Tag Archives: religion

Homeschool org shut down

Christian Home School organization Wisdom Home School was recently shut down by the Alberta Department of Education for apparent financial irregularities. This is, to me, good news. As many of you know, we homeschool our two oldest kids (3rd goes to play school, might go to public school, 4th is TBD), but we strive for a secular education. We aim to ensure they will be able to compete with other kind devices their age.

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Are lifeforms just super-efficient entropy machines?

Start by reading this and this. Both articles present ideas on how life and entropy may be interconnected. I find this incredibly fascinating. It also makes a lot of sense from a layman’s perspective.

Think about it. Pretty much every aspect of life is part of an intricate system that reduces complex mass and energy into less complex mass & energy. In other words…entropy.

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Religion harms children

Sadly, here I am discussing yet another story of a person’s religious belief harming a child. An evangelical Christian woman beat her son with a coat hanger leaving 36 vicious bruises. There’s a graphic image of the child’s back in the linked story.

I know not every child abuser does it for religious reasons, some are just abusive assholes, nor are all religious people child abusers. However, that doesn’t excuse or change the fact that certain religious beliefs are undoubtedly the reason behind some child abuse. Whataboutery won’t change this.

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Objective Morality

First, let’s define these two words:

ob·jec·tive
əbˈjektiv/
adjective

1. (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
“historians try to be objective and impartial”
synonyms:    impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, nonpartisan, disinterested, neutral, uninvolved, even-handed, equitable, fair, fair-minded, just, open-minded, dispassionate, detached, neutral
“I was hoping to get an objective and pragmatic report”

mo·ral·i·ty
məˈralədē/
noun

1. principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
synonyms:    ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality More

Together it is “A set of principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.”

In other words, if you have a standard of morality that cannot be influenced by your own feelings, you can have objective morality.

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Threshold of Proof

Note: This was originally published on my blogspot blog on November 9, 2014.

Different people obviously have different thresholds for what they consider “proof”; let’s call that our “Threshold of Proof” or ToP because I’m lazy & don’t want to type it over & over. To me, Evidence is what leads to proof. Some people require multiple pieces of evidence to consider something proven while others require little to no evidence to claim proof.

Where am I going with this? Stick with me.

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The many faces of Yahweh

Throughout history, the gods’ men have invented have always matched the culture they came from and looked like the people of that culture (some exceptions apply). Often cultures would adopt & modify the Gods from neighboring or conquered cultures so they better reflect their own culture and then amalgamate them into one of their own gods or add them to their pantheon. This allowed them to integrate a culture into their own in a way that made them less likely to revolt.

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If Religion was a science experiment

Note: This was originally published on my Blogspot blog on July 18, 2013.

Just imagine for a second that the search for the gods is a giant science experiment. In this experiment, the various Religions throughout time have been the ‘tests’ humans have been conducting to try and prove their own god-theory and/or falsify other peoples god-theories; almost like a peer review.

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