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Category Archive: Community

Jun 26 2012

A modest baseline

I’ve been staying out of the current debate over sexism/feminism because frankly it’s a bigger issue than I have time to address. It’s a big deal, though, so here’s at least a couple cents worth: I’d like to propose a modest baseline for inter-gender interactions, and I’d like to aim it particularly at guys. The …

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Apr 20 2012

The deacon’s backstory

Someone mentioned not knowing my backstory, so I thought I’d take a minute and share my background, and how I went from being a committed, conservative, Bible-believing Christian to being—well, whatever it is I am now. I grew up in a nominally Christian home, and generally believed in God by familial osmosis. We weren’t terribly …

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Apr 15 2012

Oo, this is fun

KivaTeams

Now this was actually fun, you guys should try it: Go to www.kiva.org. Pick a business or family that’s looking for a small loan in a high-poverty and/or underbanked area. Make a contribution of $25 or more. What’s fun is that this is loan, not a donation, so the money comes back again. If you …

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Feb 11 2012

Divertissement

I don’t feel like taking on anything super-heavy today, so let’s see if I can start some kind of meme. Name three fiction books you’ve read more than three times, and why. The book I’ve read the most is the Bible, due to my Christian past. I lost count of how many times I read …

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Jan 28 2012

A temple for atheists

As you’ve probably heard, Alain de Botton has announced plans to build a “Temple to Atheism” somewhere in London. Seems a rather silly idea to me. What’s next, a museum for non-stamp-collectors? Given that atheism is the absence of belief in God, the most suitable “temple” ought to be—no temple at all. And we’ve already …

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Oct 26 2011

What’s this?

Looks like there’s some kind of Facebook feud going on between the Secular Student Alliance and Campus Crusade for Christ. Currently the Secular Students are running at about 14K “likes” versus Campus Crusade at a little over 4x that number. That’s actually not too shabby for a secular organization. I’m sure we can do better …

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Oct 02 2011

British atheists more involved than American atheists

Here is an interesting report about the effect of religion on volunteerism in Britain and the USA. A new study released in Britain shows that atheists are just as likely to volunteer in the community as Christians. In the United States, however, religious people are three to four times as likely to volunteer, marking a …

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Oct 02 2011

October Challenge

If there could ever be such a thing as a good religion, I think it would have to be based around three core principles: integrity, community, and purpose. Integrity: being true to yourself and those around you. Community: living with peace, tolerance, and charity towards those around you Purpose: making life better for yourself and …

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Sep 06 2011

Angry Atheism and Community Building | Greta Christina’s Blog

Greta Christina has an excellent idea. I think you can be an angry atheist — fiery, furious, enraged about religion both in its theory and its practice — and have your response to that anger be to organize the atheist bowling team. The atheist picnic. The atheist sewing circle. The atheist potluck supper. The atheist …

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