All Blog Posts Tagged 'Christianity' (155)

Northern Irish Bakery Refuses to Bake Pro Gay Cake

This story has been all over the online tabloids in seems. There is a bakery in Northern Ireland who have point black refused to bake a cake for an LGBT rights organisation advocating for marriage equality. The indended cake would have had a picture of Bert and Earnie from Sesemy Street with the slogan…

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Added by Nerdy Keith on July 8, 2014 at 2:09pm — 59 Comments

When a Jehovah's Witness Grows Up to be an Atheist

After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.

The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on May 29, 2014 at 4:49pm — 8 Comments

The Theory of Christianity

I think it's time to call religious beliefs what they are; theories. Just as Christians continually harp on the fact that evolution is "just a theory", without any real understanding of the term, I think we should start referring to their beliefs as simply a theory. Yes, I know that religious beliefs are not even close to a scientific theory; they are more like a simple hypothesis at this time, but let's just use the term in the way that the theists insist on using it.

Please not that…

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Added by IkeArrumba on January 4, 2014 at 11:26am — 8 Comments

Celsus's "On the True Doctrine"

So I stumbled across a Platonic writer by the name of Celsus from the 2nd century who wrote a damning critique of Christianity back in his day. It turns out many of the problems with Christianity have been around as long as the religion itself! Unfortunately, the original work was lost, but a Christian writer, Origen, wrote a counter argument where he quoted Celsus extensively. Those quotes have been translated into…

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Added by Sagacious Hawk on July 27, 2013 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Putting 'Absolute Truth' into Context

Slavery is wrong. Rape is wrong. Homophobia is wrong... The list goes on - and there aren't too many around in 'enlightened' society who'd disagree, because, generally speaking, people are better than their holy books (and their Gods).

This is obviously a very good thing. If it weren't the case, civilisation (if we could call it that) would be an immensely violent, fearful, unjust place. Your daughter gets raped? Marry her to the rapist. Someone steals a…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 27, 2013 at 10:17am — 22 Comments

Causing Offence

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Picture courtesy of http://www.worth1000.com/contests/9726/visual-puns-3, used without permission.

"While I don't…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 12, 2013 at 1:29pm — 6 Comments

Good Without God?

"I think the idea that it is immoral not to believe in God is perhaps the most insidious one that parents encourage to take root in the minds of young children. It is what makes it so difficult for people to question the existence of God once they have acquired the ability to think and reason for themselves..." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a very common theist standpoint, pairing off immorality with…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 2, 2013 at 2:32pm — 5 Comments

The Problem of Children, and Inter-faith Love

"Most religions insist that you do not marry someone of a different faith. This is a good way of ensuring the propagation of the religion, but it is something which must have led to millions of broken hearts throughout history." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's tragic, really, that what you happen to/choose to believe should dictate who you're allowed to love. From my own godless perspective, I…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on June 28, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

"I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made." -Yahweh(?)/Moses(?)

I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a guy I'd want to worship!

/sarcasm

No. My thoughts are more similar to this point of view:

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Really, it's more like a dad who drowned all of his children except for one kid and was like, "Don't worry. I won't murder you or any of the kids I have from here on out! Well, at least not by drowning all of them in a massive flood... You know I mean it too because I made you a pretty painting."

The truly…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scounts

Posted on CNN May 31, 2013
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Added by Mabel on June 2, 2013 at 10:50am — 29 Comments

How Jesus' Views on Marriage Proves Yahweh's Laws are NOT Absolute OR Jesus is Mistaken

 



Marriage is still viewed as a sacred institution in our society, although it has different meanings for many people.  Christians view it as a "gift from god," or a"spiritual representation" of their relationship with God.   Truth be told however, the institution of marriage came about for economic reasons, and not out of love for a god, or the love for a potential… Continue

Added by Cathy Cooper on May 17, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

I Call Bollocks: "Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution"

Oh, Catholics... Some of you never fail to entertain disgust me.

Made aware of its existence by bigots on Twitter, I recently came across an article at 'catholicstand.com' entitled 'Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution'. So here's that...

It began with a quote:…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 12, 2013 at 7:58am — No Comments

'Atheism is for white people'

"My friends joke that I am a coconut: brown on the outside, but white on the inside." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

I wrote a post fairly recently for the Rationalist Association's blog (soon set to be in New Humanist…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 8, 2013 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

The Scriptural Illiteracy of Believers

"I find it astonishing and depressing that many people who lead their lives according to the ideas and rules laid down in these books have not read them" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

You may have guessed it, but faith often has a lot to do with religious belief. Strip even the most 'educated' theological argument down to its core, and what you're often left with is 'we just don't know - therefore God'.

The 'we…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 1, 2013 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

Mississippi School Forces Students To Listen To Christian Lecture, Teachers Block Exits

2013/04/26

By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

Religious freedom is being killed in Mississippi. It has been for a few years now. And Christian fundamentalism is the murderer.

Mississippi is ground zero for religious anti-abortion fanatics. They’ve literally nearly…

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Added by Rob Klaers on April 26, 2013 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Don't Reply to Well-followed Christians: A Twitter Lesson

It was a simple question…

But then this happened:

(At least chickens have an excuse, eh?)

I learnt a lesson that day:…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 26, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

"I once met a Texan who..."

"I once met a Texan who bragged that he had only ever read one book from cover to cover: the Bible" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

I've read the Bible; and if I'm honest, the prospect of having it come along with me, by default, to a celebrity/music-filled island is, to say the least, a little disappointing.

Don't get the reference? I'll explain... Desert Island…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 23, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Being a Good Person

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"Despite not believing in God, and not believing in an afterlife where I might be rewarded or punished for my behaviour, I try to be a good person. That's the most any of us can do." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a favourite argument of the Theists: 'How can you be good without God?'

Even supposedly 'enlightened' Theologians (mean?) like William Lane…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 16, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Are Atheists 'Obsessed' With Religion?

For all practical purposes, I am an Atheist. I lack belief in a God (or gods).

It is that, and only that, with which I can confidently say that I share with other Atheists. We're a diverse group.

While there certainly are trends, we're all…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 12, 2013 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Out Of The Randomness

One argument that I tackled in an earlier post was the fine tuning argument. I thought about it for a while, and I thought of one of my interests: Astronomy. I realized that there are thousands of galaxies and millions of stars and planets out there. So are we really "fine tuned"? Why us and not any one of the other millions of planets? Why haven't we found life on other planets? For those of you who do not know much about cosmology or astronomy there is a certain Goldilocks zone that a…

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Added by Real Life James Bond on April 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

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