But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 18, 2015 at 7:30am —
“Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intention emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.
“Free will is actually more than an illusion (or less), in that it cannot be made conceptually coherent. Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 2:28pm —
Romney and Ryan believing in a god would be nothing remarkable: but is it not the case that both believe in a real, active, in-this-world Devil named Satan ? Or am I confusing theMormon cult with the Moonie cult?
Most believers in radical Islam also believe not simply in the reality of evil, but the reality of a personality named "Satan" or some equivalent.
Motto: if there is no God, hope eternal that there is no Devil
Added by Robert Shiplett on September 9, 2012 at 3:08pm —
Timothy Keller informs us that we can get that true happiness by acknowling that we are sinners! God would then take away that guilt of sin and make us truly happy. We must never tempt Him by sinning, but we'll sin and get that absolution. When bad things happen, we can still have happiness as knowing that He loves and protects us.
As His own son, [amongst His others who had children by… Continue
Added by mlg.lamberth on August 30, 2011 at 6:30pm —
As most of us know in the Christen religion there are "7 deadly sins" which are "a gateway to hell". Just in case you don’t know these sins are greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth, and pride. Pride is ignored the most, but why is it ignored, it has the same effect as wrath, killing people. Most Christens… Continue
Added by fullmetal atheist on April 26, 2011 at 1:43pm —
Few Religionist traditions are more patently offensive than the myth of Original Sin and its dogmatic progeny, the myth of fallen humanity. What is our Original Sin? What is our great, intractable failing? What was our deep vileness that was so abhorrent that a SINGLE human's action would be sufficient to condemn our entire species for all eternity?
Our inherent quest for knowledge. Our curiosity. Our desire to understand. God creates us with an inherent longing for… Continue
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 19, 2010 at 7:09pm —
I hear Christians tell me all the time that they are the true Christians and that other people who claim to be Christians but don’t agree with them one hundred percent are not true Christians. It’s the old “No True Scotsman” argument. Well, I searched the Bible and found that there is one very clear way to tell who is a Christian. Real Christians can’t sin!
Before I get into that I also want to point out that all the Christians who go around telling people that everyone is a sinner are… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on February 25, 2010 at 9:06am —
I wrote this blog on Myspace, intended for christians to read. I have posted it here to help other newly converted atheists in their quest for helping other theists to realize that God, in the biblical term, cannot exist.
Below are a series of questions. These are questions that I had asked toward the end of my christianity, and was never given a good answer for any of them. I challenge other believers in a god to ask these questions as well. If these questions could be… Continue
Added by Jasyn Taylor on December 22, 2009 at 10:47pm —
"Everything in moderation, consideration, and observation."
This is the last segment of this series, at least for now, and probably my favorite of the three. Sit back, read, and try to use these Syn's to help better ourselves.
Lust is probably the most common Syn amongst men. I'm sure women lust, but when it comes to men, well... we can be dogs about it. Lust is a feeling of sexual arousal, and the desire to act… Continue
Added by Jasyn Taylor on December 19, 2009 at 1:23am —
"Everything in moderation."
- I have no idea who said this.
But let me go one step further, and say, "Everything in moderation, consideration, and observation."
Atheists have a difficult time trying to convince theists that they do have a moral code, and that it has nothing to do with sacred scriptures or a god. I have met a few theists on myspace that almost 'get' us, but there will always be a little line they can't cross. One can never understand… Continue
Added by Jasyn Taylor on December 11, 2009 at 10:30am —
I was on vacation in Mexico last week at a great all-inclusive resort near Cozumel. During one visit to the restroom, I found a religious tract sitting on top of the urinal (clean and resting against the wall... not soaked!). I grab them whenever I find 'em because they're usually entertaining. I made a blog post about the whole thing on my site if you're interested in the amusement. :-)…
Added by Dan Gilbert on March 9, 2009 at 12:22pm —
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
Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm —
The prominent Chilean fashion designer, Ricardo Oyarzun, has sparked outrage in his country by dressing up models to look like the Virgin Mary. On its own this wouldn't be so grave if it wasn't for the fact that they look quite sexy, in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts.
The Roman Catholic Church has obviously condemned the designer and attempts to block the show by conservatives were unsuccessful in court. The poor innocent Oyarzun said he had received telephone threats and… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 19, 2009 at 4:19am —
1. The more skilled a craftsman is, the less defects his product contains. 
2. The perfect craftsman is an omnipotent creator (a.k.a. "God").
3. God should therefore be capable of producing a creation without any sloppy defects.  This includes humans, of course.
4. At the organ level, the inflamed human appendix is an obvious defect of design.
5. Ergo, humans are far from being physically flawless. In behavioural aspects, Christianity largely agrees. 
6. One is… Continue
Added by A.Ou on December 30, 2008 at 2:12pm —
Moral dilemmas are our gadflies, the weak spots of any philosophy, and by extension, of any religion. When one highly esteemed virtue battles with another of equal merit, reflective people the world over turn to their philosophy or faith to make peace between the two. But how would your favorite life-enhancing ethic deal with the following:
- Does your duty to “crown & country” outweigh your…
Added by NH Baritone on July 26, 2008 at 7:00pm —