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We all practice Belief, and it Matters

August 10th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Daniel Dennett famously criticized “belief in belief” in the past: he pointed out that there are many things that many of us no longer believe, but that we still believe it to be good to believe in those things. Consider a series on The Guardian on the question of Should we believe in belief? But […]

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The Sin in “Getting Saved”

May 20th, 2009 · 76 Comments

[This post represents my personal views, strongly stated, unmediated. Details, nuances, rationales, they can be explored in the comments. I appreciate that others differ from me: I explicitly do not expect others to come to my way of seeing things. Take this in whatever way you like.] Humans are selfish and egocentric. I call this […]

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An Overview of Hell — And How (Not) to Talk About It

February 23rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Real Live Preacher’s series of video clips on Hell, this is for Christians, who want to know/understand what the Bible teaches on Hell. The first clip is an introduction to the series, what to expect, some background on where the series came from, 6 minutes — The second is sharing “Just data, no judgement calls, […]

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More on the Afterlife Belief

February 1st, 2009 · 4 Comments

This post was promised as a follow-up to Sadducees and the Afterlife. That makes this the third post in a series of three, the first was Hope. Here’s the paragraph I pruned from the previous post in this series — you need to read that post for this to make sense: I love this piece, […]

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Sadducees and the Afterlife

January 6th, 2009 · 17 Comments

In my previous post on Hope, I talked about what I consider to be arrogance, when people think they know what’s best for others whose context they have no experience of (in the section “Thoughts about Destroyers”), in an attempt to promote understanding of the fact that where humans find hope, and how much they […]

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On Afterlife Obsession

February 10th, 2008 · 80 Comments

South Africa is a very Christian country. You see it everywhere. Like every “good South African”, I also grew up Christian. Whatever that means. The typical impression of Christianity that most outsiders seem to have, is that Christianity is obsessed with the afterlife and the supernatural, and rejects science. I suspect this is especially the […]

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We Remember, Heaven

October 10th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of my father’s death. He died in a light aeroplane accident in the French Alps. A few years ago there was a question milling through some people’s minds: is he now in heaven?

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