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The God Fuse: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can Agree On

The God Fuse: 10 Things Christians and Atheists Can Agree On
The war that's coming between the fundamentalist Christians and the hard-core Atheists probably won't be the most violent of the holy wars. But it has the potential to be the most annoying. We'll, I'm going to try to stop it. So I'm running into this guy basically everywhere I go: Not that exact guy. These things never end well. But I think we've got more common ground than we admit. Celebrating the death of somebody you disagreed with pretty much makes you a dick. I doubt anybody reading this has ever waved a snarky sign at a funeral, so I think we're pretty much all in the same boat still. So how about this: I'm going to throw out a few of these statements - things I think we have to agree on if we want to avoid disaster - and you can read until you see something you disagree with. Why? I go home, log into one of my favorite forums and one guy's got this as his avatar: And another dude has this: So I retreat to my own forums, and find out turbo evangelist Jerry Falwell had died that day. Related:  Humor

VicesAreNotCrimes Vices Are Not Crimes A Vindication Of Moral Liberty Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another. Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. In vices, the very essence of crime --- that is, the design to injure the person or property of another --- is wanting. It is a maxim of the law that there can be no crime without a criminal intent; that is, without the intent to invade the person or property of another. Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property; no such things as the right of one man to the control of his own person and property, and the corresponding and coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property. Every voluntary act of a man’s life is either virtuous or vicious.

4 Things Both Atheists and Believers Need to Stop Saying Getty For a moment, take a step back and forget all the ideas that come to mind when you hear the word "God." Forget about organized religion and everything that flows from it. No Jesus or Buddha. No corrupt religious figures abusing their positions to raise money or shelter sin. Just a force in the universe, not only more powerful than humanity, but greater than anything we have known. After all, God -- like the Loch Ness Monster or that Canadian girl I lost my virginity to junior year -- can neither be proven nor disproven. GettyHer name was Samantha and she totally exists. But that doesn't stop people. #4. First off, no one says God hates Ecstasy. These are the people who actually believe in an omnipotent Creator and the only thing inspiring enough for their protest sign is what that Creator hates? "Best thing about my Dad? But there's another problem with defining your faith by who your God despises: How do you know? GettyNot yet a CBS sitcom. #3.

Atheist's Wager One formulation of the Atheist's Wager suggests that one should live a good life without religion, since Martin writes that a loving and kind god would reward good deeds, and if no gods exist, a good person will leave behind a positive legacy.[1][2] The second formulation suggests that, instead of rewarding belief as in Pascal's wager, a god may reward disbelief, in which case one would risk losing infinite happiness by believing in a god unjustly, rather than disbelieving justly.[3] Explanation[edit] The Wager states that if you were to analyze your options in regard to how to live your life, you would come out with the following possibilities:[1][4][5] The following table shows the values assigned to each possible outcome: A benevolent god exists No benevolent god exists References[edit]

25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions A question that makes you think is worth asking… At the cusp of a new day, week, month, or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story. This process of self reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go. If you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection, our new sister site, Thought Questions, is for you. Remember, these questions have no right or wrong answers. Here’s a sample of 25 recent thought questions posted on the site: Thought Questions is updated daily. Title photo by: Oberazzi For all other photo credits please refer to ThoughtQuestions.com Related 6 Questions that Will Save Your Relationships When you don't ask sincere questions and talk it out, there's a lot of important stuff that ends up never getting said. May 21, 2014 In "Life" July 24, 2008

Sex And Religion The root of Religion is sex. The root of fearing sex is Religion. Just The Facts Christianity was founded in about 30 AD The French phrase for an orgasm directly translates to "Little Death" Everybody you know is the result of two clashing pairs of hips Coming into the Light The subject at hand is not only a tried and tired one for fiction, prose and even biology textbooks, it is also a withered and worn topic for my own work. Oh yeah, just like that. That's the kind of liberty that comes with loneliness, with masturbation. Now, for the question that begs to be asked: What discovery (or assumption, even) could render sex as a form of enslavement? If we remove pleasure from the sexual equation, we would see the human interest in sex decline; people are far too lazy an animal to do it without physical gratification. As it stands, people know about death and sex feels damn good. Damn good. So damn good that people have become obsessed with it. "The father, the son and the Holy Ghost."

The Enneagram is a model of nine worldviews and motivations Worldview and Motivation - What the Enneagram looks at: The Enneagram brings the way we view the world into sharp, clear focus. Our particular worldview impacts the unique way each of us brings our own thoughts, feelings and motivations to any situation. The Enneagram is like the perceptual glasses that we wear. It is also about our patterns of thinking and the places where we “hang out” more – our patterns of belief and our inner motivations. The Enneagram provides a clear map for us to see who we are, how we fit into the scheme of things and how we interact with others. How it is used: It is important that each of us self-identify our Enneagram type. Originally these teachings were used for spiritual growth and personal transformation. About the model: The Enneagram consists of a circle and nine lines and is therefore named ennea for nine and gramma for model. There are three types in each of three triads: head heart and gut. The Nine Types: Worldview, Motivation and Focus of Attention

6 Insane Cults (That Would Probably Be a Lot of Fun) Politics, sex and religion are the three things you're not supposed to discuss in mixed company. Fortunately, if you're in a cult, odds are you get to discuss those topics as much as you want. In the right cults you probably get to discuss them while having group sex. If you're allowed to speak, that is. #6. Founded by a dude who appears to have stolen his clothes after a stint as an extra on Star Trek, the Raelians are one of the few cults that occasionally make the news down here on Earth. Rael lets you know on his website that he's a Frenchman who used to be a cabaret singer and a race car driver, which realistically is slightly cooler than being a carpenter like Jesus or jolly fat man like Buddha. Oh, hell yes. www.rael.org The movement is noted for such awesome things as claiming in 2002 to have cloned a human (which turned out to sort of being entirely untrue) and accusations of brainwashing via sex. #5. Ashtar has a fleet of 10 million spaceships that orbit the Earth. #4.

A father's day wish: Dads, wake the hell up! Jeff Pearlman says a mom acquaintance is bereft that her husband shirked child carePearlman says he's a stay-at-home-dad fully involved in care of his two young childrenHe says dads need to get involved, childhood is short, tiredness from work no excusePearlman: Here are 10 rules for righteous dadhood Editor's note: Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for SI.com. He blogs at jeffpearlman.com. (CNN) -- The woman started crying. I didn't expect this, because, well, why would I? "My husband," she said, "doesn't care." "Uh, about what?" The floodgates now open, she told me her husband works from home. Two days later, by mere coincidence, a different mother cornered me. "Do what?" "Be out alone with both of the kids at once," she said. In case you are wondering, I am that dad. President Obama talks about fatherhood CNN Comedy: Father's Day Along with my wife (who, until recently, also worked from home), I wipe snot, clean poop, order time outs and say no -- Really, no! Really, wake the hell up. 1. 2.

Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Depending on your personal interpretation of truth, either the truest thing that ever was or the greatest blasphemy since The Da Vinci Code. Just The Facts The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a parody religion, like Scientology. In the beginning was the Kansas School Board Apparently chaired entirely by idiots. A quick note on scientific jargon - I'm quite sure that you, as an intelligent and upright person will have no difficulty whatsoever in comprehending that evolutionary theory is only a theory in the same sense that you being alive tomorrow is only a theory. Bobby Henderson, at this time an out-of-work physics major and a man with more brains in his left testicle than I have in mine, wrote a letter to the Kansas School Board protesting that Intelligent Design (henceforth known as ID) was not the only alternative to evolution. So I will. Open Letter To Kansas School Board Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. Sincerely Yours, P.S. Ramen.

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