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Agnostics, atheists and Deists are all considered freethinkers -- but Jayson X, the Deputy Director of the World Union of Deists, thinks that Deism is the best option. He'll explain why in this segment of God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion.
Deism, agnosticism and atheism are all belief systems, and of the three, Deism is more useful for promoting truth, virtue, and happiness than the others. Of these belief systems, Jayson says that:
Deism is the philosophy that one should base all of one's beliefs on reason and reason leads one to conclude that God exists, or at least probably exists. Agnosticism is the philosophy that one should base all of one's beliefs on reason and reason leads one to conclude that one cannot conclude if God exists or not. Atheism is the philosophy that one should base all of one's beliefs on reason and reason leads one to conclude that God does not exist, or at least probably does not exist.
"Deism promotes virtue more than Agnosticism and Atheism for at least one reason: If God exists, God might reward relatively good humans after death and punish relatively evil humans after death. In other words, if God exists, true justice is likely to exist," Jayson explains. "True justice is when all creatures get exactly what they deserve. Since true justice obviously does not happen before death, it must happen after death for it to exist; and only God has the power to make true justice a reality."
But what if there is no life after death? What if there is no punishment?
Join Jayson and his co-host and fellow Deist, Tim Wingate, as they wade through philosophical ideas about why belief in a God promotes happiness and virtue.
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On Sunday, June 9 2013, I had poet, writer, and composer Ann Weber Ammar on the show. We had really interesting and full program talking about her conversion to the Catholic Church. Her journey to the Church came after periods of Agnosticism, secular pursuits, two years of studying Jehovah Witnessism, and Evangelical Catholicism. Ann talked about a number of occasions when God stepped out of eternity to encounter her and give her gentle nudges of graces. The song heard at the end of the program is ‘Walking By Faith’. It was composed by Ann Ammar and a part of the ministry that God has given her and teammate Marianne. You can find out more details about her rich journey and some of the work she is doing at her blog (http://walkingwithourlord.wordpress.com/) and their website (http://www.walkingwithourjesus.com/) where Ann’s inspirational faith testimonies, spiritual poems, original songs and lyrics inspired by the Holy Spirit are contained This was one of the most interesting conversion stories I've ever heard. Very rich! Listening to the archived broadcast is definitely worth your time.
Last time I got through about 20 questions. Let's keep it going. Yeah, someof the questions are silly, and yeah, my answers to silly questions are silly. But that is what you get with a silly question. If I can, I'll try to re-phrase the question, but I'll try to keep the intent of the quesion.
This episode will be jam-packed with science and evolution related questions!
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This is going to take more than one show. I've found a wonderful apologetic site that has 100 questions for atheists. I'm going to answer them all!!
Since this is a website, I'd usually respond in written form. But I haven't bloged in some time and I like the format of radio better. So I'm just going to read the questions and give my answers.
Mind you, some of the questions are really dumb.
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Plus your calls.
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As soon as I realized I was an atheist, I came out. I was lucky. My wife became an atheist at exactly the same time. I no longer lived at home. There was no threat of losing a job. it was easy, painless, and simple. Indeed, the easiest part of losing my faith was coming out as an atheist.
But that's not always true. Sometimes, people are forced to be in the closet. They cannot tell people about this, and face real concequences when they do. Let's chat about that damned closet, and what to do with it. Plus your calls. Prepare for awesomeness!!
I don't think I want a topic for this show. I want to get a few random things off my chest. Like the exclusion of atheists from the interfaith ceremony after th Boston bombings. And some abstinance only sex windbag and the teenage hero who has the guts to stand up against it.
So this show is all random ramblings from your host.
Which pretty much makes it the same as every other show.
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If god is willling but not able to abolish evil, he is not omnipotent.
If god is able but not willing to abolish evil, he is not good.
If god is able and willing to abolish evil, why is there evil?
If god is neither able nor willing, why call it god?
The classic problem of evil has begun many of my conversations with believers. I like it. Every beliver has heard it, and every believer has to figure out some answer for it. I find it fascinating they simply dodge the issue or ignore the problem.
Why isn't this a problem for atheists? How come the atheist doesn't have to wrestle with this?
Plus, other ranting from the mind of your host.
Plus, your calls.
Equals a mind-blowing good time.
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An atheist lacks a belief in gods, but may wish a god existed. I am an anti-theist. I rejoice in the knowedge there are no gods. I think it would be terrible if there was a god, particularly the one found in the bible. That god is a monster. I'll talk about why I dislike religion so much, I am an anti-theist. Plus your calls. Makes for one hell of a good time!
Join Us tonight on KTL RADIO as we welcome Baba Nu Mensa World Reknown Author/Egyptian Vodoo Priest/Lecturer.. What is agnosticism, gnosticism and what does it has to do with the new world order? Why is it that the cultures and civilizations of antiquity are so different from the dominant cultures and civilizations of today? Come and understand why there is such a vast difference between contemporary cultural paradigms and those of antiquity.
What should non-theists call themselves? What's in a name? Atheist? Agnostic? Bright? Freethinker? Pastafarian? Non-believer? Non-theist? Non-religious? Humanist? Skeptic? Rationalist? How do we choose the label we use? Join me as I tell you why I'm an atheist, not an agnostic. I'm going to have to talk about some current events that got stuck in my head. Here are links to the stories:
This episode is dedicated to Felicia, my wife. She graciously introduced me to a whole slew of wacky, crazy, and old lore surrounding the winter holiday that most people have no idea even exists. Sure, you know Santa, Rudolf, and Frosty. Who are Yule men? The Spank-meister? Christmas poo ISN'T just from South Park? Join me as I explore these just plain nutty myths about the holiday christians want to claim is all their own. Plus, your calls.