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Another De-Conversion Story from a Fellow Clergy Project Member

Another De-Conversion Story from a Fellow Clergy Project Member | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Be sure to check out Dennis Smith’s de-conversion story on our Guest Writer’s page. Dennis is now out of the ministry and out as an atheist. His story gives hope to all of us who are working our way out of the pulpit.

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The best argument against Christianity...is the story of Christianity.

The best argument against Christianity...is the story of Christianity. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

This is a YouTube video from Theoretical Bullshit. We think it's one of the best compilations of the things we find ridiculous, horrible, and utterly unbelievable about Christianity.

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Fox Sets High-water Mark In Hypocrisy: How DARE Obama Use Jesus For Politics? (VIDEO)

Fox Sets High-water Mark In Hypocrisy: How DARE Obama Use Jesus For Politics? (VIDEO) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In one the most jaw dropping displays of fake outrage in recent history, Fox contributor Steven Crowder let loose a diatribe against President Obama for daring to speak of his religion as the basis of his politics.
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America Founded as a Scientific Nation

America Founded as a Scientific Nation | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Many conservative Christians insist that America was founded as a Christian Nation, despite the absence of any evidence that would support this. In contrast, there is some evidence for the idea that America was founded as a "scientific" nation. What I mean is that principles of science and scientific investigation, as they were understood at the time, were an important influence behind the creation of American democracy and government.

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‘How do atheists find meaning in life?’

‘How do atheists find meaning in life?’ | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Life cannot be meaningless so long as we have the capacity to affect the well-being of ourselves and others.
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Science does not need a universal symbol

Science does not need a universal symbol | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Science and its supporters, asserts bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, are in dire need of their own emblem — a "symbolic unifier" that could be to science what Ichthys is to Christianity. What symbol could possibly stand for all of science?
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The Ten Marks of a Deluded Person | Debunking Christianity

The Ten Marks of a Deluded Person | Debunking Christianity | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Below in no particular order are what I consider the ten marks (or characteristics) of a deluded person. I think even educated Christians will agree with most of them. You might want to consider from this checklist how many of them apply to you. To the degree that more of them apply then the more likely you are deluded by your faith. Now it’s quite possible that Christians can be deluded and yet their faith is true, in the same sense that a person might be brainwashed or indoctrinated into believing the truth. But the point is that if you’re deluded then you have no reason to believe.

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HOW CHRISTIANITY WAS INVENTED

HOW CHRISTIANITY WAS INVENTED | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Christianity is a copycat religion created by Emperor Constantine (for political purposes) based upon a myth (The Persian savior god Mithra, crucified 600 B.C. ? 400 B.C.?), which was based on other similar myths, all the way back to Chrishna of India (a mythical god that some claim was “crucified” around 1200 B.C.). There were 16 mythical crucifixions before Christ. The belief in the crucifixion of Gods was prevalent in various oriental or heathen countries long prior to the reported crucifixion of Christ. Of the 16 crucifixions, most were born of a virgin and about half of them on December 25th.

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Is America a Christian Nation? Readers Respond to Chuck Colson

On November 4, the Los Angeles Times published my Opinion Editorial entitled “What’s God Got to do With it?” (which I also posted on Skepticblog) about Congress reaffirming our national motto “In God We Trust.” I argued that trust does not come from God but from very specific social, political, and economic institutions.

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Religious lobbying in Washington has increased fivefold in 40 years study finds

Religious lobbying in Washington has increased fivefold in 40 years study finds | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The number of organizations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related advocacy in Washington, D.C., has increased roughly fivefold in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. These groups collectively employ at least 1,000 people in the greater Washington area and spend at least $390 million a year on efforts to influence national public policy.

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Atheism 101: Why has Christianity demonized nudity, sex and sexuality?

Atheism 101: Why has Christianity demonized nudity, sex and sexuality? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

While American society today is in some ways overly sexual and sex obsessed, in other ways we are a very prudish and sexually repressed society.

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Fox & Friends & Fr. Jonathan Morris Don't Need No Stinking Atheist Chaplains In US Military

Fox & Friends & Fr. Jonathan Morris Don't Need No Stinking Atheist Chaplains In US Military | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

If there's one stimulus that's sure to get the Fox "News" audience salivating, it's anything connected to atheists or atheism. Christian conservatives, who applaud over people dying without health insurance and waterboarding, loathe atheists as much as they do "illegals" and gays. They are in agreement that atheists are trying to turn this "Christian nation" into a godless state based on ungodly reason - a concept that's anathema to victimized Christians for whom Fox "News" is a mouthpiece.

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US Catholic bishops prepare fight for religious exceptions over gay marriage, contraception

US Catholic bishops prepare fight for religious exceptions over gay marriage, contraception | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The mood among many U.S. Roman Catholic bishops was captured in a recent speech by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. His talk, called “Catholics in the Next America,” painted a bleak picture of a nation increasingly intolerant of Christianity.


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Doubts about 'the Jesus Discovery'

Doubts about 'the Jesus Discovery' | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Now that the word about "the Jesus Discovery" is out in the open, outside experts are weighing in — and many of them look upon the robotic exploration of a 1st-century Jerusalem tomb as a technological tour de force resulting in an archaeological faux pas.

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The Way I See It: Can I Still Be A Christian If...?

The Way I See It: Can I Still Be A Christian If...? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Being a Christian seems really confusing in this day and age and I have some legitimate questions. I know at least some of my morals will conflict with mainstream Christianity, so I'm hoping they will make a few compromises and still accept me. This is an open letter extending to any Christian or atheist who wishes to reply and shed some light on these questions.

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craigolson01's comment, February 26, 2012 8:16 AM
It's really an issue of who is boss. Do I want to access the benefits of Christianity while maintaining sovereignty over my own life or do I want to yield to the sovereignty of God who created me and knows what is best for me? God is sort of like the parent who says, "You can do it your way if you want, but I know the outcome and you won't like it."
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Pennsylvania House Unanimously Violates First Amendment Of Constitution By Passing Bible Praising Resolution

Pennsylvania House Unanimously Violates First Amendment Of Constitution By Passing Bible Praising Resolution | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

You can’t make this stuff up, folks. In a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause in the United States Constitution, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring 2012 ‘The Year of The Bible,’ and praised the book as the greatest book of the year even though there are still 11 months left until 2013.

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Five founders who were skeptical of organized Christianity and couldn't be elected today

Five founders who were skeptical of organized Christianity and couldn't be elected today | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Paine wouldn't pass the modern-day religious test for high office, argues policy analyst.

 

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Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn’t Be President Because It’s Against God’s Will

Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn’t Be President Because It’s Against God’s Will | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

In an article about the reasons Rep.Michele Bachmann’s campaign fizzled, the Des Moines Register points to “sexism among conservatives,” singling out an offensive email written by a staffer to Rick Santorum:

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David Cameron Criticised By Richard Dawkins For Comments To Clergy On Christianity | UK News | Sky News

David Cameron Criticised By Richard Dawkins For Comments To Clergy On Christianity | UK News | Sky News | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Prime Minister David Cameron has been criticised by leading atheist author Richard Dawkins for suggesting that a revival of traditional Christian values could counteract Britain's "moral collapse".
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Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think

Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One hypothesis for the origin of religion is that it's a kind of "costly signaling" - a way for people to prove their loyalty to the group by participating in complex rituals and extravagant shows of devotion. But there's an underappreciated danger to this: when everyone in a community already follows a strict interpretation of faith, religious belief will have a tendency to spiral out of control into extremism, as group members go to greater and greater lengths to express their piety. And when religion grows more and more fanatical, while it's bad for everyone forced to live under its dictates, it's inevitably women who suffer the most.

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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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Christianity's fixation with sex

Christianity's fixation with sex | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Christian fundamentalists in the United States live in a world obsessed with sexuality. By and large, they are hostile toward most forms of sexual expression.
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Is the Bible a Reliable Moral Guide?

Is the Bible a Reliable Moral Guide? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
What, then, are those who read the Bible to do? Shall we just pick and choose the laws and commandments that appeal to us and disregard the others?
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End Times fears persist, the latest fueled by a women hearing God talk to her in the shower

End Times fears persist, the latest fueled by a women hearing God talk to her in the shower | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Christian community on YouTube is buzzing with a revelation that Time's Up and that the end is near.

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The Secular Outpost: William Lane Craig: Internet Infidels Websites "Are Literally Pornographic"

Similar to my last post where I quoted the Pope, in this post I am going to quote, without comment, what William Lane Craig has apparently written about the Internet Infidels. In response to a Christian struggling with doubt, Craig writes:

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