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All of the holy texts that make up the world's dominant religions were written centuries ago, prior to the invention of telescopes, satellites, space shuttles, cosmic probes and planetary rovers. To those people, the sky was merely a canopy over the earth, and the stars were tiny dots glowing within. Little did they know that those stars are so far away that it takes light years to reach them, and that some of them are so massive that they would cover the distance from our sun to Mars. They...
I was going to write 'According to Islam' but it's quickly dawning on me that 'according to Islam' seems to translate into 'opinions of individual Muslims'.
So, what are the rights and status of women according to Qur'an and Sahih Ahadith? Do they, don't they have rights and freedoms that secular humanists, or just the West in general would appreciate?
Through the years, I have addressed many Christians regarding Heaven and they each seem to have a plethora of different perspectives on the subject. First, some believe Heaven is where they will do the best of things possible on Earth. Some believe they will have motor vehicles, mansions, go fishing or hunting with their deceased relations and so on. Others believe they get to rule their own planet, marry, have offspring and the list goes on.
However, none of this is based on scripture and...
In discussions about religion people often interchange the words belief and faith with one another. Others use the word faith to mean something akin to trust. While I do see these all relate to one another, I believe there are important distinctions to make when speaking of faith in a religious sense of the word.
I see faith as distinct from beliefs, in that beliefs can and do change over time in the course of one's religious faith. The core impulse towards "God" or the "Ultimate Reality",...
I just had to. Nothing serious. One of those things. Flip it anyway ya wish, but this is how I think of atheism:
Sam: Look what my friend drew for art class, sis.
Carol: I don't see anything.
Sam: But it's there. See the house with a chimney. The front porch. Papa rocking in his chair?
Carol: I don't see anything.
Sam: Then you're not looking hard enough.
Carol: I know there isn't anything there.
Sam: How do you know?
Carol: Because I see nothing: no marks. no colors. no ink. no led.
Pope Francis condemns exploitative bosses as 'bloodsuckers' who make workers 'slaves'
The Pope has condemned exploitative bosses as “bloodsuckers” and said they make “slaves” out of workers.
Pope Francis also spoke out against unfair employment contracts in a sermon which appeared to refer to both exploited migrants and domestic workers....
For religions that put emphasis on this life being a test because we have freewill and can make bad/wrong decisions, will people have freewill in the afterlife? If freewill makes people so unpredictable that we need to be tested in the first place, what will keep them from making bad/wrong decisions in the afterlife? Will our freewill be removed? Will freewill be limited in some fashion so transgressions can't be made? If our freewill will be removed or limited later, what purpose is there...
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