Oh how I wish the recently demonstrated Higgs Boson, which bestows mass on particles, had…
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Added by bazie on July 4, 2012 at 3:49pm — 24 Comments

inquiry

being able to find focus

& when that focus is

attained, being able to

sustain it & continue

with a probing head on

one’s shoulders & then

to be able to enjoy every

new moment of discovery,

discovery that is personal &

yet so beautiful & wondrous,

because the want to discover,

the want to fill one’s heart &

mind with new ideas & new

emotions connects us with

the rest…

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Added by delapruch on July 4, 2012 at 1:05am — No Comments

310+ & 71.1 billion dollars

if you live in the US,

the belly of the world’s policeman,

you live with over

310 tax exempted religions---

that’s over 310 groups of

idiots, who get to practice their idiocy

without paying taxes---

it’s estimated that the annual

amount

which is lost by NOT taxing these

idiots,

is

$71.1 billion

a

year.

 

think for a second

just what this country could do with…

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Added by delapruch on July 4, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 15-23

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”  Now Abimelech had not approached her.  So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people?  Did he not himself say to me, “She is my sister”?  And she herself said, “He is my brother.”  In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”  Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you…

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Added by David Conrad on July 3, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My official resignation from the Mormon Church

Member Records Division, LDS Church

50 E North Temple Rm 1372

SLC UT 84150-5310

This letter is my formal resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it is effective immediately. I hereby withdraw my consent to being treated as a member and I withdraw my consent to being subject to church rules, policies, beliefs and discipline. As I am no longer a member, I want my name permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls of the…

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Added by John Benedict on July 2, 2012 at 9:24pm — 3 Comments

a relationship with the unknown

so i went to this christian camp ( i wanted to go to see if i could find god) and what they taught is that having religion is not the most important thing what matters is that the christian has a personal relationship with god. and they said that you feel god presence and his (god) love,  when they had worship time. but all i saw was crazy people screaming JESUS!!!!!!! and that crap. so my question is what is so wrong with having an imaginary friend that can make people feel like they have…

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Added by John Jon on July 2, 2012 at 2:04pm — 4 Comments

asylum for katie

don’t get me wrong,

i could give a shit about

katie holmes,

katie cruise,

katie holmes-cruise or

kate noelle holmes,

as Wiki would have her.

 

but one must find asylum

for katie, as she is being

hunted down by the

scientologist sea-soldiers

whose drones parade the world

with a special kind of

madness &

after dropping tommy like a

bad habit,

she’s joined the unique…

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Added by delapruch on July 2, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Hypocrit

HYPOCRITE



Do people ever give thought to the titles they assume? You claim piety with the cross around your neck yet you watch your neighbor go hungry. You claim to be a conservative yet you reap the rewards of the liberal point of view, you should really claim to be the hypocrite you actually are.

If you claim to be a conservative and still drive the 39 dodge your granddad purchased new, still live in the two room tar paper shack he built with his own hands after he immigrated… Continue

Added by TDM on July 2, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

Bible Review: Genesis 7-14

“And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do.  And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” – GENESIS 11:6-7

I've indicated before that this is not going to be a “gotcha” blog, and I meant it.  I’m not here to throw stones, so to speak.…

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Added by David Conrad on July 2, 2012 at 12:48am — No Comments

It’s Not a Perfect Science

Doc Brown in Back to the Future (1985) Gideon’s Fleece

Judges 6:1 to 8:27



6:1 The Lord got angry with the Israelites again so he helped the king of Midian take control of the tribes. The brutal oppression of the Midianites caused many of the Israelites to head for the hills and hide out in caves and such. Things looked pretty bleak…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 1, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Religion and Language: Quasi-Religious Terminology

There are a host of commonly used words in the English language which I like to call quasi-religious. Words like soul, spiritual, fate, mother nature, energy, and the like. These are words which have two sets of connotations, one which is spiritual and one which is largely secular, whose different meanings often get used interchangeably. 



Take the soul. On the one hand there is a mystical connotation. It is something separate from the body, which may well survive…

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Added by bazie on July 1, 2012 at 10:12am — 4 Comments

absence of an ideological sameness

the big picture will roll around

found within the romantic bliss

of one & another’s initial journey,

where questions that are not simple

get asked of the other, to establish

some kind of “spiritual” center

in the person laying there in the bed beside

or across the table in a fine restaurant---

for those of us whose “center” is hollow,

for those of us whose “center” is merely

a mish-mash of tendons, muscles,…

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Added by delapruch on July 1, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

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