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Why Atheists Need to Understand the Bible- A Response to My Critics

Why Atheists Need to Understand the Bible

By David G. McAfee

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            Religionists have two primary ways of spreading doctrine: heredity (the passing of religious customs from generation to generation) and formal outward conversion (door-to-door and conversational peddling of religion). Regardless of which religion is being practiced, there are various cited cases of conversion and indoctrination of children- it is clear, however, that the latter is a more effective tactic in the expansion of a belief system. Each religion (at least all successful ones) has a built-in form of reward and punishment system that ensures- to a high probability- that the beliefs and practices are passed successfully from parent to child. Continue reading

My Most Recent ‘HATE’ Mail- and My Response

My Most Recent ‘HATE’ Mail- and My Response

By David G. McAfee

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                 This is the most recent “Hate Mail” that I’ve received regarding the posts on my website- I decided to post it because, not only does it demonstrate the ignorance of the religious majority, but acts as a defensive insult to my personal life, occupation, and university schooling with absolutely no evidence or stated justification. I also wanted to give my readers a chance to review my responses (located, point-by-point, in the footnotes section). I did the author a favor by cleaning up some of the spelling/grammar errors before posting- please keep in mind that this e-mail was in NO WAY prompted by any correspondence by me personally and was solely in response to my blog: Continue reading

Author of “The God Virus” speaks in Santa Barbara

Author of “The God Virus” speaks in Santa Barbara

Dr. Darrel Ray Presents His New Book and Psychological Research

By David G. McAfee

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               Today, 03/20/2010, a long awaited lecture took place in the patio room of the “Vista Del Monte” in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Darrel Ray, prominent author of “The God Virus” and founder of the Recovering from Religion, gave a much anticipated yet down-to-earth speech to a group of around one hundred people about the controversial issues of the ‘infection’ of religion, sexual guilt, indoctrination, and blind faith, that is so prominent in the United States and the world. The talk, sponsored by the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara, consisted of presentations by the local leaders of the H.S.S.B. followed by a speech by Dr. Ray and a short- yet spirited- ‘Question and Answer’ session. Continue reading

Christianity in the American Government- Laws and Money

American Money

            Though the ideas of a government with a Christian agenda began in the early times of our settlers, it has continued until this very day with the printing and coining of all American currency. “IN GOD WE TRUST” appears on all forms of American money from the penny to the one-hundred dollar bill. Similarly to the pledge of allegiance, the U.S. government began printing “In God We Trust” on all American legal tender as a way to increase religious sentiment in a time of conflict. This addition to our currency was added during the civil war as the nation’s Christian population increased dramatically. According to the Secretary of Treasury in 1861, he began to receive an influx of letters demanding that the union make a coin recognizing their faith. The first of these letters was written to secretary chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Pennsylvania. In this letter, Reverend Watkinson states that by producing such a coin “This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed.The “IN GOD WE TRUST” motto first appeared on an American two-cent coin in 1864. Continue reading

The Christian Majority

The Christian Majority

By David McAfee

 

Aside from Christianity, there are thirteen other major religions in the world, and at least ten denominations of each of them. Right now, there are more than 6,500,000,000 people in the world and more than 4,000,000,000 of them are not followers of any denomination of the Christian church. There are over one hundred and thirty belief systems in the world with over a million followers; each of these systems has values, morals, beliefs, and ideas unique to them. The fact that this large number of religious structures exist makes it difficult to imagine that the United States of America, the most diverse nation, is so overwhelmingly Christian in its governing. Continue reading

America- One Nation Under God

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AMERICA

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD

 

 Introduction

             “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” These great words, written by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a group of Danbury Baptists, originated the belief that the doctrine of separation of church and state was the original intent of the first amendment saying “…no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof…” Though we have this strong sense of separation between religion and politics, this boundary is sometimes overlooked because of the overwhelming dominance of Christianity in America. Though separation of church and state has often served as a pillar of support for our flourishing government, the Christian majority seems to override our secular-based government in many ways beginning in the days of the puritan colonists in the early 1800’s. Continue reading

Hereditary Religion: Cultural Genetics

Hereditary Religion: Cultural Genetics

By David McAfee

                My interest in the field of Cultural Genetics began two years ago during an interview with a university student for a local magazine. His name was Mike and he was a second-year Theater Major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I had the chance to speak candidly with Mike and asked him a series of questions regarding his religious preferences and freedoms, his answer to one question in particular would surprise me more than the rest. I asked Mike a very simple question, “Do you consider yourself a religious person?” A 2001 American Religious Identification Survey indicates that 81% of Americans DO associate themselves with a specific religion, so a “Yes” would not have been cause for alarm. Instead, Mike paused for a moment and answered “I’m half Catholic and half Agnostic.” Before I responded, my mind was filled ideas of what he could have meant, some blend of Catholic intrigue mixed with skepticism perhaps? Upon elaboration I discovered that Mike’s mother was a practicing Catholic and his father was not associated with an organized religion. Continue reading