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Category Archive: Religion

Jun 27 2014

Those peaceful religions!

(Thanks to Norm)

Jun 25 2014

Debate Q/A videos are up

Thanks to Mark Tiborsky of the Cleveland Freethinkers, the Q/A portion of my debate last Saturday with Joe Puckett has been posted. I find the Q/A parts the most interesting because I enjoy dialogue more than giving speeches because you often address specific points. The creators of the videos were hampered by not getting a …

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Jun 24 2014

My reflections on the radio show

[The podcast, either just audio or audio/video, can be obtained here.] I thought the radio show went pretty well. These shows always tend to generate interest and we run out of time for the callers. Craig Bauman, the president of the University of Akron Secular Student Alliance who put up some of the atheist billboards …

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Jun 23 2014

Should the debate have been held in a church?

When my debate with Joe Puckett was announced, some members of the skeptic community expressed dismay that it would be held in a church. Some said that by choosing such a venue, it stacked the deck in favor of the religious advocate because they would be speaking on their home turf in front of a …

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Jun 23 2014

I will be on the radio tomorrow

The Cleveland public radio affiliate station WCPN 90.3 FM will be having Joe Puckett and me on their morning call-in talk show The Sound of Ideas that runs from 9:00-10:00 am tomorrow (Tuesday), with a break for national news from 9:01-9:06. We will be joined by Tim Beal, a professor of religious studies at my …

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Jun 22 2014

Debate videos up

The Cleveland Freethinkers have posted videos my debate yesterday with pastor Joe Puckett where I affirmed the proposition that “God Does Not Exist”. I earlier posted my own reflections on it.

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Jun 22 2014

Post-debate reflections

So the debate with Joe Puckett went off without a hitch last night. It was a cordial exchange of views. The church seats 800 people and I estimate that there must have been about 500-600 people there. Mark Tiborsky, the person who initially acted as the intermediary between Joe and me and who is very …

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Jun 21 2014

UK bans teaching of creationism as science in schools

The UK is kind of a mess when it comes to church-state separation. Because they don’t have anything like our Establishment Clause to set boundaries on how much the government can be involved with religion, those decisions are essentially political ones. So while the British public is far less overtly religious than people in the …

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Jun 20 2014

The ghastly doctrine of original sin

If there is one Christian doctrine that I think is deeply pernicious, it is that of original sin. For those unfamiliar with it, it essentially says that the first sin was committed by Adam and Eve when they disobeyed god and ate fruit from the tree of knowledge. This act resulted in them being banished …

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Jun 20 2014

News coverage about tomorrow’s debate

The Cleveland Plain Dealer had an article promoting my debate with Joe Puckett tomorrow (Saturday) at 6:00 pm at the Northwest Church of Christ located at 3904 38th Street NW in Canton, Ohio. It appeared on their website yesterday and in the print edition today. I have no idea if the local TV news stations …

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