Blog posts with "religion"

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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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"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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Morality and the MPAA

Jan 14, 2014 11:14:09 AM
Jan 15, 2014 8:50:17 AM
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I saw an eye-opening documentary on Netflix recently called "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," which (finally!) asked the question: Who are those anonymous and unaccountable censors at the Motion Picture Association of America? Well, according to the findings of a tenacious private investigator, they're largely religious, and the MPAA appeals board includes 2 members of the clergy. {Sigh.} So essentially, we have a dozen unaccountable mystery men/women potentially basing a film's rating and releas...

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We All Get Burned

Aug 19, 2013 10:39:46 AM
Aug 19, 2013 10:42:39 AM
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The Freethought Movement:  a diverse culture of largely good and often brave people who are putting themselves out there in the fight against the false and frequently damaging claims of superstition.  So why is it so eager to divide, rather than unite?   Of course, a community of people that prides itself on enlightenment and skepticism will often bring a measure of strong personality (and ego) to the table.  And the blogosphere is a tempting bullhorn for anyone who might feel misunderst...

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God Loves You...And He Needs Money!

Aug 17, 2013 7:07:30 AM
Aug 17, 2013 7:58:24 AM
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We simply must to do a show on tithing.   I've heard this kind of thing my whole life.  The church parades a person or family that had little or nothing, was in debt or financial crisis, yet stepped out in faith to give 10% they actually couldn't afford.   Of course, the story ends with a blessing of some kind.  "I got a bonus at work."  "I got an inheritance."  "I got a {ugh} tax refund."  Something like that. This is not unlike casinos who post happy photographs of $10,000 slot winn...

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Medicine, Miracles And The Mystery Priest

Aug 11, 2013 6:48:31 AM
Aug 11, 2013 6:59:47 AM
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Everyone keeps asking me to weigh in on the mysterious "priest" story which seems to be on everyone's lips.  The news site KHQA even stated that  "rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue on Sunday morning." Here's the short version of the story: 19-year-old Katie Lenz was in a terrible head-on collision.  The car was crushed, and emergency crews spent 90 minutes trying to get her out of the wreckage.    An hour into the rescue effort, Katie apparently asked...

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A Man Against His Father

Jun 26, 2013 9:17:01 AM
Jun 26, 2013 9:23:44 AM
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It's often challenging to be an atheist in a religious culture.  It's even more challenging when your parents are hard-core believers in God.  My own rows with family have colored the past five years, the most recent exchange ending with a message from my father informing me that, "Sorry, Seth, but there can be no fellowship with anyone who is an unbeliever."I mentioned this encounter recently online, and I've had several Christians (with the best of intentions) contact me in an effort to d...

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(Another) Letter to the Religious on this Page

May 7, 2013 6:19:28 AM
May 7, 2013 6:25:16 AM
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This post originally appeared on the TTA Facebook page.  It was so popular, the letter has been reposted here.  The "safe haven for atheists" aspect of the letter speaks more to our social media pages than the main website, but the larger message about the proselytizers stands.  -Seth ___ Dear Religious People On This Page: I feel the need to, again, make sure you haven't accidentally landed here instead of Answers In Genesis. (No doubt some of you were puzzled at the lack of sing-song pla...

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Non-Believers Have Rights

Feb 14, 2013 2:51:03 PM
Feb 14, 2013 2:59:40 PM
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As the number and presence of nonbelievers grows, so do the number of cases in which we hear of fellow nonbelievers facing discrimination. Nonbelievers do have rights other than freedom of religion, and some of those rights are laid out in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was generally established to protect minorities. (For those outside the U.S., you might be protected by similar rights in your own country. I've included links for the U.K. and Canada at the bottom of this post, as well. ...

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Bibleman!

Nov 2, 2012 4:28:46 AM
Nov 2, 2012 4:37:30 AM
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No, it's not satire. It's a legitimate show targeted (of course) to young children. It's called Bibleman.  (Click HERE to check out an episode, but keep your nausea medication handy.)    The original incarnation of Bibleman starred Willie Aames. Yeah, one of the middle children on the classic TV show "Eight is Enough." Robert T. Schlipp took over from 2003-2011. The plot line is priceless: Miles Peterson was a man who had it all. Wealth, status, success. Still, there was something missing;...

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