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Matt Oxley
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What do the latest Pew Landscape of Religion in America research results tell us about the rise of non-belief and decline of Christianity in America?
Is Christianity Dying? - Russell D Moore asks rhetorically in an article sent to me by a friend who serves in the ministry, wanting my commentary or insight as Dr. Moore explores the results of the...
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I think that they are doing a logical split. Christians who know that they're living in the 21st century and as Christopher said are having to evolve.
Compared to those that just love that 'ol time religion' and are going to the mattresses. 
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5“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  Matthew 6: 5-6
It wouldn't be fair if I didn't start this post out with a certain disclaimer:  I don't know a thing about football and have never cared much for what I estimate to be the most unintelligent of all...
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And the worst part, he signed with my Eagles.
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While the answer to this question can’t be summarily truncated into a single list, I thought it might be a good idea to present the 3 greatest dangers of religion in the more generic sense for the purpose of quick reference and in a way that can be applied to most situations and conversations – so that if you are asked this question in your conversations with the religious you’ll have something to refer back to.  These three examples of the dangers of religion aren’t examples of fundamentalism in and of themselves – but they are fundamental tenets of every major religion alive in the world today, and so they are a constant part of the way the world is viewed by the religious.
I’m the type of person that can sit across the table from a person of any religious background, no matter how fundamentalist they may be, and find a common humanity to build a relationship from – t...
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Recently lots of pastors and Christian bloggers are trying to tell us why people are leaving their faith - as one of the apostates in question, I'm giving them some real reasons.
Christians on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been sharing a deluge of recent articles from "hip pastors" about how young people are leaving the church and leaving Christianity. E...
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+Matt Oxley You may be over analyzing the problem in order to explain and interpret it. Most of humans on the planet are becoming interested in solving real issues that affect us all, not how many angels dance on the head of a pin head.
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Christianity breaks young people down, destroys their psyche's and ego's - this blog post discusses the why and how.
  On my way home to work last night I was listening to fellow Southern apostate Neil Carter's guest appearance on The Humanist Hour and I heard him talk about  being less judgmental toward oth...
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What's ‪#‎PhilRobertsons‬ Rape Fantasy all about? I've got some ideas and it may be scarier than you think.
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson clan of Duck Dynasty fame, is a diamond of the neoconservative right wing's eye; he's independently wealthy, loves to shoot guns, and believes that Americ...
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5“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  Matthew 6: 5-6
It wouldn't be fair if I didn't start this post out with a certain disclaimer:  I don't know a thing about football and have never cared much for what I estimate to be the most unintelligent of all...
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  So, can we assume that Mr. Tebow here is a virgin?......well, if he's not I'm sure Jesus has forgiven him.
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While the answer to this question can’t be summarily truncated into a single list, I thought it might be a good idea to present the 3 greatest dangers of religion in the more generic sense for the purpose of quick reference and in a way that can be applied to most situations and conversations – so that if you are asked this question in your conversations with the religious you’ll have something to refer back to.  These three examples of the dangers of religion aren’t examples of fundamentalism in and of themselves – but they are fundamental tenets of every major religion alive in the world today, and so they are a constant part of the way the world is viewed by the religious.
I’m the type of person that can sit across the table from a person of any religious background, no matter how fundamentalist they may be, and find a common humanity to build a relationship from – t...
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I'm not sure about #3. Many Buddhists who believe in reincarnation believe it wise to be stewards of the world. Many nihilists who believe in nothing afterwards couldn't care less.

It's more about how the reward-punishment system is structured, and one's view on the "goal" of one's earthly/current life.
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  There are a couple things everyone assumes about the people they meet here in the town of Eastman, Georgia; you probably vote Republican, and you probably self identify as a Christian; wheth...
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+Dallas TX right. Even in rural areas like mine there are a lot of us, just mostly quiet about it. 
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  On my way home to work last night I was listening to fellow Southern apostate Neil Carter's guest appearance on The Humanist Hour and I heard him talk about  being less judgmental toward oth...
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I hate mob mentalities, I don't care what the ultimate goal of a particular mob is, I can't stand it. The internet makes it incredibly easy to join up as a part of a mob and destroy something with little thought about the people affected. That's incredibly unfortunate to me.

Tribalistic, otherizing behaviors are dangerous and dehumanizing and they are no less common among the atheist community - I'm afraid to admit - than in religious communities.

Memories Pizza in some small town in Indiana shared an opinion on a news station that belongs in the 1950's - and then people on social media took to insulting the owners of this restaurant in increasingly inventive ways - the owners have shut down the operation citing death threats as the cause if conservative media is to be believed. Those threats, too, belong in the 1950's.

The owners of this place are still people, backward thinking - wrong - people, who may change one day like I did when I believed some of the same backwards and wrong things they do.

We cannot expect everyone to agree with us on controversial issues, even in 2015 - progress takes so much time and is so difficult and I think that to use social media as an engine by which to insult and shame rather than to create dialogue is to miss the point.

Here we are, with the power to communicate ideas - to debate the finer points in life, and instead we sling mud at mudslingers.

Doctor King did not struggle so that we could learn nothing from him - he was an example of the efficacy of peaceful resistance and persistence in the goal of educating your neighbor. He died knowing how to show those that hated him that he, like them, was human in every way that they were.

We must not forget that even backwards people are human, prone to failed ideologies and ludicrous opinions - each one of us, hopefully, is going to know something tomorrow that we don't know today and maybe tomorrow the owners of Memories Pizza will know how wrong they are about this issue - being an asshole on the internet won't help them get there any faster.
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Atheist Ex-Christian, Computer tech. Love to write and debate; science, atheism, theology, politics, etc.

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