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Why do I wear my atheist label upfront? And so what can be wrong then with religion?

Posted 07-Nov-2010 at 06:14 AM (06:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 19-Nov-2010 at 02:45 AM (02:45) by Gurdur

If you look through my blog you will see I'm usually far more concerned about atheism, rather than religion, and that I make rigorous scrutiny at times of the antics of some atheists. There are periods where I don't tackle religion at all. So exactly why do I find religion can sometimes be not terribly good, and why am I so upfront about being an atheist? Now I am going to answer the questions mostly from my own experience, mostly not from all the examples abounding in history and the press. And...
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The Gender Jihad and the Muslim Enlightenment

Posted 06-Nov-2010 at 01:34 AM (01:34) by lifelinking (Lifelinking's Blog)
Updated 06-Nov-2010 at 02:11 AM (02:11) by lifelinking

Earlier today I was talking to my family about Gurdur’s blog Alina Treiger: Germany's first ordaining of a woman Rabbi since Regina Jonas and the Holocaust, over seventy years ago and my wife stumped me with the question, ‘are there any Muslim women Imams then?’

After a little digging I found that there have been and are. Perhaps the most notable modern example is Professor Amina Wadud from the United States who, despite threats, led a mixed gender congregation in prayer in New...
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Alina Treiger: Germany's first ordaining of a woman Rabbi since Regina Jonas and the Holocaust, over seventy years ago

Posted 05-Nov-2010 at 05:46 AM (05:46) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Nov-2010 at 07:32 AM (07:32) by Gurdur

Last night, despite being under the weather and pretty much out of it with a fever, I managed to catch on German TV a bit of the ordination of Alina Treiger as rabbi (Jewish priest/judge/teacher) in Germany. She isn't the only woman rabbi in Germany, but she is the first one to be ordained as one in Germany for the last 70 years (photo of Alina Treiger below at left).

Prior to...
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The Anglican Covenant, the upcoming Church of England Synod: Broad Church despite schisms?

Posted 04-Nov-2010 at 04:59 PM (16:59) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Nov-2010 at 06:00 PM (18:00) by Gurdur

On the 22nd of November, i.e. in 18 days' time, the Church of England CoE) will meet for its Synod, a kind of ruling parliament of the church. This is for the Anglican church in England only (roughly speaking and passing over some awkward details), but while its decisions apply to the Anglican church in England, its decisions do have worldwide implications for the wider Anglican/Episcopalian communities all over the world (the Anglican Communion is, again broadly speaking, the practical expression...
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Morality and Ethics? Ain't Telling.

Posted 03-Nov-2010 at 05:58 PM (17:58) by muddleglum (Muddleglum's Croak, er, Song)
Updated 03-Nov-2010 at 06:46 PM (18:46) by muddleglum (clrfy)

This is not exactly a reply to Gurdur's Morality and ethics, religion and atheism, objectivity and subjectivity, but close enough--I've actually been chewing this stuff over in my own mind for a while--how can I talk to those unlike me?

My starting point is the experiences that have driven me from atheism to either certain knowledge of God or the social security of a state mental institution. I'm assuming that God is real and, I think, for good reason. I started this war by reading...
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The science of the Phantom Sausage; after the theology comes the ghost wurst. Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral

Posted 03-Nov-2010 at 08:32 AM (08:32) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Nov-2010 at 10:36 AM (10:36) by Gurdur

After I yesterday blogged on flame-burnt theological sausages, now comes in the science, and this time with the question of the phantom sausage. After the feast of crisped sausage-fests, "erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral". You may have heard of "phantom limb" problems, where the person can feel a limb that isn't there, long after amputation, and can "feel" flexing the limb, or pain in the limb.

Well, that goes for ghost peckers too. The science is there; and what's more,...
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Very late Sunday/Monday blogs round-up - 31 October-02 November 2010

Posted 02-Nov-2010 at 08:35 AM (08:35) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 18-Nov-2010 at 03:16 AM (03:16) by Gurdur

OK, here is the weekly blogs roll-up. I am sorry this is two whole days late; I was working hard on projects on the weekend, then this, that, the other, and some very bad news all happened on weekend, and today, I discovered I had simply clean forgot to do my weekly blogs roll-up. My fault; sorry about that. Usual caveat: I may entirely disagree with any single blog post cited here.

This! This one is great. But for Americans, especially those in or near New York. Colin Beavan of the...
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Nanowrimo Word Count!

Posted 02-Nov-2010 at 08:04 AM (08:04) by Makbawehuh (DO NOT LOOK AT THIS BLOG!!!1!)
Updated 30-Nov-2010 at 06:41 AM (06:41) by Makbawehuh

Hopefully updated daily!

Nov 1- 2086 Words in story, plus another 500-ish on why I love my little brother that are totally unaffiliated with Nanowrimo, but explain why it took me till midnight almost to finish!

This month is going to be so awesome.

Nov 2- 3639 words in the story, but I can't update on the Nano website because it's DOWN. UGH. STUPID. It's going to look like I didn't write much today, and I HIT MY WORD COUNT! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
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The theology of sausages: over-cooked but sizzling drama; Roland Boer versus the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) on the sausage-fest

Posted 02-Nov-2010 at 05:55 AM (05:55) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Nov-2010 at 08:59 AM (08:59) by Gurdur

You didn't know there was a theology of sausages? There is one now, and what a one. Right in time for the 13th anniversary of British Sausage Week too! From the very moment of the conception of the theology of sausages, it was a toasted controversy. An academic theologian and blogger, Professor Roland Boer, submitted a paper titled, "Too Many Dicks at the Writing Desk, or, How to Organise a Prophetic Sausage-Fest", to be presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) to be held in November....
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Political amnesia

Posted 31-Oct-2010 at 10:22 PM (22:22) by lifelinking (Lifelinking's Blog)
Updated 31-Oct-2010 at 10:50 PM (22:50) by lifelinking

Photo of Coulport from the 'Nukewatch' website

The BBC and the Sunday Herald report today that the Tory / Lib Dem coalition plans to save costs by having the private sector run the Royal Navy nuclear arms base on the Clyde at Coulport. This is not a new idea. Back in 2008 the Herald reported that the Labour government proposed to privatise servicing of Trident at the base. What is new however, is the likelihood...
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The Bible of coal-fire ashes burning: part 3 of the review of the novel, Rose, by Martin Cruz Smith

Posted 31-Oct-2010 at 06:35 PM (18:35) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 31-Oct-2010 at 07:06 PM (19:06) by Gurdur

So now, after Part 1 and Part 2 of this review, we come to the last part, and to the Bible; the quotations from the Bible shown here in this blog post are taken from Martin Cruz Smith's novel "Rose". Since so much revolves around the decoding of parts of the Bible, and since the novel takes religion and atheism seriously, then it makes sense to take the Bible quotations part seriously, and to look at it just in terms of itself.

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The theology of coal, the atheology of mines: part 2 of the review of the novel, Rose, by Martin Cruz Smith

Posted 31-Oct-2010 at 06:34 PM (18:34) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

In my last blog post, I wrote the first part of my review - of the novel by Martin Cruz Smith, "Rose", Part 1, so if you don't know the book at all, please read that first. Here, I'll be looking at empathy, atheism and Christianity, the theology of coal and the atheology of mines. In "Rose", the atheist, emotionally cut-off and self-enclosed loner Jonathan Blair is pressured into searching for the astray Christian curate John Maypole, and the story goes on to include Blair rejoining humanity, regaining...
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A curate down the rabbit-hole: part 1 of the review of the novel, Rose, by Martin Cruz Smith

Posted 31-Oct-2010 at 06:34 PM (18:34) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

The year is 1872. Jonathan Blair, a mining engineer, roughly thirty years old, is back in London, England, under a shadow of unfair accusations and allegations, his last exploration for gold-ore in West Africa having been disrupted through no fault of his own. He was raised in the USA as an orphan, the son of an unknown young woman from Wigan, England, and he is desperate to get out of rainy, smugly vicious England, and back to West Africa, where he has a young daughter (her mother having died...
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Posted 31-Oct-2010 at 07:10 AM (07:10) by Makbawehuh (DO NOT LOOK AT THIS BLOG!!!1!)

IT STARTS IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO! I AM SO THRILLED! I was just sitting here, and then it HIT ME! I was like "Tomorrow's Halloween", and then I was thinking, because this felt very important, pagan holiday and happy dressing up and shit aside... and then I REALIZED!


*SO logs in on the website!*

I'm so excited! ^_____^ I never seem to find time the rest...
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The Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear

Posted 31-Oct-2010 at 05:50 AM (05:50) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 31-Oct-2010 at 12:49 PM (12:49) by Gurdur

The Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert "Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear" took place yesterday, on Saturday 30 October 2010, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., USA. It apparently went very well indeed. It looks like well over 200,000 people attended that rally yesterday, which compares brilliantly well with the only 87,000 at Glenn Beck's Tea Party rally back in August.

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Etymological Fundamentalists

Posted 30-Oct-2010 at 11:49 PM (23:49) by muddleglum (Muddleglum's Croak, er, Song)

Gurdur said in an earlier post, The Etymological Fallacy
...way back round the 1970's onwards, when the Religious Right were organizing, others disparaged them as "fundamentalists", meaning of course in everyday English that they were bigoted, small-minded and ridiculously priggish...The rightwing Christians then appropriated the label and did a trick of reversing it, saying they were proud to be called "fundamentalists", because it (allegedly) meant they were "getting
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Horseshoes and free range children

Posted 30-Oct-2010 at 09:49 PM (21:49) by lifelinking (Lifelinking's Blog)

Having allowed my capacity for indolence to overtake me yesterday, I decided to do a slightly more energetic run today. Heading out around midday, a fifteen minute yomp took me out of town and in to the surrounding countryside. It was one of those gorgeous Scottish Autumn days where the greens, browns, yellows and reds shimmer and glow in infinite combinations of light and colour. I began jogging and settled in to a pretty steady slow rhythm. Breathing in and out? Check. One foot in front of the...
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Creative social tension - why you need a strong opposition

Posted 30-Oct-2010 at 08:22 PM (20:22) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 31-Oct-2010 at 12:16 AM (00:16) by Gurdur

If you're a policeman working out in Nottingham, Britain, your interests, and many of your moral values. let alone what annoys you badly, is going to be all very different from say a worker in some factory in Southhampton. And if you're that worker down in that factory, your interests and many of your values are going to be very different from a manager working in a corporation in London. And if you're that manager in London, your interests and values will differ greatly from a student in Edinburgh....
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Marie Claire Really Fucked Up This Time...

Posted 30-Oct-2010 at 07:52 PM (19:52) by Makbawehuh (DO NOT LOOK AT THIS BLOG!!!1!)

I was linked to this blog post here by a friend of mine yesterday, and spent the day reading some of the comments and rebuttals (which I can no longer find) to said post.

Wow. Just, wow. I really don't know what to say on it. I come from a family full of big people and just sort of take for granted that some people are fat and some are thin and it's just the way things are. I guess to my mind what she did is more like pissing about someone being black or gay than it is like someone...
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New Scientist has this test

Posted 30-Oct-2010 at 03:00 AM (03:00) by muddleglum (Muddleglum's Croak, er, Song)
Updated 30-Oct-2010 at 03:36 PM (15:36) by muddleglum

This site will give you some information and send you on to another.
Take the ultimate intelligence test

It takes about half an hour, they warn. That depends on how fast you read the instructions.

Have fun!
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