Christianity and Slavery

Occasionally, Christians like to claim for themselves the fruits of some of their better members. They will, for example, claim that it was Christianity that is to praise for universities, hospitals, charities, and abolition of slavery. And while it is certainly true that there are soft-hearted, philanthropic Christians, make no mistake about it: Christianity does not make people better moral agents. History is truth-bearer of this observation. For every Christian that points out the beginnings of universities, hospitals, charities, or abolition, I could equally point out the Christian roots of the oppression of scientific knowledge, the beginnings of “Holy” wars,
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Freethinking about Feminism

“Feminism” has come to be a somewhat controversial word, as Emma Watson pointed out in her recent speech to the United Nations.  Moreover, in the last few years, outspoken feminist atheists and popular figures in the atheist movement have sometimes found themselves at odds in their attempts to analyze and critique gender issues in the atheist community and in culture at large.   As feminism seems to be a regular topic of conversation in atheist blogs, articles, and conferences, I thought I’d like to throw my hat into the ring and talk about it. My intention is not to point fingers
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Let’s Take a Slight Left Turn

Written by: Alisha Koch Originally, I was just going to review apologetics books as they were presented to me, analyze them, and review them here.  I was already reading these books, because concerned family members send them, or my husband orders them online.  (Darn you Amazon One-Click!) I’ve been thinking about this, and I have decided I want to take a slightly different path.  I’m not as interested in reviewing these books, as I am discussing the statements presented in them as fact.  Those one-liners, quips and baseless assertions that leave you scratching your head (or in some cases, giggle-snorting).
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