“Theory of Mind” is the term used to describe the mental ability to put yourself inside the mind of someone else – to imagine what it is that they are thinking. Recently, there’s been some evidence that people who do not have a strong theory of mind are more likely to be atheists.
For example, studies have found that autistic-spectrum people are more likely to be non-believers, and maybe also atheists' preferences for video games could be connected. The basic suggestion is that belief is a natural extension of our ability to recreate minds in our own head.
Two plaques that feature the words “God” and “Holy Christian Church” were covered at two elementary schools in Midlothian, Texas and will eventually be replaced after their religious content has angered some folks who believe they violate people’s Constitutional rights, reports Fox News. The plaques, which have stood in front of Mt.
Science educators have recognized that teaching science as a large compendium of facts, without reference to the scientific process and theories that bind them together, simply leads to uninterested and uninformed students. So it's a bit mind-boggling to discover that an Ohio state legislator is attempting to ban educators for teaching anything about the scientific process. And for good measure, the bill's sponsor threw politics and creationism into the mix.
Conservative atheist and television pundit S.E. Cupp has come out swinging against progressive atheists. In a clip (see above) for CNN’s “Crossfire,” she argues that conservative atheists are “better” than liberal nonbelievers. What’s more, Cupp says, those on the right respect and tolerate atheists more than liberals do. She’s wrong, and here are three reasons why.
The former scientist leaves his house in Oxford at 11am and immediately begins hurling brief insults at anyone who comes within 10 feet of him.
According to local residents, a typical 30 second burst will include phrases such as ‘please don’t have children’, ‘you look like a baptist’, ‘everything about your shoes sickens me’ and ‘your face seems to be inside out’.
A huge star on the American evangelical Christian scene, Vicky Beeching found the stress of being gay in a very conservative community almost intolerable and became seriously ill. Here she tells how she reached breaking point
Growing up in Schuylkill Haven, Jennifer and Bethany Petrich, said they were very familiar with the Cake Pros bakery. That's why when the two were planning a ceremony to renew their vows the bakery seemed like an obvious choice to supply the cake. "They had called and said to her they were a christian bakery and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks," Jennifer said. "And that because it was two females getting married she couldn't bake our cake."
"One nation under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 to respond to Communism. Now, more than a third of Americans want it removed. A poll finds that more than one in three Americans think "one nation under God" should be removed from the official version of the Pledge of Allegiance. The phrase was not in the original pledge -- it was added in 60 years ago when the nation feared the threat of communism. But most Americans are completely unaware the phrase isn't part of the original -- just as many Americans wrongly believe that America was founded as a Christian nation.
22 more religious Free Schools are opening for the first time this week, along with a number of new sponsored Academies and existing schools converting to gain a religious character. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has voiced concern about the continuing expansion in the number of state-funded ‘faith’ schools.
The newly opening religious Free Schools, which make up over a third of all the new mainstream Free Schools, include five Church of England schools, two Roman Catholic schools, ten other Christian schools (including two sponsored by Chapel St, one sponsored by Oasisand one sponsored by United Learning), three Muslim schools sponsored by Tauheedul, one Sikh school, and one Steiner school.
Last year Lucas Dillon Brandenburg delivered a sermon slamming a ‘depraved culture’. Yesterday he was arrested for sharing child pornography. According to this report, the 30-year was taken into custody after investigators said that they found a computer at his home “sharing” indecent images. A statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that the St Gabriel Episcopal Church youth pastor was arrested on 10 charges of possession of child pornography.
Humans are generally highly cooperative and often impressively altruistic, quicker than any other animal species to help out strangers in need. A new study suggests that our lineage got that way by adopting so-called cooperative breeding: the caring for infants not just by the mother, but also by other members of the family and sometimes even unrelated adults. In addition to helping us get along with others, the advance led to the development of language and complex civilizations, the authors say.
ust because they’re not out does not mean there are no atheists in the halls of Congress. “We already know of 24 members of Congress who have told us privately that they don’t believe in God, but they won’t come out, of course, and if we tried to out them they would deny it.” [.] That’s not the case in England. When former Prime Minister Tony Blair asked staffers whether he should add “God bless Great Britain” to the end of a speech they told him, “This isn’t America.”
So, can you have religions without a church? Humanism almost qualifies. It sacralises humanity, claiming for us a significance that is not to be derived from either biology or physics. Organised humanism clearly has unified beliefs and practices. It even has the world’s most lugubrious and sentimental hymn: John Lennon’s Imagine. Like all modern religions it has universalist aspirations, claiming to explain the lives of non-believers better than they can do so themselves. It can inspire heroism and self-sacrifice, but also be used to legitimise intolerance – see Sam Harris and his friends.