"The bigot of the woods can form no conception of beings possessed of properties differing from his own: it requires, indeed, a mind considerably tinctured with science, and enlarged by cultivation to contemplate itself, not as the center and model of the Universe, but as one of the infinitely various multitude of beings of which it is actually composed."
Percy Bysshe Shelley,
"A Refutation of Deism"
Is there any evidence for a real Jesus? Was Jesus' story borrowed from earlier religions and cultures? Is Jesus really the reason for the Christmas season, which is being celebrated globally this week?
In this podcast, Seth Andrews speaks to three historians who have dedicated much of their lives and writings to the subject of Christ and Christianity: Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Dr. Robert M. Price.
RICHARD CARRIER: http://www.richardcarrier.info
DAVID FITZGERALD: http://www.amazon.com/David-Fitzgerald/e/B004ASD9M4
ROBERT M. PRICE: http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com
"...if you don’t want to buy baloney even when it’s reassuring to do so,
there are precautions that can be taken; there’s a tried-and-true,
consumer-tested method." 1. Wherever
possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”
substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of
view. 3. Arguments
from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the
past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is
that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts. 4. Spin more
than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the
different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you
might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the
hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among “multiple
working hypotheses,” has a much better chance of being the right answer than if
you had simpl…
"Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, "JFK: A President
Betrayed" uncovers new evidence that reveals how JFK embarked on secret
back channel peace efforts with Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro and
was determined to get out of Vietnam despite intense opposition inside
his own government." - Written by
Agora Productions (IMDb)
This got me thinking, "what would life had been like had he not been assassinated?" No Vietnam war... negotiations with Russia... negotiations with Cuba...
My band is playing @ Patchwork Show... Where it all started… Patchwork
Show Santa Ana is our first location and our biggest event drawing
thousands of customers for over seven years. In 2012, we moved our event
to downtown in the heart of the Artists Village next to our friends The
Gypsy Den, Lola’s, Little Sparrow, Grand Central Arts Center and El
Centro Cultural de Mexico. This urban and historical setting encompasses
three different streets and incorporates local galleries, museums and a
handful of restaurants and bars.
Patchwork Show features 160+ local vendors selling diverse handmade goods (see our gallery
for a closer look), curated food trucks, DIY stations to get your craft
on,food artisan area, live music and rotating services like photo
booths, bike valet and gift-wrapping depending on the location and
11am-5pm All Patchwork Show events are FREE to the public.
My band, The Autumn Band will be performing @2pm, along with several other fantastic gro…
Surviving Saddam and Confronting Islam, with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar
November 19, 2014
Host: Josh Zepps
As the threat posed by radical Islamists like those of ISIS grows in popular awareness, Islam itself becomes more of a target for criticism; some of it
fair, and some of it based in ignorance or bigotry. Can efforts to defend Islam and Muslims from discrimination and racism go too far, and keep us from
having an honest discussion about something of such critical importance?
This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, an Iraqi refugee turned activist, and founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement.
Al Mutar talks about growing up in Iraq under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, and his belief that Islam needs to be more vigorously criticized, and that its
adherents must be held to a higher moral standard.
With my old house cleaned up, and on the market; I decide to visit my old quarters and photograph some old show flyers from Corona's Showcase Theater (circa 2005-06), and a painting from Big Bird (really from my aunt, Sue), as well as an old painting of the sea that once hung at my grandparents' house.
Is God real, or is he imaginary?
Is God real, or is he imaginary? It is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself.
If God is real and
if God inspired the Bible, then we should worship God as the Bible
demands. We should certainly post the Ten Commandments in our
courthouses and shopping centers, put "In God We Trust" on the money and
pray in our schools. We should focus our society on God and his
infallible Word because our everlasting souls hang in the balance. . .
Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms,
and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra
Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series
of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular
resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singer's thoughts on the
ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth
Avenue's posh boutiques. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution
while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a
friend stroll through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our
culture's fixation on individualism. And while driving through
Manhattan, Cornel West - perhaps America's best-known public
intellectual - compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how
intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be. Offering privileged
moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosoph…
1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY Every human being deserves a say
in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will
of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at
every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives
are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to
create new types of political organizations which expand the process of
participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the
decision-making process. 2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally
from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must
consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at
large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and
homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and
equal justice under the law. 3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM Human societies
must operate with the understa…
One cannot criticize religious dogmatism for long without
encountering the following claim, advanced as though it were a
self-evident fact of nature: there is no secular basis for morality.
Raping and killing children can only really be wrong, the thinking goes,
if there is a God who says it is. Otherwise, right and wrong would be
mere matters of social construction, and any society would be at liberty
to decide that raping and killing children is actually a wholesome form
of family fun. In the absence of God, John Wayne Gacy could be a better
person than Albert Schweitzer, if only more people agreed with him.It is simply amazing how widespread this fear of secular moral chaos
is, given how many misconceptions about morality and human nature are
required to set it whirling in a person’s brain. There is undoubtedly
much to be said against the spurious linkage between faith and morality,
but the following three points should suffice. If a book like the Bible were the only re…
How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United
States of Secrets, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the
dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial
secret surveillance program -- and the lengths it went to try to keep
it hidden from the public.
FRONTLINE continues the dramatic inside story of mass surveillance in
America with Part Two of United States of Secrets, an investigation into
the hidden relationship between Silicon Valley and the National
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is an American science documentary
television series. It is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a
follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which
was presented by Carl Sagan