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Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty (Pt. IV of IV)

…continued from Pt. III… This distinction between belief and acceptance is relevant to our topic at hand. For it seems to me that acceptance is more essential to “the Christian stance” than belief. Someone, for instance, might want very much to believe in the Christian creedal claims, but find himself underwhelmed by the evidence. As much as he wants to believe, he can’t. But this pers... »

Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty pt. III

Oops, I did it again. Said this series would be x parts long, and it turns out to be y. I said three parts, but it’s gonna be four. My apologies. Anyways, here’s part three… In the previous two posts, we looked at a number of quotes from Bertrand Russell. Among those quotes was this one: “Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the u... »

Betrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty (Pt. II of III)

…continued from part I… Consider Wilbur, a suitable bachelor. Wilbur greatly desires to be a father some day — to bring a little human unto maturity, to pass on his name, to leave a legacy, and all that. But there is a problem: Wilbur will not so much as date a woman, let alone wed one. Not after the heartbreak he experienced when his high school girlfriend left him ten years ago... »

Betrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, and Dishonesty (Pt. I of III)

Betrand Russell, the famous British mathematician and philosopher of the early twentieth century, offered this stance up as an alternative to Christianity (or Judaism, or Islam, or…): “We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world — its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world... »

The Resurrection Appearances and "Altered States of Consciousness"

There are signals on the horizon of a new variation we might see Skeptics use as an alternative theory to explain the Resurrection, though it will probably be a case of misuse rather than use. In Flights of the Soul (hereafter FOS), a member of the Context Group, John Pilch, discusses the applicability of alternate states of consciousness (hereafter ASC) as an explanation for certain Biblical phen... »