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The struggles of church without God

In general in western nations a loss of faith has been matched by a rise in loneliness. People noticed the loss of faith first and mostly weren’t in the slightest bit bothered by it. The implications of loneliness on the other hand has people, rightly, very concerned. In discussing this last year I mentioned the rise of secular congregations that had, in part, a desire to build community for the faithless. I’ve never been to a Sunday Assembly but I’m generally positive about them. Why do I quite like what…

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On Atheism (bumper links edition)

For almost the entire history of humanity people have been believers but today more than ever there are millions of people who don’t believe in any God of any kind. Here are some articles that I’ve bookmarked as I read and try to understand the one who don’t believe. On where atheists live In Europe China and Europe stand out on world map of atheism How the USSR Turned Houses of Worship Into Museums of Atheism On famous atheists Borges on God’s Nonexistence and the Meaning of Life “There Is…

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The odd case of the atheists and the historical Jesus

When it comes to the discussion of religion among atheists (if they’re not being massively condescending) it is clear that they operate on the clear conviction that they work on the basis of evidence and if believers did too then, well they probably wouldn’t be believers. Except it seems when it comes to the question of whether there actually was a person called Jesus. Then it seems a whole bunch of atheists disappear down the internet black hole of conspiracies. I first became aware of the atheists who focus on…

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The Curiosity Index (05.04.2018)

Easter and Holy Week A last set of links related to Easter. Firstly some photos and more photos here from the Guardian. I’m going to see if I can’t export the tradition from Hungary. Sticking with Easter, Sam Storms 10 things you should know about what happened on Easter Sunday morning. Here is my big list of links on the resurrection. I also really appreciated this thoughtful piece by Julian Baggini – Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point. If we genuinely accept that a believer in…

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Understanding secular people

Nations that are collectively included in the term, ‘the West’ are increasingly secular. Western Europe, New Zealand, Canada are dominated by secular people and the US is increasingly so. In this part of the world, the narrative is that religion is on the decline and enlightened secular people are on the rise. Zoom out, of course, to a global level and that’s simply not true. Yet secular people remain convinced that it is they who are on the right side of history. Currently the majority of Christian apologetics in the…

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The Curiosity Index (08.11.2017)

How did new atheism fail so miserably This is a really interesting piece from Scott Alexander (who is an atheist). “The New Atheists accomplished the seemingly impossible task of alienating a society that agreed with them about everything.” Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude Yet here we are. A Biblical “Miracle” Could Be One of the First Documented Solar Eclipses Did the sun really stand still? Maybe not. Resignation syndrome: Sweden’s mystery illness This is a very strange story. 17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre I like…

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The Curiosity Index (04.10.2017)

My life as an atheist was wonderful! I like this testimony, and this part gets it right about not trying to paint unbeliever’s lives as somehow secretly miserable. God has had his hand on me since the first day. He knew I was coming to him and he was waiting for the time that he’d set. He just took care of me along the way. I was happy as an atheist, but I don’t ever remember using the word ‘joy’. Now I use it all the time, and I thank God…

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The Curiosity Index (13.04.2015)

Sanderson Jones, founder of the atheist Sunday Assembly, recently visited three churches in one day. This is what he thought. There is a lot to learn from this article about Robert Schuller and shows the emptiness of prosperity teachings. The Second World War continues to make it’s presence felt. These photos of old defences have a ghostly quality to them. The power of volcanoes is frankly staggering. But still nothing compared to that of the sun.

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