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The life and death of Pat Tillman

I found this interesting article about the death of football star Pat Tillman in Iraq. At the time, I’d only heard that he was killed. Then it was by friendly fire: It seems that two halves of a patrol got separated and the half bringing up the rear killed Tillman and another man, who were in the forward group. Then there were hints that it was deliberate. Read “No One’s Martyr” and “Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family.”

Russell’s Teapot found: the Wedgwood Document

The Sneer Review has discovered the Wedgwood Document, announcing that the Russell’s Teapot has been found.

Top Secret – NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

INSTITUTE OF DISCOVERY 2008

In a famous 1952 article, ‘Why there is no God’ commissioned by ‘Illustrated Magazine’, the famous atheist Bertrand Russell wrote:

“If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion ………….. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.”

This point, the notorious ‘Russell’s Teapot’ question has been a thorn in the side of religious advocates ever since. Every time we tell atheists that they have not disproved God they invariably bring up Russell’s teapot. We are told that just because we too cannot disprove Russell’s teapot this logically means that any particular invented deity, such as The Pink Unicorn, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Zeus or Allah, cannot also be disproved and such are just as evidentially based as the one true God.

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Faith, Sexuality and Gender: Gay sex and vocation

Faith, Sexuality and Gender is a blog with many thought-provoking articles. I stumbled across “Gay sex and vocation” by accident. The author says,

“Hitherto, I’ve tended to the view that an active gay sex life is not consistent with, or cannot be considered an integral part of, a – or the – Christian calling. That’s gay sexual activity, as opposed to homosexuality (or bisexuality, or transgendered-ness) itself. By contrast, in a very thought-provoking post, Anita Cadonau-Huseby makes a powerful case for considering that a person’s homosexuality (or sexuality and gender identity of any sort) is indeed a / their holy vocation and divine calling. On one level, I wholeheartedly agree with this view: if one genuinely is gay, or in my case bisexual and transgender, then this is how God intended you to be – what he is calling you to be as part of his calling of you into being through his Word of creation…..”

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