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  • Why I'm Done With HubPages
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    Why I'm Done With HubPages

    9 months ago

  • The Outlines Of An Open Mind
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    The Outlines Of An Open Mind

    19 months ago

    When it comes to extraordinary or outrageous notions, one of the most common counsels is to “keep an open mind.” In principle, it's sound advice. After all, one cannot truly know if one's own position

  • The Disconfirmed Deity
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    The Disconfirmed Deity

    2 years ago

    Conventional wisdom has long presumed the impossibility of 'disproving' the existence of God. But the longer I contemplate it, the more I wonder about our common approaches to the question, and the more I suspect that conventional wisdom may be...

  • The Creation Conundrum
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    The Creation Conundrum

    2 years ago

    It's a popular axiom among atheists that the best way to expand our ranks is to encourage more people to read the Bible. The Genesis story alone -- at its core, just as fantastic and absurd as every other creation myth -- has enough specific...

  • Atheist Boogeymen - Part 2: Joseph Stalin
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    Atheist Boogeymen - Part 2: Joseph Stalin

    2 years ago

    With regard to “atheist boogeymen,” there are always two necessary questions: First, was the person actually an atheist? Second, did his supposed atheism motivate his atrocities? Unlike in the case of Adolf Hitler (who was demonstrably NOT an...

  • Josephus & The Baker's Dozen
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    Josephus & The Baker's Dozen

    2 years ago

    In debates over the historicity of Jesus, one name that invariably appears is that of Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian who made references to him in his writing (decades after Jesus supposedly died). What is NOT commonly known is that Josephus...

  • Atheist Boogeymen - Part 1: Adolf Hitler
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    Atheist Boogeymen - Part 1: Adolf Hitler

    2 years ago

    In debates over religious faith and morality, examples of humanity's greatest monsters are routinely offered to demonstrate the supposed “evils” of atheism, apparently in the mistaken presumption that someone so nefarious couldn't POSSIBLY...

  • Suffer The Children (2)
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    Suffer The Children (2)

    2 years ago

    The stories they DON'T tell you in church!

  • Ten Things You THOUGHT You Knew About The Bible
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    Ten Things You THOUGHT You Knew About The Bible

    13 months ago

    It's often said that the best way to make more atheists is to get more people to read the Bible, as there is such a stark difference between what people commonly THINK it says and what it ACTUALLY says. For example: ONE: Eve Was Made From One Of...

  • Daniel's Chronological Clutter
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    Daniel's Chronological Clutter

    2 years ago

    Skeptics often recognize the numerous contradictions, inconsistencies, redundancies and factual inaccuracies in the Bible. But criticizing the Bible's sloppy and confusing literary composition is much more subjective, and more problematic. Still,...

  • The Paradox Of Hell
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    The Paradox Of Hell

    2 years ago

    For reasonable, rational people, a notion like Hell is too horrifying and overwhelming to fully contemplate. Hence, one would presume it to pose an insurmountable moral and logical hurdle for those whose faith includes such a concept. Indeed,...

  • The Missing Messiah
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    The Missing Messiah

    2 years ago

    "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour" -- Isaiah 43 In Christianity, the Bible is essentially a two-volume text. The first is the Old Testament, where God establishes the rules in an historical narrative centered on the...

  • Gödel's Ontological Failure
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    Gödel's Ontological Failure

    23 months ago

    In 2013 a pair of computer researchers reportedly "verified" an ontological theorem* proposed by the late mathematician Kurt Gödel. Predictably, the media irresponsibly hailed this event as science "proving" Gödel's argument for God's existence....

  • Another Likely Story
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    Another Likely Story

    2 years ago

    It's a lovely summer afternoon. After a hard day's work, you're settling down into your favorite easy chair, getting ready to groan through the evening news and contemplate your dinner when you hear a loud knock on the front door. Peering through...

  • God Is Dead...And I Killed Him
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    God Is Dead...And I Killed Him

    2 years ago

    All my life, I had been a believer of the casual sort, with occasional visits to church and Sunday school but no real sense of commitment. As I approached the age of thirty, I suddenly decided to dedicate myself more completely to the life of...

  • Isaiah 53:  It's Not Who You Think
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    Isaiah 53: It's Not Who You Think

    10 months ago

    For Christian believers, the Old Testament book of Isaiah is a treasure-trove of Jesus prophecies, and chapter 53 (including the last three verses of chapter 52) is perhaps the most popular of all. At first glance, the verses -- which describe...

  • Immanuel CAN'T: Another Bogus Biblical Prophecy
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    Immanuel CAN'T: Another Bogus Biblical Prophecy

    10 months ago

    When it comes to defending the Bible, nothing is more appealing to believers than prophecies, and one of the most widely quoted is Isaiah chapter 7, verse 14: "...Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."...

  • Ten Clues Your Religion Might Be BS
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    Ten Clues Your Religion Might Be BS

    2 years ago

    For those who've spent a lifetime embracing a particular religious creed, it may be difficult to understand how anyone else could find it wanting. However, if you can see your own religion reflected in the following clues, you may begin to perceive...

  • You Can't Save An Atheist
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    You Can't Save An Atheist

    2 years ago

    Let's begin this hub with a short little quiz. According to the Bible, which of the following people CANNOT get into Heaven? (a) Adolph Hitler (genocidal warmonger) (b) Father John Geoghan (serial child molester) (c) Andrew Carnegie (American...

  • Ten Steps To Becoming An Atheist
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    Ten Steps To Becoming An Atheist

    2 years ago

    Of all the roads we travel in life, one of the most important is that which beckons us to truth. It is a journey without end, yet impossible to navigate without honesty, integrity and commitment. Among the many steps along the way are those that...

  • Malfeasance In The Garden Of Eden
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    Malfeasance In The Garden Of Eden

    10 months ago

    Consider for a moment a tragic hypothetical situation: A one-year old toddler is left alone with a loaded gun while his father runs an errand. On the way out the door, the father instructs the boy to not touch the gun, then lets in an older child...

  • Which Ten Commandments?
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    Which Ten Commandments?

    10 months ago

    We all the know the story of the Ten Commandments: Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt to Mount Sinai, where God gives him his rules carved into two stone tablets. Moses descends from the mountain, finds his people sinning and cavorting, and...

  • Religion Is Everywhere
    13

    Religion Is Everywhere

    2 years ago

    Some time ago, a believer (a fellow American) insisted to me in his hub that there has been an "almost total removal from our society of anything that mentions God." After I raised my jaw back up from the floor, he then asked that I show him where...

  • Ten Reasons To NOT Believe In God
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    Ten Reasons To NOT Believe In God

    2 years ago

    Just as there is no way to definitively prove that God exists, there is no way to prove that he doesn't.* Interpretations of the available physical evidence will always be subject to personal bias. Critical examination of “holy books” can be...

  • Who's The Better Reagan?
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    Who's The Better Reagan?

    2 years ago

    The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birthday. There is no one more revered in the conservative iconography than Reagan, and perhaps no one currently more reviled by hard-core conservatives than President Barack Obama. The...

  • Tax Myth Number One
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    Tax Myth Number One

    9 months ago

    In contemplating a title for this hub, which is about one of the pervasive myths regarding the United States income tax, I eventually recognized that there are so many myths and misconceptions regarding taxes that I would probably need to write a...

  • America's Great Secular Experiment
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    America's Great Secular Experiment

    6 years ago

    There are many believers in the United States who insist that America is a "Christian nation."  Usually, this is coupled with the assertion that the country was founded upon the principles of Christianity or, at the very least, on "Judeo-Christian...

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