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Monday, 23 June 2008 20:53

Ice Found On Mars

A breakthrough in space exploration: Ice may have been found on Mars. The implications of this, if it is indeed ice opens up a lot of possibilities, considering that water is vital to life. If there is water in Mars then we ask: how abundant is water in terrestrial planets, in our solar system or in others? [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=t2ssGtZjtkk[/youtube]
Published in Scientific Advances
So, the Anglican church conducted its very first gay wedding in the UK. "An Anglican church has held a homosexual "wedding" for the first time in a move that will deepen the rift between liberals and traditionalists. Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites - a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives." (Source) The day finally came for gays to be able to wed in church. Not only that, the first couple to be wed were two priests! Who would have thought. Religion is evolving.
Monday, 16 June 2008 21:58

Earth-Like Planets Discovered

Scientists have spotted three earth-like planets in a nearby solar system, making them wonder whether earth-like planets are very common in the universe. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 14 June 2008 07:34

US bishops reject stem cell research

Scientists say stem cell therapy holds great medical promise, including treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's...but US bishops stop them from doing their research. (More)
A very important breakthrough has just occurred: evolution in action observed in the world of bacteria: Article.
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 07 June 2008 14:26

Bride's virginity a white lie

PARIS - The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage - and a French judge agreed. The ruling ending the Muslim couple's union has stunned France and raised concerns the country's much-cherished secular values are losing ground to cultural traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities. (Source)

The search for extraterrestrial life does not contradict belief in God, the pope's chief astronomer said today, adding that some aliens may even be innocent of the original sin...Even if "we don't currently have any proof... the hypothesis" of extraterrestrial life cannot be ruled out, said Funes, a Jesuit priest who directs the Vatican's observatory at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome.

COMMENT: I find this article very interesting considering that back in Galileo's time, scientists were branded as heretics with their telescopes as the tools of evil. Unlike Galileo, who was put under house arrest for the rest of his life because of his discoveries, most scientists and thinkers who ever questioned the belief that the universe revolved around the Earth were killed or that other planets existed were killed.

Monday, 12 May 2008 20:34

Blasphemy Law Lifted In The UK

The law against blasphemy in the UK, which made it illegal to insult Christianity had been lifted.

The reasons are:

1. "The little-used laws served no useful purpose, while allowing religious groups to try to censor artists."

2. Maria Eagle, the junior justice minister, said in the debate: "These offences have now largely fallen into disuse and therefore run the risk of bringing the law into disrepute". "Given that these laws protect only the tenets of the Christian Churches, they would appear to be plainly discriminatory."

COMMENT: It is discriminatory against other religions. If there is a law against blasphemy -- which protects mainly the Christian faith -- then other religions will want their own law that prohibits making fun of their religions as well. If such an environment is pursued, think of what this will create.

There are many religions, each with their own beliefs and often times, they contradict each other and our modern sense of morality. If you were a muslim, you are bound to disagree with some Christian beliefs. If you are a Christian, you are bound to disagree with some muslim beliefs. You should be allowed to express it and debate it with others.

Due to the number and variety of religions, we should be allowed to question each other's beliefs for it is undeniable that they cannot all be simultaneously true. We can only determine which beliefs are useful to us as a society only if we can discuss them in the open.

Latest climate science showed global emissions of planet-heating gases were rising faster and upsetting the climate more than previously thought, Nicholas Stern [Climate Change Expert] said in a Reuters interview today... "Emissions are growing much faster than we'd thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we'd thought, the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates, and the speed of climate change seems to be faster," he told Reuters at a conference in London. (Source)
Published in Scientific Advances
Saturday, 16 February 2008 07:43

Saudis 'threatened Blair with terror'

"SAUDI Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents...The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties." (Source: The Age). The word got out because of a few courageous individuals like Matthew Cowie, the case officer on the enquiry, stood up against what was happening. Now, anti-corruption campaigners began a legal action on Thursday to overturn the decision to halt the case. They want the original investigation restarted, arguing that the Government 'caved into blackmail.' Comment: The use of violence in our society remains. This is blackmail at the highest level.

Book On Reason

The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW