In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Wash. state megachurch closes branches after founder is caught calling women ‘penis homes’

Washington megachurch Mars Hill announced that it is closing several branches, and has dismissed a pastor after he recently called for the resignation of founder Mark Driscoll, who had created controversy with his anti-LGBT and anti-woman views.

In a letter posted to his Dropbox account, Pastor Mark Dunford said that he had been dismissed from the church’s Portland branch after calling for Driscoll’s resignation, saying that the founder created a “culture of fear” inside the church.

An August profile of Driscoll published by The New York Times explained that he had been accused “of plagiarizing, of inappropriately using church funds and of consolidating power to such a degree that it has become difficult for anyone to challenge or even question him.”


A month earlier, it was revealed that Driscoll had posted hundreds of inflammatory Internet comments almost 15 years ago.

Although the media focused on his comments about the U.S. being a “pussified nation,” bloggers who followed Driscoll closely argued that his views on women and sex were the larger problem.

On Monday, “Love, Joe, Feminism” blogger Libby Anne pointed out one of the more disturbing notions from Driscoll’s Internet trolling days.

“Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while,” Driscoll wrote under the name William Wallace II in 2001. “Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.”

“Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home,” he continued. “But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not… And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.”…

True Detective - People So Goddamn Frail

Rust Cohle was a sage.

"What’s it say about life, hmm, you got to get together, tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day?"

Shoot Christians Say

Something Hysterical Happens When Every Catchphrase Christians Use Is Packed Into a Two-Minute Video

(Source: faithit.com)

elandorum:

no but galileo’s story is a funny one because when he published his theory he framed it as a conversation between two characters, and the character of the general position of the time (and therefore the church) he named ‘simplicio’ and made him to be a total imbecile and he basically was an asshole to the church and that’s why they rejected his ideas

Maybe all of the people who suffered under the inquisition were just assholes to the church. Saying things that the church finds offensive is totally a good reason to imprison people and/or torture them to death. I mean what else are you supposed to do when someone calls you dumb? Turn the other cheek or something?


But in all seriousness, let’s explore the context of Galileo’s trial. While it’s true that he called that character Simplicio, I think we’ll find that the matter was a little more complicated.

elandorum:

no but galileo’s story is a funny one because when he published his theory he framed it as a conversation between two characters, and the character of the general position of the time (and therefore the church) he named ‘simplicio’ and made him to be a total imbecile and he basically was an asshole to the church and that’s why they rejected his ideas

Maybe all of the people who suffered under the inquisition were just assholes to the church. Saying things that the church finds offensive is totally a good reason to imprison people and/or torture them to death. I mean what else are you supposed to do when someone calls you dumb? Turn the other cheek or something?

But in all seriousness, let’s explore the context of Galileo’s trial. While it’s true that he called that character Simplicio, I think we’ll find that the matter was a little more complicated.

(Source: divineirony)

Columnist Says That To Reinvigorate Failing Churches, Christians Should Try Harder To Push Their Faith On Others

atheistassessment:

The Item is a small newspaper in South Carolina that occasionally publishes the thoughts of a faith columnist called Jamie Wilson. In her latest piece, quoted approvingly by the Christian Post, Wilson says that dwindling church attendance can be reversed…

christiannightmares:

Archbishop of Newark putting half-million dollar addition on his vacation home while church shuts down schools for lack of funding (To read the story, click image or here; Found at Boing Boing; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/22072604283/catholics-against-proposed-law-that-would-force)

christiannightmares:

Archbishop of Newark putting half-million dollar addition on his vacation home while church shuts down schools for lack of funding (To read the story, click image or here; Found at Boing Boing; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/22072604283/catholics-against-proposed-law-that-would-force)

I don’t claim to know an over-arching ‘Meaning of Life,’ but I do operate under the understanding that life should not be lived under the pretense that it is simply a test propagated by an invisible, intangible, Creator-God. And it should not be spent identifying with religious traditions and organized groups that, historically, have been at the root of a tremendous amount of oppression and violence.

David G. McAfee — Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist

The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators.

United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Pope Francis has simply changed the subject.

(Source: patheos.com)

confrontingbabble-on:

"Billy Graham is an American evangelical Christian evangelist who has a net worth of $25 million" http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/billy-graham-net-worth/
Because, telling others to be more like penniless Jesus…is a great way to get them to give you their money…

confrontingbabble-on:

"Billy Graham is an American evangelical Christian evangelist who has a net worth of $25 million" http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/billy-graham-net-worth/

Because, telling others to be more like penniless Jesus…is a great way to get them to give you their money…