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The Theist’s Hell vs. The Atheist’s Hell: Which is Worse for Children to Learn About?

Startling the mind of a child (or a vulnerable adult) with threats of hell is manipulative and, yes, even abusive. I see no sense in denying it. But there is a premise that underlies the condemnation of hell preaching that deserves scrutiny: … Continue reading

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Doubting the doctrine of hell: India disorients a Christian

One of Andrew Sullivan’s blog readers wrote this today: I’m a Christian . . . I think. I say, “I think” because a recent trip to India left me stumbling on the foundation of faith laid since my youth. I … Continue reading

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Physicist Richard Feynman was a member of the doubting community, not the faith community

And he ended up in hell for it. Just kidding.

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Christopher Hitchens: It is the height of immorality to lie to people about what you really know about death

That is, nothing. I agree with Christopher Hitchens that religion is shameless in its manipulations of death fears via the carrot and stick of heaven and hell: it really is a moral outrage. One should never claim more about death—or anything, for … Continue reading

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An atheist writes a song: the Flaming Lips’ “Vein of Stars”

Here’s a really good song with atheist lyrics (or at least agnostic ones): Here are the lyrics: Who knows? Maybe there isn’t a vein of stars calling out my name. No glow from above our heads. Nothing there to see … Continue reading

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John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) on Hell Belief and Critical Thinking

In John Stuart Mill’s Autobiography  is a brilliant reflection on hell belief: he argues that belief in hell is made paradoxically both strong and weak by an across the board system failure in critical thinking. Here are the two critical thinking errors that Mill … Continue reading

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Hell is Real, Pope Benedict Says

So according to the Times of London: Hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful, the Pope has said. Addressing a parish gathering in … Continue reading

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The Lake of Fire: Why Hell, If It Exists, Must Ruin Heaven

One reason I do not believe in hell is, were it to exist, it would make heaven impossible. In other words, the very pleasures of heaven would be rendered ridiculous by the concurrent knowledge that the torturing of vast multitudes was occurring at the … Continue reading

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John Calvin: Jesus’s Bulldog?

In the 19th century Charles Darwin had a bulldog (T.H. Huxley), but in the 16th century Jesus had a bulldog too. And this bulldog didn’t just bite rhetorically. His name was John Calvin, and under the right circumstances he had no compunction about literally taking your head … Continue reading

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Bruce Greyson on Near Death Experiences

Dr. Bruce Greyson is one of the leading academic researchers into the NDE phenomenon. He is a psychiatric researcher and teacher at the University of Virginia Medical School, and he co-edited a recent book on NDEs. Here he offers brief observations … Continue reading

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EXISTENTIALIST CHRISTIANITY IN THE 21st CENTURY: Four Things That Every Honest Christian Must Face, Sooner or Later

It seems to me that every honest Christian living in the 21st century must, sooner or later, come up against four “truths”—and a question that must then be digested. Here are the four truths: There is no hell The Bible is … Continue reading

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Descent into the Realm of Dream

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“No hell below us / Above us only sky”: See Here John Lennon’s Original “Imagine” Video

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“I don’t look back at the past with any distance. It’s more like experiencing everything over and over again”: A Woman’s Memory—and Dante’s “Inferno”

In Dante’s Inferno, the people in hell often seem to be experiencing recursive loops of suffering, forever reenacting—and recalling—the bad feelings that drove them to compulsively sin. So it is, in the Inferno, that the adulterous couple Paolo and Francesca … Continue reading

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“The World”: A Sonnet by Christina Rossetti

By day she woos me, soft, exceeding fair:      But all night as the moon so changeth she;      Loathsome and foul with hideous leprosy And subtle serpents gliding in her hair. By day she woos me to the outer … Continue reading

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A Neglected Free Thought Classic: Hypatia Bradlough Bonner’s 1913 Book on Hell Belief

    Hypatia Bradlough Bonner’s Christian Hell from the 1st to the 20th Century was originally published in 1913—and it still packs a punch. What the author has done is to simply quote, sometimes at length, and then discuss, what prominent Christians … Continue reading

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Albert Camus on Religion

The French novelist of The Plague, in his The Myth of Sisyphus, wrote: There is only one religion that exists throughout all history, the belief in eternity. This belief is a deception.

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A New Pew Poll: Live and Let Live Evangelicals?

A new Pew Poll contains what some might regard as a startling finding: 57% of evangelicals say many religions can lead to eternal life. Given that one of the most important teachings of evangelical Christianity is that salvation comes ONLY … Continue reading

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William Blake: Image of Firefighters

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