For a confidence trickster to try to implement a foolproof scam, it becomes important that the victim has no idea that he has been set up to be swindled. The individual confidence man, more commonly known as a con-artist, is at a disadvantage as there is always an element of risk that he may stumble and become exposed for what he is. Once the victim realises that he has been taken in, he turns against the confidence man, and he will refuse to play the game again. He will…Continue
Long before the creation of man, The biblical God provided the basis for such measuring of time. Gen.1:14-15. Tells us that one of the purposes of the "luminaries in the expanse of the heavens" is that they might serve for "seasons and for days and years." The solar day, and the solar year, and the lunar months are the natural division of time.
For those who are believers the time of Adam and Eve's banishment from the Garden of Eden, time has been measured in terms of…Continue
Today you quite often hear the word witch hunt by the media when someone may feel that they are being victimised, can you imagine how it would have felt in days gone by when witch hunting was in progress. It cost you your life.
In days of old the bible says there were…Continue
Do you think that Mary and Joseph should have remembered the miraculous events surrounding the birth of Jesus? You would naturally think that when a woman goes through a unique conception, that she would remember it, and that the man who’s wife became pregnant while they were engaged, without any effort on his part, that he would remember it also. It is not something he would easily forget. Yet the gospel writers seem to have strange memory lapses.
According to Luke 2: 42-50, Mary…Continue
I'm not the most frequent or popular member of this forum, but I would express thanks and encourage the same among o9thers for 'Sunday School.' I think it's a great feature of this site.
Many on this site share my view that religion reduces the quantity and quality of human life. Reg has kept us up to date on current affairs, and I think that deserves recognition. His 'Sunday School' reduces human suffering, even if I cannot point to all tangible results across the world and to our…Continue
I'm in school right now, and one of the classes I'm taking is the philosophy of environmental ethics. I'm feeling like my views are quite extreme, because I am the only person in the class who is pretty vocal about the idea that a secular society is the way to a sustainable future (or one of the first steps towards it anyway…). But I suppose that’s open for debate.
Our impact on the environment is undisputed among reputable scientists for the most part…the consensus it that human…Continue
Russian-Americans are by definition Asian-Americans, right? Or is Russia not part of Asia?
First of all, my sympathy to the secular women and men of America who had enough of these conservatives! They wanted to turn America into another Middle East! I urge you to step against them..
Another thing, what makes me angry about that we are at war with the Islamists I see that Islamist head was so big and they started sharing her article everywhere thinking of themselves as wow or something!
Here is the letter,,,…Continue
For all of those in favor of gay marriage, what are the feelings on polygamy?
Today Ireland has become the first country in the world to vote for Marriage Equality for all of it citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation.
The people were asked in a referendum to add a line to our Constitution that reads as follows:
‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with…Continue
What is it?
I currently view it as 1) an option for theists to consider, and 2) as a way to help mobilize separation of church and state movements.
When I first identified myself as an atheist, it was due to the "last straw" of GWB's pandering to the religious right, which I'm quite certain is what also enabled our knee-jerk invasion of Iraq; the righteous Cheney, et al kabal. Now look at the power of religion, as in ISIS! And the forced closings in some states of…Continue
I'm really struggling lately...
First, I want you all to know that I'm the healthiest I've probably ever been emotionally speaking...but I am also still healing.
Lately I've felt really sad at how my religion affected my marriage. When I think back on things, I realize how my thinking at that time affected things.
It's made me honestly wonder whether my ex-husband would have been different if I hadn't been so....religious.
I know that me and him are not…Continue
My fiance is Greek Orthodox and, understandably, she wants to get married in her Greek church. Unfortunately, the church will not allow it because I am not Greek Orthodox.
I am of the opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot here because, again understandably, this has upset my fiance and as a result she is now distancing herself from the church. Surely they would be better to allow the marriage which would result in my fiance and our children attending the church rather than…Continue
I do not remember when my parents explained to me that I had been adopted. I grew up always knowing that I was. I think when they first introduced the topic I was about my son’s age (5). Maybe sooner…There was never a doubt in anyone’s mind that someday I would search for my biological family.
I remember when I was a teenager, there was a stage at which every sing day I longed and wished to know my biological mother…well, both of my parents really, but especially my mother. I felts…Continue
Florida governor Rick Scott is proceeding with his threats to reprimand state employees who use terminology such as "climate change" and "global warming." They even go so far as to say mental health screening may be…Continue
I'm going to admit something here that I can't discuss with my family: I suffer from borderline personality disorder.
I've tried explaining this to them, but it never goes well. They tell me I need to pray, that god will grant me peace...all the usual garbage that people who don't believe in therapy vomit out to people who desperately need it in order to keep the brain from lashing out against themselves.
If you've read my past blog posts you can probably see that my family is…Continue
Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance.
Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school. It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area. More…Continue
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