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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:37 pm

Religion Doesn't Make People More Moral, Study Finds

"Researchers asked 1,252 adults of different religious and political backgrounds in the United States and Canada to record the good and bad deeds they committed, witnessed, learned about or were the target of throughout the day.
The goal of the study was to assess how morality plays out in everyday life for different people,..."
...researchers found that religious and nonreligious people commit similar numbers of moral acts. The same was found to be true for people on both ends of the political spectrum. And regardless of their political or religious leanings, participants were all found to be more likely to report committing, or being the target of, a moral act rather than an immoral act. They were also much more likely to report having heard about immoral acts rather than moral acts."

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"Study: Science and Religion Really Are Enemies After All"
"“Places with higher levels of religiosity have lower rates of scientific and technical innovation, as measured by patents per capita,” comments Bénabou. He adds that the pattern persists “when controlling for differences in income per capita, population and rates of higher education.”

That’s the most salient finding from the paper by Bénabou and his colleagues, which uses an economic model to explore how scientific innovation, religiosity and the power of the state interact to form different “regimes.” The three kinds of regimes that they identify: a secular, European-style regime in which religion has very little policy influence and science garners great support; a repressive, theocratic regime in which the state and religion merge to suppress science; and a more intermediate, American-style regime in which religion and science both thrive, with the state supporting science and religions (mostly) trying to accommodate themselves to its findings."
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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:05 pm

"Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people’s religion. And religion may, in a real sense, be understood as a popular misunderstanding of mythology." --Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:30 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:39 pm

Rick Wiles: 'Ebola Could Solve America's Problems With Atheism And Homosexuality'

"Right before chatting with a Republican congressman on his on “Trunews” program yesterday, End Times radio host Rick Wiles said that an outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. might actually be a good thing if it ends up giving an “attitude adjustment” to all the gays and atheists, along with people who use pornography or have had an abortion, who will die if they aren’t “protected by God.”

“Now this Ebola epidemic can become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague. It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming,” he said. “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”

“If Ebola becomes a global plague, you better make sure the blood of Jesus is upon you, you better make sure you have been marked by the angels so that you are protected by God. If not, you may be a candidate to meet the Grim Reaper.”


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And the same asshole, just earlier:

Rick Wiles Links Obama To Ebola Outbreak
8/5/2014
End Times evangelist Rick Wiles warned yesterday that President Obama may intentionally spread Ebola using an ineffective vaccine, which would lead to Americans being forced into FEMA camps.

Wiles was speaking with evangelist Augusto Perez about how the spread of Ebola in West Africa has implications for the End Times. The two speculated that the American government may exploit the outbreak in order to grow the size of government and require people receive a vaccine.

“Obama would claim executive powers to mandate that every human being in the United States be vaccinated,” Wiles said. “They could use the panic to stampede hundreds of millions of people in this country to be vaccinated, in fact billions worldwide, they could stampede the world to receive to a vaccine against a deadly virus and nobody knows what is in the vaccine.”

Perez said the vaccine would not work due to unhealthy eating habits and chemtrails, spreading Ebola further and empowering the government to become oppressive and force people into FEMA camps.

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:59 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:27 pm

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"The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is
incompatible with the evidence, whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is
incompatible with the evidence." --William Harwood

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon May 12, 2014 12:41 am

"I am SO tired of people trying to shove their lifestyle CHOICE down our collective throats.
You were NOT born this way nor do you deserve any special protections or rights. You CHOSE to be this way!
Frankly, it creeps me out and I'm sick of hearing about it. I'm talking, of course, about religion."

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Sun May 04, 2014 8:15 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:26 pm

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Saw it on Skeptic Money

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Post by Dardedar » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:54 am

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:56 pm

"Who Really Gives? Partisanship and Charitable Giving in the United States

Michele Margolis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science
Michael Sances
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

August 9, 2013

Abstract:
"Voluntary contributions from individuals are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations, which in turn fund a large portion of social services in the United States. Given this reliance donor generosity, it is important to understand who contributes, and to where. In this paper, we argue against the conventional wisdom that political conservatives are inherently more generous toward private charities than liberals. At the individual level, the large bivariate relationship between giving and conservatism vanishes after adjusting for differences in income and religiosity. At the state level, we find no evidence of a relationship between charitable giving and Republican presidential voteshare. Finally, we show that any remaining differences in giving are an artifact of Republicans' greater propensity to give to religious causes, particularly their own church. Taken together, our results counter the notion that political conservatives compensate for their opposition to governmental intervention by supporting private charities."

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm? ... id=2148033

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:56 pm

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:08 am

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:38 pm

Juicy insane religious quote:

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:48 pm

Why Obamacare Could Produce More Atheists
And other surprising psychological findings about why some people (but not others) reject religion.

"Norenzayan thinks a large array of social and cultural influences also helps to determine not only which god or gods you might believe in or reject in a given society, but also how tolerant your society is of atheists. He details many of these in his new book, Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict, which starts out with the example of Denmark, a society that is both highly irreligious and yet also highly ethical. "This is one of the most cooperative societies on Earth," says Norenzayan, "and they're doing it completely without religion."
Again and again in Norenzayan's research, societies that are existentially secure—meaning that people have access to health care and a strong social safety net, that there is a strong rule of law, but also that they are not facing deadly diseases or natural disasters—tend toward less religion and also more tolerance of atheism. Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of this came in an amazing study in which a New Zealand earthquake was found to have produced more religious belief in those who were directly affected by it—even as the rest of the society was growing more secular all around them."
Existential threat, in the form of an earthquake, produces more religiosity; existential stability—in the form of an established rule of law, universal health care systems, and strong welfare states—leads to the opposite."

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... ists-exist

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:20 pm

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Nice rant: "Go Mike!! Save the day again! Remember when your Chick-Fil-A appreciation day stopped the rising tide of gay marriage? Or when you saved Todd Akin's Senate race? You are a kingmaker, sir, a man who rescues society from its spiral into indecency! For example, in the fight against indecency, remember when you comforted the parents of the Newtown victims - just children! - by informing them that God allowed their kids to be killed to punish America for removing God from schools? And then you followed this up by bravely joining the fight against gun control!
Because who would want to live in a country without Legitimate Rape, or knowing that the vagina is better than some dude's butt, or without grieving parents being told that God chose to murder their kids as punishment!?" --Facebook

Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:22 pm

"For centuries Christianity treasured the great commandment of love and mercy as traditional truth without recognizing it as a reason for opposing slavery, witch burning and all the other ancient and medieval forms of inhumanity. It was only when Christianity experienced the influence of the thinking of the Age of Enlightenment that it was stirred into entering the struggle for humanity. The remembrance of this ought to preserve it [i.e., Christianity, including Reformation Christianity] forever from assuming any air of superiority in comparison with thought." --Albert Schweitzer

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:43 am

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Re: Religious News/Quotes of the Day

Post by Dardedar » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:50 pm

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