Posts about religion, skepticism, and how it fits into the scientific world.
Understanding the big concepts of Buddhism
We can all benefit from understanding the big concepts of Buddhism. The historical Buddha (born Siddhartha Gautama) was a teacher, philosopher, and spiritual leader. He wished for all to understand the concepts of Buddhism, as the religion is based off his teachings.
How Online Quran Learning is More Effective For Everyone?
If Covid has obstructed your children’s Quran learning, it's high time you should shift towards e-learning. Online learning is growing rapidly and parents are finding it more useful and they are liking the methodologies used by the teachers. Online education is no more than a blessing that allows you to recite the Holy Quran at your pace, with flexible timings, and the comfort of your home. With the start and virality of online Quran learning, there’s a sudden decrease in the capacity of madrassas students.
Catholic Saints Feast Days - November
This is the fourth article in my Catholic Saints Feast Day series. Please click on a month below to see previous articles. August September October
Presenting Paganism To a Generation of Spiritual Explorers
Heather Greene published a new article in the Religion News Service which reads Study: Gen Z Doubles Spirituality, Combining Tarot and Traditional Beliefs. It deals with a study by the Springtide Research Institute that says:
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is a holiday that Christians around the world celebrate on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas supposedly commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, and Christians view him as the Son of God. For those who are married, Christmas is celebrated on December 25 because Jesus was born in Bethlehem as the son of a married couple named Mary and Joseph.
St Roch in art
The legend of St Roch begins in Montpellier (on the south coast of France) in the late 13th century with the birth of a boy bearing a cross-shaped birthmark on his left shoulder, this marking him out as being blessed by God.
The Stories Lie, I Never Loved A Bull
The gods and men alike love nothing better than to invent lies about us. Although they call us gossips, it is they who have mouths filled with forked tongues, telling tales for which we women pay in blood. The blood of our bodies, the blood of our children. We women always pay the debts, although we rarely incur them.
What Is The Ship Of Theseus Philosophy?
Theseus, the legendary Greek hero owned a ship, which he kept in a harbour as a museum piece, and as years rolled by, the wooden parts began to rot and had to be replaced. Every time a piece of the ship needed replacing it was replaced with a metal part. This went on for a few years until eventually it was entirely made of metal.
About me and basic witchcraft
I found witchcraft through my sister. She taught me the basic rules of witchcraft. 1. the rule of 3 everything you do will return to you 3 times
The Simulationist Church
There are a group of people for whom the simulation hypothesis is no longer a hypothesis. They believe with their entire beings, their whole hearts and minds, that we are indeed simulated beings living in a simulated world. In the mid to late 1980s, some of them, how many it is impossible to say, banded together to found a church, the Church of Simulationalism also known as the Simulationist Church. Through the process of simulational submersion (also known as transsubsimulationtiation or just transsubsimulation for short), in a sop to the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, they come to know of our “real” position in this universe as simulated beings living in a simulated world. The Simulationalists have borrowed heavily from Catholic tradition for their “faith” as you will learn if you read more on the topic. This “religion” was founded on a set of 18 core principles, their foundational maxims or Simulationist’s Creed, which are published below as part of an introduction to the church, and as a first entry in what will be a series of stories on the topic. If you need some grounding or a refresher on the simulation hypothesis parts of my extensive (non-church based) collection of writings on the topic can be found here (Currently all you will find is message describing that my account has been suspended. Hopefully that will change someday but until then I plan to post a few articles here on Vocal that discuss some of the basic aspects of the simulation hypothesis at some point. When that will happen I cannot say.)
Defining Legalism and Discovering God
Here’s a very abridged list of things I was taught and believed an individual could not do and be a Christian when I entered college at 19:
The Logical Problems of Monontheism
The logical problems of omniscience/omnipotence in monotheistic religions The biggest (logical) problem with most (not all) monotheistic religions is the supreme being is almost always omniscient/omnipotent. This raises a host of problems but the one I like to point to most often is the to good to be true problem (tgtbT). Incidentally, the simulation hypothesis falls victim to this issue as well, though in a slightly different way. Essentially tgtbT says that it is simply too easy to account for any aspect of why the universe is the way it is or why certain things happen and others don’t by pointing to the omnipotent/omniscient being and saying “because he/she/it made it that way….” Basically, it is the fall back position of all fall back positions and it can never be verified or disproven. Another way to put this is to say that an all powerful God can be used as an “excuse” to explain any feature of the world, humanity, or individual person including oneself, that one desires. The answer “Because God made it/wants it that way” can be used in any situation whatsoever to answer any question whatsoever and all discussion ends.