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Secular Web Feature Articles: 2001

From Which Religious Sect Did Jesus Emerge? by Sid Green

We know from the first-century Jewish historian Josephus that three main sects dominated first-century Palestine: the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes. Green asks the question “from which did Jesus emerge?” and takes us on a fascinating tour of the evidence.

The Evil Atheist Conspiracy by James Still

Our opponents discovered our plot to introduce queer values via Teletubbies, teens stopped listening to our backward-masked Satanic rock music, and Alan Greenspan thwarted our attempt to control the world’s money supply. What’s an evil atheist to do?

A Firefighter Speaks-Out by Bruce Monson

An unbelieving firefighter puts a challenge to the Christian God, using a perspective through the eyes of a profession where the disconcerting tragedy of child deaths cut to your core and, unfortunately, is dealt with all too frequently.

Darwinian Dissonance? by Paul A. Dernavich

Does the seemingly inescapable use of imperfect metaphors in the explanation of concepts within evolutionary theory mean more than a simple inadequacy of human language? Or, as the author purports, could it mean that hidden within the nonintelligent, nonpurposeful, and unconscious workings of natural selection lies a cosmic Gepetto tinkering with his toys? Just in time for Darwin Day, Secular Web editors thought, why not make our readers rowdy with this little gem.

The Danger of Hindutva to Secular India by S. R. Welch

The following article demonstrates how countries throughout the world can, and are being devastated, by religious conflict. The religious revivalism currently sweeping South Asia has ambitions of political and cultural reform, opening the door to all brands of extremism. Hindu supremacists have become a powerful force in India and pose a serious danger to all opposing worldviews. This weeks feature offers Secular Web readers an opportunity to learn more about this important subject.

The Theory of Everything by Mohammad Akram Gill

There has doubtfully been a more exciting time to be a science-enthusiast. Cosmology is providing a history of our universe closely resembling the fantastical plots of science-fiction. Where is it all leading? The often criticised term theory of everything has helped to bring modern physics to the public. It’s a term the media enjoys sprinkling about, often using it as a synonym for the long sought after Holy Grail. It is a term, however, that for non-physicists, appears rather vague and can often lead to confusion thus providing a breeding ground for the supernatural. Though God continues to be pushed further and further back through space and time, TOE, according to His searchers, has allowed a few more options to be posited. There now may be at least 10 dimensions to keep us busy in this never-ending game of mystical hide and seek! Though science continues to show we are in no need of that hypothesis it may very well be surfacing more often this century. The following essay provides a fascinating look at TOE and demonstrates in the conclusion what may become a common disclaimer as modern physics breeds a new kind of apologetic. It will undoubtedly become the focus of attention in the media and the public at large, distracting science, once again, from the matter at hand.

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