The Copenhagen Declaration on Religion and Public Life

We, at the World Athe­ist Con­fer­ence: “Gods and Pol­i­tics”, held in Copen­hagen from 18 to 20 June 2010, here­by declare as fol­lows: We rec­og­nize the unlim­it­ed right to free­dom of con­science, reli­gion and belief, and that free­dom to prac­tice one’s reli­gion should be lim­it­ed only by the need to respect the rights of oth­ers. We …

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A Tale of Two Worldviews

Chris­tian­i­ty is fas­ci­nat­ing. The sto­ries of the Bible, the mir­a­cles and teach­ings described through­out? It’s end­less­ly curi­ous, with more nuance than it is often giv­en cred­it for, par­tic­u­lar­ly among my fel­low unbe­liev­ers. Far too often, unbe­liev­ers pick up on car­i­ca­tures of Chris­tian­i­ty — shal­low exag­ger­a­tions or dis­tor­tions that can be eas­i­ly mocked in text­book examples …

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Wheaton’s Law

Some­time in the past year or two, I was added to a Face­book group called The Black Sheep. I did­n’t think much of it, nor have I inter­act­ed much there­in because I pre­fer inter­act­ing more in the pub­lic realm than with­in groups online for some rea­son. It seemed a peace­ful place, though, and the conversations …

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Adam and Eve Had Only Three Sons!

Six to ten-thou­sand years ago, some Chris­t­ian apol­o­gists assert, the human species began with a sin­gle man and woman pair: Adam and Eve. And we are told that they had sev­er­al chil­dren: Cain… Abel… Seth… Wait, that’s only three chil­dren and… they’re… all… boys. “The human race is the prod­uct of Eve hav­ing sex with her sons!” …

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Rick Beckman