Category Archives for Religion

On Puritanism

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by Plato Mamo It is no great secret that the influence of Christianity on the so-called Western civilization has been disastrous. In addition to the disdain of reason and knowledge, the emphasis on subjective, emotional “faith,” the fanaticism, the intolerance and the ensuing atrocities (inquisition, public burnings), the vindictiveness, the hypocrisy, we have a bizarre, […]

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1968

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  Fifty years ago. Almost a lifetime. On September 14-15, I attended my 50th Bismarck High School Reunion. The organizers had done an amazing job of communicating with every graduate that they could find. They created two evening events with other opportunities interspersed within the same time period – lunch at the iconic Big Boy […]

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The Problem of Evil

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  Either God wants to get rid of evil, but he can’t; or God can, but he doesn’t want to; or God neither wants to nor can, or he both wants to and can. If God wants to, but can’t, then he’s not all powerful. If he can, but doesn’t want to, he’s not all-loving. […]

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Let’s Blame it on St. Augustine

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Karen Armstrong is a well-known and respected historical author regarding the Bible and early Christian traditions. I find her work easy to read and quite fascinating. I am going to build this essay on one of the more striking points in her analysis – the doctrine of original sin and St. Augustine’s role in it […]

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Was Jesus a real person?

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  A few years ago at a secular conference, I met the author Richard Carrier who wrote On the Historicity of Jesus. He introduced himself as one of seven people who did not believe Jesus was a real person. I was curious and I ended up reading his very lengthy and thorough analysis of the […]

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Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, and the Role of Religion in the Rise of Fascism

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Karen Bridges Part I: An Educated Man’s Daughter  Three Guineas was the last major work that Virginia Woolf would publish before her death. Part scrapbook, part hypothetical epistolary, part polemic essay, it defies any rigid categorization and is remarkable in its premise. It begins simply enough: the anonymous narrator, the “daughter of an educated man,” […]

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The Virtue of Doubt

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    The beginning of wisdom  is found in doubting;  by doubting we come to the question,  and by seeking  we may come upon the truth. Pierre Abelard (1079-1142)   By Karen Loethen I want to give this idea some thought, the idea that doubt is a virtue. Let’s unpack it a little. I would […]

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11 Things American Conservatives Must Stop Claiming As Persecution

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By Shanna Babilonia Many people globally are being persecuted for their religious beliefs and for their non-belief. They are being stripped of their property and personal rights, tortured, murdered and displaced from their own homeland, simply for not following the same spiritual principles as their fellow citizens. Whether you are a believer, or not, we […]

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What if You’re Wrong?

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Karen Loethen One of the many common misconceptions and myths that we atheist parents hear from the believers around us, usually said with a horrified or frightened tone, is the question What if you’re wrong? What if my belief system of guilt during life and heavenly reward afterlife is true? What if you’re wrong about that science stuff? What if […]

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Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith – and for Freedom

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By Karen Garst After finishing my first book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion, I had a chance to attend several secular events including the Women in Secularism Conference. This was excellent and I had the opportunity to meet many interesting women. So instead of going back into retirement, I decided to write another […]

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