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The 21st Century Called…

November 20, 2012 // Online/News, Religion

The Church of England will vote today to decide whether to allow women to serve as bishops. This ¬†decision point comes twenty years after women were allowed to become priests, and a full 84 years since women fully got the vote. Anybody who knows anything about how a church functions will be aware that it…

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“Militant” Secularism

February 21, 2012 // Featured, Online/News, Religion

In the past two weeks, there have been two significant court rulings: Local government meetings are for conducting the business you’ve been elected to. They are not prayer meetings. (You can pray with your friends beforehand if you like). You can’t turn people away from your hotel because they’re gay.   Both of the above…

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The Pope: A very British welcome

September 16, 2010 // Online/News, Religion

There are some days I wish I lived somewhere other than the UK. The weather’s a bit rubbish, for starters. Today is a day of mixed emotions: on the one hand, I’m rather put out to see that we’re giving Pope Benedict XVI the honour of a state visit, deciding not to allow a prosecution…

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Spirituality…?

February 12, 2010 // Inside My Head, Religion, Through My Eyes

It’s such a loose term, when you think about it. What does it mean, exactly? Can atheists be spiritual, even without believing in the supernatural? Can you appreciate beauty without always thinking you can explain it, even though the culturally-dominant religious explanation might be beautiful, even if it’s absurd? This video is by the excellent…

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The Reason for the Season!

December 21, 2009 // Online/News, Religion

It’s Winter Solstice today, which means that the days will now start getting longer until the Summer Solstice next year. Interestingly, the Wikipedia entry for Winter Solstice explains: Since the event is seen as the reversal of the Sun’s ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of sun gods have been…

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Omnipotence Paradox

May 22, 2009 // Religion

Short of time for blogging these days – sorry. Still, I felt this short verse by Karen Owens, and quoted in the God Delusion, worth sharing today: Can Omniscient God, who Knows the Future, find The omnipotence to Change His future mind?

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Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying…

November 2, 2008 // Online/News, Religion

As an atheist, I’ve still got my share of problems, but I’ve put one behind me. I’ve dug myself out of the pit of religious belief and can now work on sorting out my destiny for myself. I keep this blog as a catharsis and a place for people to use as a resource if…

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It couldn’t happen here…

May 24, 2008 // Online/News, Religion

… could it? Are we getting closer to the horror of the American redneck warehouse-style “Charismatic” Christian movement here in our beloved “Live and let live” UK? Here’s a fascinating documentary on the threat of Christian fundamentalism in the UK. It’s on Youtube, so it’s broken up into five parts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjp4A6jBWzo There was all the…

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When in Rome…

February 8, 2008 // Online/News, Religion

I was two minutes late. My barrister friend had invited me to attend a lecture on the subject of Sharia Law and British Law. He'd invited me in early January and I'd pencilled it into my diary. I was two minutes late arriving at the British Court of Justice and because they have such strict…

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3 days and counting!

February 7, 2008 // Online/News, Religion

“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”¬† L. Ron Hubbard – founder of the Church of Scientology An internet movement called “Anonymous” has declared war on Scientology. They appear to have done so after…

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