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Darwin and Milton: two views of Creation

Darwin and Milton: two views of Creation | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Charles Darwin and John Milton were two pioneering thinkers of their time who had contrasting views of creation. John Milton wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost in 1667 in order to ‘justify the ways of God to man’. The poem depicts amongst many things the war in Heaven between God and the Angel Lucifer, the attempts by Satan to set up an army in Hell, his travels to Earth to tempt Adam and Eve and the consequent fall of Man. It also depicts the creation of life on Earth by God. Darwin on the other hand set out his theory of evolution of life through the means of natural selection in ‘The Origin of Species’ published in 1859. The work provided a great deal of evidence and observations that helped to explain the extraordinary variations found in creatures on Earth. He developed his theories further in the 1871 publication of ‘The Descent of Man”, where he argued that humans had evolved from a common ancestor of the ape.

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Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs | Americans United

Motto Mania: Calif. Woman Promotes Government-Endorsed ‘In God We Trust’ Signs | Americans United | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Posting “In God We Trust” signs in city and county government buildings has become all the rage in California.

The drive is spearheaded by a Bakersfield woman named Jacquie Sullivan who persuaded officials in her town to adopt the motto and then took the crusade to other cities. The most recent town to approve the motto is Port Hueneme in Ventura County. The vote was 4-1.

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The Masks of Catholicism and Islam | Philosopher's Haze

The Masks of Catholicism and Islam | Philosopher's Haze | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
This post discusses the masks that the roman catholic church and islam wear in order to deceive us all of their true intentions.
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Science, Reason and Critical Thinking: It’s Skeptical Correctness Gone Mad

Science, Reason and Critical Thinking: It’s Skeptical Correctness Gone Mad | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Go on, admit it, you all think that Psychic Sally is a big fat fraud.

However, the majority of skeptics and rational commentators on the recent tribulations of the ever so lovely Sally Morgan have gone out of their way to make it perfectly clear that they are absolutely not accusing her of being a fraud. And I too would like to make it quite clear up front to everyone, including Sally’s legal team, that I’m not making that allegation either.

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Darwinism Is a Delusion, According to New Book - Press Release

Author rebuts The God Delusion by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Ebifegha says, “The creationist worldview is a revealed fact that God confirmed historically in a speech before an audience on ancient Mount Sinai. Modern science, through discoveries such as DNA, supports the creationist worldview. Thus, the evolutionist worldview is a delusion resulting from materialism, the dead end to all scientific investigation.”

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The Brick Testament Banned from Sam’s Club

The Brick Testament Banned from Sam’s Club | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

"Think about that for a second. Some parents were trying to buy a version of the Bible for their kids, but when they opened up The Brick Testament, they were shocked at how graphic and disturbing the scenes were. They don’t see the irony that it’s really the Bible that’s to blame for their reaction, not the Lego pieces. Hell, it’s not like the Lego characters were reenacting something that was never in the Holy Book in the first place…"

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PracticalDoubt.com » That’s Disrespectful! Why Not Just Pray?

PracticalDoubt.com » That’s Disrespectful! Why Not Just Pray? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As a society, we have a warped view of what speech and actions qualify as “disrespectful.” Instead of viewing “disrespect” as an action or attitude that lacks respect, it appears to be any action that disagrees with the majority.

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Atheists launch campaign to get unbelievers to ‘come out’

Atheists launch campaign to get unbelievers to ‘come out’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

“Is it acceptable to the majority of the population to be an atheist?” he asks the camera. “Nope. Are all of your friends going to accept you as an atheist? Probably not all of them. And yeah, those things are gonna suck. But the real question is, ‘Is it OK to be me?’ That is the real question if you are an atheist.”

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Power Balance Bracelet Company Hit With $57 Million Settlement, Expected To Go Bankrupt

Power Balance Bracelet Company Hit With $57 Million Settlement, Expected To Go Bankrupt | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Angry consumers who sued Power Balance, the company that makes those hologram-plastered athletic bracelets, will soon be winning a whopping $57 million settlement from the company, reports TMZ.
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Vicar 'sues God' over campaign of hate - Telegraph

Vicar 'sues God' over campaign of hate - Telegraph | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A vicar who moved to an “idyllic” rural parish claims that locals subjected him and his family to a four-year-reign of intimidation and terror.

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David Berlinski makes an ass of himself defending intelligent design

I know of no critic of evolution—perhaps save the late William F. Buckley, Jr.—who is at once so eloquent and so ignorant as David Berlinski. The man has spent years attacking evolutionary biology and defending intelligent design (ID), and is, to my knowledge, the only living creationist who is not religious. (He claims to be an agnostic, though I have trouble believing that.) He’s also a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute, a position reserved for only the Highest Poo-Bahs of Ignorance.

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Jerry Coyne and John Haught debate

"The Bale-Boone Symposium series has a rich tradition of providing an open and frank forum for a broad range of compelling issues, ranging from legal and medical ethics to the place of poetry in our culture. This year’s session regarding the compatibility of religion and science was no exception. It led to not only a robust - and even contentious -- debate between two distinguished scholars, but a conversation that continued long afterward among the participants and those who attended. That speaks to the heart of what both The Gaines Center and the University of Kentucky hope to foster - a deep dialogue regarding issues past, present and future that impact us all. With that commitment to open and ongoing dialogue in mind, the attached link contains the video of the session, along with continued communication between the two participants afterward."

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CultureLab: Tim Minchin uses comedy to open a door to rationalism

CultureLab: Tim Minchin uses comedy to open a door to rationalism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

With his heavy eyeliner and quirky act, comedian and musician Tim Minchin considers himself a "gateway drug" to science, philosophy and rationalism

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Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign

Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Iowa forum was a triumph of the union of psychobabble and public religiosity that has come to dominate American politics.
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Why The Skeptic Community Must Concern Itself With Mental Illness | What Would JT Do?

Why The Skeptic Community Must Concern Itself With Mental Illness | What Would JT Do? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

I was always proud to be a part of this movement. When I went public with my illness I was afraid of rejection and judgment. But this community showed me it was better than the portions of society who stigmatize mental illness, and it accepted and took care of me, and in so doing endeared this movement to me even more. This movement will take care of you. And, if I know anything about this movement, I know that the people in it will take care of you. We are perfectly capable of forging a future where misinformation about mental illness no longer strangles its victims.

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Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election

Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Penn Jillette rates the various candidates for the U.S. Presidency from the perspective of an atheist.
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Gingrich: Secularism to Blame for U.S. Economy

Gingrich: Secularism to Blame for U.S. Economy | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

You know how the Christian god sends hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes to destroy cities and towns that displease it in some manner? When this happens, I've noticed that many of the worst offenders (e.g., atheists, homosexuals, etc.) escape unscathed while many devout Christians are harmed. It is almost as if the weather was random, but obviously that can't be true. Anyway, what if it was not just a town or city that displeased the Christian god but the entire country? What do you suppose would happen then?

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Sandwalk: Defining Atheism

Sandwalk: Defining Atheism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Most people know that there are two common definitions of atheism/atheist. Here's an excellent example from two different dictionaries.

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Seattle Archdiocese accused of not stopping abuse

Seattle Archdiocese accused of not stopping abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

SEATTLE — Seven men have sued the Archdiocese of Seattle, saying it and a Catholic order didn't stop two clergymen from abusing them at a high school and church-run orphanage from the 1950s into the 1970s.

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Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you're helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they're "sexually impure."

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Why are Right-Wing Christians Obsessed with Paranoid Notions of Liberal Politicians as the Antichrist? | Belief | AlterNet

Why are Right-Wing Christians Obsessed with Paranoid Notions of Liberal Politicians as the Antichrist? | Belief | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Alleged would-be presidential assassin Ortega-Hernandez reportedly called Obama 'the Antichrist'. So who put that idea in his head?
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Campus Atheist Group Raises Money for the War on Hunger | Friendly Atheist

Campus Atheist Group Raises Money for the War on Hunger | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Chris Calvey and the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics (AHA!) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are in a fundraising battle-to-the-death (or as he calls it, a “friendly competition”) against Christian and Muslim groups on their campus and they need your help! They’re trying to raise money for the (non-sectarian) Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin:

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Ten Great Science Books For Kids | Surprising Science

Ten Great Science Books For Kids | Surprising Science | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

To welcome the newest member of Smithsonian.com’s blog family, Just One More Story: What’s new and novel in children’s books, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite kids’ science books that have been published in the past year:

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Canadians divided on whether religion does more harm than good: poll

Canadians divided on whether religion does more harm than good: poll | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

TORONTO – Canadians are split on the question of whether religion does more harm than good in the world, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid.

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Ireland Faces Down Vatican as Kenny Demands $1 Billion Abuse Compensation

Ireland Faces Down Vatican as Kenny Demands $1 Billion Abuse Compensation | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Ireland is squeezing the Roman Catholic Church to hand over cash and real estate toward a 1.4 billion-euro ($2 billion) child-abuse bill amid the bitterest stand-off yet seen between the Vatican and the government.
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