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Pope Francis and Environmentalism

Later this fall Pope Francis is scheduled to address the U.S. Congress, most likely on the subject of the environmental conservation. That's fine. Not much anybody can say against the idea. As California burns and many islands feel the slow encroachment of the sea along their beaches, and species go extinct every day, unless there's a drastic change in consciousness a global catastrophe is imminent.…


Added by Rich Goss on September 12, 2015 at 9:46am — 14 Comments

Christ's Rebellion - Book 1: The Wayfaring Son

The Christ’s Rebellion series is here! Book One: The Wayfaring Son hits the Amazon bookstore on 9/14/15, and is available for pre-order by 9/9/15. Only 99¢ if you…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on September 9, 2015 at 5:42am — No Comments

VS 71 on Choices and Avoidances

You can believe anything you want to believe. The only thing that **must** occur to you is death. The decision to believe or not believe anything less than the existence of death – which happens to you regardless of whether you believe it or not – comes down to Vatican Saying 71. …. “What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?”” In other words, “What will happen to me if I believe this, and what…


Added by Hiram on September 7, 2015 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Religion as Protection Racket

Valerie Tarico (with whom I'm becoming more and more impressed as time goes by) has provided an excellent commentary on the Pope's recent move on temporary "forgiveness" for abortion. On the surface the Pope's move has seemed to most people to be a transparently hypocritical ploy in the interest of PR value. In her column Valerie takes…


Added by Bertold Brautigan on September 5, 2015 at 12:30pm — 20 Comments

Most of us seemingly need the reassurance of some delusions

To retain his sanity in this mad mad world, man has to have some beliefs in his life, which could turn out to be delusions. A man has to feel that his spouse is faithful to him, that she loves him and will nurse him if bedridden, that she will remember him fondly if he predeceases her,etc.The same for the woman too. All of us need to believe such things to give us some reassurance, even if false & in order to retain our sanity in this…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on September 5, 2015 at 7:14am — 17 Comments

Today’s Kinda Loaded Question – How Do You Read a Bible?

Today’s Kinda Loaded Question – How Do You Read a Bible?

I always wonder what it means to ‘read the Bible’. The question comes to mind when people tell others to read the Bible; when they say they’ve read the Bible, and when they ask others if they’ve read the Bible. These questions and comments often seem intended to pack an extra bit of punch; something…


Added by Dan Wall on September 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — 23 Comments

Church, State, and Marriage Licenses

The preamble of the US Constitution reads as follows:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

In short, the purpose of the United States government, as outlined by the preamble,…


Added by Loren Miller on September 4, 2015 at 11:16am — 31 Comments

Kim Davis is in Jail! Yaay!!

Originally written for The Autarkist.

What an entertaining set of historical events we’ve had so far this year! After the gay marriage ruling, the media circus around Kim Davis was to be expected. For a moment I felt sorry for her, but…


Added by Hiram on September 3, 2015 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

کلمه کافر در اسلام The word infidels in Islam

The word infidels in Islam

«Infidels» by Allah in the Quran is the word that has been attributed to non-Muslims.

Islam is now close to 100 sects.

And every Muslim

Each party knows its true Muslims and others as infidels.

This means that by the word of God among the people because of a fire that has flames, never no peace among human beings will not be possible.

Sedition and division…


Added by Kambiz Nadri on September 2, 2015 at 3:57am — 4 Comments

My Philosophy Blog at Partially Examined Life

In recent months I became a PEL contributor and have written pieces on Epicurus' Four Cures, Lucian's comedic genius and other subjects.

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Added by Hiram on August 31, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Futureworld and the Meaning of Life

Here's an excerpt from Mirror Reversal that supports Ruth's "Future generations" comment of Sept. 20. I think it's very beautiful and poignant, but I guess that doesn't count. I wrote it.

We shouldn't say atheists don't believe in the afterlife. All the nonsense about St. Peter and the Pearly Gates, divine judgment, and heaven and hell is folly or wishful thinking. Divine justice is a myth and I believe Hitler sleeps in his grave (nonexistence) as peacefully as St. Francis…


Added by Rich Goss on August 30, 2015 at 1:53pm — 4 Comments

Do Not Pass Go

Who the fuck wants a virgin anyway, much less 72 of them? When it comes to fucking, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. It’s like the old Wimpy promise of “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” If that were the case why bother marrying if a virgin is your highest goal. 

In fact, why…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2015 at 10:02am — 35 Comments

On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far

“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”

- Sophocles


“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”

- Ben Franklin


Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy

The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience.  Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…


Added by Alan Perlman on August 27, 2015 at 9:00pm — 26 Comments

Jehova Told Me To Act -- When Religious Shepherds Fail Their Flocks

Jehovah spoke to me, told me to act. Vester Flanagan.

America, we have to stop the double standard being applied to Christianity. Just like in Islam, and even within Hinduism, you have your extremists. Still many Christians beg me not to judge the entirety of their religion, yet turn right around and…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 27, 2015 at 5:10pm — 5 Comments

Ask Not What the Alibi Buddy Says About You!

Ask Not What Your Alibi-Buddy says About You?

We’ve all heard about the alibi buddy. He’s that gay guy whose best friends with the man telling you he’s against gay rights. He’s also the black guy who hangs out with the fellow bashing African-Americans. He’s the Muslim who totally agrees with all of someone’s generalizations about Muslims, Arabs, and even Sikhs, cause…


Added by Dan Wall on August 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Does anyone know the source of this quote?

I found this quote on a discussion thread. Does anybody know the source?

"Religion, of course, does make some men better, and perhaps even many men. There can be no doubt of it. But making them better by filling their poor heads with grotesque nonsense is an irrational and wasteful process, and the harm it does greatly outweighs the good. If men could be made better—or even only happier—by teaching them that two and two make five there would be plenty of fools to advocate that method,…


Added by John B Hodges on August 25, 2015 at 7:55pm — 2 Comments

The Beauty of Atheism and Emotional Liberty

As a recent series of events have led me to open my mind to the concept of no god. Something amazing yet very strange feeling happened inside of me. My entire life I have found beauty and joy in "Gods Creations" but something was holding me back, and I didn't know what? My feelings of wonder could be expressed in the song 'how great thou art' but there was a limit to my wonder. Let me explain!

The concepts of God and wonder have an odd relationship. While believing I thought only of… Continue

Added by Truth Is Relative on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Start with the Question

A popular question in this little town is "Do you believe in God?"  (Might be interesting to research how and why the question became so popular in this little Mississippi town....might be interesting to contrast the history of heinous violence and injustice that have figured so prominently in the state's history with the implications of the question "Do you believe in God?"...) 

Anyway, I mention it because the sermon yesterday at the Lutheran church where I…


Added by Alex Mercedes on August 24, 2015 at 12:36pm — 5 Comments

Hey Girl, Stop What You're Doin'

Hey girl, you’ll drive me to ruin…

Zeppelin seemed oddly appropriate listening for tonight while I was reading more and more articles revealing well-known celebrity men being revealed on the discreet cheating site known as Ashley Madison. A large majority of the men being outed are Christian, have families, and a few have already had major headline backlash…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 24, 2015 at 7:54am — 14 Comments

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