The traditions we associate with Christmas have evolved over the centuries. Here are answers to five questions about these traditions, from the date we choose to celebrate to the origin of Santa.
1. Why do we celebrate on December 25th?
The Bible makes no mention of Jesus being born on December 25th and, as more than one historian has pointed out, why would shepherds be tending to their flock in the middle of winter? So why is that… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on December 20, 2008 at 7:18am —
When a man and woman have joined together in a loving and holy marriage union, they may sometimes find that their love for one another and for God spills over outside of their relationship. Or they may find that other people are drawn to the joy, bliss, and passion that they radiate. In such situations, the desire or opportunity may arise to involve a third individual in their relationship – to form a threesome. Is this a temptation into sin, or a… Continue
Added by Amanda on December 18, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Since the publication of our original article on anal sex and God’s will, we have received several inquiries asking to clarify God’s position concerning oral sex. We are gratified that so many Christians are hungry for the word of the Lord and are actively seeking the Truth so that they may fulfill His plan in all areas of their lives.
The Good News About Oral Sex
Like anal sex, oral sex is the subject of much confusion and disagreement… Continue
Added by Amanda on December 18, 2008 at 9:30am —
Are you saving yourself for your wedding night? The Devil wants you to fail, that’s why he puts stumbling blocks in your way. But God wants you to succeed, and that’s why he has given us an alternative to intercourse before marriage: anal sex. Through anal sex, you can satisfy your body’s needs, while you avoid the risk of unwanted pregnancy and still keep yourself pure for marriage.
You may be shocked at first by this idea. Isn’t anal sex (sodomy) forbidden by the Bible? Isn’t anal… Continue
Added by Amanda on December 18, 2008 at 6:30am —
I don't believe in a God, Gods, or God, but how I arrived here is most perplexing. I was raised Catholic; I was baptized, made my communion, my confirmation, and was good friends with a priest in my local parish and still am.
However, I've been cursed with curiosity. 'Why' and 'How' are two words that I can't put a leash on. I'm a voracious reader. I read everything: literature, science fiction, science fact, horror, biographies, memoirs, and mythology. Which leads me to, The Bible.… Continue
Added by Trunx on December 17, 2008 at 2:00pm —
C would be Judaism - it's old and restrictive, but most of the world is familiar with its laws and respects them. The catch is, you can't convert into it - you're either into it from the start, or you will think that it's insanity. Also, when things go wrong, many people are willing to blame the problems of the world on it.
Java would be Fundamentalist Christianity - it's theoretically based on C, but it voids so many of the old laws that it… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on December 16, 2008 at 9:19pm —
Read the title.
What can we do?
the whole idea is what morgan is trying to do here with these images.
Added by Sophie on December 15, 2008 at 3:00am —
Four Americans in Milan.
As an American traveling in a foreign country, the last thing you want to do is stand out like a sore thumb. Not only do you have a greater chance of getting sucked into tourist traps, but you're also a more obvious target for getting mugged or even kidnapped. So, are you aware of the things you do, say, and wear that make you look like the stereotypical tourist?
1. Ditch the athletic shoes.… Continue
Added by Sophie on December 14, 2008 at 8:55pm —
I've been talking to a lot of my religious friends who think that I am going through a "crisis of faith", even though I've been an atheist for years now, and I'm getting more than a little annoyed by it.
A crisis of faith implies that I am struggling, that I am depressed, that I, in some way, anguish to be wrong over the issue.
There are plenty of atheists who see their disbelief as problematic, and wish that they might be… Continue
Added by Kirstin on December 12, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Fractals are the base of all creation. They are the blueprint that our universe was built from. Why then, would it not be the most natural thing in the world that everything conceivable is related in such a way, that it resembles a fractal?
When you look at a fractal, it has near photo copies of itself embedded in itself. Sort of like DNA for us. But in a fractal, every copy has a copy of itself, slightly different, embedded inside. This goes on, and on, and on...
Added by Joe on December 12, 2008 at 12:42am —
For some it's the feeling of being a part of something much bigger than themselves. For others it's making real connections in a world of business cards and e-mails. For a few, it's escaping from the rat race long enough to remember their human.
For me, it's all three. I've been an Army brat 2/3 of my life. I've never had any true, lasting friendships. I grew up a loner, only because making new friends every two years quickly became monotonous, and for a kid, there are more important… Continue
Added by Joe on December 11, 2008 at 10:36pm —
So I'm new here, yeah. Seems cool enough, and certainly a better place than MySpace. It's going to take me some time to get everything here the way I want it,.. so in the meantime enjoy my blog. It's not much,.. recently started,.. but I've decided to start putting my writings online, instead of a notebook not likely seen by anyone, ever. So here,.. just two for now,.. but there will be more.
I hope you have some say on it. Several have… Continue
Added by Joe on December 11, 2008 at 4:23pm —
I kinda fell into this site from one of my friends bc some how religion came up and well I am curious. I am not sure what I believe any more. I think all religious books are just stories but why do I have this energy over me that feels like I am doing something bad still? Or someone is looking over my shoulder like I am doing something wrong...when I know I really am not.
In short I am torn. I am not 100% sure I call myself atheist or am I? I definitely don't believe in gods or… Continue
Added by Daphne on December 11, 2008 at 5:11am —
...and good ol Jesus's pagan roots.
Podcast for Dec. 6
however, if you wanna skip the podcast, she gets into the details in this post:
The Jesus Myth
The New Testament writings are hardly more reliable than fairy tales.
By Barbara G. Walker
Added by Ric on December 10, 2008 at 8:00pm —
The below is taken from a Wall Street Journal article on the upcoming Durban II conference.
"The draft declaration… goes after the West’s freedom of speech and antiterror laws under the guise of protecting religion (read: Islam) from “defamation.” The entire West will be in the dock for allegedly persecuting Muslims. “The most serious manifestations of defamation of religions are the increase in Islamophobia and the worsening of the… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on December 10, 2008 at 7:00pm —
im writing a piece on atheism and I got presented with these questions. How does it impact our physical world? How has it changed of sense of perception or space? Is it a place where we can live or otherwise exist? What would the media landscape look like without it? How does it impact the natural world? What is the next logical evolution of it?
Added by Morgan Matthew on December 7, 2008 at 8:30pm —
A corollary to atheism is materialism, in the philosophical sense. I don't believe there is anything supernatural in the universe. Although there are of course many things we don't understand, I don't think there is any reason in principle why we can not understand them.
In particular, I don't believe there is such a thing as a soul, or a mind separate from the body. Our selves and our consciousness are solely the result of chemical and… Continue
Added by Sophie on December 7, 2008 at 6:30pm —
Just found this site via twitter and Sophies pic of a baby atheist dragon (so thanks Sophie).
I am an atheist and I have been for some time. I am a rational person and I find it very hard to discuss religion with people as I find myself dealing with agressive people. I try not to be confrontational or agressive myself but I often wonder are people getting angry with me as I represent their doubts and fears.
Do that see in me what they deep down know to be true.
Added by Liam on December 7, 2008 at 5:00pm —
When I discuss atheism with other people, which does not happen often, they sometimes bring up ethics. Some people even question how it is possible for an atheist to behave ethically. Of course, such a question implies that the questioner only acts ethically because they must, perhaps through fear of hell or a desire to look good for god. I doubt this is actually the case for most people.
It's true, of course, that atheism by itself does not address ethical questions. Nevertheless, I… Continue
Added by Sophie on December 7, 2008 at 3:30pm —
It should be clear from my reasons for choosing to be an atheist that I have no interest in convincing other people to become atheists. I think people should choose to live in the universe which they prefer. I don't think that somebody who believes in god is wrong; they just follow a different faith. After all, many people who believe in different gods are able to live together comfortably, despite the clear contradictions between their faiths.
Of course, some religions include the… Continue
Added by Sophie on December 7, 2008 at 2:03pm —