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Genealogy of Religion The Jesus Parallels The Jesus Parallels (1st edition, 2007) by Roger Viklund Umeå, Sweden The present essay is principally a translation of one chapter out of 30 from my book written in Swedish, Den Jesus som aldrig funnits (in English: The Jesus That Never Was). My intention Modern scholarship tends to disregard the similarities between Jesus of the Gospels and other demigods. In this essay, I have compared the life of Jesus according to the Gospels with the lives of other sons of God. My intention is … 1) to point out all the relevant similarities. 2) to include the quotes from the original sources, as far as possible, for everyone to be able to form their own opinion. 3) to show that many conceptions actually antedate Christianity. My own belief is that there was no Jesus of Nazareth; that the Jesus who is portrayed in the Gospels never existed. In my treatment of the six divine characters, I have, needless to say, excluded many details from their lives that have no correspondence in the Gospel stories.
Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc | Founded 1970 Coffee Shop Atheist | A blog about atheism, best served with friends over coffee Mark Driscoll, the perennial bigoted fundamentalist snake in the dirt that he is, has either himself, or by proxy, put up a brief response to the Boston bombing. This is the sort of insidious ignorance created by a death cult. “Make no mistake, we are at war: an insane rebellion against our Creator God is the root cause of this murderous action.” Religion has motivated countless murders and slaughters of innocents. If this is a religiously motivated act of terrorism, it will be due to some people’s belief in a creator god. The same one as Driscoll, in fact. “Sin makes no sense, is not rational, nor can be reasoned with.” Of course not. “He does so, not by acts of military might or zealous terror, but by swallowing the curse like a bitter pill.” Some pastors are ignorant liars. “He bears the full blast of God’s wrath against all the powers of hell aligned against us.” It’s a good thing he’s in charge and not me. What god doesn’t like infanticide? God allowed it because God doesn’t exist.
BBC Religion & Ethics - Scottish couples say 'I do' to Humanist weddings 3 May 2013Last updated at 09:23 By Karen Millington BBC Reporter Humanist weddings have become increasingly popular in Scotland, and they may outnumber Church of Scotland weddings if current trends continue, says the Humanist Society Scotland. Any couple in the UK can choose to have a Humanist ceremony, but outside Scotland marriage must also involve a legally recognised service. Since 2005 a humanist wedding has been a legal form of marriage in Scotland, one of only six nations where that is the case. It allows a couple to express their love and commitment by telling their story in front of their loved ones, in their own words rather than those of a Church or state. Paula McGoldrick and James Cherry will be married by Tim Maguire Humanist celebrant, Tim Maguire has married couples in Scotland from many different and diverse backgrounds, and says they often have something in common. "Most of my conversations with couples begin with them saying, 'We're not religious, but...'" 'The one life'
Fatwa: Necrophilia Is Now Halal in Morocco Views: 34338 New York / Morocco Board News--- Yes, we do have a freak show going on these days. But none of our Monstres Sacrés can match the latest Fatwa published by the (respected) Islamic Scholar and member of the religious establishment, Abdelbari Zemzami. He basically allows sexual intercourse with a corpse. I should perhaps be more specific in Zemzami’s Fatwa: he allows the widowed husband to have sexual intercourse with the corpse of his deceased wife. But the issue goes beyond our funny Zemzami – please follow the hashtags#FunnyZemzami and #ZemzamiFatwa, you will get a kicking out of the twittoma’s imagination and acerbic witticism- and strikes at the very heart of individual freedom and the rule of positive law; Zemzami is empowered to produce Islamic rulings that can easily be considered an obligation on the Muslim community in Morocco; As a Alem, an Islamic Scholar, his Fatwas are norms. Indeed, Zemzami’s ruling is funny. Oh, and one last thing.
ERS Charles Darwin and other early evolutionists were fascinated by religious phenomena and how they might be explained from an evolutionary perspective. Nevertheless, evolutionary theory became restricted to the biological sciences and excluded from the study of many human-related subjects for most of the 20th century. Only now is the theory being used to explain all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life. The new field of evolutionary religious studies is part of this larger trend. This website provides an introduction to the study of religion from an evolutionary perspective. It includes the following features: Please visit the EvoS web site for a more general introduction to evolution in relation to human affairs. This website is funded by a TARP (Templeton Advanced Research Program) grant from the John Templeton Foundation, which is administred by the Metanexus Institute. For questions and comments, contact the program director, David Sloan Wilson.
Philica - The instant, open-access Journal of Everything Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant - Op-Eds 1. Sounds right to me Sounds right to me. At this point I am biblically apocalyptic about it. Ellen, NYC (18/3/07) Reply to comment 2 Ms. PS It has also woken a LOT of Jews up. Ann Anon, Orlando (30/3/13) Reply to comment 0 2. The trouble is that we don't really know about the beliefs of the majority of Muslims. Irwin Ruff, USA (18/3/07) 3. ...hijack an entire nation & hold the population as hostages to his ideology. Reply to comment 3 4. on this subject that I have seen in the mass media. Hadassa, Israel (19/3/07) 5. 10% of 2 billion is still 200 million, notwithstanding those who are not fully active yet support the radicals - what percentage of these are there?? Mark, ZA (19/3/07) 6. It is estimated that nearly 70% of all Muslims are fundamentalists. Gee, A majority of Muslims are fundamentalists (19/3/07) 7. who will listen? Louise M. 8. And most Americans are peace loving but they will not stop the inevitable US abandonment of the Jews. Rabi Yisroel, Yerushalayim (19/3/07) Reply to comment 1