Reason and Religion – In search of the truth. Whatever that is

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[BookLife]: Negru, who describes himself as neither a believer nor an atheist, didn’t use the popular phrase “a brief history” in his title for good reason. At 581 pages, the tome is anything but. Negru reminds readers that fascination with the apocalypse isn’t a recent cultural obsession; rather, it’s been a subject of intense interest since the earliest days of recorded history, as evinced by the doctrinal beliefs of all three Abrahamic religions. He also points out that the phrase the end of the world can be interpreted various ways, such… read more »

Religious evolution

A free and open-source software (known as FOSS in technical terms) is a computer program that anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study, and change it in any way; the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve its design. In May 2003 WordPress 0.7 was released as a free and open-source software content management system for people who want to build personal blogs on the Internet. In January 2004 WordPress was updated to 1.0 and, compared to the previous version, it was improved with the additional features of friendly… read more »

Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit

With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit,” ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim. The 10 Questions: 1. How reliable is the source of the claim? 2.Does the source make similar claims? 3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else? 4. Does this fit with the way the world works? 5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim? 6. Where does the preponderance… See the video »

Anonymous asked: “What are some things Muslims agree that Muhammed (PBUH) did wrong?”

This is the most important problem of Islam, and Muslims don’t even realize it. Jesus Christ, according to the Quran and the Bible, was immaculate. The Quran says that Jesus was an important prophet, while the Bible states it was God, but this is another story. The point is that Christianity is seen by Muslims as an inferior (corrupted) religion. Therefore, your prophet, your founding father, your prime model, can’t be inferior to the prophet of the other inferior and corrupted religion. If Jesus… read more »

Review: The Magic of Reality (2011) by Richard Dawkins

Dawkins says that it is unlikely for a supernatural creator of the world to exist. He contends that religious thought is merely a delusion. This is why nearly all of the chapters begin with a brief synopsis of creation myths in an attempt to explain various observed phenomena. He chooses these myths from all over the world, such as Babylonian, Aztec, Judeo-Christian, Ancient Egyptian, Japanese, Maori, Australian Aboriginal, Hellenic, Nordic, Chinese, and includes even modern alien-abduction mythology. But Dawkins… read more »

About (Our philosophy)

There was a day when I was just like you, a believer. I was so passionate about my religion that I studied it; hard. I studied its history, its structure, its personalities, its relation with other religions… But the more I studied, the more I realized that there is an incommensurable difference between what people think about their religion and what their religion really is. And I also learned that there is one thing that keeps religions alive: fear. Fear of hell, fear of punishment, fear of pain… pure fear is the air, water and food of every single god. Fear can be overcome only if we gather information… read more »

Introduction

INTRODUCTION

If religion is the opium of the masses, then the beliefs about the end of the world are overdoses. The belief in the imminent end of the world is one of the most powerful and radical motivations of the human psyche. It is the overspill of adrenaline of the religious beliefs that combines urgent passions with deep megalomaniac tendencies. Fatalistic beliefs have the ability to generate incredible powers by setting into motion large masses of people and converting their feelings into a collective force. People caught in this kind of phenomena are capable of out of the ordinary things; they can commit the most shocking cruelties or, on the contrary, account for the most exceptional cases of human societies.

The end of the world is a never-ending subject. The obsession of watching the universal clock is a curse that haunts mankind since the dawn of time. For thousands of years the social stage has been populated by fanatics, maniacs and messiahs eager to gain fame and power by publicly proclaiming the imminent end of the world. The return of Jesus Christ, unimaginable catastrophes, Judgment Day, the Antichrist, the Battle of Armageddon – all these have caused thousands of so-called revelations, behavioral deviations, frenzies, crimes, suicides, economic collapses, migrations, wars and riots. No matter how accurate the calculations have been, no matter how widespread or how well-grounded the interpretations might have been, no matter how much faith was invested or how clear were the signs, the actual coming into being of this so much proclaimed end of the world proved to be a rather obstinate affair. When it comes to the attitudes related to the end of the world, history has pretty much seen it all. And yet, the phenomenon of the year 2012 proved that the image of a general end is still very prosperous.

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History of the Apocalypse

HISTORY OF THE APOCALYPSE

by Catalin Negru

FIRST EDITION - EBOOK

Copyright © 2015 Catalin Negru. All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review or scholarly journal.

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Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF APOCALYPTICISM

Chapter I. THE FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURE

1. THE MEANINGS OF THE EXPRESSION “END OF THE WORLD”
2. THE ROOTS OF FATALISTIC BELIEFS
2.1. EMPIRICAL OBSERVATION AS A PSYCHOLOGICAL ROOT
2.2. DIVINE REVELATION AS A THEOLOGICAL ROOT

Chapter II. THE THEOLOGICAL AND ESCHATOLOGICAL BASES

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Foreword

FOREWORD

This preface is not included in the ebook or the printed book, but we chose to include it here to make for a better reading experience and to explain certain aspects which may seem peculiar in the format of the ebook.

(1) For those of you who are reading an ebook for the first time, it must be noted that it does not contain special characters specific to various languages, or it does so within strict limits. In order to avoid potential display errors, most authors, myself included, choose to replace special characters with similar letters in the English alphabet. "Ü" becomes "U," "æ" becomes "ae" or "é" becomes "e." In the same manner superscript characters such as "21st" or "45°" become "21st" and “45 degrees” respectively. Here, on the website, the text contains special characters. Characters specific to Greek and Hebrew have not been removed in the ebook as this would have altered the accuracy of the text and the message.

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