Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Gnostic BS


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Look, I know Christmas has its origins in paganism. But the church of the time had good reasons to adopt the festival as its own.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-11-15: Adopt


Original Sin


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A new book titled Original Sin by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi exposes even more corruption in the Catholic Church and is bound to cause a stir. Even though the existence of rampant pedophilia and financial misdoings within the church are by now pretty well known, the new details are still shocking. Barbie Latza Nadeau describes some of the details revealed in the book. …

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Gianluigi Nuzzi: Peccato Originale (Original Sin)

Roy Moore’s Behavior is Perfectly Biblical


( – Valerie Tarico:

When it comes to relationships between woman and men, the contents of the Bible confront modern Jews and Christians with a difficult choice. …

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Roy Moore's 10 Commandments in stone

Religious Homes


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Secularists are complaining that taxpayers’ money is being used to build homes specifically to accommodate the religious beliefs of the community.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-11-08: Homes

Sophisticated Theological Work


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“In The God Delusion Dawkins attacks an absurd caricature of Christianity. He is ignorant of the huge amount of sophisticated theological work which has accumulated over the centuries.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-11-01: Arms

Why Losing God Hits Some of Us Harder


(Patheos::Godless in Dixie) – Neil Carter:

I wasn’t active in the skeptic movement long before I discovered how different my perspective on religion was from that of other atheists. In time I came to understand that people who have never been religious come to the subject as outsiders who cannot always sympathize with those who formerly were. …

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A Beautiful Mind

Iceland Bans American Televangelists


(Patheos::Laughing in Disbelief) – Andrew Hall:

Reykjavik, Iceland – This island nation situated in the North Atlantic took a monumental leap forward today by passing legislation banning American televangelists. The Icelandic Psychological Defense Act (IPDA) takes effect immediately. No American televangelist may set his or her foot in the small nation of 330,000 souls. No programming by such people may be shown on Icelandic television or played on the radio. …

laughingindisbelief 2017/08 iceland-bans

turf houses

Chemistry Ain’t a Religion


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

Here’s a discussion of some possible 4 billion year old fossils:

Discovered in slices of rock recovered from northern Quebec, the microscopic metallic detritus—plus chemical signatures associated with ancient metabolisms—could push back the date at which life arose on Earth. If verified, these fossils would surpass 3.7-billion-year-old microbial mats found in Greenland as the oldest known traces of life.

The microfossils also lend support to the idea that the warm, watery, mineral-rich neighborhoods around submerged vents are prime places for life to emerge, whether on this planet, on the seafloors of icy moons, or elsewhere in the universe.

Scientists seem to think the emergence of life is probable, not just a “happy accident”. …

pharyngula 2017/11/01 a-life-long-calling

Life timeline

Fictional Characters in Historical Literature


(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

One thing that may surprise modern readers is the creative license with which ancient authors would blend history and fiction. Take, for example, the characters depicted in Plato’s dialogues. Socrates, who was a historical person, features as the main subject of these texts, but he is often depicted engaging with named characters who are quite possibly Plato’s invention.

Since we have good evidence that ancient authors would invent fictional characters across a number literary genres, including historical literature, this raises the question as to whether there could be such fictional characters in the Gospels and Acts. …

celsus 2017/10/15 fictional-characters

John H. Fritz: Plato and the Elements of Dialogue



(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Tonight we’re going to cherry-pick and reinterpret some verses from our holy texts in order to make them congruent with contemporary moral thought.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-10-18: Why