Religious Information

Atheist Bible Study

One of our clergy has been running a new project. It is called "Speaking In Random: An Atheist Reads the Bible".

This is his attempt to read the entirety of the most popular English language Bible and record his thoughts as he goes. With 1189 chapters to the NIV, this is a large task that is expected to take years.

At this point he is up to Genesis 27 in the blog (but has read much farther).

We wish Rev. Random all the luck in the world on his endevour.

Catholic Defection Changes

CountMeOut.ie has recently updated their information regarding the formal defection process from the Catholic Church. If you are considering leaving the Catholic Church, please read their information at "Suspension of the Defection Process" ,

Essentially, the Catholic Church has modified Canon Law to remove all references to the formal act of defection. It does not appear to be acting on any new requests for this process, which was essentially an annotation in the baptismal record.

It's important to remind everyone that the defection was never equal to a Debaptism, as the Catholic church does not recognize the concept (at least not since it burned witches). This is also not equal to excommunication.

Can you Debaptize someone who was never baptized?

Technically, no. Just like you can't open a box that doesn't have a lid, you can't remove a baptism that hasn't been performed. But, like all good religious doctrine, there is a loophole.

If a debaptism is performed on a person that has not been baptized, it will create a sort of "baptism debt". In mathematical terms, an unbaptized person would have a baptism state of 0. If that person was debaptized, they would become -1 baptized. It would require 2 baptism to then equal a baptism state of 1.

This is why we may perform debaptisms on people who have never been baptised.

What's bad about Anabaptism and "Believer's Baptism"?

While slightly less heinous then infant baptism, it still presupposes a god who cares more about your soul than your life and happiness. Whether a symbol of resurrection or a commitment to a creed it still requires obeisance to worldview that prizes correct thinking over positive behavior. Debaptism can provide a new symbolism and ritual to ease you away from this morally empty worldview.

What's so bad about a soul?

A soul is a thing that, despite being both invisible and undetectable, is considered more important than a living person's happiness, well being and very life. This morally bankrupt viewpoint leads to the devaluing of human life and the reliance on an imaginary afterlife to give meaning to people's lives.

What is Debaptism?

The Rite of Debaptism is a secret and powerful ceremony that removes and counters the rites of baptism. This ritual can only be performed by trained and ordained Debaptizors, and is an eternal and irrevocable Rite.

What is Original Sin?

Original Sin is an hereditary sin.  It is a sin of which all are guilty by having had ancestors who committed a particular sin.  Despite no have actually committed the transgression yourself, you are nonetheless still required to be punished for it.

Having to pay for crimes you do not commit is a human right violation.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is the ritual cleansing of sins.  Typically administrered to infants shortly after birth (without their consent) to remove Original Sin, of which they are guilty before even breathing.

Believer's Baptism and/or Anabaptism is a symbolic ritual of commitment, or in sympathy with Jesus' resurrection. It is used as a entry to church communities or in order to achieve a state of "Born Again".

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