All Blog Posts Tagged 'Religion' (171)

Local Raleigh, NC Non-Religious Group Featured in N&O

It is good to see a well-balanced article in the News & Observer about a local Raleigh parenting group which meets in a non-religious context.



On Sunday mornings, when many of their contemporaries are taking their seats in church pews, a group of young parents mingle in the living room of a suburban home while their children run around playing games. This congregation of Triangle…
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Added by Dave Nichols on May 19, 2009 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

Review of God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor Stenger (2007)

Victor Stenger makes an empirical investigation of the God Hypothesis and delivers a geek-fest of smack-down to the theory that God can be anything close to what most theists believe. From the outset, Stenger establishes a baseline of characteristics that the God(s) in his experiment will have, populated largely with the often-stated abilities and preferences of the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.



A challenge is issued in the first chapter to those who say that science has no… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 18, 2009 at 12:52pm — 5 Comments

Glenn Becks Plays with Dolls, Claims Gay Marriage Leads to Polygamy

We all know Glenn Beck has the critical thinking skills of a screwdriver (but isn't nearly as useful), but he goes off the deep end (again) in claiming that gay marriage will naturally lead to polygamy:





He does not address how exactly this happens except to say that 'changing the formula' will make any number of other marriage arrangements legal (it would not). He also conveniently forgets the numerous examples of traditional marriage's Biblical ties to… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 14, 2009 at 3:17pm — 3 Comments

Christian America Alive and Kicking

The Santa Clarita City Council has voted overwhelmingly to include the Christian phrase 'In God We Trust' on the city's logos and buildings.

The Santa Clarita City Council bypassed a public vote Tuesday night and decided on its own to include 'In God We Trust' on the council chambers and government buildings where the city council sees fit.
Have no illusions,… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 13, 2009 at 1:50pm — 5 Comments

Benny Hinn Will Cancel Your Debt: Red Light Special

(cross-posted on my blog: davenichols.net)



So you find yourself in dire financial straits. Debts piling up. Assets disappearing. All despair and worry. You might think you can't pay the piper one more time.



'That sounds like me, I don't know how I'll pay the water bill this month, let alone my kids' braces. Dunno if I'm going to make it through all this economic disasterism.'



But wait, don't lose faith! Benny… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on May 9, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Book Review: God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

(crossposted on my site davenichols.net)



Hitchens wastes no time making his point clear with the title on the cover: God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. While he isn't quite thorough enough to completely validate his 'everything' assertion, he nonetheless assaults religious foundations throughout this book and makes a very convincing case that religion has undermined many of the very causes it claims to support.



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Added by Dave Nichols on May 7, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Study shows more young Americans Non-religious

Harvard professor Robert Putnam has conducted research into the religion of Generation X and Y. The results were what we on TA would expect, 30 to 40 % of the respondents selected None as their religion. The reasoning for the change surprised me. The study claims that over the last 20 years the conservative movement has tied in religion and made it appear intolerant.

I find it a great irony that the hardliners have driven away their future base. The bigger story is that when you drive away… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 7, 2009 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Religion Classes in School and Being Atheist

Admitting being an atheist in a country like mine, where all the people is really closed minded, specially in schools, and more specifically in religion classes, can be something really harsh, or if you are like me, fun. Today I'm going to tell you my recent experiences as an atheist in an obligatory religion class.



I still remember the reaction of some of my classmates, at the beginning of the year, when I admitted in the religion class I was an atheist, actually I still remember… Continue

Added by Christian on April 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Taleban 'kill love affair couple'



The Taleban in Afghanistan have publicly killed a young couple who they said had tried to run away to get married, officials say.



The man, 21, and woman, 19, were shot dead on Monday in front of a mosque in the south-western province of Nimroz.



Nimroz is an area where the Taleban have a strong influence.



Governor Ghulam Dastageer Azad told the AFP news agency the killings followed a decree by local religious… Continue

Added by Frank on April 14, 2009 at 1:18pm — 5 Comments

Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens in unmoderated 2-hour discussion.

Look how easy it was to paste two video's in.



Hour 1…



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Added by Sophie on April 2, 2009 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

The Elephant in the Room: Sleeping with a Theist

I am not trying to put down a set of rules for dating a theist, or telling you this will work for you, what I am doing is putting down my opinions and beliefs after a long time of thinking about the question, “Can I as an atheist have a long-term relationship with a theist?” This is something that I have pondered for quite some time and currently am living it.

So I figure we’ll start with the beginning of a relationship and work from there. First you meet the person and you find out they… Continue

Added by Frank on February 8, 2009 at 10:14pm — 4 Comments

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