Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 ~

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Do you actually seek the truth about reality?

Christadelphians often make truth claims about reality. In fact they refer to their beliefs and even their community as "the truth". But how many Christadelphians actually do the work required to establish whether or not their beliefs are in fact true? How many Christadelphians are what we might call "active truth seekers"?

It's one thing to think that your beliefs are true. In fact all religious people believe this. It's another thing entirely to actually question the foundations of those beliefs and discover for yourself whether your beliefs are verifiably true. If you do not take this second step, your belief is blind. It is nothing but mere assertion without basis. You may as well believe in unicorns and fairies.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see."
Hebrews 11:1 (NET)

Does truth matter to you? How convinced are you? How deeply have you questioned your faith?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Is the world really getting worse?

Christadelphians often talk about living in the "last days" and it seems to be almost an unquestioned assumption that the world is continually getting worse than ever before.

There are obvious problems to that assumption, not least the fact that crime rates have been falling since the 1970's and continue to fall. Christadelphians will cherrypick whatever data they want to paint their own picture of the world.

Here's an excellent video that offers another perspective...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Don't pray for me

I've recently had a few well-meaning Christadelphians offer to pray for me, in the hope that I might magically believe despite the continuing lack of evidence for their claims.

I appreciate the sentiment, but I think the efforts are misguided. Let me explain why...