"...But if you want everlasting life, that’s a completely different issue, and that’s where Christianity is unique. Almost all religions are what are called “works righteousness” religions. By that I mean they maintain that you have to do something to merit salvation (eternal life). However, Christianity says that we can’t do that because we are criminals in God’s eyes, who have seriously violated His Law. That means that anything we try and do to please God (fasting, praying, etc.) are not… Continue
The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.
A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation… Continue
I thought Atheist Nexus was about the eradication of religious beliefs, yet Scientology is advertised in the right-hand panel under Bill Payers.
I have all the facts I need about Scientology. In short, it's a nut-job cult.
In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu (sometimes…
For entertainment purposes only!
Professional Driver on a Closed Course!
Do Not Attempt!
* Get rich quick
* Organize and participate in orgies
* Never pay taxes
* Reach a level of popularity akin to the Beatles, Elvis, or Jesus?
* Wield incredible amounts of unearned power?
* Control people
* Influence politics
If the answer to any of these questions is yes,… Continue
Added by Jeremy on February 10, 2009 at 9:16pm —
As an atheist I've long attempted to put myself in the mindset of a true believer. I can't seem to do it. In my adult life I've never ascribed to a belief system that relied solely on self-justifying ideology, detached from rational proof, based entirely on the folktales of primitive peoples. I can understand academically that people can believe so strongly in invisible forces that they're willing to kill and die for them. The lesson of history is clear on this point. But it used to be couldn't… Continue
According to a recent cover story of New Scientist, the way the human brain is wired makes us religious or very prone to imagine higher powers. And when we look at history, the birth of animistic faiths like Voodoo, Shinto and early European ancestor and spirit worship, there seems to be something to it. When we're trying to make sense of something we don't understand, we like to use magical explanations.
If the writer of the article tried to explore history and the evolution of… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 10, 2009 at 7:01pm —
The Freedom From Religion Foundation's new billboards praising Darwin are up and one is about 15 minutes away from me. The local paper had an editorial opinion piece about it calling the FFRF a "gloating winner" and that putting the billboard in Dover was obnoxious and rude.
Ross Douthat of the Atlantic needs to rethink his line of attack when he goes after the atheist menace on his blog. Why? Because when facing people asking for empiricism and tangible evidence, focusing on probability and unconvincing recounts of things like personal experiences just doesn't work. His first instance of completely missing the point was in his invocation of the Pope in a post about the atheist bus campaign he labeled "anti-theist" in a case study of a poisoning the well… Continue
Added by Greg F. on February 2, 2009 at 12:20am —
I found this today as I was looking for some paperwork. It is a position paper from a History class I wrote sometime last year. Just some food for thought.
What good is History? (A question proposed by Dr. McGee)
This is a simple question, with a complex answer. History means something different to all. History can be something spiritual, rhetorical, and sometimes literal. It is difficult to know who we are until we know who we have been. We all need a sense of beginning.… Continue
christianity drives me nuts. I find it to be reprehensible in most aspects but here are a few issues that top my list at the moment. Please feel free to add to the list, and to include islam and any other religion. I found it overwhelming to even get as far as I did. It's rather depressing how evil it all is. See the list at HDC along with links.
Have a great day, my… Continue
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
A pivotal change in history was made in the USA today. A man of mixed race and skin color has been elected as President.
In his inaugural speech the new President acknowledged not only the racial mix of the nation, but the religious mix as well. This included reference to the presence of citizens with no religious beliefs.
In this inauguration the racial mix of the US Nation was acknowledged and peoples of various racial lines and mixtures were given pride of place and… Continue
If only one side can win, and God is the one who chooses the winner, why play at all?
Sports. A big part of our society. Especially in school. Weather it is Grade School, or Junior High , High School, College or Professional Sports.
Now, before the sporting event, a lot of the teams or individual players pray or have a group prayer. There have been some court cases on this matter dealing with schools. Well that’s not what… Continue