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Baruch Spinoza. Biography[edit] Family and community origins[edit] Spinoza's ancestors were of Sephardic Jewish descent, and were a part of the community of Portuguese Jews that had settled in the city of Amsterdam in the wake of the Alhambra Decree in Spain (1492) and the Portuguese Inquisition (1536), which had resulted in forced conversions and expulsions from the Iberian peninsula.[11] Attracted by the Decree of Toleration issued in 1579 by the Union of Utrecht, Portuguese "conversos" first sailed to Amsterdam in 1593 and promptly reconverted to Judaism.[12] In 1598 permission was granted to build a synagogue, and in 1615 an ordinance for the admission and government of the Jews was passed.[13] As a community of exiles, the Portuguese Jews of Amsterdam were highly proud of their identity.[13] Spinoza's father, Miguel (Michael), and his uncle, Manuel, then moved to Amsterdam where they resumed the practice of Judaism. 17th-century Holland[edit] Early life[edit] Expulsion from the Jewish community[edit]

Baruch Spinoza

The history of religion. Watch The History of the Devil Documentary Online. Unbridled blasphemy. As I was gumming down a bowl of soup that some diet-friendly misanthropic nihilist might have invented, I noticed a banner which read, “Maybe God is the answer?”

Unbridled blasphemy

That was the message verbatim. Now, most of my regular readers know my cynicism about religion and might consider it hypocrisy that I joined a catholic university, but let’s move past that for now. Please note that this is not a slight on Christianity but on religion in general. In fact, my kind of atheism is strangely ecumenical as it unites all religions while calling them crazy. What hurts me deeply is the marketing of religion that is done today. Another cheap shot especially practiced by religion is that it attacks people when they are the weakest. The Hindu, Muslim and other religions are not far behind in their hypocrisies and their endorsement (and sometimes instigation) of atrocities.

Sam Harris says that most people who follow one religion are atheists with respect to others. Why “The Shawshank Redemption” has something to teach atheists. What do I do now?

Why “The Shawshank Redemption” has something to teach atheists

If you’ve read the book and/or watched the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, you no doubt recall the tragic character named Brooks. [spoiler alert] Wonderfully portrayed by actor James Whitmore, the character is, in my opinion, the most endearing of the story. In the darkest of places, he finds joy in life. In the cruelest of prisons, he finds comfort in routine. And in his eventual freedom, he meets his tragic, unexpected end. I never really understood why this film, and this character in particular, moved me so much. Forget Brooks’ age. oBPYR.png (PNG Image, 1680 × 1050 pixels) - Scaled (74. On Definitions of Faith and Arguments Against It. Skeptics define "faith" differently than believers.

On Definitions of Faith and Arguments Against It

It's hard to find a middle ground between us because we see faith differently. Slacktivist » The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal. Kissing Hank's Ass. WHERT.jpg (JPEG Image, 500 × 333 pixels) This Was Your Life « The Wise Sloth. Greatest quote ever. 2WqkX.jpg (JPEG Image, 1536 × 2048 pixels) - Scaled (44. xMRum.jpg (JPEG Image, 2100 × 1200 pixels) - Scaled (60. An Atheist Reads the Bible series. VuWmL.jpg (JPEG Image, 1176 × 2256 pixels) - 9G069.jpg (JPEG Image, 1112 × 869 pixels) XFVQ3.jpg (JPEG Image, 729 × 534 pixels) 14700698.jpg (JPEG Image, 400 × 400 pixels)

8MeCs.jpg (JPEG Image, 1200 × 700 pixels) S6obD.png (PNG Image, 651 × 481 pixels) Pope - our sex life is none of your business your sex life is defi. Atheist's Blog. My perception of /r/atheism before+after reading through it for the first time. TCtQS.jpg (JPEG Image, 800 × 500 pixels) PFq1s.jpg (JPEG Image, 500 × 676 pixels) 101 Contradictions in the Bible. « Monicks: Unleashed. 1.

101 Contradictions in the Bible. « Monicks: Unleashed

Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel? 1stum+the+bible+says.jpg (JPEG Image, 924 × 685 pixels) Sc-tech: ... Evidence against evolution. Carl Sagan - God And Gods. Science Saved My Soul. How and by whom the Bible was written : atheism. Biblical Texts to Show God’s Zeal for His Own Glory. Probably no text in the Bible reveals the passion of God for his own glory more clearly and bluntly as Isaiah 48:9-11 where God says, For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off.

Biblical Texts to Show God’s Zeal for His Own Glory

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. I have found that for many people these words come like six hammer blows to a man-centered way of looking at the world: pCb9b.jpg (JPEG Image, 960 × 603 pixels) Galileo quote on Religion. A list of facts about Atheists : atheism. aQjaL.png (PNG Image, 678 × 553 pixels)

A reasonable blog on atheism, religion, science and skepticism. _lyh37owFqp1qzzvqoo1_500.jpg (JPEG Image, 500 × 424 pixels) Atheism. The simple image sharer. pWB5K.jpg (PNG Image, 479 × 368 pixels) The simple image sharer. This is a paper i did for english. the assignment was to define a misunderstood term. my teacher was raised baptist, but now is questioning his theism. mission accomplished? : atheism.

Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism. Are racists dumb?

Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism

Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes. The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood. I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score determined by standardized tests, but whether the tests truly reveal intelligence remains a topic of hot debate among psychologists. Dr. Why might less intelligent people be drawn to conservative ideologies? Dr. "Reality is complicated and messy," he told The Huffington Post in an email. But Nosek said less intelligent types might be attracted to liberal "simplifying ideologies" as well as conservative ones.

The simple image sharer. (7) Mother Teresa - Poverty as tourism income for India? You say you can prove that the earth is 6,000 years old? The simple image sharer. YoWjX.png (PNG Image, 733 × 1099 pixels) It’s Just A Theory! : Dog-matic & The Beagle : A Colesmith Co. Production. More Trouble in Morinville Schools. God is for idiots. My roommate (stout agnostic) has stated that he could out-debate all of r/atheism over his beliefs. Anyone into an AMA (debate)? : atheism. NnDja.png (PNG Image, 500 × 675 pixels) Ltc5H.png (PNG Image, 500 × 675 pixels)

GVgVH.jpg (JPEG Image, 800 × 543 pixels) How are you all okay with this? : atheism. 72njb.jpg (JPEG Image, 960 × 544 pixels) Bible: The Old Testament. Not sure about the Analysis by JEDI1016, September 01, 2012 The section that quotes 1:27-29 relies heavily on the use of the semicolon in the passage. however this is not punctuation that exists in Hebrew and would not have been in the original. in particular its not aplicable to "man and woman he created them" because the 'them' is actually singular in Hebrew and therefor should be translated "Man and woman he created it (humanity)" so its not even the same kind of binary described in the analysis.

Bible: The Old Testament

Coping with Change - Not all are good at it. Study: Atheists Know the Most About Religion // Current.