Tag: Religion

Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

March 31, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Unnecessary Study: Praying Doesn’t Heal Heart Patients

Researchers have just spent a whole lot of money determining that prayer does not seem to work.  In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher […]

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What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

March 29, 2006 | By | 14 Replies More
What it’s Like to Go to an Evangelical Church

Subtitle: Fear and Darkness On June 26, 2005, I attended the 9:00 a.m. service of the first Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County as an amateur anthropologist. The large physical church is a spacious modern structure that appears to seat about 2000 people. As I approached the parking lot I encountered the “Church police.” […]

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Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

March 28, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

Many of us don’t consciously choose some of the most important aspects of our lives.  This includes the choice of religion.  Many people claim that we don’t really choose the religion we end up following.  After all, many of us end up adopting the religion of our parents. Is there a problem with this approach?  […]

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Religion (and sex)

March 28, 2006 | By | Reply More
Religion (and sex)

I like to listen to what’s going on out on the streets.   One way to do this is to talk to a cab driver. Since I was taking an extended cab ride in Long Island yesterday, I decided to ask the driver about religion and politics.  He was a 40-year old divorced Greek man.  Here’s […]

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I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.

March 23, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

People who don’t believe in God are constantly disparaged as immoral by those who do.  Many conservatives believe that most of what they perceive to be wrong with the world can be traced to secular humanism, a phrase they can barely utter without spitting.  For them, secular humanism is a nasty weed that sprouts from […]

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Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

March 22, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Hell is Unconstitutional – Boycott Heaven

When my friend Doug wrote that “God loves us like an abusive parent,” it sounded so very harsh, but it then reminded me of that most troublesome of concepts:  hell. I was raised Catholic, where hell was portrayed to be a very bad place to go.  Many Catholics, however, and many liberal Christians, don’t believe […]

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Beware Claims of Pregnancy Resource Centers

March 17, 2006 | By | 20 Replies More
Beware Claims of Pregnancy Resource Centers

The following is a letter I wrote to an acquaintance who asked me to contribute to a “Pregnancy Resource Center” in order to assist them to do their “important work.”   As you can see, my investigation revealed that Pregnancy Resource Centers are unwilling to plainly admit their real agenda. Dear ____:  I was intrigued when […]

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The Immorality of Inquiry

March 15, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The Immorality of Inquiry

Consider, that many religions consider it immoral to do any of the following: Ask certain obvious questions (Is there a God? Will God decide to abolish hell?) Follow evidence wherever it leads. (Many Believers refuse to consider indisputable indicators demonstrating that the earth is actually more than 6,000 years old). Admit that one does not really know […]

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