"You see athletes do it all the time and it's their chance to point to the sky, to thank God for their success," said Pastor Mark Burns, CEO of a Christian television network based in South Carolina. "Trump does this all of the time, too. He's giving reverence to the man upstairs.">
If this isn't an example of cognitive dissonance, I don't know what is.
Anyway, in the "Young Adult Non-Fiction section, I noticed the book "What If I'm an Atheist?" by David Seidman (among books on oracle divination and the zodiac... how exactly are these non-fiction?!). This is pretty interesting, because I assume the store stocks what sells, which means that there is some demand among young people who are exploring spirituality/religion to read books about atheism.
Let's get it right from the start.
Thinking rationally debunks any superstitious belief (gods, muses, ghosts...)
Whether other people may think that such concepts have merit to entertain does not make them any more true.
Atheism happens to people who have the capability to reason, who are not persuaded by cutting corners in their cognitional processing, who have had a good education and took advantage of it to learn.
Though I do not discount that atheism can be started by a healthy degree of skepticism.
But it is not a 'life choice' or a philosophy of mind, or anything related to the kind of rubbish encountered in those shops illustrated in the picture.
That is just plain fraud.
It certainly is not something one learns from a book. It only happens in the confines of ones mind, it can not be taught or indoctrinised. It is the only conclusion to one's questioning whether there is evidence to the claim presented about gods.
So, no. It's not an option to explore.
<“The G part stands for GNU?” [Judge] Alsup asked in disbelief.
“Yes,” said Schwartz on the stand.
“That doesn’t make any sense,” said the [judge].>
<An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 72 after undergoing fertility treatment at a controversial IVF clinic...
“We will raise him and give him a proper education. I had faith in Almighty that I will have my own baby, and Waheguru answered my prayers,” she told the Telegraph, using the Sikh term for God.
"God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now."
The pair from Amritsar in Punjab state have been married but childless for 46 years.>
Good luck with that.
<The majority of Utah residents are members of the Church of Latter-day Saints and have a reputation of convincing members they are addicted to pornography when they aren’t. Even with the church’s ban on porn, they are 50 percent more likely to search Mormon pornography than any other state.>
What is "Mormon pornography"? Does anyone know?
The man likely had mental health issues, and if he hadn't been religious perhaps he'd have been shouting about something else, or chosen another method of suicide. (He might have been inspired by early Christian martyrs who were killed by lions.) Still, it's yet another incident of a horrific event with religious overtones.
But what I wanted to say is how wrong it was for the zookeepers to kill the lions to save the man. I can understand if the man had fallen into the enclosure by accident, in which case shooting the lions would've been regrettable but justified. But by all accounts the man broke into the enclosure and taunted the lions. The article didn't say what he shouted about Jesus, but presumably it was about meeting him, which would've made it clear the man was suicidal.
Or what said ;)
<"I thought it was all about the children and the generosity and kindness and then it made me stop and realize that it it isn't really. It's about adults and their antiquated points of view.">
<Ontario parents will soon have to complete an evidenced-based course in the science of vaccination if they want their children to be exempt from immunization requirements in public schools.>
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