christianity

Bishop Explains Christmas as Myth

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In his annual Christmas message the Rt Rev John Davies, Bishop of the Church in Wales diocese of Swansea and Brecon, complained about atheists timing their contrary message so as to "coincide with two of the church’s greatest festivals, Christmas and Easter" and claimed that their criticisms were in any case based on a misunderstanding.
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Who Needs Saving?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

It is disappointing to see a supposedly sophisticated voice of religion still so literalistic.
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Wes Fryer's journey of faith to Jesus

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Wes Fryer has posted a response to a request I made for more insight into why intelligent people adopt specific religious faiths.

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Shadi Hamid in DemocracyArsenal

Monday, June 19th, 2006

In democracyarsenal.org, Shadi Hamid makes a Note to Muslims objecting to a the claim by Zaid Shakir that his wish for an Islamic law is shared by "every Muslim who is honest".

Perhaps the wish for a Muslim country governed by Islamic law is parallel to the wish for a Christian nation governed according to Christian principles, or perhaps it is for sharia law which might be more parallel to asking to be governed by strictly literal Biblical rules. None of the four appeals to me but all are advocated by at least some of the religious "leaders" of each faith.

The claim that "every honest" Whateverist wants a Whateverist government may be denied by what Basil refers to as "Eid-Muslims" and "Christmas-Christians", but to those who believe that their faith clearly demands committment to its establishment in law, those who do not make that demand are legitimately cast as dishonest.

In the case of Christianity, disestablismentarianism is so evident in scriptural teaching that to any reasonable person (ie anyone who agrees with me) it is clear that it is actually those who would establish religious law who are making a dishonest interpretation. Unfortunately, for Islam, so far as I understand it, this is not the case.

AlterNet: Why I Am a Christian (Sort Of)

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Why I Am a Christian (Sort Of) (by Robert Jensen on AlterNet) is a reasonably clear statement of a fairly common hypocricy. How to respond?

I also took Jensen's path at one time - and later, in recognition of the common core values of all religions, described myself as a Christian-Muslim-...etc.
But to join any religion does lend support to the authority claimed by its leaders and for its scripture; and that is the problem.

The fundamental evil of all deistic religions is not their "core values" but their "essential blasphemy". They all attribute to humans and/or human creations the authority of what they call "god", and by doing so deny their adherents the moral autonomy that they claim "god" gave them.

Throughout history this has always been used to provide a supply of morally dependent Zombies to support one or other of the competing power structures of the day.

This is evil. If "god" exists, then all religions are the work of the devil. The "core values" are just bait on the hook, and "faith" is the barb.

So to do anything that legitimizes any organized deistic religion is dangerous.