love and heretics

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The troubles…

I just finished watching Haven, A scifi series based off of Steven King’s The Colorado Kid. In it, a town is troubled with “troubles”.  The troubles are supernatural curses that affect the townspeople in a hereditary way. Meaning a specific trouble affects a particular family.The “trouble” usually shows up after a stressful or emotional  occurrence. …

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Ratiocination: an experiment

If you like discussion without personal attacks, this is the place for you. If you consider yourself personally attacked when an idea you hold to be true is questioned or even attacked, (the idea mind you) then this is NOT the place for you. Would love to see more discussion from those willing to participate! …

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Life is pain

Seems a bit pessimistic perhaps? But most life I have seen, encountered, or read about at the very least includes pain. Ran into a quote this morning. It said, “Life is very sweet, brother; who would want to die?” ~George Borrow Both quotes seem extreme. Life seems to be a collaboration of the good , …

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Prove to me there is no god…

A recent request at a forum. Can anyone prove to me there is no creator god? I would begin with the objections to the existence of god acknowledged by Thomas Aquinas :the problem of evil, and the apparent ability of natural science to explain everything in our experience without God. Both would fall under absence …

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The value of opposition

  “One hallmark of intellectual honesty is the solicitation of opposing points of view.”  ~Tom Clancy “Unless we are gagged and blindfolded by preconceived ideas, all worthwhile encounters change us in some important way.”~Athol Dickson “If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The …

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Atheist dogma?

  Some of the most common accusations against atheists seem to be about assumed dogma. The truth is, I haven’t yet found a list of beliefs an atheist adheres to.  The only requirement is unbelief. Specifically unbelief in a god or gods. Beyond that one linking requirement you will find atheists all over the spectrum …

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Forgiven after death…..

Ran into this quote today : I wish to use my last hours of ease and strength in telling the strange story of my experience. I have never fully unbosomed myself to any human being; I have never been encouraged to trust much in the sympathy of my fellow-men. But we have all a chance …

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Atheist ponderings on the soul

What is a soul? psyche (n.) 1640s, “animating spirit,” from Latin psyche, from Greek psykhe “the soul, mind, spirit; breath; life, one’s life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body; understanding” (personified as Psykhe, the beloved of Eros), akin to psykhein “to blow, cool,” from PIE root *bhes- “to …

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answers from an atheist

“What, if anything, is sacred to you?” When music says what words cannot promises kept a bird that flies after a mended wing, gravity a scar that no longer causes pain hope waterfalls and rainbows friendship silence when words won’t help courage An apple hanging from a tree humor the light from a single candle …

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Of octopus and morality

Just a few more pondering thoughts on morality…. If a human lived on an island with no other living being, there would be no need for the existence of morality. It exists because there was a need for it. Where does morality come from? Our thoughts of right and wrong? I tend to wonder what …

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This blood is for you….

Originally posted on love and heretics:
This blood is for you…. Most of my life, I embraced the story…the “gospel” of Jesus.  I upheld my hands, as tears streamed down my face as I thought of what he had done ….for me.  All my sin, my failures, my stain upon this world…my inadequacies, my darkness……

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The Doughnut

The doughnut There is a doughnut that all can see. Chocolate icing we all agree deep fried , round, shaped like a ring but the hole, now that’s another thing. Unseeable to the naked eye, give your inner eye a try all one must do is believe the hole is there don’t be naive Invisible, …

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The Jews are coming – The Ten Commandments

“Do you know, the only people I can have a conversation with are the Jews? At least when they quote scripture at you they are not merely repeating something some priest has babbled in their ear. They have the great merit of disagreeing with nearly everything I say. In fact, they disagree with almost everything …

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Dear Atheist, Your Faith Is Greater Than Mine

Dear Oliver, I think perhaps your misconceptions of atheism have allowed you to write such error. Atheist do not have faith in things they cannot see. They are just willing to admit when they do not know. They also allow room for multiple possibilities, and use science, rational and critical thinking to place things on …

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On Imagination and facts.

In honor of my new friend , archaeopteryx1, who got me thinking. 😉 I have mentioned that in the past, when I was a believer I struggled with magical thinking. I had been taught a pretty literal interpretation of the events in the bible. A snake spoke to humans, The Red Sea was parted with …

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Morality of a Humanist

What is my standard of deciding what is just and unjust, right or wrong, better or worse? What is a good life? Can I be just, right, better ..on my own , just as a human? Is a god, or belief in one required? These are the questions I was confronted with when my theistic …

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Evolution of Humanity

          No, not another creation/evolution debate blog…. (what’s to debate?) 😉   What I would like to write about is our abilities. And perhaps our lack of use of them. Do you ever wonder how we have come so far in understanding and abilities? Things like science, math, technology…. And how …

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More thoughts on morality and its level of objectiveness:

Objective morality, does not have to mean, a set of black and white absolute morals that everyone agrees to. By making it mean such, and forcing the other side to say, morals are NOT absolute, and cannot always be the same in every situation. Take lying. Some would say lying is absolutely always wrong. But …

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