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" Fix Reason firmly to her seat,
and call to her tribunal every fact,
every opinion.

Question with boldness even the existence of a God;

because if there be one,
he must more approve the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

- Thomas Jefferson

"How evangelical Christians defend their faith is annoying to me for the most part.

They don't realize how inconsistent their approach is
and how that same approach
is used by people of other faiths.

They don't connect the dots.

They were born into a Christian culture
and became believers because of cultural influences just like
Muslims in Iran,
or Catholics in Mexico,
or Buddhists in Thailand,
or Hindu's in India.

They know this and yet want to maintain theirs is the correct religion anyway,

just like Muslims, Catholics, Buddhists and Hindu's do when faced with this same sociological data.

Christians claim that these other religions are man-made ones.

But let's connect the dots here.

If other people in other parts of the globe
have created man-made religions

and are persuaded to believe in them because they were raised in their respective cultures,

then why is this not also true for their particular sect of Christianity?

Why do they think they are privileged to be born in the right time and place when others are not?

If there is a God why would he privilege them like this?

It's the natural tendency we humans have for thinking we're special,
that's why."

- John W. Loftus M.A., M.Div.,
Th.M Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,

author of

"Why I Became An Atheist:
A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity".

and the editor of & a contributor to

"The Christian Delusion:
Why Faith Fails".

"You are an intelligent human being.

Your life is valuable for its own sake.

You are not second-class in the universe,
deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind.

You are not inherently evil
- you are inherently human,
possessing the positive rational potential
to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy.

Trust yourself."

[ Dan Barker,
former minister,
"Losing Faith in Faith" ]

New reformation Leaving

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for daring to publish "irreligious" cartoons in 1882.)

A free course in Humanism is offered by the Institute for Humanist Studies online Library ( Massive )

Australian Rationalists

Supporters of Biblical Inerrancy need to read this

Prof. Richard Dawkins' site

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British Humanists

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PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
This has had a large readership for a long time. Atheist Agnostic Micro Macro Evolution

Austin Cline has much interesting material at

Australian Atheist Foundation forum

John W. Loftus
Why I Am Not a Christian: A Summary of My Case Against Christianity (2008)
Those raised within the church could read all of his "outsider test":

Leaving Christianity

Rich Lyons was a United Pentecostal Church minister for 20 years :

The World the Biblical Writers Thought They Lived In :

An Essay Investigating the Historical Jesus

DVD "The God who wasn't there" - - This blog links to over 1300 personal blogs. forum forum

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International-Atheists-Ring-of-Truth ( Nature )

"Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary" (2009)
Kenneth W. Daniels (1968-), former evangelical missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

"Towards the Light"
describes a fifth generation Baptist minister's journey from religion to humanism
and details the logical conclusions why he outgrew the faith of his forefathers.
Bruce Gerencser
pastored Evangelical / Fundamentalist Baptist / Non-Denominational Churches
in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan.

Rich Lyons spent 20 years as a minister of the United Pentecostal Church,

"The Rector Who Wouldn’t Pray For Rain", a memoir, & "Believe It Or Not"
Patrick Semple, former Church of Ireland clergyman

"Out of God's Closet"
This former Priest became a Psychologist
Dr. Stephen Frederick Uhl Ph.D.

"Freethought of the Day" is a daily email giving a very short biography of, and quotes from, notable freethinkers on their birthday.

It is limited to members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation or subscribers to Freethought Today.
I have found it a very good way to know about so many historical & contemporary people
of widely differing / sometimes conflicting interests & outlooks who have the one common link :
they were free from religion.

It is limited to members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation or subscribers to Freethought Today. the page also has a link to join the FFRF.

Dan Barker FFRF ( see the list at the side also )
Douglas Adams: American Atheist interview ( Over 10,000 results ) ( Over 100,000 results )

In The Human Bible Podcast , Dr. Robert M. Price,
former Baptist pastor, PhD in Systematic Theology (1981)
and a second PhD in New Testament (1993),
Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies at Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary

will demystify this foundational book,
all from a rational and non-ideological perspective
and all with a good dose of humor.

" For fans of history, religious studies, or literature — or of charismatic professorial types — The Human Bible is a trove of entertainment and enlightenment.

We'll cover everything from the Q Source
(including explaining what the heck that means)
to that one time God wanted to kill Moses for having a foreskin...."

Some groups who were also making very strenuous , different, efforts,
believed and tried to teach as "God's Truth" extremely different doctrines.
( some examples: LDS - Mormons ; Jehovah's Witnesses; etc )

One student had come to college from a church with which the SA had significant shared tradition.
He became quite upset when in a Bible class he was taught the SA's interpretation of some verse.

It apparently clashed importantly with what his previous church had taught him,
and apparently the instructor would not concede any validity to that interpretation.
( I wasn't in his class, & don't remember the issue.)

Most people in all these different groups just totally discounted the existence,
and claims to "Truth", of the others;
including the group of which I was a member.

Understanding came when I realised that all distinctive subcultures,
have developed, instilled & reinforced, thought habits
that automatically made their own group
the final authority on some matters.

( A "tribalisic" way of interpreting and interacting with a wider culture. )

Only by mentally and emotionally "moving outside" the group can we attempt
to objectively judge the validity of those beliefs.

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