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Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Science Thomas on 21 May 2012

Understanding how scientific theories develop

This graphic gives a nice pictorial illustration of how evidence turns into a scientific theory:

Scientific theories

The more evidence scientists gather, the closer we get to the truth.

One thing the graphic does not discuss is predictions. A scientific theory frequently allows scientists to make predictions about the world and then confirm those predictions.

What evidence is there that God exists? What predictions can we make about God?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Rationals &Science Thomas on 16 Apr 2012

The Truth about Evolution

The Truth about Evolution can be seen in this short, simple article:

I don’t believe in evolution

Here is the best part:

There is not a single observation or experiment that invalidates evolution. No fossil rabbits in Precambrian strata. No human footprints next to dinosaur footprints. No genetic data showing the synchronized bottleneck of Noah’s ark in all of the animal species. No radioactive dating results or anything else disproving the Cambrian explosion.

There simply is nothing. Or, like Richard Dawkins put it, “Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun”.

The only people who don’t accept evolution are Theists. They are willing to ignore all of the evidence in order to cling to their imaginary god.

Why?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 13 Dec 2011

Why religious people refuse to believe in evolution

A very valid rant on why Creationists are wrong:

It also helps explain why religion is invalid and should be ridiculed by every intelligent human being.

Christianity &Science Thomas on 05 Dec 2011

Priest says Hell is an invention of the church to control people with fear

Here is a priest describing his version of “hell”:

I don’t think hell exists… Religion is always in the control business. And that is something people don’t really understand. It is in the guilt-producing control business.

What’s amazing is that, because “god” is silent (because he is imaginary), any religious person can make up anything they like on god’s behalf and spout off about it all day. Strangely, religious people are unable to see how ridiculous this sort of ambiguity is.

If “god” were a real, existing being, we would all know exactly what he thinks, what we are supposed to do and not do, etc. It would all be unambiguously communicated. A perfect, omnipotent, loving being would have no other choice.

Christianity &Science Thomas on 08 Nov 2011

How to become a rational human being – simply read the Bible

If you talk to people who have abandoned religion and replaced it with rational, delusion-free thinking, many of them have something in common: they took time to read through the Bible. That is enough to convince most people that the Bible is nonsense. Once they realize that the Bible is nonsense, religion rapidly collapses. This is such a powerful technique that it has become part of an advertising campaign:

Atheism ad

Don’t believe me? This page will get you started in about 2 minutes:

Read the Bible

The amount of nonsense in the Bible boggles the mind. How can anyone believe this book or or believe in the God it purports to describe?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 12 Sep 2011

Ads that Advocate the Abolition of Religion

In Australia they had a competition to make the best anti-religion ads:

From the description:

‘The Pitch’ is a segment on ABC TV’s ‘The Gruen Transfer’ where two ad companies compete to ‘sell the unsellable’. Past example of selling the unsellable include invading New Zealand, compulsory? euthanasia for the elderly, cosmetic surgery for children and introducing a parent licence.

This week, the two companies have to sell the idea of ‘banning all religion’.

Christianity &Science Thomas on 05 Sep 2011

Prayer does not work, even for Texans, even for presidential candidates

Not long ago Rick Perry prayed for rain:

Rick Perry Prays for Rain

In the spring, Perry declared a 72-hour “Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas,” which has been followed by the persistence of one of the worst Texas droughts in history.

Perry’s prayer group has not worked at all:

Catastrophic fires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations across Central Texas

The largest and most destructive fire was in Bastrop County, where a blaze burned 14,000 acres and grew to an estimated 16 miles long by the end of the day, said Mark Stanford, fire chief of the Texas Forest Service.

“It’s catastrophic,” Stanford said of the Bastrop County fire. “It’s a major natural disaster.”

What are Christians left to do with the evidence before them? They could recognize the obvious: That the belief in prayer is a ridiculous superstition. But instead they have to explain why a “loving God” would completely ignore their prayers and cause so much suffering.

Here is what is really going on when people pray. These two videos can help you understand just how ridiculous the belief in prayer really is:

Christianity &Science Thomas on 29 Aug 2011

Why is it that “anti-science”, “anti-knowledge” and “Christianity” all go together in the United States?

These three articles all paint the same picture: Christianity and ignorance go hand in hand:

Republicans Against Science

Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.” This is an enormously important development. And it should terrify us.

To see what Mr. Huntsman means, consider recent statements by the two men who actually are serious contenders for the G.O.P. nomination: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got peoples’ attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”

That’s a remarkable statement — or maybe the right adjective is “vile.”

Here, the group “Republican Party” is acting as a placeholder for Christians.

CNN’s Jack Cafferty Slams GOP Frontrunners: Why Are Americans ‘Allergic To Brains?’

Jack Cafferty lit into Republican superstars Sarah Palin (R-FNC), Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday’s The Situation Room, comparing them to The Three Stooges (sans Shemp), calling Perry’s instant burial of Mitt Romney in the polls “a little scary,” and asking, “When it comes to presidential politics, why does America seem to be allergic to brains?”

It is not Americans who are allergic – it is Christians.

Famed Scientist Richard Dawkins Destroys Rick Perry on Evolution

In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.

Again, the group “Republican Party” is acting as a placeholder for Christians. The Republican Party is the party of Christians. Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin are all devout, fundamentalist Christians. They are the stars of the Republican Party.

Why are Christians so remarkably backwards? It is because, to believe in the religion, you must be delusional. The delusion then affects all parts of the thinking process. If you are willing to overlook evidence and rationality in your religion, then you are willing to do it everywhere else. And the entire thinking process is degraded.

If you are a Christian and you are worried about the effect of your religion on your thinking, consider watching this video. It really will help you understand what is going on:

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 07 Aug 2011

What religious delusion looks like in our world

Here is what religious delusion looks like in our world:

Polygamist leader walks out of sentencing hearing

A polygamist sect leader [Warren Jeffs, 55] convicted of child sexual assault walked out of his sentencing hearing in protest Friday, after reading a statement he claimed was from God. The statement promised a “whirlwind of judgment” on the world if God’s “humble servant” wasn’t set free.

Warren Jeffs is completely delusional, believing first that “God” exists, second that an imaginary “God” can write statements, and third that an imaginary “God” can cause a “whirlwind of judgment”.

Even more amazing, according to the article, is the fact that, “10,000 FLDS members nationwide see Jeffs as a prophet who is God’s spokesman on Earth.”

Clearly Jeffs and his followers have lost their minds.

But the fact is that Jeffs and his delusional followers are no different from any other religious practitioner. Anyone who believes in an imaginary “God” who “answers prayers” and routes people into “heaven” or “hell” is just as delusional. This video explains it:

Christianity &Science Thomas on 29 Jul 2011

Undestanding ‘Republicanity’

Stating the obvious – Republicanism has become a religion:

‘Republicanity’—The GOP Transformation is Nearly Complete

The Republican Party is no longer a political party—it’s a full-fledged religious movement. The political ideology fueling this movement is religious to the core; and while it might be easiest to label the religious element “Christian,” that designation is too broad and generous for the true complexities at work here.

The article covers four elements of the Republican brand of religion:
1) Mythology
2) Rituals
3) Ethics
4) Theology

One of the elements of Republican mythology is supply-side economics, also known as trickle-down economics. The mythology is pushed relentlessly by Republicans even in the face of facts demonstrating that the idea is bankrupt:

The final nail in the supply side coffin

The theory of supply-side economics tells us that if you cut taxes on rich people and corporations, the newly liberated moguls and businessmen will take their windfall and invest it, creating jobs and accelerating the rate of economic growth. The benefits of a light hand on the upper class, therefore, will “trickle down” to the working man and woman.

Ever since Ronald Reagan first attempted to make supply-side economics a reality and proceeded to inaugurate an era of persistent government deficits and growing income inequality, it has become harder and harder to make the trickle-down argument with a straight face. But we’ve never seen anything quite like the disaster that’s playing out right now….

Adherence to this mythology is complete in the Republican party, even though all actual evidence tells us that supply-side economics is harmful.

This is exactly what we would expect from a group of people who believe in an imaginary “god”. The same delusion that powers the belief in an imaginary person powers the belief in imaginary economic benefits. When you are delusional, evidence doesn’t matter.

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Science Thomas on 01 Jun 2011

The right way to say grace at dinner

One of the most beautiful replies I’ve ever heard from an atheist

I was out to dinner with some friends, some from the lab I work in and some I didn’t know. Long story short, when the food arrived, someone perked up and asked if we should say grace. I kept my thoughts to myself and decided I would not join, but my friend interjected. (He’s a genius with electronics and one hell of a thinker).

I can’t remember word for word but I’ll paraphrase to the best of my abilities.

“If you think we should be thankful, then I suggest we each thank the hands of the cooks that put together this delicious food on our table. To the farmers that work throughout the year to feed not only their families but their fellow citizens. To the suppliers that work day and night to make sure the food gets to us safely and efficiently. That’s the real miracle we should be thankful for. It’s never made sense to me that people fleetingly thank the real contributors of a meal, and then give all the credit to something that had no part in it.”

There was no argument afterwards, just the nod of heads in the silent acknowledgment that something very wise had been said.

Christianity &Science Thomas on 28 Mar 2011

The peak of Christian delusion used to power a dating site

You have to see this one to believe it. They have taken Christian delusion and used to power a dating site:

Some of the amazing quotes from this ad:

Find God’s match for you at ChristianMingle.com

As though this omnipotent “God” couldn’t do it himself, without the need for this for-profit web site to accomplish his plan.

Sometimes we wait for God to make the next move, when God is saying it’s your time to act, to make the next move.

The website is here: Christianmingle.com

You control who you interact with and how much you share about yourself. Trust God and your God-given instincts to guide you through this experience.

If you can “trust God”, why go through all the BS of dating and dating sites? Why not let him pick your mate for you? There’s an easy answer to this question: Because God is imaginary.

Also, if God were involved in Christian marriages, why do most Christian marriages end in divorce?

Christianity &Science Thomas on 06 Jan 2011

A fifth column of insanity

This is a Christian named Frank Schaeffer speaking:

The Mainstream culture does not take stock of the fact that we have within our culture a subculture which is literally a fifth column of insanity, which is bred from birth, through home school, Christian school, evangelical college, whatever, to reject facts as a matter of faith.

“Can Christianity be rescued from Christians?”

What is a fifth column? A Fifth column is “a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group such as a nation from within, to help an external enemy.”

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 22 Nov 2010

WHY IS YOUR GOD AWESOME?

Last week this video was posted to ask, “what’s with the trance-like swaying?“:

The lyrics of the song’s refrain are:

Our God(our God) is an awesome God
He reigns(He reigns) from heaven above
With wisdom(with wisdom) pow’r and love
our God is an awesome God

In the post this question appeared:

WHY IS YOUR GOD AWESOME?

HE LETS THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN STARVE EVERY DAY.

HE KILLS PEOPLE WITH HORRIBLE DISEASES.

HE STANDS BY AS CITIES ARE DESTROYED WITH HURRICANES AND TSUNAMIS

IF YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE, HE KILLED THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE (WHICH HE CREATED IN HIS OWN IMAGE) IN A FLOOD.

ACCORDING TO REVELATION HIS PLAN IS TO DESTROY THE ENTIRE PLANET

AND HE WON’T HEAL AMPUTEES!

WHAT IS AWESOME ABOUT THIS DEMON??????????

Good question Christians: why is your God awesome?

Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Politics &Science Thomas on 19 Nov 2010

Can anyone please explain what is happening in this video?

The raised arms… the swaying… the trance-like state of the audience. Does this happen in any other context?

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