"Many ideologies have protection mechanisms to prevent you from straying. This idea of the shaking is the one utilized by Adventism. Baptists have eternal hellfire (that one has really messed people up.)"
"Nothing brings out the crazy like camp meeting. Growing up my parents went to camp meeting every year and usually for the whole week. One of the regulars was a man who would go around handing out horse feed (a mixture of oats and corn)…"
I am largely in the same boat as you. I still attend church with my wife. There are still people within the church that I consider friends, but I have been working on developing social connections outside of church. It…"
"Somehow I got to use an actual science text book in my SDA school. It even had a chapter on evolution in it. The teacher prefaced the material by stating we had to understand it, but we did not have to believe it. I guess I got…"
"A FB friend was preparing for a sermon he is preaching on Jesus and the resurrection. He made the statement that there was tons of documentation of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the comments he was challenged on this (by…"
"I have heard of Rene's book. I heard an interesting interview of him, I think by Robert Price. Some of the things said about him remind me of cranks like Velikovsky or that guy who claimed he find the tomb of Jesus. I will…"
"Dustin had a good list that have fairly balanced views on the subject. There are a subset of atheists that get worked up about the existence of Jesus and will pounce on anybody who suggests that he existed. Maybe he existed, maybe he…"
"I actually came out to some friends. My wife and I were visiting some friends we had not seen in a long while. I mentioned that I was an atheist. A couple days later we met up again and our friend mentioned that her husband was looking…"
"I am currently on a slow connection so I am waiting for it to buffer, but I am not sure that this will be as hilarious as a clip a friend posted on facebook with two guys talking about "the Jesuit plot to destroy…"
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