If There Were No Afterlife, Would You Still Be A Christian?

I ask this question because I have never heard anyone else ask it.  To me this hypothetical question is at the heart of much controversy. On this site, and in many other contexts, it has been said that atheists are self centered and self abosorbed.  I understand this to mean that, because atheists are not focused…
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The End Is Near, The End Is Near

Let’s enjoy these brief moments between huge world class disasters to reflect on what they mean.  That is, we had the earthquake and tsumami in Japan but nothing that big for a few weeks.  During this time, there have been dozens of articles written by evangelists about the relationship of these events to the end of time.…
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Is It Ever OK To Ridicule A Religion?

Much has been made recently about the preacher who burned Korans.  And, of course, that was followed by the burning of some Bibles. It is acceptable only in certain contexts to be politically incorrect.  In the arts,  comedians regularly mock religious figures in the U. S.  There is a new play on Broadway by the South Park producers that…
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The Founding Fathers And A “Christian Nation”

Apologies to our readers in other countries.  Most days someone somewhere in the U. S. writes something like, “We know our founding fathers meant for the U.S.  to be a Chrisitan nation because Senator X wrote his granddaughter, ‘Say your prayers before bed.’” But finding a thread of actual events indicating the founders wanted the U. S. to be…
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Barna Group Polls Religious Voters

Changes in voter attitutdes by religious affiliation is especially facinating. A couple of things the Barna group found were expected.  One was the continued acceptance of gay marriage by religous voters.  The rate overall of acceptance continues in increase at the rate of two percent per year. The other was the general increase in interest in homeland security, poverty and…
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