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Quote of the Day, epicurus on Herod

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Biblical Exegesis, History, The Nativity | 1 comment

In my post on Herod, epicurus brought up a great point with regard to the news of the Messianic prophecy which shook Jerusalem at the arrival of the MAgi: In the same way that the resurrection story tosses out a verse that should cause a revolution, then moves on as if no big deal (the dead coming out of their graves and walking around the city -Matt 27:52-3), the assertion that Herod and all of Jerusalem being “troubled” at the wise men following a star to come worship the new King of The Jews (Matt 2:3) doesn’t seem to mean much for a fair size city.

Guest post: a request about homosexuality and genetics

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Science, Science and religion, Sexuality | 12 comments

Here is a guest post from someone (a South American who wants to remain anonymous) who contacted me by email asking for help in dealing with the topic of homosexuality and genetics after he read my two posts on homosexuality and Christianity. It seems that there is a prominent Christian author pairing whose work seems to be a concerted effort to minimise the importance of genetic determinism in producing homosexuality. Over to the guest poster:

Does free market capitalism close the inequality gap? No.

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Economics, Featured, Politics | 4 comments

I was recently having a debate on You Tube, of all places, with a UKIP supported who refused to take on board any of my points unless the solutions I provided were free market centred. A selection of his comments will follow, this first one was after I pointed out that UKIP are science deniers (and I won't post you the full nonsense he replied on his attempted philosophy of science, eg "People who use the word "consensus" in science can f*ck off out of science. That is a socialist/collectivist idea."):

Have Yourself a SINful Little Holiday Season!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Atheism, Featured, Science and religion, Skepticism | 0 comments

Despite the fact that most scientific skeptics do not find themselves formerly associated with a religion, this time of year tends to nonetheless bring out the giving spirit in many of us. Although Tom Flynn wouldn't approve, many of us celebrate (in a secular fashion) Christmas, or Kwanza, or Festivus, or the Solstice, or Hanukkah, or just like to give presents because it's fun.

Awesome opportunity for morality without God! An appeal for your help.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Featured, Morality, Philosophy | 2 comments

What follows is a guest post by a woman named Heather over in Australia. She is involved in something called microfinance through an organisation called Kiva. Kiva is something I got involved in since one of the Skepticule podcast hosts mentioned it in a discussion on morality following one of my Pearced Off segments. As you will read, microfinance is way of doing charity through loaning out to worthy causes and then receiving the money back to loan out again. This empowers those borrowing to better their lives off their own backs, and gives them the leg up they often need.