Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CrashCourse

I've previously posted a YouTube by Hank Green, one of the VLogBrothers, his brother being John. Well, as you can imagine from a couple of talented guys they do other stuff too, so keep a look out for them (and their friends).

One of the things they do is run another YouTube channel called 'CrashCourse'. It's a great resource for learning...well...stuff. Take a look and see if they have anything on a subject that interests you. Here three videos that interest me because they relate to some of life's big questions:

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Good Without God?

The BBC World Service runs a programme called 'Heart and Soul' which describes itself as, "a weekly half-hour programme that has the scope and understanding to explore different experiences of spirituality from around the world. Whether examining religious faith or any other belief-system, the programme talks to believers and non-believers, and tries to get beyond superficial notions of spirituality and religion"

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Atheism for Lent

I’d never done anything for Lent before this year. Obviously I knew about lent and as a child I looked forward to ‘pancake day’, but being a Christadelphian, and therefore not following the church calendar, it wasn’t really something on my radar to actively take part in. This year was different, this year I decided to join an online course where a group of people spent a short time each day reflecting on a critique of theism, with the aim of throwing out the superfluous.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

The most beautiful emotion

The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the sower of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger ... is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself to us as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of all true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of devoutly religious men.

- Albert Einstein

Sunday, 9 April 2017

What sort of god do you affirm or deny?

Everyone carries around with them an idea in their mind which they call ‘God’/’god’, and which they choose to either affirm or deny the existence of. What is immediately striking is that everyone has their own personal ideas about their deity concept. This is true even limiting ourselves to the Judeo-Christian tradition, which Christadelphians should know since they deny the doctrine of the Trinity which most other Christians affirm, but it runs much much deeper than this with many different historic and contemporary ideas about God that go far beyond what most of us have ever heard of.

The fact that everyone carries around a different idea of God in their mind should make us more open-minded towards others in that just because we superficially disagree with someone about God that doesn’t mean we are talking about the same God concept, and may actually find we have more in common with them than we think.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Talking Faith and Deconversion with Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church a megachurch in Atlanta, GA. In this episode of 'Life after God' Andy talks to the shows host, Ryan Bell, who was an ordained minister with the Seventh Day Adventists before becoming an atheist.

I think this is a model conversation, in terms of attitude, between two people with different views, especially between a Christian and an Atheist who have different worldviews.

The show opens with this quote from Andy,

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pints and Parables

I've been following Pete Rollins more of late. Wacky stuff for some I'm sure, but I find the ideas really interesting. Anyway, one of the things he does is called 'Pints and Parables', and I was listening to some of these in the car to and from work today. I've decided to write one up here, adapted slightly, because I thought it may provide some food for thought...