Category: Freethinking Awakenings

12/19/12

Permalink 08:27:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 917 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Is Christmas about Jesus?

The traditional reason for the Christmas holiday is to celebrate the birth of Christ. It is true that some of the traditions surrounding this holiday probably have pagan origins that ultimately go back to civilizations before the advent of Christianity… more »
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05/16/12

Permalink 10:53:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 670 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Not WWJD, Instead WSWCWJWD: Why Should We Care What Jesus Would Do?

You've probably seen it at least a few times, such as on bumper stickers, bracelets, or billboards. The acronym WWJD, which stands for “What would Jesus do?” This saying is supposed to remind people to act as Jesus would. For faithful Christians, the… more »
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11/10/10

Permalink 11:36:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 707 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 8: Revelation and Apocalypse

I'm sure we have all come across people, either in person or perhaps through some billboard or flier, who tries to make the case that the end of the world is upon us. It has been common at least since the dawn of Christianity to speculate about the end… more »
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08/26/10

Permalink 11:07:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 741 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 7: Saints

What does the word “saint” mean to you? What do you think it means to say that this or that person is a saint? Is a saint a great person who leads an exemplary life? Is a saint a person who is no longer with us and who did great things when they were al… more »
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08/19/10

Permalink 10:58:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 820 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 6: Perspectives on The Afterlife

Have you ever thought of the afterlife? Have you considered the idea that a part of oneself could endure after death? I wrote a few months ago about how one can come to realize that there is indeed an essence of their self that is nonphysical. Now, with… more »
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08/04/10

Permalink 10:56:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 577 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings, Traditional Religion is Flawed

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 5: Are Jews (or anyone else) the Chosen People of God?

The Bible is probably the most influential book in history. I wrote a few weeks ago about how far too many people assume that the Bible is the word of God. It really isn't. There are a lot of things said in the Bible that are far too commonly believed t… more »
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06/23/10

Permalink 10:48:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 783 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 4: Is there a Devil?

Many people who believe in God as the benevolent creator of the universe also happen to believe in an entity that can be thought of as the opposite of God in some ways. This entity can be known as the Devil, Satan, Lucifer, etc. The Devil is thought of… more »
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06/02/10

Permalink 10:42:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 674 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 3: The One True Religion

I was raised a Christian and I was told that Christianity is the one true religion and that all other religions are false. More specifically, I was raised Catholic and I was told that all other Christian denominations broke off of the one true church, b… more »
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05/12/10

Permalink 10:27:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1239 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings, History of Religion

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 2: How did Christianity become Popular?

Today I continue the Freethinking Awakenings series with a look at different theories for how Christianity became popular and stays popular today. As I mentioned last week, Freethinking awakenings is a series of blog postings that describe the events an… more »
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05/05/10

Permalink 10:26:00 pm, by Brandon Norgaard Email , 1440 words   English (US)
Categories: Freethinking Awakenings

Freethinking Awakenings, Part 1: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

Today I am starting a new series called “Freethinking Awakenings”. In this series, I will describe the events in my life and internal thought processes that led me to become more freethinking. I had a strict religious upbringing and so many things about… more »
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