Humanity can be so obstinate when it finds a cause to support. I deal with this stubborn natured characteristic all the time whenever I discuss politics, religion, or economics with the locals in my current home town. In particular, my next door neighbor Chuck epitomizes the title of this article in the very literal sense. Yes, this man has said to me…Continue
In this special extended episode we interview Jeff Stilwell, a humanist thinker and illustrator. His illustrated work, Here and Now: A Whimsical Take on God hit #1 on Amazon Kindle's Hot New Releases for Religious Humor its first week back in June of 2014.
Jeff is going to go on a Lightning March from Stevens Pass to Old Faithful. Find out more on at…Continue
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There is a school of thought which says that atheism offers no comfort to those who hurt, who mourn the unfairness of life, the proverbial “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and cling to religion on the chance that the next life will be a marked improvement on this one. I submit that this is a mistaken concept, that there can be comfort in the absence of a deity and indeed, a demonstrably better existence in the one life we have. The four points listed below give some expression to…Continue
In the Book of Mormon, Where are the women? The Bible mentions 188 unique women by name. The Book of Mormon mentions 3 unique women by name!
The Book of Mormon Positive Passages (women are only ever addressed twice) speaking of women or speaking to women? 1 Nephi 26:33; Alma 32:23
How does the Book of Mormon portray women?
When women are allowed to rule, everything goes to hell. 2 Nephi 13:12 (Also see 2 Nephi 13:16-17,26, 14:4.…Continue
Earlier this week, I received one of my usual spammy job listings emails. You know, the head hunter types that have job potentials to check out since my “skill set matches what the employer is looking for.” Naturally, I never look at such emails because I am completely satisfied working for the postal…Continue
“The infinity risen from out of water greeting with nature.
Nature bursts into wisdom. Wisdom leads to crafting.
The perfection of craft for a blind eye appeals as magic. Magic tends to trick.…Continue
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In the murky world of organised religion it seems death, one of the linchpins of theism has been put on hold, indefinitely. Who’s ordered this change in the natural course of life? Nobody really knows. It appears death is not quite what it appears, not mental death anyhow. The soul apparently can’t die. The Sun the galaxy and the universe are all time limited cosmic phenomena but not the…Continue
Like every other discipline, ethics and moral reasoning have their own language. Ethics and moral reasoning fit in the category called "Alxiology." The big three questions of philosophy include metaphysics (What is?), epistemology (How do you know?), and axiology (What is value? and what is valuable?).
Axiological questions may apply to economics if we ask how we determine value monetarily. Axiology may also apply to art if we explore aesthetic value. Axiology applies to…Continue
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Qur’an (4:11) – (Inheritance) “The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females” (see also verse 4:176).
Qur’an (2:282) – (Court testimony) Establishes that a woman’s testimony is worth only half that of a man’s in court (there is no “he said/she said” gridlock in Islam).“And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women.” Muslim apologists have sometimes creatively tried to explain why a woman’s testimony…Continue
1 Corinthians 11:2-10 “For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her…Continue
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Genesis 3:16 Says that all women must suffer great pains during child-birth due to Eve eating the fruit of knowledge. (As if it is somehow just those humans should not pay for their ancestor’s sins nor is a woman dying in labor somehow befitting of a crime she did not commit.) The verse finishes of by saying a husband shall “rule” over his woman, stripping us off all power in between the sexes.
Genesis 19:8 Tells of a man named Lot who offers his daughters to a crowd of would…Continue
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Like many modern civilizations, Japan has a patriarchal past still evident in its contemporary society. In the case of Shinto Japan’s so-called ‘indigenous’ religion, though this does not adequately describe the reality–gender roles are often reinforced through objectification and the targeted use of sight.
Male sight, specifically, occupies a privileged position in everything from ancient myths to the modern wedding ritual and continually exerts an oppressive influence on the lives…Continue
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Jainism is frequently referred to as the one truly peaceful religion but is it equal? Jains seem over consensus to life even covering their mouths while walking outside so they cannot accidentally inhale a defenseless bug. This is because the Jain philosophy is that every life form whether it is the smallest bacteria to the largest animal or life form in the Universe is valuable and respected.
Surely, the Jains, are enlightened in matters of gender right? Think again.
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It is often said that Confucianism is sexist. The most famous (or infamous) saying of Confucius about women is "Shaoren and girls are difficult to handle. If you get familiar with them they cease to be humble. If you keep them away, they get resentful.” (Analects 17:25) This sure sounds insulting to women. Over time Confucian teachings were expanded upon. A well-known sexist Confucianism commandments is “Since the age of seven, men and women should not share a room or food” and “When young,…Continue
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What is the historical and scientifically accurate account on how did Christianity begin and who started it?
Most would say Christianity started with the claimed individual now called Jesus. I would say is we simply say there could have been such a man and I am not confirming there was an actual Jesus as stated in the new testament but what is sure is he was no Christian as we think of it to day. What so call earliest historical Christianity started as the Jewish Jesus movement or…Continue
We have to stop bullying it kills.
More than one in every 10 high school students reported having attempted suicide; nearly 1 in 6 students between the ages of 12-17 have seriously considered it.
More than 30% of LGBTQ youth report at least one suicide attempt within the last year.
More than 50% of Transgender youth will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday.
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Slavery is approved of in the New Testament, as the following passages show
Paul gave household rules in Ephesians 6 and Colossians 4 not only for Christian slaves but for Christian masters as well.
Ephesians 6: 5-9.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey…
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King James Version of the Bible and its translation errors further compounded the inaccuracies of Lucifer as Satan a fallen one. Isaiah 14:12 in the King James Version reads, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations” (Isaiah 14:12 King James Version).
The New International Version of the bibles updated understanding differs from early English translations of this…Continue
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Baha’i Faith: "Lay not on any soul a load that you would not want to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself" --Bahu’u’llah
Buddhism: "Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful" --Udana-Varga 5:18
Christianity: "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law of the prophets" --Jesus in Matthew 7:12
Confucianism: "One word which sums up the basis of all good…Continue
People wrongly say "Paganism" like there is only one kind or only one meaning.
I am not supporting Paganism as I am atheist and antireligious. I am just offering this inform to others so we know what we or others are talking about.
Paganism is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of religions, belief-sets and spiritual paths. The lack of a firm and agreed definition makes the question 'What is paganism?' a very difficult one to answer.
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