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April 23 2013

surveyork
17:08
Autism associations around Turkey have reacted angrily after the head of Adana’s Health and Education Associations for Autistic Children reportedly said autistic children were “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.”

“Autistic children do not know how to believe in God because they do not have a section for faith in their brains,” sociologist Fehmi Kaya reportedly said. “That is why they don’t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is necessary to create awareness [or religion] in these children through methods of therapy.”

He also reportedly said atheism was a form of autism.
surveyork
13:53

A Philadelphia couple — serving 10 years' probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor — has violated their probation now that another of their children has died.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith-healing.

Reposted bytrivpinkspaider

April 18 2013

surveyork
03:14

Scientific Errors in the Qur'an

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This page lists various types of scientific errors in the Qur'an.

Scientific Errors in the Qur'an - WikiIslam

April 16 2013

surveyork
03:13
Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No! on Vimeo

April 15 2013

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23:08
The vast majority of Biblical historians believe there is evidence sufficient to place Jesus’ existence beyond reasonable doubt. Many believe the New Testament documents alone suffice firmly to establish Jesus as an actual, historical figure. I question these views. In particular, I argue (i) that the three most popular criteria by which various non-miraculous New Testament claims made about Jesus are supposedly corroborated are not sufficient, either singly or jointly, to place his existence beyond reasonable doubt, and (ii) that a prima facie plausible principle concerning how evidence should be assessed – a principle I call the contamination principle – entails that, given the large proportion of uncorroborated miracle claims made about Jesus in the New Testament documents, we should, in the absence of independent evidence for an historical Jesus, remain sceptical about his existence.
Stephen Law: EVIDENCE, MIRACLES AND THE EXISTENCE OF JESUS
surveyork
21:26
Literary Traditions

Ten Reasons the Gospels are Works of Fiction

The NT documents, especially the Gospels, are precisely the sort of literature we would expect to emerge from a time when the dividing line between the natural and “supernature,” indeed, the divine and the human, was not clearly drawn: the true miracle would have been for the NT to stand completely outside the limits of Hellenistic storytelling and the rudimentary historiographical interests of a religious community.
–R. Joseph Hoffmann
SC3PTICS: Literary Traditions: Ten Reasons the Gospels are Works of Fiction

March 03 2013

surveyork
07:50
The myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa is dispelled in a paper by Serge Larivée and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal’s Department of Psychoeducation and Carole Sénéchal of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education.

January 24 2013

surveyork
15:42
According to a Wednesday statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Monsignor Kevin Wallin and four other men were indicted in an alleged drug operation that involved sending shipments of methamphetamine from California for sale in Connecticut. Wallin was arrested on January 3 after he allegedly tried to sell drugs to an undercover agent and methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials were found in his home.
Reposted bydivi divi

December 07 2012

surveyork
10:09
Police in Las Vegas allege that a 7-year-old boy was beaten to death by his parents after failing to read the Bible or do his homework.
Roderick Arrington, Las Vegas Boy, Allegedly Beaten To Death After Lying About Bible, Homework (VIDEO)

November 09 2012

surveyork
21:42

October 12 2012

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09:06

September 22 2012

surveyork
20:21
  • God, also known as Yahweh, had a wife named Asherah, according to a British theologian.
  • Amulets, figurines, inscriptions and ancient texts, including the Bible, reveal Asherah's once prominent standing.
  • April 10 2012

    surveyork
    17:01
    A 17-year-old high school student has been forced to drop out of her studies and seek refuge in a camp for women accused of witchcraft after fellow students said she was 'impossibly intelligent.'
    Sky News: Ghana star student accused of witchcraft
    Tags: faith religion

    March 27 2012

    surveyork
    10:53
    When he returned home that night, he found his daughter at the computer and took it as a sign that God wanted him to kill her. If he didn't, he thought he would have to kill his entire family.
    Father says God told him to kill his daughter
    Tags: faith religion
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