All Blog Posts Tagged 'church' (70)

Reason and Emotion

     Care must be taken to draw a distinction between a rational  idea and an emotional truth. A rational idea is a construct of the conscious mind. An emotional truth is an expression of human feeling. It's just what someone feels to be true.

     Jesus Christ never gave religious law in the tradition of the old religion (the Law of Moses) or Islamic law. He spoke in cryptic imagery and enigmatic parables. As a consequence, Christianity has no rational expression. It is pure…

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Added by Kenneth Low on September 16, 2011 at 7:08pm — 2 Comments

Rick Perry Fears The Lord. I Fear Rick Perry.

Republican presidential wannabe Rick Perry has no regard for science, alleging that man-made global warming is a hoax, and that creationism ought to be taught in classrooms. Here are some of his Godly ravings. Let them be a warning. And what does it say about the US political system that things get so bad that (nearly) every Republican front runner has to be a moron and that the Republicans aren't political pariahs despite this? Amongst the Republican candidates the only ones that believe in…

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Added by Luke Scientiae on August 19, 2011 at 4:30am — 23 Comments

The Letter

I'm getting ready to "come out" to my family and church. I've written a letter to send to the church or any family member in the event that I cannot personally talk with them for fear of my own safety. I intend to go about this in the least dramatic way possible, and only use this letter if I have to. If there is any drama, it will be caused by the church or by my family- not by me. I played a very active role in the church (I'm their best worship leader, they keep saying), so I expect some…

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Added by Bryan Casey on August 11, 2011 at 12:02am — 23 Comments

Secularization Religiosity and Doctrine

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day. Despite a rather shaky start to the day, everything is now going well and I just read a great article inThe Vancouver Sun, titled …

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Added by Brian Bridson on August 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

tax churches

A lot of people are complaining about the failing economy, and they've brought up topics that i agree with. Legalizing brothels making prostitution a safer occupation for people that want to participate in it, legalizing drugs also making it safer for whoever decides to participate in it.

in the end it is consenting adults doing whatever they feel is appropriate and should be allowed to do to themselves. These topics alone would have a lot of discussions on their own, but that's obviously… Continue

Added by jean Rodriguez on July 27, 2011 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

Texas can’t catch a break.

(Cross-posted from my actual blog, hosted by the good folks here at Think Atheist!)

When it comes to its education standards, Texas has had a lot of bad luck these last few years.

Whether they were contending with a willfully ignorant dentist whom Texas Governor Rick Perry somehow thought was qualified to chair the State Board of Education (SBoE) and who…

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Added by MikeTheInfidel on July 17, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

What Has and Has NOT Changed? (The New and Not-So-New Normal of Marriage Equality)

Near the end of the first act of Kander and Ebb’s musical “Cabaret”, the character Herr Schultz observes, “How the world can change, it can change like that, due to one little word:  ‘Married.’”  Just a little over two weeks ago, on June 24, 2011, it seemed as if the world had changed “like that.”  The State of New York extended the legal right to marry to same-sex couples—something it had declined to…

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Added by ProfMTH on July 10, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

I May Have Created My Own Religion

Back in 1999 I found myself out of a job with time on my hands.  To amuse myself and, perhaps, contact others with my condition (Sleep Associated Altered States of Consciousness...night terrors, OBEs in the popular vernacular.  I had been troubled with these experiences for years but I stubbornly continued to believe that I was a competent judge of my own experiences. Ten years before I had decided that, rather than fight against these things, I would go along with…

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Added by Philip Jarrett on June 19, 2011 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Atheists can help too.

I was wondering if anyone else thought this was a good idea.

So I was chatting online (Omegle) and I came across this bible beater (looking for cybersex... hmm...) and he said that atheists were satan worshippers and we never did anything as a community. Firstly, I reminded him that we have no churches in which to congregate and plan. Then I remembered. We have Think Atheist. This entire site is like our "church". Just because we don't see each other every week, doesn't mean we can't…

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Added by Emily Hooker on June 18, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

One Nation Under Ignorance

I decided to do a survey on Facebook to see how people felt about 1) the phrase 'Under God' being removed from the Pledge, and 2) creationism being taught in schools. 

 

Here are the two questions I asked:

 

1. Should 'under God' be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?

2. Should creationism be taught in public schools?

Both answers should include why or why not, not simply yes or no.

 

Here are some of the answers I…

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Added by Merlin Mercer on June 14, 2011 at 12:57am — 5 Comments

My Grandfather's Argument

A few months ago my Grandfather attempted to try and get me to go to church with him and the rest of the family (This happens every few weeks). As usual I refused and told him that I was Atheist which meant that I don't go to church. Then he asked me something new, he asked me why I didn't believe in something that people had believed for thousands of years. After all, billions of people could not be wrong.



Instantly in my head I said "Wow... could you have come up with a stupider… Continue

Added by Katie Ernesto on May 30, 2011 at 9:25pm — 21 Comments

Inane church signs

Okay, we've all seen them Those message boards out front of churches where they put up a new message every so often. Well around here we've had a few ridiculous ones lately.

 

"The trees are green, the birds are back, God did it again!"  Seriously? Do these people seriously not know how the seasons work?

 

The newest on is pretty silly. "Save gas, walk with God."

 

I thought this might be a good place we could share the ridiculous quotes we see. So,…

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Added by James on May 26, 2011 at 11:46pm — 15 Comments

Is it appropriate for a governor of a state to do a public "rain prayer"??

Unbelievable...the governor of Texas, Rick Perry openly did a "rain prayer"....where the hell is this world coming to when the governor of one of the most powerful states in the union does a "rain prayer"....does this violate the 1st amendment?? What the hell is going on with our country??

Texas governor calls for prayers for rain amid fires…



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Added by Sassan K. on April 21, 2011 at 11:30pm — 17 Comments

Another one?

I got another religious pamphlet at work tonight. This happens every once in a while. Used to be a born again christian coworker who would leave them behind. Mostly for me. She wanted to save me. You know, the usual. We'd get in debates and she could be fairly nice but she would go out of her way to bring up religion even when I was steering clear. It was to the point that other coworkers, even ones who do believe in god wanted nothing to do with her. She's gone now but sometimes people come… Continue

Added by Zombie Atheist on April 4, 2011 at 6:07am — 2 Comments

Rock Beyond Belief

Billy Graham and many, many other Christian people get together to host "Rock The Fort." A convention full of Jesus-lovers that takes place on America's military bases. Now, you would think that the separation of church and state would apply here but good 'ol America ignored that part and funded the event. 

 

From Rock Beyond Belief…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on March 20, 2011 at 1:36am — 2 Comments

Where is Separation of Church and State?

  • In taking oath for public office in the name of God?
  • In federal governments faith based partnerships?
  • In making churches pay no taxes?
  • In having a national day of prayer?
  • In taking away the choice of women to get an abortion? 
  • In creating laws against women who want to get abortion, by denying them any financial help, forcing them to get ultrasound scans before abortion?
  • In blocking of teaching of evolution in schools?
  • In…
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Added by atheistrising on February 24, 2011 at 11:16pm — 7 Comments

Stephen Fry on why the Catholic church is not a force for good, 2009

This is from 2009, so many have probably seen it. A pretty good speech by actor Stephen Fry (who will appear in the next Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movie) against the current state of the Catholic religion/nation.  Soon I will see Stephen Fry accept an award in Harvard Square.…

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Added by Samuel H. Kenyon on February 4, 2011 at 12:20am — 1 Comment

Church Bulletin Bloopers

These are probably bogus, but they are funny nonetheless. Supposedly, all of these statements appeared in real church bulletins or were announced during a service.



The Fasting & Prayer Conference …

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Added by Henry Ruddle on February 2, 2011 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Third world mentality alive and well ...

The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion “. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court as erecting a separation of church and state. This seems simple enough to anyone who thinks free, no laws regarding religion. Yet, everyday, I see laws already on the books, that have nothing to do with religion, not… Continue

Added by TDM on January 10, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

I Like Christmas

I was sitting in my office today.  I was alone as almost everyone else has taken off for the holiday.  I had  Pandora on Christmas music.  I listen to a lot of Baroque, Renaissance, medieval, celtic and new age music anyhow and that was the flavor of my Christmas music.  I also had Trans-Sibrian Railway and Manheim Steamroller.  I really enjoyed it. 

 

I like Church.  I don't mean the religion.  Or The Church. 

 

I like the Christmas Service Happy Music…

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Added by Cathleen Sessions on December 22, 2010 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

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