The Burning of Washington

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Burning of Washington 1814

The Burning of Washington in 1814 was an incident during the War of 1812 between the forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and those of the United States of America. On August 24, 1814, after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, a British force led by Major General Robert Ross occupied Washington City and set fire to many public buildings. Continue reading

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Is Christian God powerless?

A curious statement I heard often during my Christian years was this: “God first needs to break a person before he can bring them to him.” I can remember feeling as though I understood perfectly what was being communicated here. These days, however, I’m not so sure. Continue reading

Conservative Christian Iron Age obsession

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Stories of patriarchal Christian leaders groping, fondling, masturbating on or otherwise harassing or assaulting women—and having clandestine sex with men–seem to be a media staple of late. Continue reading

Why did God wait?

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Okay, so Adam and Eve have just eaten from the tree. Sin has entered the world. Human beings are now forever separated from God. Upon their physical death, they are subject to everlasting spiritual death as well, since it takes only one sin to earn eternal damnation. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Trash Religion

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While consciously pursuing your spiritual development is commendable, joining an established religion such as Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism is one of the worst ways to go about it. In this article are 10 reasons why you must eventually abandon the baggage of organized religion if you wish to pursue conscious living in earnest. Continue reading

The Common Christian Arguments

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I have been an atheist for six months now. They’ve been an incredible six months, comprising both good and bad experiences. The bad experiences came from other people’s reactions to my new stance. The good experiences came from my own reactions to my new stance. Continue reading

Romans invent Christmas


The ruins of the Temple of Saturn still dominate the west end of the Forum in Rome

“Io Saturnalia!” Two thousand years ago this was the seasonal greeting which would have chimed out across most of Europe, not “Merry Christmas”. The Roman mid-winter festival of misrule has heavily influenced many Christmas traditions – including the time of year we celebrate. Continue reading