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The truth has set me free!


Original Source: http://feeds.exchristian.net/~r/Exchristiandotnet-EncouragingEx-christians/~3/QW6SuU99RIc/the-truth-has-set-me-free.html By Jeffery Lee Bergman ~ As a former evangelical fundamentalist associate pastor and elder, I greatly appreciate people willing to speak openly and honestly about their de-conversion experience. As a young boy, church was a weekly obligation where we dressed up in our Sunday best as members…

eSkeptic for July 5, 2017


Original Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Skepticcom/~3/AKVYgCmPwpA/ In this week’s eSkeptic: Science Salon Moment: Gary Taubes Warns About Sugar in Your Diet Feature: I am Not Living in a Computer Simulation, and Neither Are You Skepticality: Fighting Post-Truth FROM SCIENCE SALON # 9 Gary Taubes Warns About Sugar in Your Diet Among Americans, diabetes…

When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 1 OF 2)


Original Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/16/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-1-of-2 Recent headlines have seen violent responses toward the culture's more distasteful voices. White supremacist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview. Milo Yiannopoulos' Berkley speech prompts riots.  Ann Coulter cancels her own Berkley appearance over security concerns.  Justifiable outrage against outrageous people and ideas seems to spill…

Christianity’s Pagan Borrowings


Original Source: http://feeds.exchristian.net/~r/Exchristiandotnet-EncouragingEx-christians/~3/CjXDL5At3eQ/christianitys-pagan-borrowings.html By Karen Garst ~ “Over the course of centuries, myths are invented, told, and then start to travel as they make the rounds, they are borrowed, reshaped and retold – often to fit a very local agenda.”[1]For most people who believe in a god, a myth is…

Penis


Original Source: http://feeds.exchristian.net/~r/Exchristiandotnet-EncouragingEx-christians/~3/ac3Cdksy3NI/penis.html By Carl S ~ No, you have not mistakenly accessed a porn or medical site. You're on the right site. We're here to deal with the penis as it applies to religion. The spokesmen for major religions have pushed their rules about sexual behavior on humankind for…

eSkeptic for July 12, 2017


Original Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Skepticcom/~3/RMu98Vx6v5E/ In this week’s eSkeptic: Science Salon Moments: Janna Levin Discusses the Edge of the Universe Scientific American: Who Are You? Memories, Points of View and the Self MonsterTalk: Naming Monsters: Interview with Ben Frable FROM SCIENCE SALON # 5 Does the Universe Just Go On Forever? This…

When to Punch a Nazi: a Conversation about Free Speech (PART 2 OF 2)


Original Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/17/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-2-of-2 On this 2nd part of a two-part podcast, we discuss the controversial subject of physical violence as a response to hate speech.   Support our sponsor:  Stamps.com http://www.stamps.com (promo code: sethandrews) Part 1 of this discussion can be heard here:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/16/when-to-punch-a-nazi-a-conversation-about-free-speech-part-1-of-2

What Is Bayes’ Theorem & How Do You Use It?


Original Source: http://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/12742 Bayes’ Theorem is just a logical formula. Like any logic, it can be used to argue silly things (like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory trying to predict the future of physics on a whiteboard). Because bad premises, always lead to bad conclusions, even with straightforward syllogistic…

The Devil You Don't Know (with Andrea Garatshun)


Original Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/05/23/the-devil-you-dont-know-with-andrea-garatshun Andrea Garatshun is a former Christian fundamentalist.  Now an atheist, she has spent the past decade as a Bible researcher, with a focus on biblical Hebrew, and understanding the gods of the Old Testament – the Tanakh. Garatshun asserts that Christian tradition’s archetypes of Satan are completely…

The Greatest Story Ever Told (So Far) – with Dr. Lawrence Krauss


Original Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2017/06/06/the-greatest-story-ever-told-so-far--with-dr-lawrence-krauss Theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has written a new book about "The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far," which examines and celebrates the human exploration of our universe. He discusses his book, and his perspective on the religious ideas of a "Greatest Story," with Seth Andrews in this…

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