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No True Muslim?

Yes, yet another “does ISIS represent Islam” article! So…does it? The members of ISIS would happily kill you if you said they didn’t, but of course, just because a person or group claims to be X doesn’t necessarily mean they are X. Read More…

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Foundational Beliefs

I saw a news article today that got my skeptical juices flowing once more. It was a story about a clerk in Indiana who was refusing marriage licenses to homosexual couples because “the US was founded on the biblical principle of one man and one woman in marriage”.

There are two things wrong with that statement, and those two things get down to some foundational beliefs many have. This is a perfect example of how ignorance (not stupidity, simply “a lack of knowledge or information”) perpetuates prejudice and gives it “authority”. Read More…

The Cosmos and the Holy Book

I’ve been reading through Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos. It is pretty cool. I really want to go out and buy a telescope now…and a book on geometry! Lol…

But I’ve been surprised by the numerous religious references in the book–namely, all the times when religious thought/doctrine/dogma has stood against those who merely observed reality. Partly I was surprised simply because I just never expected these negative references in a book from ’79–I somehow thought all the open talk of religion hating science started with Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. And partly I was surprised when I realized that Religion won the first round of what appears to be an ongoing war between Science and Religion. Read More…

Two Sides of the Coin?

I occasionally debate with a fellow online about Religion (me being an Atheist (I don’t know there is no god/are no gods, but I don’t see enough evidence to believe in any) and him a Christian). After the last debate, he challenged me to research the “Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus”. I’m doing that now–it is a subject with a lot to say! But in this research I was side-tracked by the issue of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.

How does the Genealogy of Jesus work? Why is this an issue? Well, there are two places in the New Testament where it is listed–Matthew 1:1-17, and Luke 3:23-38, and they are totally different. The big question is: Why are they different? Read More…

Show Me

Note: This is an older post I wrote offline when this site was still in planning stages. It is no longer a “timely” post, as I was wanting it to be. Some things cannot be avoided. But just because it isn’t timely doesn’t mean I don’t like it. As for the subject of this post, the Amendment to the Missouri Constitution I write about has been passed.

We here at the Perpetual Skeptic tend to be skeptical. In true form, I am skeptical of this article I read in HuffPo concerning a proposed amendment to the Missouri State Constitution. No, not skeptical about the content, but rather skeptical about the issue. Read More…