Debate: VenomFangX vs. Rachael Slick

Debate between VenomFangX and Rachael Slick (Matt Slick’s daughter). The debate topic is whether their beliefs can have an objective basis. This was Rachael’s first public debate.

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Since 1990, Unchurched Americans Has Risen From 30% To 43%

Since 1990, the percentage of unchurched adults in America has risen from 30% to 43% of the population.

With the aid of more than two decades of tracking research—a sort of cultural time-lapse photography—Barna Group has discovered real and significant shifts in unchurched attitudes, assumptions, allegiances and behaviors. We’ve identified five trends in our research that are contributing to this increase in the churchless of America.

This new study of the unchurched population comes in conjunction with the release of Churchless, a new book from veteran researchers George Barna and David Kinnaman. Churchless draws on more than two decades of tracking research and more than 20 nationwide studies of the unchurched.

The research reveals the big picture: Today’s unchurched are much less likely to come from a church background than ever before. Furthermore, unchurched people today have different expectations of church involvement from those of previous decades. These changes are the result of shifting personal attitudes as well as significant changes in the broader cultural landscape.

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Televangelist ‘cures’ Ebola by Speaking in Tongues

Popular televangelist Kenneth Copeland “slays the demon virus Ebola” by speaking in tongues.

The following is an excerpt (sans the gibberish) of Copeland ordering the “murderous demon virus” Ebola to bow down before Jesus:

and by blessing, we destroy this murderous demon virus…

…Faith begins to shrink the mountain, and shrink the enemy. All of the sudden Ebola looks like what it actually is – it’s a little, tiny worm…

the spirit life in Ebola must bow its knee to the name of Jesus…

drive that demon devil disease out and kill it, wipe it out…

Meanwhile, in Liberia, the LGBT community is under attack after many Christian leaders, including Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of Monrovia, declared Ebola to be a punishment from God for the act of homosexuality.

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“We want to see christ in our schools”

At two public schools in Texas earlier this year, the Freedom of the Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatened to sue the local school district if religious plaques weren’t covered or removed. Sam Grover, the attorney for the FFRF, became aware of the plaques after complaints from local residents, which prompted him to contact the local school district. The Midlothian Independent School District took the threats seriously and preceded to cover the plaques. The local residents protested and had the plaques uncovered, with the FFRF now considering taking further legal action.

This issue was discussed on the October 22 edition of “Fox and Friends” on Fox News. In a segment titled “The Fight for Faith,” host Ainsley Earhardt welcomed Pastor Justin Coffman and Tiffany Davlin to the show, both local residents and parents of children who attend the schools. Coffman stated that the town was “all about wanting to see the cause of Christ go further,” before noting that he wants to see “Christ in more public arenas,” and that Christianity shouldn’t be taken away.

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How Christianity is Surviving in the 21st Century

I’ve recently had another encounter with preachers at my college and I’m realizing something quite fundamental about not only Christianity but all of religion.

In this video you can see, beyond anything else, that this preacher is unwilling to bring up the subject of Hell. He will manipulate himself into knots and pretzels to emphasize the parts of the New Testament which talk about love and sacrifice and being saved if it means not pointing out the darker parts. But this makes sense in an evolutionary perspective.

When humans were primal, they had in the largest case both a lack of safety as well as a lack of understanding (although, I can easily see that these are so circular and catalyzing into the other that they express characteristics of the same emotion). This feeling made it possible for gods and fairies to enchant people and instill their own feeling of order. All of a sudden, there was a larger, more fulfilling reason to not murder and to not be scared in the night.

But now in our 21st century life, we have understanding. We believe, be it by dogmatically being instilled by our government or upbringing, that what helps society is good (and this was expressed by many philosophers including Joseph Butler, a Christian himself, and David Hume). We also know enough from science to comprehend the natural world around us so we are not needlessly scared.

With these two combined, we can no longer be chained to religious fear. There is no reason to bring up Hell anymore because it brings up so many errors in thinking and so they only bring up Heaven. It’s like what you see from mafias: when they can no longer threaten and enforce communities, they will all of a sudden tell the people how much they help their children be safe and how they create business.

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Eddie Griffin On Christians, Muslims, Bible, Jesus and Religion

Stand up comedy on religion by Eddie Griffin On Christians, Muslims, Bible and Jesus. Taken from the show “You Can Tell ‘Em I Said it.”

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Proving the existence of allah to an atheist

by Dr. Zakir Naik

CONGRATULATING AN ATHEIST

Normally, when I meet an atheist, the first thing I like to do is to congratulate him and say, ” My special congratulations to you”, because most of the people who believe in God are doing blind belief – he is a Christian, because his father is a Christian; he is a Hindu, because his father is a Hindu; the majority of the people in the world are blindly following the religion of their fathers. An atheist, on the other hand, even though he may belong to a religious family, uses his intellect to deny the existence of God; what ever concept or qualities of God he may have learnt in his religion may not seem to be logical to him.

My Muslim brothers may question me, “Zakir, why are you congratulating an atheist?” The reason that I am congratulating an atheist is because he agrees with the first part of the Shahada i.e. the Islamic Creed, ‘La ilaaha’ – meaning ‘there is no God’. So half my job is already done; now the only part left is ‘il lallah’ i.e. ‘BUT ALLAH’ which I shall do Insha Allah. With others (who are not atheists) I have to first remove from their minds the wrong concept of God they may have and then put the correct concept of one true God.

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