Third temple? * Church for Atheists * LGBT Rights and Religion

bullet One week after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down key decisions pertaining to same-sex marriage, released a study that shows how much religious groups have shifted toward supporting LGBTQ rights since 2003.

bullet Something else I picked up from the Barna Group website: 59% of 18-29 year olds with a Christian background are no longer going to church after previous attending regularly.

That doesn’t necessarily mean they have turned their back on God — but rather on the church. Big difference.

bullet And then there are churches where even God doesn’t attend.

I’m sure that includes lots of so-called ‘Christian’ churches.

bullet Incidentally, most atheists don’t hate God.

“It’s kind of hard to hate something that you don’t believe in. It’s like us hating Moby Dick,” says Red McCall, president of Oklahoma Atheists.

William Lane Craig is “the one Christian apologist who seems to have put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists.”
– Source: Sam Harris

bullet Check out Craig’s website, Reasonable Faith.

Not clear on the term apologist? Get up to speed here.

bullet Last Saturday members of the Council of Ex-Muslims in France met to launch their group publicly and discuss their mission: to promote liberty and equality for all people, regardless of their faith.

bullet Does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?

bullet Seventy to eighty per cent of people with a mental health problem in developing countries receive either no treatment at all, or treatments which have not been shown to be effective, such as those provided by traditional healers.

bullet Israel’s government has approved a draft law that would gradually abolish a system that exempts ultra-Orthodox Jewish students from compulsory military service. The system has been in place since the foundation of the State of Israel, in 1948.

bullet Speaking of Israel: For hundreds of millions of people all over the world, the end came a little closer last week.

That’s because a member of the Israeli cabinet has called for the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem on Temple Mount.

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This post was last updated: May. 9, 2014