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There is Nothing New Under The Sun

November 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on There is Nothing New Under The Sun · Christianity, Religion

That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, Nor […]

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An Updated Ten Commandments  “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on An Updated Ten Commandments  “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

It’s difficult to take oneself with sufficient seriousness to begin any sentence with the words “Thou shalt not.” But who cannot summon the confidence to say: Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color. Do not ever use people as private property. Despise those who use violence or the threat of […]

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Critiquing the Ten Commandments – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Critiquing the Ten Commandments – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

I am trying my best not to view things through a smug later prism. Only the Almighty can scan matters sub specie aeternitatis: from the viewpoint of eternity. One must also avoid cultural and historical relativism: There’s no point in retroactively ordering the Children of Israel to develop a germ theory of disease (so as […]

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Why Don’t the Ten Commandments Prohibit Child Abuse? “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Why Don’t the Ten Commandments Prohibit Child Abuse? “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Religion

As for (Commandment) Number Five, by all means respect for the elders, but why is there nothing (in the Ten Commandments) to forbid child abuse? (Insolence on the part of children is punishable by death, according to Leviticus 20:9, only a few verses before the stipulation of the death penalty for male homosexuals.) A cruel […]

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Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road. I figgered, ‘Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,’ I figgered, ‘maybe it’s all men an’ all women we love; maybe that’s the Holy Sperit—the human sperit—the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.’ […]

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There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Atheism, Christianity, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Quotes, Religion

There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.’

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Prayer in Parliament – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers 

May 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Prayer in Parliament – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers  · Atheism, Australiana, Christianity, Democracy, Politics, Religion

Yet many people would believe no prayer is needed, from whatever faith. When the Federal Parliament first met after Federation, no prayer was offered. This led to a storm of protest from various Christian evangelical organisations, the Parliament gave way to the pressure and the prayer became part of proceedings. Gregor McGregor, leader of the […]

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The Jefferson Bible – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Jefferson Bible – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Christianity, History, Morality, Politics, Religion, US Politics

(Thomas) Jefferson wanted to rescue all this from what the evangelists had pasted into the pages of the Bible, which seemed to be: “of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same Being. I separate, therefore, the […]

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Picking and Choosing – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Picking and Choosing – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Atheism, Christianity, Morality, Religion

Of course, irritated theologians will protest that we don’t take the book of Genesis literally any more. But that is my whole point! We pick and choose which bits of scripture to believe, which bits to write off as symbols or allegories. Such picking and choosing is a matter of personal decision, just as much, […]

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Martin Luther – an Enemy of Reason – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Martin Luther – an Enemy of Reason – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Christianity, Religion

Martin Luther was well aware that reason was religion’s arch-enemy, and he frequently warned of its dangers: ‘Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.’ Again: ‘Whoever wants […]

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