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Nailing a Filipino at Eastertime

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I don’t understand why some Christians feel the need to take part in Easter crucifixion rituals in the Philippines. Anyone who is unsure of what it is that I’m talking about, then watch this video and witness the macabre activities that a number of, what can only be described as, maniacally devout Catholics are willing to subject themselves to, all in the name of God and religion:

Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for answered prayers by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in every gory detail, sometimes on makeshift Golgothas. One such person named Mamangon, who continues the practice after inheriting it from his father who had been nailed to the cross fifteen times in his own lifetime, has described what he felt after being crucified:

“I feel so refreshed, like all my sins are washed away”

Unhinged is a word that comes quickly to mind. Mamangon added that he “will continue this until my son Alex is cured.” He almost seems to be saying that his son’s illness has come about as a result of his own sinfulness and that until he has performed this act enough times his son won’t be cured. So, in some roundabout way, he blames himself for his son’s condition. To be emotionally caught up in such a pointless and painful ritual is very sad. Considering that the Saviour has supposedly already paid in full for the sins of the world, I can’t help but think what a misguided waste of time this all is. Do these filipinos not think that his sacrifice was enough?

And surely a person of faith could express any thankfulness that they inevitably feel, because of something they believe God has done, in acts of service – feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, visiting with those who are sick or any other compassionate act. After all, it was Jesus who said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25: 40). The Bible suggests that it’s sufficient to honour Jesus’s commands, as in that way devotees will find themselves on the good side of God.

Because I was once ardently religious, I often find that I can comprehend, to some extent, the religious psyche, but flagellation and literally imitating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, complete with nails, is far, far removed from what I’m able to understand. I truly don’t get it.

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March 23, 2008 at 10:10 am

Sam Harris on religion

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On conversation versus dogmatism

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March 19, 2008 at 1:47 am

Potholer54’s “Made Easy” series #3

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Here’s two more videos from Potholer54’s “Made Easy” series.

The first video traces humankind’s migration out of Africa and, using DNA evidence, explains how humans came to cover the earth.

And the second one asks: Could God have designed DNA?

If you’ve missed his other videos, don’t worry, they can be found here and here.

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February 10, 2008 at 1:48 am

Potholer54’s “Made Easy” series #2

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I previously posted a few videos from Potholer54’s “Made Easy” series and I commented that I might post more at some future date, so here they are. Whereas the other videos dealt with the origin of the universe and the age of the earth, these are to do with the origin of life and the theory of evolution. Enjoy.

The Origin of Life Made Easy

Natural Selection Made Easy

The Theory of Evolution Made Easy

Human Evolution Made Easy

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January 26, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Bill Maher on religion

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January 23, 2008 at 1:52 am

Potholer54’s “Made Easy” series #1

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I was never somebody who was interested in learning about the origins of the universe or the evolution of life on earth from a scientific point of view. Sad, really, now that I think about it. I just accepted the Genesis story – which actually plays a very important part in the religious education of a Mormon – as fact. I didn’t question it at all. But now that I’m a relatively new atheist, I find myself wanting to learn more about it, though it’s a daunting prospect as I imagine that my brain’s going to get quite a work out and I think it’ll be a long time before I feel confident enough to discuss the subject.

The reason for this post is to say that I’ve really enjoyed watching Potholer54’s “Made Easy” series which can be found on YouTube and, I guess, to recommend them to anybody who’s interested in this topic and is as ignorant as me. I’ve only posted the videos dealing with the origin of the universe and the age of the earth, but I may post others in the near future. Enjoy.

History of the Universe Made Easy (Part 1)

History of the Universe Made Easy (Part 2)

The Story of the Earth Made Easy

The Age of Our World Made Easy

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January 10, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Hitchens, Dennett, Dawkins & Harris on religion

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On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion, convened by RDFRS and filmed by Josh Timonen.

All four authors have recently received a large amount of media attention for their writings against religion – some positive, and some negative. In this conversation the group trades stories of the public’s reaction to their recent books, their unexpected successes, criticisms and common misrepresentations. They discuss the tough questions about religion that face the world today, and propose new strategies for going forward.

Hour 1:

Hour 2:

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