Tuesday March 11, 2014
The question of salvation is vital to Christian theology (even though there is good reason to suspect that it was invented by Paul and has no basis in Old Testament stories). But the big question is: who gets saved and why? There are passages in the Bible supporting the possibility of Universal Salvation. The arguments are strong enough to have convinced a few Christians through the ages. Unfortunately, this makes Christianity irrelevant, so the appeal of this doctrine is understandably slight.
Read Article: The Bible & Universal Salvation: Will Everyone Be Saved Or Only A Few?
Monday March 10, 2014
Tax exemptions may not be the most common issue facing courts in arguments over the separation of church and state, it is one of the most fundamental. Initially it appears to be a form of government support for religions and religious activities; on the other hand, the power to tax is the power to restrict or destroy, so is exempting religions from taxation a means of ensuring their independence?
Read Article: Why Taxation of Religion Matters
Sunday March 9, 2014
Perhaps the most hypocritical response to atheists' denunciations of anti-atheist bigotry is the excuse that "I don't really hate atheists." Typically heard from a person who just finished complaining that atheists have no reason to be moral, that atheists are responsible for prayer being taken out of school, and that atheists are responsible for persecuting Christians, this statement appears intended to convince people that all of these scurrilous attacks were made in the name of love.
Read Article: Anti-Atheist Bigotry: I Don't Really Hate Atheists, Honest!
Saturday March 8, 2014
Many religions proclaim that they are peaceful and opposed to violence, but these same religions generally have traditions in which violence, war, and aggression not only exist and are not only permitted, but are in fact sanctified. To be "sanctified" means 'to be made holy' - thus violence becomes a form of religious devotion like prayer or reading sacred scripture. So long as violence is treated in such a manner, it's unlikely that it will be eliminated.
Read Article: Sanctified Religious Violence as a Form of Religious Devotion, Holy Obligation