What good is done, what harm? The foetus The foetus will be killed; I have argued above that while killing does not harm the entity killed, it is to be avoided on the grounds of the Golden Rule and that any emotional harm that might be done to others must be considered. The next question is, how much harm is there in killing a foetus in particular? How can we judge the value of the life of a foetus?
Few bother to read and understand what is written in the Bible or think critically about what Christian doctrine implies. Each point listed below presents a claim for questioning the authenticity of Christianity.
In total, they lay out a convincing case that Christianity is untrue. In Christianity, we see none of these elements. This strongly implies that Christianity is a myth and possesses no intrinsic truth.
Gary Shadle is a theist who volunteered to construct a rebuttal to each of the listed reasons. This effort began on October 1, If there is something I have overlooked that you think should be on the list, please submit it and I will consider adding it. Membership was limited to scholars with advanced academic degrees Ph.
The task force convened on and off from to Other findings of the group included: As such, it remains the best effort to date to ascertain the true historical Jesus, stripped of the myths that have been attached to him over the centuries. Although many religious leaders objected to the findings, it must be acknowledged that the level of effort, the range of resources used, and the qualifications of the reviewers lend much weight to their conclusions.
The following quote is taken from John W. The Bible is filled with superstitious beliefs that modern people rightly reject.
An adult human male (left) and female (right) from the Akha tribe in Northern Thailand. Abortion = deliberate removal (or deliberate action to cause the expulsion) of a fetus from the womb of a human female, at the request of or through the agency of . Summary. The Human Genome Project (HGP) is giving us a bird’s-eye view into our genes, the very blueprints of our bodies. As genetic knowledge increases, questions are being raised regarding the proper scope and limits of both science and medicine.
It describes a world where a snake and a donkey communicated with human beings in a human language, where people could reach upward of years old, where a woman instantaneously transformed into a pillar of salt, where a pillar of fire could lead people by night, and where the sun stopped moving across the sky or could even back up.
This world is populated by demons that can wreak havoc on Earth and make people very sick. It is a world of idol worship, where human and animal sacrifices please God.
Visions, inspired dreams, prophetic utterances, miracle workers, magicians, diviners, and sorcerers also populate this world.
This is a strange world when compared to our world, but Christians believe that this world was real in the past. My contention is not that ancient people were stupid, but that they were very superstitious. As Christopher Hitchens puts it: Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody had the smallest idea what was going on.
It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge. And finally it is a world where God feels that he must kill his own son because he can find no other way to forgive people of their sins.
It should take only a few moments of reflection to understand, to grasp, to figure this whole thing out, that the god of Christianity is to adults as Santa Claus is to children- an imaginary friend.
Here are three of the forty-five Gospel scriptures where Jesus mentions Hell: And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. This point cannot be overstated.
This elicits an unsettling comparison. Hitler dispatched Jews to the concentration camps and gas chambers for no reason other than their ethnic identity. This was a temporal punishment; it sometimes lasted only a few days.
The god of the Bible is, in effect, worse than Hitler. This brings up another interesting point. Christians claim that the Bible is the backbone of the United States Constitution.
It should be obvious that placing a person in Hell is both cruel and unusual.
Consequently, Christianity violates the United States Constitution. Any person possessing critical thinking skills can understand that a magnificently powerful god would have no incentive, interest, or even the slightest inclination to inflict pain and suffering on dead people.Global, regional, and national life expectancy, all-cause mortality, and cause-specific mortality for causes of death, – a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN DECISION PROCESSES Vol.
76, No. 2, November, pp. ï¿½, ARTICLE NO. OB All Frames Are Not Created Equal: A Typology and Critical Analysis of Framing Effects Irwin P.
Levin The University of Iowa Sandra L. Schneider The University of South Florida and Gary J. . In invoking this notion, the Life-prospect principle defines the scope and limits of parental selection of those prospects, with due respect for each of the parental concerns that distinguish the three common concepts of parenthood I have identified.
An adult human male (left) and female (right) from the Akha tribe in Northern Thailand. Secondly, the main duties deriving from human rights fall on states and their authorities or agents, not on individuals. One important implication of these characteristics is that human rights must themselves be protected by law (‘the rule of law’).
Summary. The Human Genome Project (HGP) is giving us a bird’s-eye view into our genes, the very blueprints of our bodies.
As genetic knowledge increases, questions are being raised regarding the proper scope and limits of both science and medicine.