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  • Prove It! An article about point of view

    Do you remember being a kid and attempting to debate grown up topics with friends? I remember from my youth having a friend whose father was an atheist. After hearing frequently his father mock and criticize theists and religious people, my young friend became rather indoctrinated. By the age of 10, he could take up the arguments he’d heard a million times around the home and challenge classmates and children in the neighborhood. To be that young and such a cynic seems awfully sad now as I look back. In retrospect I suppose my childhood pal figured if he could...
  • Atheist Woman Tells Shocking Story of Her Horrid Treatment at a Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic

    03/17/2017 1:17:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    life news ^ | march 17, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Christian women’s blog Sheologians received a powerful testimony recently from an atheist who visited Planned Parenthood looking for adoption information. That’s not what she got. In her letter to Sheologians, she described how the abortion group repeatedly pressured her to abort her unborn child, ignored her desires to make an adoption plan and tried to manipulate her emotionally. The Blaze reports Apologia Studios created a video of blogger Summer White reading the woman’s letter. The woman’s name is not used. “I am a victim of rape, but I’m also a victim of feminism. I was lied to,” the woman...
  • Atheists Bring Down a Historic Cross in Santa Clara, CA

    03/02/2017 7:04:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    In the Santa Clara WEEKLY that I picked up yesterday, I learned that atheist activists won yet another battle locally to eradicate religious symbols from public life. Removal of Park Cross: City Cave-in or Prudent Compromise? described the removal from city property of a 14 foot granite cross that stood in the Mission Cross Park in Santa Clara for nearly 64 years. Much pressure is being put on cities to remove Christian religious symbols. Sometimes even when Christian images are banned, by some lapse of logic, pagan idols are not. Near where I live in San Jose, for example, nativity...
  • What Atheist Ricky Gervais Got Wrong Debating God With Stephen Colbert

    02/09/2017 8:11:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/09/2017 | John Ellis
    Comedian and atheist Ricky Gervais recently squared off with comedian and Roman Catholic Stephen Colbert over religion during a recent taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The exchange was brief and mostly unproductive in terms of articulating anything of value, but it did provide some insight into one of atheism's blind spots—teleology (the purpose of things). I encourage you to watch the video. Not long into the discussion, Colbert presents Gervais with the philosophical question, "Why is there something instead of nothing?" Gervais immediately dismisses the question as making "no sense at all." Ricky Gervais then proceeds to change the question...
  • 24 Atheists Impressed by Bishop Barron’s YouTube Interview

    02/03/2017 2:37:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Brandon Vogt ^ | February 3, 2017 | Brandon Vogt
    A few months ago, a man named Dave Rubin reached out to us at Word on Fire to ask if Bishop Barron would be open to an interview. (Apparently lots of Dave’s Twitter followers suggested the idea.) To be honest, we didn’t know much about Dave at the time. But after some Googling, we discovered he’s a well-known comedian and host of the super popular “Rubin Report”, a show that airs directly through YouTube. “The Rubin Report” has over 350,000 subscribers and 100 million views. It’s one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world. Dave mostly shares cultural...
  • What Science Teaches Us about Faith in the Unseen

    01/25/2017 3:59:35 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | January 25, 2017 | STEPHEN BEALE
    No one has ever seen one, but scientists are now sure they exist.In fact, by definition it’s impossible to see a black hole—an object whose gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape its grasp. Black holes had long been just a theoretical possibility that stemmed from Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But then, in 1971, scientists were sure they had found one.But how could they observe what by definition was incapable of being seen?The first hint was a blue supergiant star many times larger and brighter than our sun. As one astronomer observed its...
  • Atheism Became Way More Popular During The Obama Era

    01/13/2017 1:23:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/13/2017 | Peter Hasson
    The number of Americans who don’t ascribe to any religion grew significantly during Obama’s eight years in office, according to a recent Pew Research report on how the country changed during the Obama era.U.S. President Barack Obama (L) stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst “When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all. Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion...
  • The Great Global Warming Swindle

    01/04/2017 4:42:13 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | January 4, 2017 | Donald R. McClarey
    “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22).  Hattip to Thomas Sowell.Originally filmed backed in 2007, the above video is still on target.  The global warming scam has little to do with science and everything to do with an ecological substitute religion for wealthy elites in the West.  This substitute religion is eagerly embraced by politicians in search of green crusades to bring themselves political power.  The harsh reception this...
  • Pope to Atheist Mayor of Paris: ‘Pray for Me or ... Send Me Positive Waves’

    12/18/2016 4:33:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/15/16 | Jan Bentz
    December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has asked the atheist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to send him “positive waves” as support for his pontificate in just the same way he asks for prayers from Catholics. “I ask you in good faith to pray for me or to think of me and send me positive waves (onde positive),” Pope Francis said in the closing of his letter to Hidalgo, as Le Point reports. Pope Francis signed the letter sent by his private secretary to thank Hidalgo and 70 other mayors from all over Europe for participating in a conference...
  • Astrophysicist Challenges View That We're Here by Accident

    12/06/2016 2:28:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/06/2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Hey — guess what? There's something cosmically special about us human beings after all. Even the Washington Post says so. One of the cardinal tenets of a worldview shaped by materialism and Neo-Darwinism is a rejection of the idea that human beings are in any way special. Instead, we're merely the result of a fortuitous accident. What's more, many adherents postulate that this accident has occurred, perhaps even often, elsewhere in the Cosmos. So there's nothing exceptional or unique about us. However, Howard A. Smith, an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian-Harvard Center for Astrophysics, begs to differ. In a recent Washington...
  • Ky. man sues after turned down for 'IM GOD' license plate

    11/22/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    wowk ^ | November 22, 2016 | wowk
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An atheist's request for a personalized license plate saying "IM GOD" was denied by the state of Kentucky, which said it might distract other drivers, and would be in bad taste. Bennie Hart says that by announcing "IM GOD" on his license plate, he simply wants to show the impossibility of disproving anyone's claim to being "God." Besides, Hart says, he had the same plate for a dozen years when he lived in Ohio, without causing any problems.
  • Does Christianity Have a Future in Europe?

    10/31/2016 9:00:09 AM PDT · by pinochet · 23 replies
    Can European Christianity withstand assaults from radical secularism and Muslim immigration? The current trends suggest that Christianity may vanish from Europe, as happened to Christianity in North Africa in the 7th Century.
  • Into the Heart of Godlessness, Pope Francis Heads for Sweden

    10/28/2016 11:36:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/16 | Alistair Scrutton
    Usually feted ecstatically by Catholics across the world, Pope Francis may face a far more muted reception when he arrives next week in Sweden, one the world's most secular nations, with openly gay Lutheran bishops and special cemeteries for atheists. Add to that the fact that Francis will be there to take part in a joint Catholic-Lutheran service in Lund to mark the start of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's anti-Catholic Reformation that led to a bloody schism in Europe. In the first papal visit to the country in nearly 30 years, Francis, who is seen as breathing freshness...
  • As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.

    07/13/2016 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 50 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 1, 2016 | Richard Gallagher
    Richard Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College. He is at work on a book about demonic possession in the United States. In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his “queen.” I’m a man of science and a lover of history; after studying the classics at Princeton, I trained in psychiatry at Yale and in...
  • The Kingdoms of Our Lord

    07/13/2016 7:17:40 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid
    July 13 **The Kingdoms of Our Lord** “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” REVELATION 11:15 God WILL establish an Irresistible Kingdom on the earth. This Kingdom does not rise up from the earth, but it comes down from heaven. This Kingdom will break to pieces and consume all the other kingdoms. And this Kingdom will increase from a single Stone into a great mountain that fills the entire earth (Daniel 2:35). It is an Irresistible Kingdom! Not only can this Kingdom not be...
  • Vatican newspaper offers reflection on conversions to Islam

    07/08/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 8, 2016
    The Vatican newspaper has published a front-page reflection on conversions to Islam. Summarizing a recent book by journalist Virginie Riva examining the conversions of 11 French women, historian Lucetta Scaraffia writes that the women were between the ages of 25 and 35, university educated, not attracted by terrorism, and either agnostic or Catholic. These women were drawn to Islam, Scaraffia said, through their friendship with Muslim students who witnessed to their religion, delighted in studying the Quran, and did not downplay Islam’s requirements regarding prayer and the role of the sexes. Accepting invitations to Ramadan meals, these women, “very often”...
  • When Islamists and Secularists Agree

    07/03/2016 3:29:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2016 | Tom Hoopes
    Many commentators tried to implicate Christians in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando. But might it not be true that Western secularists have more in common with Isis than Christians?The two realities of Islamic extremism and Western consumerism are like shadowy doppelgangers showing up each otherÂ’s bankruptcy. Consider:I. ISIS and secularists have both created aggressive sexual playgrounds for men.At first glance, the two foesÂ’ attitudes toward sex look utterly different. In the West, the Sexual Revolution strains against any restriction on sexual expression. That loose attitude toward sexuality is one of the signs of decadence in the...
  • Proof of Jesus Christ? 7 Pieces of Evidence Debated -

    06/12/2016 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    livescience.com ^ | July 8, 2013 | Natalie Wolchover, Staff Writer
    Jesus Christ, the Man Jesus Christ may be the most famous man who ever lived. But how do we know he did? Most theological historians, Christian and non-Christian alike, believe that Jesus really did walk the Earth. They draw that conclusion from textual evidence in the Bible, however, rather than from the odd assortment of relics parading as physical evidence in churches all over Europe.That's because, from fragments of text written on bits of parchment to overly abundant chips of wood allegedly salvaged from his crucifix, none of the physical evidence of Jesus' life and death hold up to scientific...
  • Penn Jillette: Time for Atheists to Stand up and be Counted

    06/04/2016 12:51:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/2/16 | Penn Jillette
    This weekend on the Mall in Washington, a bunch of atheists — tens of thousands, including me -- will get together just to be counted as not having a personal god. Why? Whether the pollsters bemoan it or celebrate it, the percentage of Americans who are losing their religion is rising. And in a presidential election year, candidates need to take note. Two of those remaining, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, still give lip service to being religious -- even if many on either side of religion don't believe them or want to claim them. (Why would this be the...
  • Satanists are furious that Boehner compared Ted Cruz to the Dark Lord

    04/28/2016 5:45:50 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 18 replies
    Raw Story ^ | 4/28/16 | Bethania Palma Markus
    On Wednesday night, former House Speaker John Boehner bluntly called GOP candidate Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh.” When asked for his opinion about the Texas senator, Boehner said, “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” It turns out that the Satanic Temple agrees with Boehner’s sentiments — but they said there’s no way Cruz is the living incarnate of Satan. When asked by the Friendly Atheist, Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves bashed Cruz.
  • Atheist Blogger Challenges New Russian “Blasphemy” Law

    04/14/2016 3:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 14, 2016 | John Burger
    In a twist that would have been unthinkable five decades ago, a man in Russia could go to jail for blogging that God does not exist.Ironically, Viktor Krasnov’s day in court was to be Tuesday, which was the 55th anniversary of the historic space flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev later said in a speech that Gargarin found no evidence of God while orbiting Earth.Much has changed since 1961, but the change that concerns religious freedom advocates was prompted by a protest the feminist punk rock band known as Pussy Riot staged in a Russian Orthodox church four years ago. The group went...
  • What gravitational waves can teach us about creation

    A momentary chirp rocked the scientific world last week when a team of researchers announced they had detected signals from gravitational waves produced when two black holes, with masses 29 and 36 times the mass of the sun, collided over a billion light years away. Since then, scientists have been giddy over the news. “This detection is the beginning of a new era: The field of gravitational wave astronomy is now a reality,” Gabriela González, a Louisiana State University physics and astronomy professor, said in a statement. But why is this discovery such a big deal?
  • The Dark God of Gnostic Progressive Spirituality

    02/04/2016 4:35:11 AM PST · by spirited irish · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Linda Kimball
    We are at the dawn of a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to our life...Perhaps the best name for this new segment of historical experience is the Interspiritual Age." Wayne Teasdale, "The Mystic Heart" "At the outbreak of the modern era, the (gnostic) system of inverse biblical exegesis was once again activated." Ioan Couliano, "The Tree of Gnosis" The Gnostic system of inverse exegesis begins with evolution, which has persuaded people, "...to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." Such inverse thinking means it is now impossible for educated...
  • Books Blog: The Russians Who Found Faith in a Materialist World

    01/09/2016 8:52:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/22/15 | Francis Phillips
    Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religionIn my Catholic Books of the Year blog last week I forgot to mention Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea's long interview in the form of a book: God or Nothing, published by Ignatius. If any reader feels the Church has wandered off course in recent decades, this is the book to read: wise, authoritative, confidently Catholic. As we are now in the Year of Mercy, it is worth pointing out that, for Cardinal Sarah, the mercy of God cannot be separated from conversion; to receive divine...
  • Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas

    12/30/2015 1:10:20 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 60 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 12/24/2015 | David Lazarus
    More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith. Quoting from their own sages, these outstanding Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold.
  • Christmas(video)'Pretty Presents'- A feel good family friendly music video

    12/21/2015 12:22:58 PM PST · by solver · 1 replies
    SMK Media LLC in partnership with VC Studio ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Song Written by Michael John Capone & Theodore Foelker
    Song Lyrics: Pretty Presents, Under the Christmas tree, Busy Buyers, Belated in their shopping spree, Laughing Children, Awaiting the day with glee. When he comes, Will he find any vacancy? Luminous Lights, On every house and evergreen, The chill of nature, Painting a wintry scene, Santa's coming, With his whole reindeer team, Will hearts be blind, To who Mary and Joseph bring? There's a knock knock knocking this Christmas. Who is it at the door? Is it a pound pound pounding of wishes? A day later left on the floor. Christmas parties, With food and wine galore, Christmas cookies. Who...
  • Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

    12/15/2015 8:00:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Martin Saunders
    Atheism is cool. At least, that's the popular perception of a worldview that's enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last couple of decades. Authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have issued forceful public challenges to the claims of the major faiths and the rights they've traditionally been granted, while well-respected and high-profile public figures have lent vocal support to their ideas. When Stephen Fry outlined an atheist (or even anti-theist) position on an Irish talk show, the interview went viral in hours, while comedian Ricky Gervais frequently uses his substantial platform to attack and undermine religion in...
  • Atheists Call for 'Bible-Free' Hotel Rooms, Want Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' Instead

    12/09/2015 10:40:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    The Freedom from Religion Foundation, America's largest association of atheists and agnostics, began a campaign Monday to rid all hotel rooms of Bibles distributed by The Gideons International and replaced with copies of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species." The Gideons International is well known worldwide for their work with hotels but according to their website, they predominantly share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, and medical offices. The group is also an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through sharing personally and by providing Bibles...
  • "RELIGION: Because Thinking is Hard"

    12/04/2015 3:15:00 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | December 3, 2015 | Leila
    Let's think about this. My 15-year-old son and I were pulling out of his large public high school when we spotted a bumper sticker on the back of a student's vehicle: Apparently, this is a popular saying among "free-thinkers" (atheists, agnostics, secularists), and although "religious people are blind followers" is a standard platitude, I had not seen this particular incarnation before.  I started to laugh, but it was my son who nailed it: "Wow, that's so ridiculous, because I'm sure she goes along with whatever belief is popular right now." Bam! Good thinking, son! I would bet the farm that...
  • In Defense of the “Woo-Peddlers”

    12/04/2015 2:16:58 PM PST · by TBP
    HarvBishop.com ^ | Mitch Horowitz
    Why is the term "self-help" so often used in a derogatory manner in mainstream media? Writing in the opinion journal Aeon, journalist and social critic Elizabeth Svoboda recently sized up today’s self-help field and concluded that some cognitively based self-help books are effective – and well worth defending -- whereas New Age and positive-thinking books are the product of "woo-peddlers" who cheapen the field. I stand with the "woo peddlers." Svoboda's piece demonstrates two assumptions that make it difficult to intelligently discuss self-help therapeutics in much of today’s media. First, the author groups together two different kinds of books: metaphysical...
  • Atheist Group Wants Removal of 'Obnoxious' Gideon Bibles From Hotel Rooms

    11/15/2015 6:06:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/15/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The American Center for Law and Justice said it plans to stand up to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which recently called for the removal of Gideon Bibles from state-run lodgings.The group noted that the latest battle began after FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and her husband, Dan Barker, stayed at the Holmes Student Center Hotel in DeKalb, Illinois, and discovered a Gideon Bible placed in their hotel room. "No one is making any guest open the Bible. No one is making them read it. In fact, the university is not 'providing bibles;' it is allowing a Christian group to...
  • Fox News Kirsten Powers’ Reluctant Journey from Atheism to Christian

    10/16/2015 10:00:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    CrossMap ^ | Mark Ellis
    She worked for the Clinton administration, became a liberal pundit for the Daily Beast and a regular Democratic contributor to Fox News. On top of that, all her friends were agnostics or atheists. So when God pursued and won her reluctant heart, she was more surprised than anyone else. "If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion-especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt," writes Kirsten Powers, in a first-person account of her conversion published in Christianity Today. The daughter of archeologist parents, she attended...
  • Can Gay Marriage Lead To Polygamy & Can Opposition To Gay Marriage Lead to Religious Sectarianism?

    09/08/2015 1:21:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    9/8/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    For quite some time now I have stated that the same arguments that have been used in support of consensual gay marriage can also be used in support of consensual polygamy. With that in mind, I am also one of the few who has argued for some time now (long before Kim Davis appeared on the scene) against the dangers of religious sectarianism (i.e. pre-Cromwell RC times in Europe and also Cromwell using God's authority to close down the theaters, etcetera) and that the citing of scriptures in opposition to gay marriage can lead to or at least open the...
  • Flashback: The Appendix, from Top 10 Useless Limbs (and Other Vestigial Organs)

    08/31/2015 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Livescience.com ^ | 2/9/05 | Brandon Miller
    In Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) and in his later works, he referred to several "vestiges" in human anatomy that were left over from the course of evolution. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent. (snip) The Human Appendix In plant-eating vertebrates, the appendix is much larger and its main function is to help digest a largely herbivorous diet. The human appendix is a small pouch attached to the large intestine where it joins the...
  • The 1st Thing to Know

    08/18/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Robert Barron, 7 Deadly Sins, 7 Lively Virtues ^ | 8/18/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     About anything. At all. If you don't know this one, first thing, you're "majoring in the minors", getting a Ph.D. in ABC. God doesn't want to take you down, He wants to love you into abundant life. He isn't like other "authorities" who can only build themselves up by tearing you down. He isn't merely supremely good, He is goodness itself. All goodness, truth, beauty, love, happiness, merely "consist" in participation in Him, in the fact that He IS those things in Himself, to an unlimited, infinite degree. Don't want to waste your time? Understand that first, that there's a God-shaped hole in your heart...
  • Bill Nye on Homosexual Behavior in an Evolutionary World View

    07/24/2015 6:32:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Answers in Genesis ^ | 07/24/2015 | Ken Ham
    With the recent SCOTUS decision, homosexuality is a hotter topic than ever before. It seems that everyone is talking about it right now. Well, in a recent Big Think video, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” was asked about homosexual behavior in an evolutionary worldview: “If the purpose of a species is to reproduce and survive how would it make sense evolutionarily for humans to have same-sex preferences? Are humans the only ones who practice homosexuality? And if this is so, does this mean that homosexuality is the product of humans personal whim as opposed to instinct?”Bill Nye basically answered this...
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Satan worshippers sue Missouri governor, attorney general over abortion law

    06/24/2015 11:09:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | June 24 2015 | Valerie Schremp Hahn
    Updated Wednesday with attorney's comments. ST. LOUIS • A group of Satan worshippers are suing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster, taking issue with state abortion restrictions they say violate their religious beliefs. The suit also says the law violates the establishment clause, intended to prohibit governmental endorsement of religion. The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis on behalf of The Satanic Temple and a woman identified as Mary Doe, who lives in Missouri. It says that she is a member of The Satanic Temple, which is “an association of politically aware Satanists,...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ?

    06/19/2015 12:01:57 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 724 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of Holy Scripture as it has been ever understood...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    06/19/2015 6:54:04 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 80 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned...
  • Does Jimmy Carter along with Josh Duggar (Both Baptists) Have Eternal Security (OSAS)?

    06/04/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 145 replies
    6/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jimmy Carter severed his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, but apparently is still a Baptist (Maranatha Baptist Church). Josh Duggar and the Duggar family are Independent Baptist. Some will say that neither of them go to the right Baptist church or the correct one and thus neither of them are truly Baptist, just as some Methodists will say that other Methodists don't go to the right Methodist church and thus truly aren't Methodist. Some Jewish people may say that other Jews, (although quite orthodox in their beliefs) aren't quite Orthodox enough and thus aren't truly Jewish when it comes...
  • The Big American City That Has a Stunning Number of Atheists and Agnostics

    06/01/2015 7:40:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/01/2015 | Billy Hallowell
    Just 3 percent of Americans consider themselves atheists, but there’s one city in which a much larger portion of the population — a stunning one in 10 residents — identify as nonbelievers: Seattle.In fact, according to the Seattle Sun Times, the city has the highest rate of atheists among the nation’s largest metro areas.Overall, the percentage of unaffiliated residents in Seattle — those individuals who either don’t believe in a higher power or are unaffiliated with a faith — is 37 percent, compared to about 23 percent nationally, according to recently released Pew Research Center data.And the total percentage...
  • If Josh Duggar Did Certain Things & Had Salvation Can Someone Do Homosexual Acts & Have Salvation?

    06/01/2015 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 127 replies
    6/1/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I am not equation homosexuality or heterosexuality with pedophilia, nor am I saying that Josh Duggar ever committed homosexual acts at any point in time in any way, shape. form or fashion. The point of this thread is like all of the others threads that I have written, and it is not meant to bash Josh Duggar. The point is to look at this situation and use it as a catalyst to continue on with other threads that I have started that deal with the following: "What constitutes salvation?" "Who is truly saved?" "Do we go by Arminianism or Calvinism?"...
  • Southern Baptist Leader Endorses Secularist Campaign

    05/31/2015 7:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Baptist News Global ^ | 5/29/15 | Bob Allen
    Seminary president Danny Akin joins celebrity atheists Bill Maher and Penn & Teller in speaking out for people who don’t believe in God.A Southern Baptist seminary president has added his blessing to a campaign advocating for atheists. Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., affirmed Openly Secular, a campaign fighting discrimination against people based upon their non-belief, in a two-minute video message posted online. “You are probably wondering immediately: why would I be doing a video at the site of Openly Secular?” Akin said in the video. “The reason is that though we do disagree...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, & the Path to Restoration (Part 4)PODCAST

    05/26/2015 8:49:04 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 5/26/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the fourth part of our series on the Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration, after we finish our discussion on how God transforms and influences the mind, we discuss how God can (and does) touch and influence the will and the emotions, and restore them to where they can act and/or react from a newly reapportioned disposition. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.
  • Is the Atheist Population Really Skyrocketing?

    05/21/2015 9:39:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/21/2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Will the last true Christian in America please turn out the lights on the way out? A recent study on religion and America that has received much attention has been interpreted by some to indicate that Christianity is on its virtual deathbed. But as the saying goes, “The good news is the bad news is wrong.” The study comes from the respected Pew Research Center: “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” (5/12/15). The subtitle is: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” They note that as recently as 2007, nearly eight in 10 Americans identify...
  • Pope Francis Inspires Cuba's Raul Castro Towards Church

    05/10/2015 9:09:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/10/15
    Cuban President Raul Castro has said he was so impressed by a Vatican audience with Pope Francis that he might return to the faith he was born into. Mr Castro praised the pontiff's wisdom, adding: "I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein." He thanked the Pope for brokering a rapprochement between Cuba and the US. The communist leader had stopped at the Vatican after attending Russia's World War Two Victory Day in Moscow. The Catholic Church has maintained ties with Havana since the 1959 revolution. The Pope will visit Cuba...
  • Vatican Recognizes Martyrdoms of Missionary, Lay Catechist in Communist Laos

    05/07/2015 9:28:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Vatican City, May 6, 2015 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a private audience on Tuesday, Pope Francis advanced the causes of canonization of 12 potential saints, two of whom were martyred by communist revolutionaries in Laos in 1960. The May 5 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato also formally approved the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra – which had already been scheduled for Sept. 23. The two martyrs recognized were the Servants of God Mario Borzaga and Paul Thoj Xyooj, who were killed in hatred of the faith in April 1960. Born in Italy in 1932, Fr. Borzaga joined the...
  • A Mathematical Proof for the Existence of the One God

    05/05/2015 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 47 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 5 May 2015 | ن Teófilo de Jesús ن (@vivificat)
    Brothers and Sisters: Peace be with you. Frequently, Internet atheistic aces challenge me to provide evidence and/or proof for the existence of God. Almost all the time the proof they demand is, on its face, absurd because it is empirical in way or the other and God, if they only knew what the word "God" is, lies beyond any empirical proof. No matter, they keep insisting and the silence of the impossible experiment is proof enough for them. This post is not address to those narrow, sterile minds because they've closed themselves within and become impermeable to any argument....
  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and the founder of WND’s Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...