Why must we stop the National School Chaplaincy Scheme?

Education is all about teaching children how to think, how to make decisions based on the information they are presented based on the evidence and facts presented to them. While this is true of all areas of education, this is particularly important in areas of learning where a critical assessment is necessary to make a decisions. Philosophies and religions are two areas of human culture that, while important for teaching a holistic worldview,...

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Gods are people too!

The previous post got me thinking. It’s not a new idea to me, but it still amazes me that people think of God as a bearded man sitting on a cloud. Literally. A white man at that, and with an Italianesque look to him. He wears robes to cover his shame, he has two arms and two legs, he walks around zapping miracles into being on the ground with his massive forefinger. Of course none of this makes any sense really. The God that people imagine...

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Thought Experiment – What if God appeared

My brother, an atheist like me, posed to me this humorous thought experiment, and I thought it was worth playing the game and posting it here: God – the bearded white guy who looks a lot like me (he wears more robes than I do) – turns up on Earth, having decided to prove his omnipotence once and for all. He turns up everywhere you go, in all your recent photos, and in all the morning shows. He agrees to meet Mr Obama, and he is...

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Your Truths, Our Facts

To paraphrase Michael Specter in a TED talk, “You are entitled to your own truths, but you aren’t entitled to your own facts.” This is a poignant message and one that deserves further exploration. (Edit: the actual quote, as pointed out in comments below was “…And listen, everyone’s entitled to their opinion – they’re even entitled their opinion about progress – but you know what you’re not entitled to? ...

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Pareidolia Search – part 3

Pareidolia is not just limited to toast, taps and teapots, it actually extends into any place where a random shape might be found. Recently I looked up into the clouds during a particularly spectacular sunset and, lo-and-behold, I saw this: To me this looks just like a sleeping Luck Dragon from The Neverending Story. See? Okay I admit, the resemblance is at best fanciful, but when I saw this cloud, the thought was immediately “Luck...

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