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Zachrilege Cast #188 -- Ed And Michael Buckner

Ed Buckner is the former American Atheist president and reminds me that he’s a former not current board member of the Atlanta Freethought Society. Michael is his son, never got into religion and is a board member of the Atlanta Freethought Society. We talk...
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Religious Liberty Does NOT Include ...

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      Sean Glazier, Have You ...

      Sean Glazier , have you had a chance to ponder further the matters we were discussing?

      (No rush at all--I'm just interested.)

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      Opinion | A God Problem

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          Nothing new here. But also nothing theists have in fact ever rebutted or adequately responded to, either. If you have faith in a god or god(s) and don't care whether that makes any sense, no need to read this. But also no reason to expect someone who does care about logic and reason to accept your claims.

          https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/opinion/-philos...

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          Kristof--Opinion | Our Chess Champion Has A Home

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              I am not a Christian or any other variety of believer in anything supernatural, and I doubt if I ever will be. But if I were, I'd urge people to read these two columns by Nicholas Kristof about an 8-year-old homeless boy in New York City (from Nigeria). I urge it any way, but for me they're about the rich potential in all my fellow human beings. I'm a chess player (my skills and talent have been developed like this young man's--but for me it's taken maybe 60 years to reach the level he reached in one year). A heart-warming tale, with a somewhat unexpected moral, from Kristof, that I heartily endorse):


              https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/23/opinion/sunday/...

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              Ghostolini

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                  Today is the anniversary of the World Wide Web. What a great day to introduce to you a new creation of mine.

                  I started a new blog, and I have my own domain too! Yes I created it on blogger and the reason why is because I am getting too old to fuss in the background. Yes I do like doing it. But this time around I wanted to concentrate on content, plus enjoy it, and not be bothered with the background. Let me know what you think, and as always I take criticism well. I do plan to post my old post from the other blogger to this account, but I am not sure which post or all of them. Let me know what you think, and if you got ideas on porting my old blog content etc.

                  New blog: https://www.ghostolini.com/


                  Old blog: https://pichame.wordpress.com/

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                  Adam Smith: The Father Of Economics

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                      I've just finished with an interesting, in some ways startling, biography of Adam Smith by Jesse Norman (a conservative Member of Parliament and biographer, earlier, of Edmund Burke). Norman's book, Adam Smith: Father of Economics (Basic Books, 2018) is quite readable and fascinating, about the man and, especially, about his ideas.

                      Norman makes unmistakably clear (with good evidence for his points) that much of what is thought to be true of Smith is in fact false: that Adam Smith was an advocate of self-interest (a sort of precursor of Ayn Rand libertarianism (he wasn't); that Adam Smith was pro-rich (somewhat the opposite was true, and he specifically warned about the real dangers of substantial wealth inequality); that Adam Smith was anti-government (he certainly argued that government could over-reach, but he wrote of the valuable roles of governments in many ways, including regulating markets); that Smith was primarily an economist (he was a economic theorist of world importance, but he wrote in depth and detail about morality, the nature of man, and philosophy, as well as markets and economics, and he wrote of all these matters as part of the whole, not as separate arenas; and that Smith's "invisible hand of the market" is the crux of his idea(s) (that phrase only occurs once in Smith's famous "Wealth of Nations" and was used in a much more limited way than those who claim that markets solve all economic problems.

                      This is a book well worth reading.



                      https://www.investopedia.com/updates/adam-smith-ec...

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                          Turns out I'm not the only one who knows my Bible*--

                          https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhu...

                          *And, yes, I know quite well that the vast majority of American Christians reject this guy--the point is that they are in fact rejecting biblical teaching/morality when they do, Sean Glazier -- because there is no objective morality--

                          Deuteronomy 21:18–21 expands on the law:

                          If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his home town. And they shall say to the elders of his city, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear of it and fear.

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