Secular AmericaExcerpted from “Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions” by Phil Zuckerman. Published by Penguin Press. Copyright 2014 by Phil Zuckerman. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.Secular America by ulyferal
What is going on? How do we explain this recent wave of secularization that is washing over so much of America?
The answer to these questions is actually much less theological or philosophical than one might think. It is simply not the case that in recent years tens of millions of Americans have suddenly started doubting the cosmological or ontological arguments for the existence of God, or that hundreds of thousands of other Americans have miraculously embraced the atheistic naturalism of Denis Diderot. Sure, this may be happening here and there, in this or that dorm room or on this or that Tumblr page. The best-sellers written by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris—as well as the irreverent impiety and flagrant mockery of religi
Oh Yeah! I believe it!This article caught my eye this morning and I couldn't help but agree somewhat. The only thing I disagree with it is that not all self-professed atheists are super intelligent, successful, or married but then the article wasn't addressing the regular Joe-Blow out there that feels this way about religion.Oh Yeah! I believe it! by ulyferal
I have to include myself in this last category as I'm not overly successful (I did have a great career in the service but was only a low ranker) and I did run my own business (but didn't make a lot of money), I was dead average in school, and though I do need a little more education, I'm not gung ho about going back for more education. But despite not being in the category given in the article, I do fit in with about thirty percent of the people who don't believe there is a higher power out there and don't want or need a 'religion' to tell me how to run my life or how to think.
It's hard enough obeying the laws our government imposes on us without adding totally out of date ones
Generation Snowflake: Millenials Millennials (meaning anyone who was born during or after the late 80's) are guys like me. What Richard Hell called, and what I used to call, the Blank Generation: because we grew up obsessed with ethical relativism and avoiding labels to the point avoiding labels is in and of itself a labeled behavior, hipsters. What I just realized is...'No, we're not a blank generation: we're a generation of hapless snowflakes, masturbating academically to our systematic exemption from criticism and responsibility.To the point we will assert our ignorance at gun point.' By either name, the prevalent trait is a lack of responsibility, merely an inflated sense of victimhood. As well as a mythical vomit of threat narratives for and against this or that. The white noise that results is equal parts inane, impotent and violently unhealthy. We nest echo chambers where we talk at people rather than to them. Context is an obstacle to activism; and extremism is more important than progress. Feelings precGeneration Snowflake: Millenials by codyrush
Agnosticism, Judgmentalism, and Faith.I just watched a documentary called "The God Who Wasn't There". It seemed very immature to me, but I have to admit that they guy does make a few decent points. (Overall, it just seemed like angst from bible camp.)Agnosticism, Judgmentalism, and Faith. by CrypticGrin
I left the documentary with only one question. Why do most Christians look down on agnostics? To me, you can't truly have faith until you have doubted it and rediscovered it through deep thought and reason. I'm in the process of trying to find and understand my stance on faith, and I get the most judgmental looks from devout Christians when I explain to them where I am on my path of discovery. In the bible, Jesus says that anyone who doubts the existence of the holy spirit will be damned. I have a creeping feeling that this is a severe misinterpretation, or one of the many edits by the early Catholic church. If God is truly a loving god as people claim, why would he condemn people for seeking the truth? Would he rather us lie to ourselves? This seems very contradictory.
Let's Hear it for an Enlightened Man!I must say, I knew about all the philanthropic activities of ex-President Carter but this last item truly epitomizes this man's strength of character and beliefs. Too sad he isn't still our president. Would have been interesting to see what he might have done if he'd been in office after the damage the Bushs had done to the US's reputation worldwide. Perhaps we wouldn't be in such deep doo with everyone now.Let's Hear it for an Enlightened Man! by ulyferal
Anyway, I really hope his message on the treatment of women gets more than lip service by the world. Right now I'm sick and tired of being treated like second or third class citizen ... as if we weren't as important as a male in the scheme of life. It seems males need something to dominant and women are the convenient target. And using religion as a reason for their bad behavior is even more heinous.
I'm going to give this man's book a read. Perhaps you should to. (This is my opinion so don't get your panties in a twist if you don't agree w
Stop Whining!This article in today's yahoo news[link] got me to thinking seriously about the future of my kids and what I and my husband need to do to survive this new tech world.Stop Whining! by ulyferal
Unfortunately, the comments below the article were the exact opposite of my reaction and is the symptom of why we're not moving forward as a society. Too many people keep wanting to go back to the way things were but that's never going to happen.
People! Instead of whining about how low-level jobs are gone or going, get ahead of the wave of tech instead and figure out what you can do to be a part of it.
I know it's common for people in older generations to be afraid of tech but that's only because they don't get educated on how to use it (like cell/smartphones, computers, software, apps, social networking, blogging, etc). Many of those whiners I spoke of are indeed afraid of tech,
Political RantWith the presidential election coming up, I am sick to death of all the mud slinging from the two candidates. I'm so disgusted, I don't even want to vote at all.Political Rant by ulyferal
So what I want to know is why should we vote when the electoral college is the only ones allowed to make the final decision on who will be our new president, ignoring the people's choice?
"We the People" have lost our voice! We no longer choose our presidents and have no real say in how our government will be run. That has been given to those with money and means.... in other words....with the political clout to be heard.
We allow these people to pour money into campaign coffers so only their choice will be the one we have to vote for. This was not how things were supposed to be when our democracy was set up all those years ago!
We shouldn't allow this to go on. "We the people" aren't being given fair representation in our elections, when only the ones
Merchants of DoubtDenial that climate change is man-made is almost exclusively an American feature. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686.fullMerchants of Doubt by Modern-Ecology
Have you ever been curious why that is? Merchants of Doubt tells the history of climate change denial in the US and how "selling doubt" is profitable for a few scientists.
Merchants of Doubt has been praised - and attacked - around the world, for reasons easy to understand. This book tells, with "brutal clarity" (Huffington Post), the disquieting story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists, and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. The same individuals who claim the science of global warming is "not settled" have also denied the truth about studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one t
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