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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.

Translations and interpretations of Leviticus 18:22; all views Homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22 Sponsored link. Which is the correct translation? Obviously, it is important for a student of the Bible to resolve exactly what behavior is forbidden: is it: Also, is the behavior forbidden to ancient Israelites, or modern-day Jews, or all males regardless of their religion, or all males and females, or some combination of the preceding. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the meaning of this verse. English translations of this verse: These are not a great deal of help. Some translations are: The LB and NLT translations use the term "homosexuality" That is unusually deceptive for three reasons: Sponsored link: Various groups' interpretations of this verse: Waskow cites two alternative meanings to the passage: He concludes that if this passage condemns some forms of homosexual behavior, it may refer only to the ancient Israelites, not to North America today. Sponsored links: References: Net Bible® is a new translation by The Biblical Studies Foundation.

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 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."

4 Things Both Atheists and Believers Need to Stop Saying #2. Devout: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves Getty Although probably not as immediately infuriating as "God Hates X," I really don't need to hear about who the devout think God helps. While God's existence might be an open question, there is no shortage of people doing every damn thing they can to help themselves and still failing. GettyKisses, JC! Indeed, even the omnipresent and useless "God works in mysterious ways" is preferable. #1. There have been atheists of significant intellect: Bertrand Russell, Richard Dawkins, and the aforementioned Christopher Hitchens. In support of this intellectual elitism, some atheists will say that skepticism is the sign of an active and curious mind -- traits consistent with learning. Getty"Who did this to me?" The perversion of the Spaghetti Monster meme is a good example of how some, particularly on the Internet, have destroyed the distinction between thoughtful protest and mere mockery.

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. 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.

Is Religion Inherently Oppressive? April 9, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. There’s little doubt, outside circles filled with self-delusional reactionaries, that religion is probably the most important force in continuing the oppression of women worldwide. Former president Jimmy Carter, who is probably the country’s most prominent liberal Christian, is willing to set aside his enthusiasm for faith to admit this. This isn’t because atheists and secularists have fewer people in their ranks that have ugly and backwards attitudes toward women. It’s hard not to suggest that what you need is more religious people making full-throated religious arguments for women’s equality, to counter the inevitable reactionaries that use religion to oppress women. It’s certainly a breath of fresh air having Carter explain, in his patient and comforting way, that there is no reason whatsoever to believe that religion mandates sexism.