The Conflict Between Absolute and Relative Truth In Religion

Truth in religion. What, actually, is the truth? A person, whom I will call “Anon” — short form for “Anonymous” — recently sent me Email discussing absolute and relative truth in religion. He asked: “If I believe I am an automobile, does that mean I am one?” I feel that the correct answer is no, that a human cannot be an automobile. I base this assertion on the source of all secular knowledge, “Google,” which defines “automobile” as: “a road… Read more

Marriage: Its Evolution From Biblical Times To Today

Marriage certainly has evolved since Biblical times. Let’s see how… The most common verse in the Bible that’s quoted in support of opposite-sex marriage is probably Genesis 2:24, which the King James version translates as a rather beautiful passage: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” However, this isn’t a good description of a typical marriage today. When Genesis 2 was written, there were no… Read more

Down Syndrome: The Religiously Motivated and The Banning of Abortion

Should abortions for known Down Syndrome fetuses be banned? Women’s access to abortion became perhaps the most intense religiously-motivated debate a few years after the famous Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1971. Roe v. Wade gave women free access to abortions during their first trimester and allowed states to create progressively restricted access later in pregnancy. Down Syndrome, sometimes written as “Down’s Syndrome” causes newborns to experience an intellectual disability that is usually mild… Read more

Refugees: The Bible vs. The United States vs. Canada

Jesus was said to have been a refugee. So why all the kerfuffle? A new parallel is emerging between the Bethlehem story in the Bible and today’s reality in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of people in Syria and other countries are finding themselves unable to remain in their native lands. Living conditions have become unsafe and intolerable, because of terrorist attacks, civil wars, bombing, and other types of violence. They’ve been forced to become refugees and are leaving… Read more

Religion vs Genetics: The Battle Between Two Truths

The conflict between genetics and religion is a never-ending debate. A Google search for the three words: conflict, science, and religion returned about 95.5 million results in late 2017! The conflicts between science and religion appear to be a prominent and enduring debate. A Google search for the three words: conflict, science, and religion returned about 95.5 million results in early 2018! Conflicts are to be expected because science and religion have two very different concepts of truth. Religious truth is typically… Read more

Women: Religion’s Despised Necessity and Valued Treasure

The Bible and Christianity have treated women pretty poorly. Aren’t you a believer? Let me “skim the surface” for you. The Bible, used by most Protestants, consists of 66 books written in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) over about a 12-century interval by about 42 different individuals who lived on three continents. All, or essentially all, of the authors are believed to have been men. A few theologians have suggested that the authors of Ruth, Hebrews, and particularly the… Read more

Roe v. Wade: The War Between Science And Religion

The abortion war wages on in America. Welcome to Roe v. Wade. On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its famous abortion ruling called “Roe v. Wade.” “Jane Roe” was a pseudonym for the plaintiff, Norma McCorvey. “Henry Wade” was the defendant, the district attorney of Dallas County, TX who enforced a state law that banned all abortions except those required to save a pregnant woman’s life. Jane Roe launched a lawsuit to have such laws declared unconstitutional…. Read more

Atheists – How Many Of Them Are There In America?

Percentage polls say 3% to 100%. Who’s right?   Accurately estimating the percentage of U.S. adults who are Atheists is like trying to nail a custard pie to the wall. Here’s why: Finding #1: Results of two leading public opinion polling agencies found that 3% or 11% of American adults are Atheists. The Pew Research Center reported that the percentage of Atheists in the U.S. had almost doubled in seven years, from 1.6% in 2007 to 3.1% in a 2014… Read more

Original Sin Is Actually A Form Of Scapegoating

Original Sin and Scapegoating in the Garden of Eden All Jews and Christians base their beliefs, in part, on the contents of the first five books in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) — also known as the Pentateuch. However, individual groups within these religions, and others, interpret the books’ contents in different ways, and thus reach conflicting conclusions about what the books teach. Genesis is an excellent example of this. Who wrote Genesis? Many religious conservatives believe that Moses was… Read more

When Was Jesus Born? Certainly Not On Christmas

Jesus’ birthday is not on Christmas! Contrary to what we’ve been led to believe, Jesus was not born during the year 1 BCE (Before the Common Era; equivalent to BC) on December 25. His exact birth date is actually unknown. However, the Bible contains sufficient clues to show it occurred during the fall of 5 BCE… give or take a couple of years. People today who demand a more accurate date to celebrate his birth might choose the Fall Equinox… Read more

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