2017-01-15T11:01:39ZChristmas can be a difficult time of the year for atheists. Are there some alternative, more inclusive celebrations that atheists can participate in?
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZAtheists spend quite a lot of time discussing religion and deeper questions of whether or not there is any rational justification for believing in gods. However, there are also much more practical issues which merit close discussion. One issue which affects pretty much all atheists is how, or even if, they might celebrate local religious holidays (or secular holidays with an important religious component).
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZThe source used by Leonardo Da Vinci is John 13:21 and is supposed to represent the exact moment when Jesus announces to his disciples that one of them would betray him: 'When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.' Thus the reactions of all the disciples are the reactions to hearing that one of them is a traitor to Jesus who would cause the death of their teacher. Each reacts in a different way. Page 4.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZOne tactic used by opponents of church/state separation is to discredit the origin of the phrase 'wall of separation,' as if that would be very relevant to the importance and value of the principle itself. Roger Williams was probably the first to articulate this principle in America, but the idea is forever associated with Thomas Jefferson because of his use of the phrase 'wall of separation' in his famous letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. Just how important was that letter, anyway?
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZUnderstand what Wahhabi Islam teaches, what's so dangerous about it, and why those teachings differ from other branches of Islam.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZAnalyzing the Painting To Jesus' immediate right are Judas, Peter , and John in another group of three.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZReality shows have become a fixture on American TV, but are they as real as advertised? And what are the ethical implications of creating or watching them?
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZSome argue that the only rights we have are those spelled out explicitly in the Constitution, but that's nonsense. It's not how the Constitution works
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZScientific theories all have common characteristics which differentiate them from unscientific ideas like faith and pseudoscience.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZAccused witches were all stripped naked, had all of their body hair shaved of, and then pricked. Red-hot tongs were applied to womens' breasts and genitalia. Page 7.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZAre religion and theism effectively the same thing, such that every religion is theistic and every theist is also religious? Because of some common misconceptions, many people are inclined answer that question positively. It isn't uncommon even among atheists to simply assume that religion and theism are equivalent.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZThe commandment to not bear false witness against one's neighbor sounds easy, but it's not. Who is one's neighbor? What does false witness mean?
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZOriginally derived from pagan religious celebrations in Europe, the Christmas Tree was adopted by Christianity but never entirely at home in it.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZAlthough much of what we regard as the ancient forerunners of humanism tend to be found in Greece, the original humanists of the European Renaissance first looked to the forerunners who were also their own ancestors: the Romans. It was in the philosophical, artistic, and political writings of the ancient Romans that they found inspiration for their own move away from traditional religion and otherworldly philosophy in favor of a this-worldly concern for humanity.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZPeople think they know the Ten Commandments, but not only can't people even list them, but most can't explain what they mean or how they should be applied.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZApostle is an English transliteration of the Greek apostolos, which means 'one who is sent out.' In ancient Greek, an apostle might be any person 'sent out' to deliver news - messengers and envoys, for example and perhaps carry out other instructions. Via the New Testament, however, apostle has acquired a more specific usage and now refers to one of the elect disciples of Jesus. Apostolic lists in the New Testament all have 12 names, but not all the same names.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZShould Christmas be treated like a secular holiday or is it a religious holiday? As the traditional birthday of Jesus, why is it a national holiday?
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZThe Crusades were an incredibly violent undertaking, even by medieval standards. The Crusades have often been remembered in a romantic fashion, but perhaps nothing has deserved it less. Hardly a noble quest in foreign lands, the Crusades represented the worst in religion generally and in Christianity specifically. Page 4.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZJames was present at the resurrection of Jarius’ daughter, at Jesus’ transfiguration, and at the Garden of Gethsemane before Jesus was arrested. Learn more.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZAlbert Camus was a French-Algerian journalist and novelist whose literary work is regarded as a primary source of modern existentialist thought. A principle theme in Camus' novels is the idea that human life is, objectively speaking, meaningless. This results in 'absurdity' which can only be overcome by a commitment to moral integrity and social solidarity.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZThe Bible is filled with errors and mistakes. Other ancient texts also have errors and mistakes, but this isn't a problem because people don't expect the authors of those texts to be perfect. The Bible, in contrast, is claimed by many believers to be infallible, inerrant, perfect, etc. Many base their entire religious ideology around the presumption that the Bible is free from errors or mistakes, so demonstrating the presence of errors is key to rebutting their religious claims.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZThere is a common perception that marriage is a fundamentally religious institution - that it is based upon religious values and exists to serve religious ends. Thus, if a person is not religious, then it might seem natural for that person to avoid entering into marriage - and that would include many atheists as well.
2017-01-15T11:01:39ZCreationists frequently complain that evolution isn't valid or genuine science, but exactly the opposite is the case: evolution meets the criteria generally accepted by scientists as defining science and the vast majority of scientists accept evolution as science. Evolution is the central organizing framework for the biological sciences and is just as scientifically valid as analogous theories in other scientific fields: plate tectonics, atomic theory, quantum mechanics, etc.