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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.
For upcoming shows, visit GodDiscussion.net.
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.
After 8 installments of Dragon vs. Dragon I've decided to erase the archives and go with a fresh start. It's time to "go live" so to speak and take it from here. I've learned from my mistakes and have retooled the equipment for a smoother operation.
I'll be on the air from 10pm to midnight EST Monday covering the latest news from a Christian perspective. Please call in or join the chat to ask questions or make a comment.
in Self Help
Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on weak versus strong atheism, dating people with psychological problems, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Question 1: Should a rational person's atheism be weak or strong?
Question 2: Is it a mistake to enter into a serious relationship with a person with serious psychological problems?
To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page.
For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.
For this episode we have two candidates for Congress, followed by a discussion on Religion.
*Our first Congressional candidate is Dr. Brenda Cleary, running in a Democratic primary to replace do-nothing, conservative Tea Party Republican incumbent Rep. George Holding, who was recently caught asleep at the helm of a session of Congress during the Government Shutdown. She is a lifelong Democrat born in Indiana, having moved to North Carolina to head the North Carolina Center for Nursing 20 years ago. She moved with her family after obtaining her PhD in Geriatrics/Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Cleary is a breath of fresh air on the subject of health care & would bring her passion for the middle class, the working poor & the health of alll to DC.
You can listen to Dr. Cleary at the top of the 7pm Eastern hour: http://www.clearyforcongress.com/
*Our 2nd candidate is a passionate Pacific Northwest progressive who is running for Washington's 4th Congressional seat.
Gary Downing echoes Dr. Cleary's call to stand up for the Affordable Care Act. He poses a very pertinent question on his website:
"Is it wrong to make sure we have a healthy nation? The answer is no."
He also makes a point on immigration reform that there are many folks that have lived in this country as much as 60 years who do not have citizenship.
Gary Downing stands up for the working class, middle class and for the TRUE prosperity of our nation, working together to solve our problems.
Gary is a lifelong resident of the "Tri-Cities" area in Eastern Washington & you can hear him at the midpoint of the 7pm Eastern hour: http://www.downing4congress.com/
Can morals be grounded without an external source? If there are standards of morality, from whence do they come? How can anyone make a judgement of good or evil without a standard?
Let's look at the moral argument for god, and condemn the bastard to the realm of imagination for failing so badly!!
Plus your calls.
Do I even have to say awesomesauce?
Can we define god into existence? Can we use semanitcs to be apologetics? Is anyone convinced by this? The Onological Arguement for the existence of god is a complete failure. We'll explore why.
Plus your calls.
By definition, this will be awsome.
This episode of the Forbidden Fruit is a special one and has been in the making for some times now. We have in the studio, Jeremiah Camara, who is an author, international speaker, activist, mini-movie and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief.
Jeremiah has producesed a feature length documenatary entitled "Contradition" . Contradition explores the impact of religious loyalty and how unyielding commitment to faith in and omniscient and an omnipotent being is affecting society, particulary the African American Segment.
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This episode of The Forbiden Fruit will ask the question, With the US being a sex-negative culture, how does that affect our country? Does it increase the number of sex crimes, teen pregnacies, and STD's? Some have said that the US is too conservative concerning the human body and sex. Is religion behing all of this? There are no nude beaches and our TV shows are overly censored compared to some other countries.. When in Sex-Positive countries, the naked human body is viewed differently, and in some of these, if not all, have lower sex crimes. Why do some get upset when a mother decides to breastfeed in public? The way sex and the human body is viewed, should be more of an individual prefrence, than a legal isssue. Should the government really mandate who an individual can not marry? Are our Religious groups controlling to much or our culture. Where is the separation between church and state?
What do you think?
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This episode of the Forbidden Fruit will discuss the craziness of religion. Is Religion the new Crazy, or just an old Crazy that just won't die? Is there a cure or a twelve step program available? Do we need R.A.(Religion Anonymous)? How do you know you have this crazyness?.....maybe a blood test, maybe piss in a cup? or just maybe you couldn't hear this LIVE broadcast because you were in church working on your ticket to heaven, or trying to turn in your ticket to Hell. If you adamantly believe in heaven and hell, this is not the episode to listen to. God may catch you laughing at your own antics. What am I saying? Of course he'll catch you laughing. God is everywhere...right?
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