Christian Universalism Can’t Cover Everything

178173_460360677336163_1457032881_oI suppose, one learns something every day.  I consider this an effective figure of speech, as the human brain is designed (after the fish and reptile parts) to take information and assimilate it into usable snapshots, a.k.a. factoids.  On the night of Thursday, Nov. 1 2012, the day before I would turn thirty-four, I attended a lecture presented by the Religious Studies department on the University of Arkansas campus, room four-o-three of Walker Hall, better known as the science and engineering building. The theological nature of the lecture struck me as wonderfully coincidental, as it was in the very same classroom I took “Introduction to Philosophy” my freshman year. The speaker of the lecture was Dr. Eric Reitan, a professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University.  The lectures title, “No Hell? Considering 10 Objections to Christian Universalism.”  This being a foreign concept to me before the night began, and as an over-anxious researcher, I found myself the first person to approach the room. The silent enthusiasm for the political science lecture still in session radiated through the door.  Read More »

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The Identity Trap

The Identity TrapIn the beginning, God makes man and woman. Allowing them to hang out in the garden and experience life without knowledge of themselves. Once this plan fails, a surprising common occurrence considering he already knows everything, God changes the future of his freshly crafted biology with more than a little anger in his message and punishments for disobedience: Read More »

This Is a Call To My Christian Cohort

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See, I’m not scared to quote this book.  This is a great passage for the times from the second most famous book in the Pentateuch.

I am an openly antitheistic person.  This means my writings and social media agenda is to bring data and evidence to reveal the superstitions we call religions, are likely harmful.  It is also the stance theology isn’t a science, rather it seems to be propaganda through rationalization.  I will debate and expose, research and write about this mission until my mind and fingers cease. 

Yet, I beg, “Parlay!”  Read More »

Morning Meditations #108: An Independent Voting Blue

MM 108There are thousands of years of history that will empirically prove that the common person has had almost no say in government. Yes, you should participate if you are fortunate enough to be born in a society where that is allowed, but unless you are willing to be arrested right now, at work or home, grocery store or bus for the change you seek, and even then your voice means next to nothing in the design of the ruling class—unless you are the ruling class. Are you?Read More »

Morning Meditations: #106: The Meditating Atheist Yoga Greenhorn

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Just so we are clear.  I am not this good, yet.  Working on it.

I haven’t spoken about my meditation or yoga practices in a long time. Haven’t been the most diligent writer either. Most of this is due to a heavy research phase, and reading the books of people I admire has been a great joy this year. What has been learned is nothing short of life changing. But a great research period should change you. Otherwise, you might be doing the wrong type of research. Still, this doesn’t excuse the lack of communication with my Gentle Readers, and for that I apologize. With that, it might be time to spend the next several posts on what makes this blog interesting, the meditating-atheist yoga-greenhorn. Read More »

Morning Meditations #101: Taking Control of Your Spirituality

MM 101 AAfter a long meditation this morning I decided whether or not to write about the recent religious violence. I imagine many people wish, or at least expect, me to rail on the Orlando shooting at some point. This is not going to happen, as many of my colleagues† have already done this at length. The voice is loud and most of you, my Gentle Readers, know I have been expressing the evidence that religiousness is mental pathology for years now. No, today I will stick to my guns. Of course, the internet has made easily available the flood of crazy extremists that will now descend on the public with righteousness. After all, there is only one rule to socially acceptable behavior: everyone is doing it, so can you. Read More »

Morning Meditations #97: The New Philisophitroll

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For those of you that are unaware, I am chief and contributing editor for The Free Thinking Press.com, and yesterday, I published my fifth edition ofQuotes Revealed.” The inspiration came from a personal message by a cat who attempted to bible-thump me. This is the first attempt of scriptural assault in quite a while, and I admit I have continued to comment back at this trollish creature. Typical hypocrisy and contradiction one inevitably finds in the religious of the world prevail in this unfortunate individual. So how does this apply to MM?Read More »

OYRH #4: Early Descisions

12966275_10206758573386865_1095357975_nSo much is going on in the world of religious celebration, I figured I’d wax philosophical for a moment on the most important factor I have observed in this early stage—decision. It is totally inevitable when trying step back, breathing in the scope of religion; because it is daunting. If one has never really studied religion, they most likely think there are a ridiculous amount of religions, sects of those religions, and various schools of philosophies attached to any one of them. After just a couple weeks into this project, I, who has studied religion at a pretty high clip for the better part of a decade now, am feeling near uncontrollable awe at the vastness of the term “religion”. In regards to OYRH, this represents directly in the form of decision making.

Every calendar I come across is a little different. From Jewish calendar to calendar, Hindu, Baptist, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian, you name it, they agree on about half of what they say. I couldn’t pin down sixty-plus percent of Holidays with multiple street teams researching in every country. Because, it comes quite clear after only a few days of research I will have to choose between sects and when, happily celebrating a holiday twice in that makes sense, but I have a caveat. If the choice is between a holiday I have already celebrated and the opportunity to celebrate something new, I have to go with something new. Read More »

OYRH #3: After Annunciation

Transmutation eluded any crackers or grape juice yesterday, but I did feast, and I did do some filming of me reading the “Solemnity of the Annunciation to the Lord”. And yes, I read it out loud, in my backyard, with the Catholic neighbors watchin’. I heard the backdoor close at about the,

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire but a body you prepared for me; in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.  Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.’ (Hebrews 10: 4-10)

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I hope I didn’t offend the Sutton brothers, but if I did, I do hope they will forgive me.

Today is filled with more research and design. If the rest of the week maintains a high level of productivity, I will be able to start reaching out to for event planning very soon. I feel I need another three months of calender building before I pull the trigger on contacting folks. I would have six months of options at that point. I want the whole year, but I am less then a week into the project and already things are moving forward at a rapid pace, as there are multiple holidays on Thursday. And Hindu new year begins seven to eight days following that depending on whether you are celebrating as a Punjab, Assam, or Bengal. There are more sects of Hinduism than that, obviously. But some, like the Sikkim, celebrate with the Tibetan calendar. Bengal is most familiar to me, and we have all read The Namesake. I will be researching all of them and its likely I will get to celebrate more than one of them anyways.

I would also like to take this time to say thanks to everyone who is starting to get on board with this project. I know it is a weird one, but I hope everyone is finding the knowledge interesting. I invite you all to use this stuff as a springboard to your own research and discoveries. I have not seen any gods yet, but I am learning and educating (Perry didn’t know what “Annunciation” was until last night, so there). Which, even many of the religious would agree, is likely far more valuable than meeting any one particular god.

These blogs haven’t seen much traffic yet, but I want to continue to reach out and suggest that anyone with questions of suggestions please, please, please, please contact me and hit me up. Comments or advice, holidays and observations need to be coming at me; I have calender days to fill and will need help. Holla!

OYRH #2: Annunciations are Everywhere

12966473_10206739094219898_1806336930_nI am still working on the calendar, but I want it to represent well, so when it is done, you, Gentle Reader, will be the first to know. I admit it is more difficult than I assumed to really pin down what a religious holiday is exactly. The image above is of all the saints which have a feast day today and the few days around this one.  Not that the challenge is unexpected, yet perhaps the definition requires more decision making than one would think. For example, some Catholic churches are celebrating The Feast Annunciation tonight with a special mass, but some churches, such as The Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox (apparently an outcast and excommunicated sect of Catholicism, freaky), celebrate it this Thursday. What is one to do? Considering all, I think that choices like this are best made with the calendar being my primary focus. Or put a different way, always choose a primary holiday when available, but if I am able to make choices to celebrate as many days as possible, I must make that choice. Read More »