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Dawkins admits to Ancient Astronaut theory

December 23rd, 2009

MindSet

Uber-Atheist Richard Dawkins recently talked to Ben Stein about guess what? Yep you're right, the non existence of god. What was interesting about this conversation was that Dawkins let it slip that it is entirely possible that we (humans) could be the product of Intelligent Design, abet through alien DNA creation and or manipulation...

It could be that at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civilization evolved by probably some kind of Darwinian means to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Now that is a possibility and an intriguing possibility and I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of biochemistry or molecular biology you might find a signature of some sort of designer.

"If everything is ready on the Dark Side of the moon, play the five tones..."

Thou Shalt Steal

December 23rd, 2009

Peter John Glynn

An unholy row has erupted after a Parish Priest in York , UK seemed to condone shoplifting if in desperate need - but only from the multi-national chain stores.

Fr. Tim Jones of the Parish of SS. Lawrence and Hilda appeared on national TV to explain his comments. Is it really a surprise that , if faced with a choice between starving and shoplifting , a priest would advocate the latter?

The thought of the poor stealing from the multinationals is not a thought to fill anyone with particular dread.

The story is possibly a welcome break for the Government from the daily headlines over MP expenses.

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Second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus

December 17th, 2009

MindSet

jesusdrawingA Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross.

The father said he got a call earlier this month from Maxham Elementary School informing him that his son, a second-grade student, had created a violent drawing. The image in question depicted a crucified Jesus with Xs covering his eyes to signify that he had died on the cross. The boy wrote his name above the cross.

“As far as I’m concerned, they’re violating his religion,” the incredulous father said.

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Raelian leader from Iran seeks asylum in Turkey

December 9th, 2009

MindSet

raelians1Religious intolerance in the Middle East?  Who would believe such a thing!  I'm being sarcastic of course, as the middle east is a hot bed of religious fervor and intolerance.  With the main religion being Islam, and followed closely by the Jews, then throw in a few Christians and you've got a great mix of intolerance and violence.

Ah... Love thy neighbor.

Anyway, it seems that another religion which is just as wacky abet a lot smaller than the rest, is all set to join the intolerance party that is the Middle East.

Enter the Raelians...

The U.N. refugee agency is considering an asylum request from the Iranian leader of a sect that believes in extraterrestrials.  Negar Azizmoradi has been detained in Turkey for not carrying a valid passport and is being held at a refugee detention center in Istanbul.

Her Raelian Movement in Iran says she faces a possible death sentence if sent home.

The group, sometimes referred to as a cult, denies the existence of God and believes life on Earth was created by clones of extraterrestrials.

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Globally, Religion has changed. Or has it?

October 26th, 2009

MindSet

I view truly religious people as very rare, and culturally religious people as very common.  What does that mean?  A new report released by the University of Chicago, which presents “the most comprehensive analysis to date of global religious trends.” report, that seems to speak at cross-purposes concerning the worlds religious beliefs, and provides no clear answers as to the current religious structure of the world.

“Religious change around the world is a complex phenomenon,” the report begins, in an almost comic understatement. “No simple description such as secularization, religious revival, or believing without belonging captures the complexity of the process.”

... so the world is more religious, but not really?

The United States, as often noted, remains unusually religious among advanced industrial nations. Nearly 6 out of 10 Americans pray one or more times each day; high percentages report feeling close to God, experiencing God’s presence or guidance on most days. Faith in God, they say, is “very important” in their lives.

But...

Nonetheless, belief in God has slipped a little, and more Americans, though still believing, acknowledge some uncertainty about God’s existence.

Confused?

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Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins

October 6th, 2009

MindSet

We're gluttons for infographics, and a team at Kansas State just served up a feast: maps of sin created by plotting per-capita stats on things like theft (envy) and STDs (lust). Christian clergy, likely noting the Bible Belt's status as Wrath Central, question the "science." Valid point—or maybe it's just the pride talking.

greed

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