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International Blasphemy Day

Sep 30, 2014 8:55:55 AM
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Today is International Blasphemy Rights Day. Some don't like the provocative nature of it, but personally, I find it liberating to declare, publicly, that ideas and claims aren't guaranteed respect simply because 1) someone holds it dear and/or 2) it's part of a "sacred" religion. Think about blasphemy in the Christian context, as it's the one sin God will not forgive. Ever. “I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are...

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Marriage, Slavery and the Men's Rights Movement

Aug 20, 2014 8:53:30 AM
Aug 20, 2014 9:21:16 AM
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On August 1st, 2014 in Alaska, I got married.  We'd lived together for several years, had already built a family and simply decided that marriage was a good fit for us.  Thanks to all who sent their congratulations and kind words, and thanks to everyone who gave our "wedding gift," a charitable contribution to a worthy, secular organization, the Foundation Beyond Belief.  This community's generosity has made the $10,000 goal a reality.I recently saw this line from a guy in the TTA YouTube ...

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A Letter of Encouragement

Jul 8, 2014 3:00:04 PM
Jul 8, 2014 3:06:45 PM
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Over the past year, I've given a speech around the country called, "The Ultimate Question."  It can be viewed on YouTube by clicking HERE. At the close of that speech, I read a letter to the audience...a letter of encouragement.  So many people have responded to it that I've posted it below.  Enjoy it.  Forward it.  Change or customize it for those in your own circle who might benefit.  And ultimately, be encouraged by it.  -Seth ____ You learn a lot about people when you declare that ...

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The Sponsorship Situation

Jun 25, 2014 2:06:19 PM
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I got this response on the latest podcast, "Counter-Apologetics Part 1," which said: "I hate Nature Box now. Every fucking TTA video now. Early videos were so much easier to listen to with little to NO interruption." When it comes to the podcast sponsorships, the vast majority of people totally get it, but I hear enough bitching to warrant a response, which goes like this: Does a single show sponsorship (2 tags and a single commercial) really make it impossible to enjoy the 60-90 minutes (som...

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The Great Debate

Jun 5, 2014 12:05:09 PM
Jun 5, 2014 12:19:22 PM
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The Memphis debate video featuring Matt Dillahunty and Sye Ten Bruggencate has 50,000 views in two days. Obviously, lots of people are interested in this particular exchange. Some still assert that it was a mistake to give Sye Ten Bruggencate a platform and notoriety (which I'm convinced he craves), but I think presuppositionalist claims in general have became enough of an annoyance that they need to be occasionally smacked with a flyswatter.Matt Dillahunty presented definitions, defined goo...

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Tell Me You're Joshing...

May 30, 2014 9:22:11 AM
May 30, 2014 9:28:16 AM
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There's a clip by pastor and evangelist Joshua Feuerstein called "Dear Mr. Atheist ... allow me to destroy evolution in 3 minutes!" that has gone viral.   According to his Twitter page, he is a "Disciple of Jesus. Bachelor. Evangelist. Hope Peddler. A nobody telling everybody about somebody named Jesus!"   There's no doubting his enthusaism, but unfortunately, Josh is just another apologist presenting old, tired, hackneyed and long-debunked arguments as if they'd never been presented before...

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Free Will

Apr 28, 2014 11:35:23 AM
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I was recently asked to comment on a discussion about Free Will (a common argument from apologists declaring that humans essentially choose damnation when salvation is an option).   Free Will is a cheat. It excuses God on pretty much everything, and it plays into the "battered partner" syndrome that the church so often falls into. ("It's our fault. He only harms us because he loves us. We get our worth from him. We just can't leave him.") If I invite a child to my front porch and say, "OK. Y...

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Doctors Treat. God Heals. (Really?)

Apr 8, 2014 12:33:43 PM
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To those asserting that God uses doctors as part of his design for your healing, I'd like to draw a few things to your attention. If God sees through time and exists beyond time, he saw your sickness or malady before it ever occurred or took root. Yet he said and did nothing to prevent it, which would have been the more efficient and effective course of action. If God sees your body afflicted with disease or injury and withholds his hand of divine healing until the proper petitions are offer...

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The Legacy That Fred Phelps Never Intended

Mar 16, 2014 11:07:43 AM
Mar 19, 2014 12:35:01 PM
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Nathan Phelps just made a sobering Facebook post about his father, Fred Phelps, who is in hospice and near death. _____  I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the "church" back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.  I'm not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made. I ...

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"I'd Like to Thank God (and the Academy)"

Mar 3, 2014 10:43:23 AM
Mar 3, 2014 3:56:31 PM
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I realize last night's Academy Awards telecast often fell into the same cliched rythyms that countless others have.  The swooning red carpet hosts.  The pampered, millionare celebrities talking about their "craft."  The light show of sequins and bow ties and all manner of glamor.      Fine.  It's Hollywood.  And as a movie lover (like so many of you), I actually enjoy ticking off my laser-jet-printed ballot at home to test my own instincts about the Academy's biggest day.  And I act...

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