August 2017 Blog Posts (13)

Intelligent Design?

I did something I rarely do at a debate—I lost my temper. Normally, I can let ignorance roll like water off a duck’s back, but sometimes there are such stunning and dazzling displays of dunce-hood that make it hard to catch your breath or focus clearly.

I debate regularly at a local “higher…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2017 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

The Religious Right is Running Out of Sins to Condemn

In 1995, Ireland finally legalized divorce. After decades of living under the crushing rule of the Catholic Church. Malta, a country arguably more Catholic than inside the Vatican itself, managed by a very slim margin to legalize divorce in 2011. Are you as shocked as I was? Having lived in Malta, I can assure you that the tiny island which has often served as the crossroads of the world, has a long tradition of earnestness when it comes to The Church. I happened to…


Added by Teresa Roberts on August 28, 2017 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Do We Have a Bible-Based Culture?

There was a time when the unspoken but powerful cultural expectations for a proper marriage went something like this. 

The woman shouldn't be taller than the man nor make more money than the man. They both must be racially matched. The man should be older than the woman. The woman…


Added by Teresa Roberts on August 27, 2017 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Nothing They Told Us Was Actually the Truth


I started challenging myths when I was about twelve years old. That’s right! I was a young skeptic, very…


Added by Teresa Roberts on August 25, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

My daughter learns one of life's greatest lessons at her second day of college.

 Yesterday my daughter came home from her second day of college. On day two her history class started on the Epic of Gilgamesh, of which I was very impressed to hear. Then my daughter mentioned "the Jesus guy". She described a typical religious person in an outside area preaching. This of course was no surprise.

  What did come as a shock is when she said she listened to his stories and immediately recognized the stories in the Epic of Gilgamesh that had been written 2000 years before…


Added by Compelledunbeliever on August 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Religious Sleight of Hand

“Many people who seriously practice a traditional religious faith—be it Christian or other—have a divorce rate marked lower than the general population.”—The Christian Divorce Rate Myth, Glenn T. Stanton, Baptist Press

The above quote, taken from the website, is…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 19, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments


I’m too attractive to borderliners, I think. For the second time in six months a borderliner started to scream at me and attacked me with verbal abuse.

I never suspect a new contact to be a borderliner, but I make room for someone new, give them my attention and listen to what they want to tell me. Most of the time I listen and I don’t talk…


Added by Plinius on August 17, 2017 at 4:29am — 14 Comments


Asides from the promotion of ignorance, the embrace of intolerance, the perpetuation of fantasy, the encouragement of external reliance, the insistence of basing thought on dogma rather than fact, abetting belief in ghosts, gremlins and ghouls, the blatant demotion of women and its continued history of…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 15, 2017 at 9:42am — 7 Comments

A new school year.

So, this year is a little more than half over. And, I decided it is time for a change. 

The weight loss went well, and is still working out for me. Haven't gained any weight back, and have done things to make me healthier. Also, dropped a few additional pounds in the mean time.

I decided it was time for me to go back to school. I will be studying nutrition science. It sounds interesting to me. The healthier lifestyle made me decide this was a good career goal, so that's what I…


Added by Rhonda Boyer on August 13, 2017 at 4:10pm — 3 Comments

Girls Trip/Dunkirk Movie Reviews

Girls Trip: Movie Review:

Where to start with this one is difficult. I was dragged to see it by my wife. Well, I’m glad she did. “Girls Trip” is an uproarious film filled with ridiculosity, nasty comedy and excellent performances by Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 12, 2017 at 11:17pm — 7 Comments


Occasionally I write movie reviews when I see one that is hyped or recommended. This one that I saw the hype and made up my mind to see it and I wasn't sorry.

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey) to prevent O'Dim from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stak…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 11, 2017 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

Adultery is a Sin?

“The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorces, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch.”—Anthony Burgess

That adultery is a sin…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 8, 2017 at 10:00pm — 46 Comments

Silk Purses and Sow Ears


When explaining Biblical contradiction Christian apologists and their explanations range from the sublime to the ridiculous. An apologist is a defender of the faith, the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 1, 2017 at 8:10am — 4 Comments

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