Scientists to atheists: Sit down, we have bad news

For Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, author of “God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists,” the idea that everyone at some core level has a cognizance of a higher power isn’t new.

But now a Hong Kong-based science writer has posted an article on the Science20 blog under the headline “Scientists discover that atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke.”

Writer Nury Vittachi, who explains he is based at a creativity research lab there and is “fascinated by metaphysics” and the theories of the multiverse, said he has written a lot of books, has been published by Scholastic and once was shortlisted for a prize for a children’s book on relativity.

On the Science20 site, which was set up to “modernize science communication, publishing, collaboration and public participation,” he posts articles that are not filtered for size, and there are no political or cultural agendas.

Vittachi writes, provocatively, that God, “if he is around, may be amused to find that atheists might not exist.”

He cites several reasons for his suggestion, including that scientists are becoming more and more aware “that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.”

He suggests something that would be concerning to atheists, that “what you actually believe is not a decision you make for yourself.”

“Your fundamental beliefs are decided by much deeper levels of consciousness, and some may well be more or less set in stone,” he said.

He quotes Graham Lawton in the New Scientist, who wrote: “Atheism is psychologically impossible because of the way humans think. … They point to studies showing, for example, that even people who claim to be committed atheists tacitly hold religious beliefs, such as the existence of an immortal soul.”

And Vittachi quotes Pascal Boyer, from Nature, saying, “A slew of cognitive traits predisposes us to faith.”

Comfort, who leads the Living Waters ministry and is known for his innovative and successful Christian evangelism methods, cited a response he sent earlier to someone who claimed to be an atheist, yet was curious about Christianity.

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“It’s important to understand that an atheist is someone who believes the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything. Some fundamental atheists will deny this by trying to redefine ‘nothing’ as being ‘something,’ because such a thought makes them look like a fool, which is precisely what the Bible says that they are (see Psalm 14:1),” he wrote.

“As Christians, we’re not asking the world to believe the Bible. What we are asking them to believe is the gospel. The early church didn’t have the Bible as we know it, so they didn’t go around saying ‘Repent and believe the Bible.’ The Old Testament scrolls were kept in the synagogue, not many could read, there was no such thing as the printing press, and the New Testament hadn’t been compiled,” he said.

“The Bible is a book written for the godly – as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. It’s a special book written for the humble of heart, and those who try and read it without a humble heart are like a man trying to read Shakespeare in the dark. It will be senseless. However, when we believe the gospel, repent and trust alone in Jesus we come out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. God opens the eyes of our understanding, and a major part of that illumination will be that the Scriptures will suddenly come alive,” he said.

He recommends an online evaluation called NeedGod.com that enables people to determine for themselves what they believe.

Commentator Alex Kocman at the Barbwire.com blog noted the Bible affirms God has made himself known even to those who haven’t read the Bible.

“In Romans 1:18-23, the apostle Paul writes that ‘what can be known about God is plain to them’ – that is, all men – and that ‘his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.’ He then goes so far as to state that all such people ‘knew God’ (v. 21). The implication, thus, is that man innately assumes the existence of his Creator until he convinces himself to think otherwise.”

Vittachi argues several points:

“In the United States, 38 percent of people who identified themselves as atheist or agnostic went on to claim to believe in a God or a Higher Power (Pew Forum, ‘Religion and the Unaffiliated,’ 2012),” he explains. “While the U.K. is often defined as an irreligious place, a recent survey by Theos, a think tank, found that very few people – only 13 per cent of adults – agreed with the statement ‘humans are purely material beings with no spiritual element.’”He also said there is an evolutionary purpose. “Social scientists have long believed that the emotional depth and complexity of the human mind means that mindful, self-aware people necessarily suffer from deep existential dread. Spiritual beliefs evolved over thousands of years as nature’s way to help us balance this out and go on functioning. If a loved one dies, even many anti-religious people usually feel a need for a farewell ritual, complete with readings from old books and intoned declarations that are not unlike prayers.”Literature supports the idea, he argues: “It appears that stories exist to establish that there exists a mechanism or a person – cosmic destiny, karma, God, fate, Mother Nature – to make sure the right thing happens to the right person. Without this overarching moral mechanism, narratives become records of unrelated arbitrary events, and lose much of their entertainment value.”

And where does atheism fit?

“Albert Einstein, who had a life-long fascination with metaphysics, believed atheism came from a mistaken belief that harmful superstition and a general belief in religious or mystical experience were the same thing, missing the fact that evolution would discard unhelpful beliefs and foster the growth of helpful ones. He declared himself ‘not a ‘Freethinker’ in the usual sense of the word because I find that this is in the main an attitude nourished exclusively by an opposition against naive superstition.’”

“We may be fooling ourselves if we think that we are making the key decisions about what we believe, and if we think we know how deeply our views pervade our consciousnesses,” Vittachi writes. “It further suggests that the difference between the atheist and the non-atheist viewpoint is much smaller than probably either side perceives. Both groups have consciousnesses which create for themselves realities which include very similar tangible and intangible elements. It may simply be that their awareness levels and interpretations of certain surface details differ.”

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The Untold Story of White Slavery

Originally posted on a12iggymom's Blog:

Whites have forgotten what blacks take pains to remember.

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s Robert C. Davis notes in this eye-opening account of Barbary Coast slavery, American historians have studied every aspect of enslavement of Africans by whites but have largely ignored enslavement of whites by North Africans. Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters is a carefully researched, clearly written account of what Prof. Davis calls “the other slavery,” which flourished during approximately the same period as the trans-Atlantic trade, and which devastated hundreds of European coastal communities. Slavery plays nothing like the central role in the thinking of today’s whites that it does for blacks, but not because it was fleeting or trivial matter. The record of Mediterranean slavery is, indeed, as black as the most tendentious portrayals of American slavery. Prof. Davis, who teaches Italian social history at Ohio State University, casts a piercing light into this fascinating but…

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Events In Iraq Could Be Start of Biblical 6th Trumpet!

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Remember, God Will Not Be Mocked

Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral. http://tiny.iavian.net/2h68

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They Lied – USA Cooling Since 1930

The scandal of fiddled global warming data – Telegraph.

When future generations try to understand how the world got carried away around the end of the 20th century by the panic over global warming, few things will amaze them more than the part played in stoking up the scare by the fiddling of official temperature data. There was already much evidence of this seven years ago, when I was writing my history of the scare, The Real Global Warming Disaster. But now another damning example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been “adjusting” its record by replacing real temperatures with data “fabricated” by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data.
In several posts headed “Data tampering at USHCN/GISS”, Goddard compares the currently published temperature graphs with those based only on temperatures measured at the time. These show that the US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record; whereas the latest graph, nearly half of it based on “fabricated” data, shows it to have been warming at a rate equivalent to more than 3 degrees centigrade per century.

When I first began examining the global-warming scare, I found nothing more puzzling than the way officially approved scientists kept on being shown to have finagled their data, as in that ludicrous “hockey stick” graph, pretending to prove that the world had suddenly become much hotter than at any time in 1,000 years. Any theory needing to rely so consistently on fudging the evidence, I concluded, must be looked on not as science at all, but as simply a rather alarming case study in the aberrations of group psychology.

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Suffolk-Herald poll: Romney is early favorite in N.H. 2016 GOP primary @drudgereportapp

The surprise early frontrunner in New Hampshire’s next GOP presidential primary is the loser of the last White House race – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who wipes the 2016 field by a more than 2-1 margin, a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll reveals.

The poll of 800 likely Granite State voters has less encouraging news for another ex-Massachusetts politician, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. He trails incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen by 10 points and is now viewed unfavorably by 46 percent of New Hampshire voters.

But the biggest loser in the Suffolk-Herald poll is President Obama, whose approval rating has tumbled to an all-time low in New Hampshire. Just 39 percent of Granite State voters give a thumbs up to Obama’s job performance, while 52 percent disapprove, according to the poll.

Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee who has stirred speculation about another White House run, gets the backing of 24 percent of likely GOP primary voters in a test matchup in New Hampshire. None of the possible Republican contenders even cracks double digits with Romney in the mix, according to the Suffolk-Herald poll.

Romney’s closest competitor is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who manages just 9 percent, the poll shows.

Without Romney in the field, the GOP presidential contest in the first-in-the-nation primary state looks murky. Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are tied at the top with just 11 percent support among 419 likely primary voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are next with 8 percent of the vote.

Nearly one-third of Republican voters are undecided, showing Granite State voters are doing what they usually do in a presidential primary — waiting until they get a measure of the candidates up close.

But New Hampshire voters are not wavering much about who they support in this year’s statewide races, especially the highly anticipated Shaheen-Brown bout.

Just 9 percent of voters say they’re undecided in the U.S. Senate race, and Shaheen holds a 49-39 percent lead over Brown, according to the poll. Those numbers are similar to the last Suffolk-Herald poll on March 6, when Shaheen led Brown by a 52-39 percent margin.

Brown is still comfortably ahead in his GOP primary contest, holding a 40-12 percent lead over his closest rival, former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith.

The poll also shows New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan holding a wide lead over her potential GOP rivals.

The Suffolk-Herald poll of 800 likely voters, including Republicans, Democrats and independents, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The sample of 419 likely GOP primary voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percent.

The results of the Romney test matchup includes 281 likely GOP voters who said they had a first choice in the potential 2016 field.

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Hillary Clinton’s first week of book sales versus Sarah Palin’s is not even close | WashingtonExaminer.com @drudgereportapp

Hillary Clinton’s first week of book sales versus Sarah Palin’s is not even close

Sarah out sells the Hildabeast by 80% in the first week.

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In No Mood for Trophies @drudgereportapp

In No Mood for Trophies.

With the midterm elections less than six months away, it’s a good time to take stock of things and even venture a few assumptions. But first, we need to acknowledge that when we talk about public attitudes, we are talking about human behavior and unexpected national events, which can cause close races to tip one way or the other, or to make less competitive contests even more so.

Having said that, it appears that the political environment, national economy, and issue agenda are unlikely to change significantly before November. At this point, this election is what it is, and it will be fought on terrain pretty much like what we see today.

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DHS to Pay For Illegal Immigrants to be Escorted Into U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to pay for illegal minors up to the age of 17 to be escorted into the United States, according to a new solicitation posted at FedBizOpps.

Entitled ‘Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children’, the solicitation reads;

ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient, and incident free transport. The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year. Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air.

The post does not explain how ICE arrived at the figure of 65,000 children, nor does it clear up why 50% of the illegal minors are arriving via commercial air. The DHS intends to award the chosen vendor(s) 5 year fix priced contracts.

The program to use taxpayer money to escort illegal minors into the United States dovetails with a recent Infowars exclusive concerning how South Texas Church groups are transporting countless illegals into the United States before letting them go “wherever they want to go.”

Non-profit groups and churches are chauffeuring illegal immigrants from a bus station in McAllen, Texas before giving them temporary shelter and later releasing them onto the streets.

Infowars reporters witnessed children and their mothers, primarily consisting of illegals from Guatemala, being picked up throughout the day by vans marked TFC (the Family Church), before being driven to nearby facilities.

An employee of the organization admitted to Infowars that once the illegals are taken into temporary care, where they enjoy hot showers, food and a place to sleep, they are subsequently released and allowed to go “wherever they want to go.”

It subsequently emerged that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol was paying for bus tickets and vouchers in order to help the illegals be transported into the country.

The revelation arrives in the aftermath of reports that the Rio Grande Valley has experienced an “endless surge” of immigrants attempting to illegally cross the border.

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Hillary Asked to Inscribe ‘Hard Choices’ to Ambassador Stevens

Originally posted on The Foxhole:

I love it when a scrunt like the Hildabeast gets cornered with her own depraved indifference.

From The Daily Surge.

Jason Mattera caught up with Hillary Clinton at one of the DC stops on her book tour this week, and asked the former Secretary of State if she would mind signing a copy of Hard Choices… but with a twist. “If you could make it out to Christopher Stevens,” Mattera queried. “I think you knew him.”

Christopher Stevens, of course, was the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was murdered along with three other Americans on Clinton’s watch, when Jihadists attacked two U.S. outposts in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Hillary, surprised by the request, replied, “Yeah, I’m not gonna make it out to Chris Stevens.”  Mattera followed-up with, “What difference does it make?” a reference to Clinton’s infamous 2013 Senate testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee.

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