I Draw the Line at Canaan

godless in dixie

jerichoI’d like to tell you about the last time I was able to stomach going to church. First you must realize that this was the culmination of years of struggle and tension for me. Back when I was still a teenager, I had only been a devoted Christian for two or three years before I began to see some glaring inconsistencies between Pauline theology and the superficial religious fixations of the evangelical church. Reading the letter to the Galatians (which virtually all scholars agree is one of the authentic letters) I saw a focus on freedom from law and external rule-following. But turning to look at my evangelical surroundings, I saw an almost obsessive preoccupation with appearances, image-keeping, and tradition. Before long I found that I identified more with edgier, non-conformist Christians subcultures—the misfits if you will—and I found these people to be more authentic and loads more fun to…

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AronRa, “Disproving evolution won’t save creationism”

Believers vs Non-Believers

Disproving evolution cannot save creationism, a prominent atheist activist told a convention of free thinkers.

“Even if a god appeared and started poofing things out of nothing, that still wouldn’t prove the Bible because that collection of contrived and plagiarized fairy tales has already been disproved beyond redemption, and not even the existence of god could change that,” the video blogger Aron Ra said Sunday during Apostacon.

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Master & Slave Morality Part 2

The Alchemist's Imagination

Last week I wrote a post highlighting some of the nuances of Nietzsche’s idea of Master and Slave morality, you can read it here. This is a continuation of that discussion.

L. Nathan Oaklander (1996) writes that “Master morality begins with an affirmation, with what is good and what is worthwhile” (p. 85). Oaklander (1996) goes on to say that “The strong willed are those who have the strength to chart their own course, create their own values, and live in accordance with them” (p. 85). The strength expressed in Master morality is affirmative and ultimately creative, as a master is one who has the strength to be self-determinative, creating his own morals, values, and guidelines particular only to himself. Nietzsche (1996) makes this clear writing,

The noble type of man experiences itself as determining values; it does not need approval; it judges, “what is harmful to me is…

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Differing beliefs about Muhammed: Respect needs to go both ways.

Free Thinker Journal

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Written by: Sigvart Midling-Hansen

Living in Denmark, Copenhagen to be specific, you cannot avoid getting into the debate on a regular basis; was it OK for Jylland post to print the Muhammed caricatures? I’ve taken a clear stance on the matter, yes it was absolutely OK, even more – I actually believe that it served a purpose and still does so. The purpose is to both shed light on how people swearing to a certain belief wish to dictate in what way we relate to a historical figure, independent of whether us others share their beliefs, further to state that we will not bend to their absolutism.

I write about this issue once again, exactly because the issue keep popping up, with good reason. After all, radical Islam is more alive today than ever. Those who wish to gain control over us in the name of Islam are on the…

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Christianity in Abolitionist Readings

British Romanticism at Georgia State University

(Written by Sofia Kravchenko.)

Christianity is clearly a common thread across abolitionist literature. This is not surprising, seeing as it was a very large part of life in England at this point in time. Thus far, there has not been one assigned reading which did not in some way reference Christianity. It has been used by Coleridge to appeal to his audience’s sensibilities, reminding them of their obligation as Christians. It has been used by Barbauld in “Epistle to William Wilberforce”, in which she explains that England will be punished by God for allowing slavery to persist and reaping the products of that institution. It has been used by More in “The Sorrows of Yamba” as a means of making the protagonist relatable to English readers. In much the same way, Christianity appeared in Equiano’s memoir, and it had much the same effect: it made him more relatable. Cobbett, however…

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