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Why I am not an atheist …

September 22, 2008 | By | 164 Replies More
Why I am not an atheist …

But, before we get to that, a brief introduction: My name is Hank & I run a blog called Ethics Gradient (which, it should be noted, may – does – contain some coarse language. In my mind, it’s all perfectly justified but I realise not everyone digs the sailor-talk). I also go by “Mandrellian” on various threads on various blogs, youtube […]

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Ignorance Rampant

September 17, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
Ignorance Rampant

The following is a quote lifted from Charlie Stross’s blog and is pretty much In Full. We. Are. Not. Going. To. Die. On. Wednesday. The maximum energy the particles generated by the LHC (7TeV) get up to is many orders of magnitude below the maximum energy of cosmic rays that hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere […]

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The incessant allure of Republican morality and what Democrats can do about it.

September 10, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
The incessant allure of Republican morality and what Democrats can do about it.

For the past few years, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt has successfully injected a huge does of psychology into the study of morality. Along the way, he has gone a long way toward bridging the “is” with the “ought,” a chasm that many philosophers have insisted to be unbridgeable.  Haidt explores these moral-psychological issues in highly […]

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Why practicing Catholics should vote for Barack Obama, not for John McCain

September 7, 2008 | By | 22 Replies More
Why practicing Catholics should vote for Barack Obama, not for John McCain

I am a practicing Roman Catholic, and will vote for Barack Obama for President of the United States. Not only will I vote for Senator Obama, I will do so gladly and with a clear conscience.  The reasons are many.  This lengthy post enumerate many of those reasons, providing ample links in support. I accept […]

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Jesus the Republican

September 7, 2008 | By | Reply More
Jesus the Republican

I didn’t realize that Jesus had said these things (click on the image for a larger version): Empathy, anyone?

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More of my favorite quotes

July 30, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
More of my favorite quotes

I collect quotes (who doesn’t?). Really, it’s a good hobby. It’s cheap and often interesting. When they are really good quotes, it’s like a novel condensed to a mere sentence. The first two of this set are about one of my favorite topics, rampant materialism. The others all relate closely to one another, but only […]

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Churches: Places where rich people go to get God’s approval to live lavishly

July 27, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Churches:  Places where rich people go to get God’s approval to live lavishly

MSNBC has recently reported on the prosperity gospel of Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, which appears to be benefiting mostly—Kenneth Copeland and his relatives. Kenneth Copeland, 71, is a pioneer of the prosperity gospel, which teaches that believers are destined to flourish spiritually, physically and financially — and share the wealth with others. His ministry’s 1,500-acre campus […]

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The Frackin’ Cracker Tempest

July 25, 2008 | By | 6 Replies More
The Frackin’ Cracker Tempest

In case you’ve been out of touch, a student in Florida took Our Lord Jesus Christ hostage a few weeks ago. He walked out of church with a consecrated communion wafer to show to a friend, rather than promptly eating the true flesh of the 2000 year old man. Ignoring the question of whether Jesus […]

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George Carlin’s final national performance is available on YouTube

July 23, 2008 | By | Reply More
George Carlin’s final national performance is available on YouTube

Tonight I watched “It’s Bad For Ya,” George Carlin’s final nationally televised performance. The entire show is available on YouTube (Below is Part I of VII). The show was broadcast live on March 1, 2008, only a few months prior to Carlin’s death (due to a heart attack, on June 22, 2008). [I’m having some […]

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