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The Hyper-Skeptic Problem | Martin S Pribble

The Hyper-Skeptic Problem | Martin S Pribble | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

[I]t is possible to be hyper-skeptical, to not believe anything we are told. This may help to free one’s enslaved mind from religion, but it is not very useful. At some point, when the information given on a topic is consistent, logical, rational, empirical, falsifiable, and repeatable, that is when our skepticism should give rise to acceptance of information as fact. Hyper-skeptical thought is like sitting in the corner with your fingers in your ears saying “I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.” Without incoming information, a mind stagnates, and without accepting certain “truths” as factual, there is nothing from which to build an understanding of the universe.
Hyper-skeptical viewpoints give rise to conspiracy theories, paranoid delusions, and, surprisingly enough, misinformation. The hyper-skeptical mind will not accept facts, much in the same way a religious mind cannot accept facts. The hyper-skeptic is so deeply entrenched in the idea of “not believing in anything” that the world becomes a huge bully, just trying to feed them falsehoods in order to make them “part of the system”.

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Fundamentalist Religion Will Destroy The World

Fundamentalist Religion Will Destroy The World | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The deluded religious belief that any people or nation or church is a “chosen” people is the root of almost all our troubles.

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Why Evangelicals Heart Donald Trump

Why Evangelicals Heart Donald Trump | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Beyond the politics of resentment is the Calvinist notion that the frontrunner’s wealth marks him as God’s anointed.

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The secular front in the US

Pay even passing attention to political society in the United States, and you will learn that secular progressives are threatening the country.
Beginning in the 1970s, Christian conservatives complained that godless ideologues were exalting human...
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Only Muslim women can reform Islam 

Muslim men in Britain who treat their wives and daughters as though they were still in rural Pakistan must be stopped. Here's how

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Forty Alleged Victims and Counting in New England Prep School Sex Abuse Scandal  

Forty Alleged Victims and Counting in New England Prep School Sex Abuse Scandal   | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
A tony New England prep school that has educated the likes of Howard Dean, George H.W. Bush’s father Prescott Bush, and Tucker Carlson is now embroiled in a sex abuse scandal that has been covered up, victims say, since the 1970s. At least 40 former students of St. George’s School in Rhode Island have come forward to say they were abused at the school. The latest known case of abuse allegedly occurred in 2004.
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How religious schools led to the decline of Arabic science

The world’s first scientific renaissance took place not in Italy, but in the Arab world.

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Graph: How strongly people around the world feel about religion

Graph: How strongly people around the world feel about religion | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

New statistics from the Pew Research Centre show that people from the UK feel far less strongly about religion than most other people around the world.

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Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative

Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Since 2010, Millennials' rating of churches and other religious organizations has dipped 18 percentage points. Their views of the national news media also have
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Sam Harris: The ‘Salon’ Interview

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I consider Salon to be among the worst offenders of the new pseudo-journalism, and I have long maintained a personal boycott of the website.

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Religion has been dividing human society for 2,000 years, say scientists

Religion has been dividing human society for 2,000 years, say scientists | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Scientists have found religious ties did not bind early societies together as
had previously been thought, but actually caused conflict

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Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge

Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, a major inquiry into the place of religion in modern society has concluded, provoking a furious backlash from ministers and the Church of England.

A two-year commission, chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders from all faiths, calls for public life in Britain to be systematically de-Christianised.

It says that the decline of churchgoing and the rise of Islam and other faiths mean a "new settlement" is needed for religion in the UK, giving more official influence to non-religious voices and those of non-Christian faiths.

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Hundreds of boys were abused at a Minnesota Catholic school

Hundreds of boys were abused at a Minnesota Catholic school | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Catholic priest Finian McDonald, above, is one of five priests at a Minnesota school who were exposed as this week as predatory child abusers.


McDonald confessed in a 2012 psychiatric session that he molested more than 200 boys, 18 of whom were children under his care in the dormitories of St John’s Preparatory School, a private boys’ school run by the monks in Collegeville.

 

Her admitted that he drank heavily and freely preyed on students during his years as a dormitory prefect.

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Unfollow: Westboro's Megan Phelps' Deconversion via Twitter

Unfollow: Westboro's Megan Phelps' Deconversion via Twitter | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
She was a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church. Then she started to question her faith, one tweet at a time.

 

One day in July, 2011, Phelps-Roper was on Twitter when she came across a link to a series of photographs about a famine in Somalia. The first image was of a tiny malnourished child. She burst into tears at her desk. Her mother asked what was wrong, and Phelps-Roper showed her the gallery. Her mother quickly composed a triumphant blog post about the famine. “Thank God for famine in East Africa!” she wrote. “God is longsuffering and patient, but he repays the wicked TO THEIR FACE!” When Brittany Murphy died, Phelps-Roper had seen the disparity between her reaction and that of the rest of the church as a sign that something was wrong with her. Now the contradiction of her mother’s glee and her own sadness made her wonder if something was wrong with the church.

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How We Talk About Islam and Muslims

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Muslims are a diverse group, much like Christians or atheists. When we talk about select groups of Muslims, it is important to be clear about who we are referring to.

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The Ark Park is nearly done, still violating the Constitution

The Ark Park is nearly done, still violating the Constitution | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The Ark Park constructed by Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis (AiG) organization, featuring a life-sized Noah's Ark and ancillary amusement, has been plagued by financial and legal troubles.

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Unregulated Jewish faith schools constricting the lives of thousands of London boys

Unregulated Jewish faith schools constricting the lives of thousands of London boys | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Muslims have their madrassas and Jews have their yeshivas.

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Major new report finds children’s safety is put at risk by poor sex and relationships education in schools

Major new report finds children’s safety is put at risk by poor sex and relationships education in schools | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

The safety of children and young people is being put at risk by patchy and low-quality sex and relationships education (SRE) in English schools, a major new report published by the Sex Education Forum (SEF) has found.

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This is the religious right’s radical new plan: The very real efforts to create an American theocracy in plain sight

This is the religious right’s radical new plan: The very real efforts to create an American theocracy in plain sight | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
The religious right can't win at the polls. But that will not stop them from pursuing this dangerous, scary path
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Religious countries are more unhappy

Religious countries are more unhappy | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Six days ago, I wrote about some data (presented by the Telegraph and Christian Today) showing the degree of religiosity among various countries in the world—the proportion of inhabitants who agreed that "religion was very important in their lives." A subjective look at the rankings suggested that the most religious countries were also the least well…
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The Trouble With the Christian Adoption Movement

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Evangelical Americans believed adoption could save children in the developing world from poverty—and save their souls.
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Against accommodationism: How science undermines religion

Against accommodationism: How science undermines religion | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
Accommodationism is fashionable, but that has less to do with its intellectual merits than with widespread solicitude toward religion.
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Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman

Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
At first, the trial and convictions in the death of Farkhunda Malikzada seemed a victory in the long struggle to give Afghan women their due in court. But a deeper look suggests otherwise.
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Hidden Atheist Shirt

Hidden Atheist Shirt | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

This shirt is designed for Atheists who would like to wear something to show they are proud of being an atheist, but also don't want to be so "in for your face" about it.  What you see on the shirt is the negative space in between letters, if you imagine a box around the design you can see it says "ATHEIST".

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Why are atheists flocking to join Iceland's fastest-growing religion?

Why are atheists flocking to join Iceland's fastest-growing religion? | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it

Zuism is one of Iceland's newest official religions, having been recognised in 2013 - but it's been picking up hundreds of new followers in recent weeks, including many atheists.

The reason lies in Iceland's tax system. At present, citizens are required to contribute a congregation tax, known as sóknargjöld, to a religious organisation of their choice - or, if they're not religious, the payment instead goes to the state.

The modern incarnation of Zuism, based on Ancient Sumerian texts, plans to give the cash it receives through congregation tax back to its members. It's also calling on the Icelandic government to cease collating information on citizens' religious beliefs.

The Zuist church has some links with the pro-free speech, anti-authoritarian Pirate Party. Halldór Auðar Svansson, a Reykjavík city councilman for the party, has spoken out in support of the religion, praisining its efforts in “hacking the system,” while Pirate Party founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir is thought to be a Zuist.

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Atheist able to make moral decisions

Atheist able to make moral decisions | The Atheism News Magazine | Scoop.it
HUMANS who do not believe in a god still have some morals, it has emerged.
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