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Christianity is a Brilliant Religion Christianity is a brilliant religion. Unlike pagan religions whose followers expected rewards while they were living, Christianity delays all guaranteed rewards until after death, while still managing to take credit for all the good things that happens during life. Anything bad that happens in a Christians life is all part of God’s plan, or so they believe, and they can expect a reward after death for their suffering, but in a pagan religion any suffering in this life is because the Gods are displeased with them and in order to appease the Gods they should offer sacrifices etc. When these sacrifices do not work then they have little recourse; this would surely have the effect of embittering them against their religion. Whereas in Christianity all one has to do in the face of suffering is assure oneself that it’s all part of Gods plan and that there will be a reward in heaven for their suffering. This obviously puts Christianity atChristianity is a Brilliant Religion by OpinionsProfile
Ancient Calendar predicted I'd write this journalThe worst thing is, it's a day later when I thought of a really funny line about the end of the world, and nobody even cares anymore....and not because the end of the world has come, but because they're bored of end of the world jokes.Ancient Calendar predicted I'd write this journal by KeswickPinhead
It's like....the end of the world for end of the world jokes.
Probably a sign of something....nah.
In other news, a leading clairvoyant says she knows why there was no Mayan Apocalypse.
She says a great Maya Chief sent her messages from beyond the grave
"Our translation of the calendar was slightly off according to this powerful Maya spirit" the seer said.
"It seems that the end of the world was only going to occur if a large country were to be suddenly ruled by a person with a name that rhymes with 'shit'".
The clairvoyant said she had no idea what that could mean.
Finally, the fate of Twinkies was secured, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford narrowly escapes losing his job....
Coincidence, or another indication we are in end of days?
Debating a Homophobic CreationistDebating a Creationist on the Subject of HomophobiaDebating a Homophobic Creationist by IsolatedSystem
The following debate ensued when I issued a response to a poem entitled "United States of Sodom" by the user Extremerebirth1. I encourage any and all readers to look up the poem for themselves, as it provides context. In short: United States of Sodom expressed a mildly homophobic sentiment. At my behest, Extremerebirth1 has elaborated on his during his contribution to the debate. Readers may take offense, but I believe it's worth pointing out in advance the patience and civility he has shown in responding to my oft lengthy and confrontational replies.
The opening remarks are included in for the sake of context and continuity as much as anything. The debate itself is at its most interesting a little further down. The quality of my own contribution, too, is at its best after the opening exchanges
Finally, in the event that our correspondence continues, I shall be sure to keep this file updated until the conclusion of the discu
The Problem With FaithThe Problem With FaithThe Problem With Faith by Canis44
THE PROBLEM WITH FAITH
Religious faith, one can think of it as believing without objective evidence. However, as Michael Shermer(2010) points out in his book The Believing Brain, for most theists they are not believing on blind faith they 'know' that there God is real(pp.178). Therefore, going from what many theists and 'believers' say when it comes to their belief, they say that their belief (faith) resides as a tacit (know how) form of knowing. When confronted by such a theistic claim, Hume would perhaps say, yes we can accept that such theists at least think that they know, but are they possibly under a misapprehension.
Faith at its core is a puerile system of belief, and it infantile precisely because it developed during a dark age when our species had no idea what a germ theory of disease was, we had no notion of climatology, or for that matter the validity of cosmology over astronomy and or biology over alchemy. Faith persists, unfortunatel
Homage to HypatiaLady of the roman Egypt,Homage to Hypatia by JohnFaa
The end of your days truly
Is quite sad.
Wise you were,
Wise and brilliant woman
Whose knowledge is lost,
Whose talent was a victim
Of the worst evil there is:
The blind sheep of the
God of war,
Ares of Zion,
Who even makes Odin
The evil planner disgusted,
Truly brought to you pain
And a death so cruel.
Your flesh was ripped from
Your bones by sea shells,
Stones were thrown and,
As in every woman called
Whatever remained was
You surely proved the truth
About Yahweh's insanity!
How sadening it is that the
Sheep glorify your death,
Bath themselves in your
Misery and worship those
You killed you.
True monsters is what God
You should be an example to
All the femalekind,
But instead they choose God,
The mad god,
And submit themselves to the
Instead of praising you for how
Kind you were.
It is the whore who aborted
Christ the only admired woman.
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Atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.
The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god", which was applied with a negative connotation to those thought to reject the gods worshipped by the larger society. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves as "atheist" appeared in the 18th century.