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Old 07-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #176
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Tony Robbins event ends in 'wails of pain' as attendees walk on hot coals

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Burnt soles rather than cleansed souls awaited attendees at motivational speaker Tony Robbins's latest life coaching seminar, with 21 people needing treatment after a painful walk across coals.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:53 PM   #177
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Physics trumps a positive outlook?
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:27 PM   #178
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"People Are Born with Religious Belief Argues New Book" by Jesse Singal

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"Barrett devotes a good chunk of Born Believers to debunking the indoctrination hypothesis, the idea, as he puts it in the book, that “children believe because their parents (and other trusted adults) act as if they believe, and talk as if they believe.” Dawkins is one of the staunchest purveyors of this view (or, rather, “evolved gullibility,” a close cousin of it), and he takes things a step further by arguing that it’s abusive to expose children to organized religion. As Barrett quotes from The God Delusion: “Even without physical abduction, isn’t it always a form of child abuse to label children as possessors of beliefs that they are too young to have thought about?”


Barrett clearly doesn’t think Dawkins has done his homework, that he is extending his political agenda into a research area where he’s unfamiliar. “I think that he is relatively unaware of the relevant research, especially the development research,” he said. “I don’t get the impression that he is up on his psychology of religion.”


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"If our brains evolved, as Barrett argues, to find religion much easier to grasp onto than nonreligion, then this isn’t simply a matter of education or culture. As popular as the atheist view that having kids read Carl Sagan and Sam Harris from an early age will lead to a profoundly secular society is, it isn’t backed up by science. Not when religious beliefs stem from such foundational parts of our cognitive architecture."

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:44 AM   #179
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An article on the sin of lying.

Why Do People Lie?

The Truth About Motivations for Lying by Kathy Jesperson


Read more at Suite101: Why Do People Lie?: The Truth About Motivations for Lying | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/why-do-p...#ixzz21YE4FTIy

Quote: Starting at about three, children will lie to avoid getting into trouble. By age five, when it comes to dodging punishment, most kids are expert liars.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:54 AM   #180
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Quakers -- Trembling and Quaking Their Way into American History
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:32 PM   #181
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16 year old girl cannot get chemo because it may terminate pregnancy

We know "pro-lifers" care more about fetuses than pregnant women, but don't they realize if she dies from cancer the fetus will also die?
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:37 PM   #182
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:39 PM   #183
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New archbishop of Glasgow under fire for remarks about death of gay MP
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #184
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US church official jailed for sexual abuse cover-up
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:13 PM   #185
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Creating God in One's Own Image.

For many religious people, the popular question “What would Jesus do?” is essentially the same as “What would I do?” That’s the message from an intriguing and controversial new study by Nicholas Epley from the University of Chicago. Through a combination of surveys, psychological manipulation and brain-scanning, he has found that when religious Americans try to infer the will of God, they mainly draw on their own personal beliefs.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:58 AM   #186
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this is the most informative thred ive ever seen thanks!

is this the right place for this? the fellow makes some convincing arguments???
is there a thread about this somewhere?
new to this body of water, but bouy do i have some nautical ideas about reality....

as frank zappa said....while you were busy watching foorball drinking beer and playing golf we were busy evolving

heres a link to a truly fascinating line of thought...
id like to meet this guy in person and talk about god with him
that might be an interesting chapter in my life....

http://theopenscroll.blogspot.com/20...-sun-nazi.html

thanks again for so many very intersting trains of thought!
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:31 PM   #188
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[PDF]Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right Is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:24 AM   #189
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Is Being Born Again Up to Us? by John Piper
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #190
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INTJs and Atheism
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:02 PM   #191
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A year in, same-sex marriage boosts New York City economy

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More than 8,000 same-sex couples have married in New York City in the year since the state legalized gay marriage, generating $259 million for the city's economy, city officials said on Tuesday.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #192
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I consider this article an argument for God not existing. Why would God make this type of personality more likely to deny his existence?
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They rely first and foremost on their own thinking and understanding, and are reluctant to accept beliefs that don't make sense to them.
That's supposed to be a bad thing?...
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Unlike their INTP cousins, they are unwilling to alter their convictions after firmly establishing them, only paying attention to scientific evidence that confirms their atheistic beliefs. Although generally open-minded, when it comes to the very serious question of "Is there a god?" INTJs may indeed resort to using the scientific logic with which they're comfortable.
The author admits this group is generally open-minded, but says they are only close-minded when it comes to religion? Why? The author gives no reason as to why he thinks that. No theists ever give reasons why they think atheists are close-minded. I say theists are close minded because you rarely if ever see them consider the possibility that there is no God. They don't like to think about the weird parts of the bible because it might make them lose their faith. They completely ignore scientific theories when they conflict with their fables. On the other hand, atheists are more open-minded. You see many consider the possibility of God existing. Many of us would welcome a God but we see no proof and no solid reason or evidence to believe in any. Most of us had been theists at some point, but we considered both sides and chose the one that made more sense. Most theists are too scared to think about the other option.

If you want to call atheists close-minded, please say why you think so.
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That article is retarded.

"When logic gets out of hand" LMFAO
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:45 PM   #194
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How can anybody take that article seriously?
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:54 AM   #195
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A Personal and Social Transformation through Scripture by Walter Wink

It had become clear to me in the parish that most biblical scholarship was irrelevant to the lived concerns of everyday people.

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/...ormation.shtml
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Christian arrested for child pornography and conspiracy to kidnap and eat children

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Ronald William Brown[...] acted out Bible stories with puppets at his church, while musing online about carving and cooking the body parts of a young parishioner for Easter.
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Couple stoned to death over 'illegal' affair
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:27 PM   #198
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"Ethologists had long believed that chimps were exclusively vegetarian. Goodall witnessed chimps stalking, killing, and eating large insects, birds, and some bigger animals, including baby baboons and bushbacks (small antelopes). On one occasion, she recorded acts of cannibalism."

from Jane Goodall's biography:
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Templeton awards $5 Million grant for study of afterlife
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Black metal involved in church burnings and murder in Scandinavia:
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