Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

Proving God’s Existence

2017/09/23

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Edward Feser has responded to my critique of the press release about his new book that I used as the basis for pouring cold water on the idea of trying to prove the existence of gods by arguments alone. Not surprisingly, he does not like what I said and says that if I had only read his book, I would see that my criticisms were either invalid or had been addressed by him. Probably as a result of Feser’s post, a couple of new commenters have come here to defend Feser (see comment #23 and later) and some of them have also taken me to task for not having read his book. …

Let’s back up a bit to refresh what this is all about. The title of Feser’s book is FIVE PROOFS OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD and the accompanying press release says that “the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments.” (Boldface emphasis mine)

These are very strong claims and are what I took issue with. …

singham 2017/09/23 revisiting

Edward Feser: Five Proofs of the Existence of God

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The Creationist Playbook

2017/09/13

(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

Too, too true: a former creationist writes about the strategies they were explicitly taught to use in debates. You won’t be surprised to learn that they’re bogus, dishonest, and only effective with people who don’t know much biology. …

pharyngula 2017/09/13 creationist-playbook

Lord Baby Jesus and the Dinosaurs

Priests, More than Unbelievers, Act from Interest

2017/09/12

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Jean Meslier:

You say, O priests of the Lord! that the passions cause unbelievers; you pretend that they renounce religion through interest, or because it interferes with their irregular inclinations; you assert that they attack your Gods because they fear their punishments. Ah! yourselves in defending this religion and its chimeras, are you, then, really exempt from passions and interests? Who receive the fees of this religion, on whose behalf the priests are so zealous? It is the priests. To whom does religion procure power, credit, honors, wealth? To the priests! In all countries, who make war upon reason, science, truth, and philosophy and render them odious to the sovereigns and to the people? Who profit by the ignorance of men and their vain prejudices? The priests! You are, O priests, rewarded, honored, and paid for deceiving mortals, and you punish those who undeceive them. The follies of men procure you blessings, offerings, expiations; the most useful truths bring to those who announce them, chains, sufferings, stakes. Let the world judge.

stderr 2017/09/11 priests

Corruption

Fun Times With Ceremonial Prayer

2017/09/03

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

This video shows what happened at the meeting of the Pensacola city council in Florida when Satanist David Suhor of the local Satanic Temple gave the opening invocation, taking advantage of the US Supreme Court ruling that if government agencies are going to allow ceremonial opening prayers, then they cannot favor or discriminate against any single group. …

You should listen to the two speakers after the invocation ended. How offended they are that they had to hear the invocations by a speaker of another religion and yet they cannot comprehend that people who are not Christians feel similarly when they are forced to listen to Christian prayers at secular events. …

singham 2017/09/01 ceremonial-prayer

The Satanic Temple

Premises

2017/08/18

(Jesus and Mo) – Barmaid:

“The problem is that the premise upon which you base your worldview – namely that there exists a “holy book” inspired by God – is not only unjustified, but it has a retarding effect on your ethical thinking.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-08-16: Think

Germany’s New Muslims

2017/07/28

(Atlantic) – Alice Su:

Far from trying to “Islamicize” the country, some Syrian refugees find its version of Islam too conservative for their taste. …

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Islam in Germany

Things That Aren’t True

2017/07/27

(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Why does the barmaid hate us?” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-07-26: Police

Russell’s Teapot

2017/07/23

(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

I‘m crowdfunding a project to launch a teapot into orbit around the Sun to settle the Russell thing once and for all.” …

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1866: Russell's Teapot

Criticism of Islam

2017/07/20

(FreeThinker) – Maryam Namazie:

East London Mosque has filed a formal complaint regarding the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s presence in Pride in London and stated that our placards, including ‘East London mosque incites murder of LGBT’ were ‘inciting hatred against Muslims’  and that the mosque had a ‘track record for challenging homophobia in East London’.

In fact, though, the very reason CEMB was at Pride was to combat hate and to highlight the 13 states under Islamic rule that kill gay men (14 if we include Daesh-held territories). We included placards on the East London mosque to bring attention to the fact that there are mosques here in Britain that promote the death penalty for homosexuality and apostasy. …

freethinker 2017/07/15 muslim-bigotry

Maryam Namazie at London Pride

Ancient and Modern Miracles

2017/07/19

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Jean Meslier:

If our Christ-worshipers assert that their saints had the power of raising the dead, and that they had Divine revelations, the Pagans had said before them that Athalide, son of Mercury, had obtained from his father the gift of living, dying, and coming to life whenever he wished, and that he had also the knowledge of all that transpired in this world as well as in the other; and that Esculapius, son of Apollo, had raised the dead, and, among others, he brought to life Hyppolites, son of Theseus, by Diana’s request; and that Hercules, also, raised from the dead Alceste, wife of Admetus, King of Thessalia, to return her to her husband. …

If our Christ-worshipers pretend that Jesus Christ was seen by His apostles ascending to Heaven, and that several of their pretended saints were transported to Heaven by angels, the Roman Pagans had said before them, that Romulus, their founder, was seen after his death; that Ganymede, son of Troas, king of Troy, was transported to Heaven by Jupiter to serve him as cup-bearer that the hair of Berenice, being consecrated to the temple of Venus, was afterward carried to Heaven; they say the same thing of Cassiope and Andromedes, and even of the ass of Silenus. …

It does seem that the gods and demigods have a limited bag of tricks. Limited, perhaps, by the human imagination. …

stderr 2017/07/17 miracles

Photoshop helps miracles