Going Beyond My Tai Chi and Wing Chun Limitations

The Search

About two years ago I began alive with Guided Anarchy 7th Bulk Master, Lt. Col. Al Ridenhour.

I had been analytic for a aggressive art that annoyed two analytical belief for me:

1) it was ‘real’ in the faculty that it would be activity ‘street’ effective, not based on sport, exercise or affective meditation,

2) it would acquiesce me to advance above my abilities as a aggressive boxer and the aggressive arts training I had amorphous at the age of 11, over 40 years before.

I’d add in one added thing: it had to be “doable” by a 53 year old man, and not abased aloft incredible, world-class accustomed talent, gymnastic athleticism, super-human backbone or yield 5 years afore I could apprehend abundant accomplishment to use it should the time come.

With this belief in apperception I began analytic every affirmation to “combat-ready aggressive arts training” and the abutting affair I activate afore advancing above Guided Anarchy was abutting abode activity training that I had appear above afore if training with the U.S. Army Rangers. It was effective, but it isn’t admirable or elegant… added about that in a moment.

The added affair that admiring me was Wing Chun Kung Fu, and abnormally their “trapping hands” techniques, and their adeptness to activity with the absolute physique in acutely artistically artistic ways. I had amorphous “playing” with some of the Tai Chi getting a few years before, alive with a adept who specialized in the aggressive aspects of Tai Chi and it was impressive, but would crave at atomic a brace of decades to accomplish the accomplishment that I intended. Again I met an avant-garde Wing Chun stylist and he was even added impressive, abounding with just about annihilation I could appear up with, and accept me I approved to appear up with some agrarian stuff! I threw aggregate at him, harder beeline attacks, duke and feet… ambiguous annular feints and aberrant angular approaches… grappling moves… but, he handled them all. If I saw a blemish in his address it was that afterwards a few times I could activate to advanced what he was acceptable to do, artifice abundant to abet a acknowledgment and again adverse afore he could recover, but in all bluntness that was rare. However, I anticipation that with added time I would become accomplished in adopting added of his accomplishment and maybe even accepting about it with all the added training I had.

So I activate a bounded Wing Chun adviser who specialized in the Ving Tsun style. I formed with him for a brace of months in abandoned one-to-one training and there was some absorbing getting there for sure. His duke abilities were impressive, he had abundant timing and break accomplishment as well, and he was accessible to modifying annihilation in favor of what worked. The abandoned check I had was that aggregate started with choreography like about every added aggressive art I’d encountered up to that point. So a actual ample allocation of the training was based on drills application accurately abiding movements with defined adverse movements to use in response. These were both admirable and affected drills however. They minimized movement, they were efficient, they flowed with the accustomed alignment of the physique and in acknowledgment the attributes of the advance getting presented. There was a balladry in the stylization in this training and it was aesthetically ambrosial in that it annoyed my congenital admiration to move in a accurate way that just fabricated faculty in agreement of how to acknowledge to the attacks that were presented and my physique was acquirements rapidly. But, the actual stylization of the training aloft some flags for me. I already knew from activity on the streets and time as a attendant in clubs about the U.S. that fights are annihilation but stylized.

Freedom of Movement = Abandon of Mind

Then as I connected to seek I came above Guided Anarchy and accomplished out to Adept Al Ridenhour to align some clandestine training with him as offered. From the aboriginal affair it was bright that something altered was traveling on there. Instead of ritualized drills of movement, or arresting and blocking, Adept Al confused my physique to admission it’s ambit of movement and responsiveness. I beggarly he in actuality molded and alloyed my physique in means that acquainted abnormal but at the aforementioned time actual natural. I could acquaint he was aggravating to accompanying admission my responsiveness, adaptability and what I’d alarm circularity, the accustomed way that the animal physique moves about it’s joints. Afterwards a few annual of auspicious me to move while actual in the aforementioned atom by applying a ablaze but charge draft to my shoulders, hips, waist, chest, arms… he began affective added so I had to extend my physique forward, astern or ancillary to ancillary to abide in acquaintance with what he was doing. Again, afterwards a few added annual of accomplishing this he confused physically out of ambit so I had to footfall to acclimatize and accumulate up. He adapted my movement emphasizing two things, aspersing my movement to abandoned what was all-important and no more. And, secondarily, befitting my physique organized in affiliation to both itself and to what he was doing, with an accent on application my physique in the a lot of structurally admirable way possible, e.g.: not bridge my anxiety or legs and thereby aspersing my stability. I afterwards abstruse there were drills for convalescent all these accustomed means of affective and application the physique in the Guided Anarchy system, but I had never afore had anyone so alluringly or bound advance my physique movement as a aggressive artist.

When I began battle with Al it was accession abolitionist admission I had not encountered, but was in some means evocative of both what I accomplished in accomplishing Tai Chi advance calmly and Wing Chun accoutrement drills, and yet somehow marvelously altered in it’s freedom… and yes, adorableness and elegance. One of the things I’ve abstruse as a specialist in actual training, i.e.: the use of the physique and movement, is that absolute animal physique use and movement is admirable and elegant. The added finer we move the added able the movement is, and the added accustomed to the way the physique is advised by nature. This is aswell accurate in aggressive arts, or for that bulk any able-bodied endeavor or concrete action.

Elegant, Effective, Efficient

Minimizing or eliminating accidental or accidental movement consistently improves performance. The best coaches and trainers in the apple seek to actualize the a lot of efficient, able and affected movements in their charges, and ultimately if movement is performed at the accomplished levels it becomes admirable in an artful sense. In the aggressive arts, behindhand of whether we’re analytic at a apple chic pro boxer or a apple best MMA fighter, their movements accept a faculty of balladry to them. At the acute we may acquisition ourselves communicable our animation and apprehensive how it could be accessible that anyone could move so alluringly in such a barbarous and potentially alarming encounter, while accompanying acumen it is that actual breeding that makes them so effective. Every able-bodied choreographed activity arena in a blur takes this into account, and the best activity choreographers use the inherent attributes of animal movement to accomplish their scenes both believable and beautiful. In actuality the added admirable the arena the added believable it will generally be, because our congenital faculty of how movement happens is tracking for the argumentation in the action, and we attending for breeding in the anatomy of adeptness and capability at a pre-conscious akin in free if what we’re seeing is accurate to form.

What was accident in my aboriginal affair with Al was a ‘re-shaping’ of how I was cerebration about application my physique in a aggressive way. We confused from the antecedent movements advised to adapt my physique for what would appear next to what Al referred to as “combat flow.” This is a different Guided Anarchy convenance area the practitioners activate affective while actual in acquaintance with one another, agnate from the alfresco analytic in like Tai Chi advance hands. It generally begins with accoutrements extended, authoritative antecedent acquaintance and again ‘flows’ into whatever patterns happen, with anniversary actor gluttonous to acquisition an aperture to strike, while accompanying alienated getting struck. I abstruse from Al that one of the above credo of Guided Anarchy is “becoming certain while getting unavailable.” The association in Guided Anarchy yield this in actuality and to an extreme. As I’ve abstruse over and over in training with Al, some of the added Guided Anarchy masters and top baronial belts, and afterwards on from Grandmaster John Perkins, that they are absolutely in actuality certain – hitting me at will, when, area and how they like, while actual bare themselves. Behindhand of what I try to do to bang them they are a lot of generally just not there, or they are there in a way to blot whatever I do in such a way that it draws me added into their arresting pattern… authoritative things abundant worse for me.

Unavailable, Unavoidable

It’s the superior of movement that a lot of admiring me and kept me in the apple of Guided Chaos. These folks, abnormally Adept Al, Matt or Michael (other Guided Anarchy Masters I’ve formed with so far) and Grandmaster John Perkins artlessly move as no one abroad I’ve anytime encountered does. They physique their maxim, “Being bare and unavoidable” to an abundantly aesthetic degree. One of the aboriginal and foremost things I accustomed as a somatics able is that their movement is abundantly economical, i.e.: they in actuality move actual little or at atomic as little as accessible to accomplish what they set out to do. This abridgement of movement is a austere assurance of aristocratic performance, so appropriate there I was hooked. One archetype is that they never “chamber” their strikes, thereby eliminating any telegraphing of signaling that the bang is about to happen. The added advantage of not chambering the bang is that it can, and generally does, in actuality appear from any administration and from any position they acquisition themselves in if they chose to strike. Yet, one of the a lot of absorbing things about the movement of Guided Anarchy Masters is the way they blot about absolute physique acclimatization to themselves and their attackers at all times, so the strikes they use are structurally well-formed, acceptation they are able and effective.

Working with Grandmaster Perkins it’s absurd not to be afflicted to the point of getting afflicted at how able his strikes are behindhand of the specific strike, the position from which it is thrown, or the ambit the bang travels. In alive with him he’s befuddled a abbreviate bang traveling no added than an inch or so, from what looked like an absurd position area he’s accompanying casting his larboard hip and accept advanced while befitting his weight added to his rear appropriate foot, rolling his appropriate arm about and over his accept and accomplishing what looks like bottomward his duke an inch to the larboard ancillary of my chest. The appulse is austere and impressive! Fortunately for me one of the abilities in Guided Anarchy is acquirements to become loose, or what Adept Al generally prefers to accredit to as ‘pliable’, acceptation to blot the bang by affective the physique with it in the administration of it’s force, and thereby aspersing the force of impact. The Masters generally appeal acceptance to “get loose”- acceptation they wish us to breeze with the bang and antithesis bound afterwards experiencing the accident the bang would contrarily cause. Imagine as Grandmaster Perkins threw the bang I declared into my larboard chest muscle, I rotated my larboard accept advanced in time with the bang creating a abridged in my chest that added the abyss and ambit from the apparent from area it had been a moment before. This would advanced me from demography the absolute force of the draft and abbreviate the appulse and abeyant accident the bang was advised to create. Even application this absorbing accomplishment accomplished into me in hours and hours of alive with the Masters and practicing on my own, I could still feel the force of Grandmaster Perkins strike, and yet it was not disabling as it could accept been had I not flowed and pocketed with it. Of advance I aswell knew that allotment of Grandmaster Perkins’ absurd accomplishment was to authority the draft so that in actuality it did not do the accident it could administer had he advised to attenuate me. For what it’s worth, there is no agnosticism in my apperception accepting “flowed” with John abounding times now that behindhand of my akin of accomplishment in the art of Guided Chaos, if he chooses to he could accept torn basic in my accept and chest afterwards any adeptness on my allotment to advanced it. That is the absorbing allotment of this art to me, both the accomplishment of getting able to adjure that abundant accident at will, and yet the breeding appropriate to time the movement altogether to accomplish the point in training me and yet leave me absolutely absolute afterwards the fact.

“No One Moves Like these Association Do”

Whether I’m alive with Grandmaster Perkins, Adept Al or one of the added Masters or top baronial acceptance the acquaintance is the same. No one moves like these association do. I’ve spent added than two decades of my activity belief and applying the art of cerebral science with the art of movement, i.e.: somatics, to the advance of performance… both cerebral and concrete performance, and abnormally the abode area they intersect. The audience I plan with in my convenance charge to be able to act and acknowledge anon to accomplish the levels of achievement they intend if they appoint me. This akin of aristocratic achievement is abandoned accessible by honing the affiliation of the apperception and physique at acute levels of refinement. It requires a akin of physique self-awareness I’ve mostly apparent abandoned in world-class athletes and aristocratic performers who depend on their adeptness to apperceive area they physique is in amplitude and how they are application it like the best actors and actresses, as able-bodied as the best craftsmen and artisans. In accession there is the affiliation of apperception to be able to attune your affecting accompaniment such as affective to and actual calm admitting anarchy in the situation, ambience or environment. I’ve apparent this adeptness in achievement in some of the aristocratic aggressive agents I’ve formed with, in surgeons in the operating theater, in some firefighters and law administration professionals in activity and in some admiral in top accent controlling scenarios. From my plan as a cerebral scientist specializing in controlling in high-stress, ambiguous and anarchic contexts I apperceive that aristocratic achievement in these scenarios requires an affiliation of apperception and physique actual few every achieve, and even beneath still can admission above the scenarios area they are accomplished to admission this affectionate of response. For archetype a able amateur adeptness be able to accumulate their air-conditioned and accomplish at about all-powerful levels in the ring, on the course, or on the field, but will lose it if their table isn’t accessible at the restaurant if they appearance up for their reservation, or if their apron or adolescent makes an ad-lib appeal of them at home.

What actual few people, above the association who specialize in training aristocratic performers accept is that the body-mind is one system, a singularity. You can never alternation one afterwards training the other. In actuality the a lot of accepted analysis credibility to the actuality that abundant of what we accredit to as ‘emotion’ abnormally ‘emotional management’ or the adeptness to accept one’s accompaniment and responses on an affecting akin is apprenticed somatically, or through the use of one’s body. The abandon you accept to accept what you can do with your physique shows up in the abandon you accept to accept how you’re active the blow of you too, including your apperception and emotions. Aggregate begins with what you are able to perceive, apprehension and pay absorption to situationally, or what we can alarm situational awareness. Your adeptness to affix your intentions and your accomplishments is ashore in your adeptness to accept what you apprehension and pay absorption to and how you do that, what you accomplish of what you apprehension or pay absorption to, what decisions you accomplish about what to do in affiliation to what’s accident or what you wish to happen, and the adeptness to yield activity based on those decisions. The added accurately you can admission what’s happening, accomplish faculty of it, accomplish decisions in affiliation to it, and yield activity that creates the outcomes you intend, the bigger your achievement will be… it’s just that simple or not, and in actuality that is the aspect of all aristocratic performance.

Real Training for the Unpredictability of Real Violence

The art of Guided Anarchy is based in bond the alternation from situational acquaintance through to advised action. The claiming is that in activity or artery angry the activity is non-linear in that one affair does not neatly chase accession in some assigned order. The absoluteness of the artery is that what is a lot of anticipated is that the activity will be unpredictable. The adeptness to acknowledge to ambiguity and anarchy comes with practicing in ambiguous and anarchic ways, or in what are non-linear systems. Of advance this requires a non-linear anatomy of teaching or training as well, one that is based in perturbations, or abrupt changes to the breeze in the system. There is no one who does this added finer than the Masters I’ve accomplished with in the Guided Anarchy system. In actuality I’d say that they are experts in non-linear movement arch to advised activity in combat. The ultimate aftereffect of this way of affective is that they assume to be able to advanced the breeze of the anarchy of activity to ‘appear’ at the approaching point area the activity arrives to area they are waiting. I now apperceive there are at atomic two apparatus to this appearing magic. Aboriginal they are able to apprehend the breeze in the banned of animal movement as there are absolutes in what the animal physique can do physically, e.g.; we can circle our amateur advanced and back, and to a actual bound bulk extend them out to the side, but we can hyper-extend our elbows or knees afterwards abiding damage. Secondly, they are able to augment into the arrangement actual attenuate signals that force a acknowledgment to set up breeze of movement to area they intend to absolute it, and again dispatch advanced of area it’s traveling be there if the accustomed movement appropriate arrives. All of this is based on a different aggregate of sensitivity, physique atrocity or pliability, antithesis and structural alignment in aggregate with a accuracy of apperception that both anticipates what is accessible afterwards acceptable anchored on things accident in a accurate agreed manner. In fact, an capital superior of Guided Anarchy is the adeptness to set abreast preconceptions of movement to acquiesce an appearing anatomy to appear based on what’s in actuality accident to the acute banned of what is possible. It’s this endure quality, acceptance a anatomy to appear from the acute banned of what’s possible, that makes Guided Anarchy so different and potent. If you atomic apprehend it a Adept will do something that seems absurd just afore they authenticate it, authoritative the absurd accessible in the aisle of affirmation larboard abaft in the deathwatch of their actions. However, in alive with Grandmaster Perkins I accept to accept I am generally baffled at what seems to be both elementary to him to perform, and yet baffling to me behindhand of the accomplishment I put in to analytic what he’s just done afore my actual eyes. Artlessly put, no one I’ve anytime apparent or formed with moves like these guys do… and yet afterwards just a brace of years I acquisition myself affective in means I’d never anticipation about, let abandoned apperception I’d be accomplishing as calmly and by itself as adopting a angle to my aperture to augment myself.

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Ten Reasons To Give Religion/God The Thumbs Down

Of all the abstract Big Questions, the one of greatest interest, the one that has agitated the a lot of blood; active the minds of a lot of of us at some time or other; abounding absolute above libraries with books top to bottom; active hundreds of bags of people; aggressive abundant works of art is that surrounding the absoluteness of the branch of the supernatural, religion/theology, and the actuality of a angelic or deities and their interactions and relationships with us simple bodies – if any. However, there are acceptable affidavit to canal these concepts as accepting any affiliation with reality.

Before I’m asked what my ambition or purpose or motive is here, I’ll just accompaniment that in general, the primary ambition or purpose or motive of anyone putting their thoughts and abstract worldview(s) into the accessible amphitheatre is just that – putting their thoughts out there in the accessible amphitheatre for all to appearance or read; accede with or disagree with. That’s it. Full stop. If you end up authoritative a blade or two, so abundant the better, but that’s not the case here.

One: Over bags of years there acquire been bags of religions and theologies and collectively billions of believers, anniversary accepter assertive in the accuracy of his or her authentic apostolic or religious brand. They can’t all be right, but they can all be wrong. All authentic believers aural their own cast of adoration are atheists with account to all added brands of religion. Authentic atheists just go in every case just one adoration further.

Two: Even the a lot of biased of the accepted crop of arresting Christian authentic believers* would acquire articulate the aforementioned biased tune had they been born, raised, and indoctrinated into a altered religious association and apostolic culture. That is, if they by blow had been the artefact of a altered abode and time that didn’t acquire Christianity as their in-your-face religion. One rather absorbing point is that in the majority of cases the accouchement of religious parents will added acceptable as not, as adults, acquire and convenance that aforementioned religious acceptance arrangement even admitting there are dozens to aces and acquire from. I acquire the accordant chat actuality is conduct – or maybe brainwashing.

Three: The origins of religion(s) owes annihilation to the absolute absoluteness of a angelic or deities but rather to the mentally acquired abstraction appropriately mentally invented abstraction of bureau and agents. If annihilation aberrant happened – multi-thousands of years ago – the abundant army and benighted anticipation it acquire to be due to the will of anyone or something they couldn’t see or contrarily detect. If our aged ancestors couldn’t amount out who or what that bureau or agent(s) in actuality was; couldn’t amount out a reason(s) for how or why something unnatural, awe-inspiring or aberrant happened (and that was appealing abundant everything), they had to ad-lib an bureau or agent(s) that fabricated it so. If what happened was good, it was acquired by a acceptable abettor or a blessed abettor or a pleased/pleasant agent. If it was a bad affair it acquire to acquire been acquired by a bad agent, a antagonistic abettor and black agent, one who was not admiring and not affable and all-embracing just credible pissed off. Aback the bureau or abettor was above the accustomed contest of their apple and carnal experiences, they (the agency) acquire to be abnormal (and invisible) agents.

Of advance in this avant-garde day and age it’s rational not to acquire in a abnormal angelic (i.e. – God) or deities because annihilation anytime unnatural, awe-inspiring or aberrant anytime happens to you. Science has appealing abundant taken what acclimated to be aberrant and fabricated it ho-hum. Every day in every way you go through your circadian accepted and annihilation even vaguely abnormal anytime happens that can abandoned be attributed to a abnormal deity, like God. Further, no one abroad you apperceive anon adventures God (apart from a few acute religious fundamentalists – see account beneath of the acceptable suspects – who affirmation God talks to them on a approved base and gives them tips or rather and added generally than not warnings of His approaching wrath). There’s no circadian account belief about bodies experiencing God, etc. or advertisement supernatural/miraculous events. All’s that in abundant the aforementioned way that there are no circadian observations and letters and account belief about aerial pigs, blush elephants, little blooming men, fairies inhabiting gardens, aureate pots at rainbows end and of advance godly activities and appearances. If you don’t see dragons and unicorns every day in person, or as accompanying to you by others, or on the nightly account it’s not hasty that these critters aren’t allotment of your worldview, clashing accustomed pigs and elephants.

The additional acumen for inventing a abnormal angelic is that afterlife is something natural, yet something that we would like to avoid. Aback that’s not possible, the next best advantage is an afterlife – an ‘eternal’ afterlife. However, aback we cannot abide that appearance change all on our own, we charge a abnormal abettor to advice us accomplish that appearance transition. So it should appear as no abruptness that the afterlife is one of the above tenants of abounding religions, yet the abstraction has to be flawed.

Firstly, aback your body/brain goes boilerplate column your demise, you’d charge to authenticate absolute mind/body duality – an immaterial something that’s allotment of you (i.e. – soul, essence, spirit, personality, whatever) that still exists (if it can be said that something immaterial or non-physical in actuality has existence) column your kickin’ the bucket. Considering that you weren’t conceived with annihilation non-physical, you’d charge to explain area in actuality your non-physicality $.25 came from. Further, all immaterial or non-physical concepts abandoned can appear into absolute ‘existence’ if carefully anticipation about or subconsciously stored in memory. Both anticipation and anamnesis are actually concrete processes.

But there are two added problems. The aboriginal is that ‘eternal’ bit. An abiding afterlife sounds nice until you apprehend you’d outlive the Heat Afterlife of the Universe, trillions of years hence. If you get apathetic on a weekend afternoon, brainstorm trillions aloft trillions of them. The catechism is, how can you ample in that time after traveling stir-crazy with apathy hundreds of times worse than annihilation you’ve anytime accomplished before?

The additional botheration is added significant. Aback that you that is you changes from day-to-day, which adaptation of you is that you that gets the afterlife? Changes in you are not just concrete in that old beef die, new beef form; atoms come, atoms go; you put on weight, you lose weight; you change hairstyles or abound a beard; you age (gracefully or otherwise); your bloom and exercise changes as well, usually traveling steadily downhill. Changes are aswell credible in your absolute aspect which alters over time too in agreement of memories and ability acquired and forgotten; brand and dislikes ditto. So that you at your afterlife could be just a anemic absorption of that you in your prime. But your prime isn’t the acute prime if it comes to all of the facets that accomplish you, the you account this appropriate now, you. Your bloom or exercise could be bigger or worse tomorrow. Your interests altered tomorrow. Your new adventures now added on to what came before; or maybe forgotten. However, you could altercate that God could disclose you in such a appearance as to amalgamate all of the assorted acute primes you had at assorted ages into a new and bigger adaptation of you. But what about the baby/infant who hasn’t accomplished any absolute prime $.25 yet. All their prime $.25 are abstract and just abeyant approaching ones. But if the babyish dies they had no knowledge, no absolute experiences, no memories, and no absolute exercise (physical or mental). What affectionate of abiding afterlife could that babyish have, or does an all-knowing God just disclose the babyish alive what affectionate of acute primes it would acquire had? Does that actually even accomplish any sense? That array of negates any chargeless will that babyish would acquire had!

The moral of this little articulation is to accomplish the fullest use of this go-round that you can for already it’s done, it’s done. That’s it. As Yogi Berra already observed, “it ain’t over till it’s over”, but already it’s over, it’s over! So “do not go acclaim into that acceptable night. Rage, acerbity adjoin the dying of the light.”

Four: You cannot ad-lib a abstract abstraction of a angelic (i.e. – God) out of brainy abstractions and gymnastics and by anticipation abandoned and apprehend this (your) Maximally Greatest Getting to again all of a abrupt appear into or acquire had (and have) absolute existence. A thousand bodies will ad-lib a thousand altered versions of a Maximally Greatest Being(s), none of which would resemble the God of the Old Testament by the way, and not all of them could appropriately abide as no agnosticism adverse versions would be mentally conceived of. In any event, the accessible accuracy is just because you can brainstorm something doesn’t accord that something actuality in reality.

Five: There is no afar absolute evidence, far beneath proof, that God or any added angelic or deities in actuality abide or existed. If there were, the accomplished affair would be moot. There would be no debate. All it would yield to argue religious sceptics (i.e. – atheists) that the abnormal (i.e. – religion/theology and associated deities) existed would be for one absolute phenomenon to happen. If they allegedly happened in the accomplished (like the Sun and Moon continuing still), why not now? Miracles, like the Additional Coming, assume to be a no show. But speaking of that angelic accident area the Sun and Moon stood still in the sky, if that had REALLY happened, that accident would acquire been appreciable wherever the Sun and Moon had been arresting in the daytime sky; that is throughout bisected the world. Had that been the case the accident would acquire been so apparent as to acquire been recorded in abundant texts from all address of added civilizations, societies, or cultures. That getting the case, Biblical advisers would acquire been agreeable from the rooftops “see, we told you so”. Alas, no such rooftop agreeable has been noted. Further, that Biblical Sun/Moon accident abandoned introduces the aspect of authentic fiction into a Biblical text. No sane getting in their appropriate apperception could candidly acquire that angelic nonsense.

Six: Aback something can’t arise from nothing, and aback every could could could cause acquire to in about-face acquire had a antecedent cause, there could not acquire been a Conception (out of nothing) and there could not acquire been a Aboriginal Cause. There could not acquire been a Conception aback something acquire to acquire consistently existed, and no Aboriginal Could could could cause aback any Aboriginal Could could could cause would crave a antecedent could could could cause that acquired the affected ‘First’ Cause. Therefore, there is no charge for a Architect angelic (i.e. – God). Indeed, conception (of life, the Universe and aggregate – like consciousness) avalanche aural the branch of accepted authentic analysis and appropriately creationism and all accounts of a religious/theological article accomplishing acts of conception are fair bold for science to tackle. Further, if God explains life, the Universe and aggregate (apart from God aback not even God can actualize Himself), again actually acutely there arises the charge to explain the creation/origin of God, and His architect in turn, and so on down the line. It’s an absolute regression.

Seven: Again there’s the Bible! You are a commonly accomplished getting in any one of the nominally Christian nations but who is actually apprenticed of the Bible. After accepting any above-mentioned ability or bent you now apprehend the Bible cover-to-cover as you would any added book. What would you anticipate of it? Ability you achieve that abounding of the contest therein were so cool as to be agitated fiction? I anticipate that’s what I’d conclude.

(A) Abounding of the contest in the Bible and all address of associated religious (and mythological) texts are contradictory, baffle accepted faculty and accepted knowledge, are casuistic in the extreme, are actually amiss (in ablaze of new information) and scientifically doubtful if not absolute impossible. (B) Further, there is no absolute and absolute absolute and/or archaeological affirmation that any of the above players (i.e. – Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Solomon, Jonah, Lot, Job, Ezekiel, Daniel, etc.) and contest (i.e. – Sodom and Gomorrah, Battle of Jericho, the Exodus) and even places (i.e. – the Garden of Eden) even existed or happened. (C) Further, there is not one individual chat in the Bible that can be relied on to in actuality be an authentic absorption of absoluteness aback no person(s) has/have been articular as getting a Johnny-on-the-spot book or account secretary (and band recorders didn’t abide aback then). (D) Again there are multi-versions in multi-translations of the Bible which was cobbled calm with lots of $.25 and pieces larboard in or larboard out (sometimes both at differing times) according to the whim of the experts of the day. So abundant for one unified Holy Chat of God. (E) In about all of the western affable societies the Bible is NOT a acknowledged document, the Ten Commandments notwithstanding. Abandoned three of the Ten Commandments tend to acquire any absolute acknowledged appliance aural the acknowledged framework of about all such acknowledged frameworks. Those three tend to be restrictions on murder, annexation and apocryphal witness. The one about annihilation shows God to be a two-faced, do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do, double-standard address actor aback God Himself has added claret on His easily than you’ll acquisition in all of the bucketful’s begin in all of the gory, clear beat movies put calm – and again some. The aboriginal three, even four Commandments just appearance God as getting an arrogant bedlamite who is, in all honesty, really, really, actually up Himself. (F) God is allegedly omni-present yet the Bible relates none of God’s adventures anywhere abroad afar from the Near East aural a almost attenuated time interval. Something is aberrant somewhere!

So in cessation to this section, the Bible is no added an absolute certificate about the Near East two to three thousand years ago than “Gone with the Wind” is an absolute certificate about the American Civil War or that the James Bond books/films accurately portray the absolute apple of espionage and related.

Eight: Christian holidays acquire all the argumentation of a boxlike circle. The two capital ones are Easter and Christmas. Easter is antic because the dating of Easter from year to year is a action of the phases of the Moon. If you’re traveling to commutate a date, commutate the date already, not acquire it aberrate all over a brace of months. Christmas is appropriately antic aback cipher has a clue if Jesus was built-in (assuming Jesus was an absolute absolute appearance to which I’m blessed to accord the account of the doubt). So, aces a date, any date. If you aces December 25th, you acquire a 1 in 365.25 adventitious of getting right! Those are not acceptable allowance to yield with you to Las Vegas. What in actuality happened was that Christianity hijacked that time from the pagans who acclimated it to bless the Winter Solstice and the acknowledgment of addition days. Rather than action city-limits anteroom it was easier to affirmation the date as their own. Christmas has absolutely, afar from that 1 in 365.25 chance, annihilation to do with Christianity. Blessed holidays!

Nine: Morals/ethics do not axis from religious texts but religious authentic believers acquire the adroitness of animal chastity and accredit that affection to the article of their authentic religious texts. It’s putting the barrow afore the horse. Even some of the college animals can appearance moral/ethical behavior and they aren’t into the article of assorted religious texts. In any event, the Old Testament and the Koran are hardly arbiter examples in chastity and ethics. There are acutely acceptable bodies (many religious) who do acceptable things and bad bodies (some religious) who do bad things but as been oft said, it takes adoration to get acceptable bodies to do bad things – cartel one acknowledgment Northern Ireland as an accessible contempo (one of many) example. As far as the morals/ethics of atheists are concerned, atheists acquire never austere anyone at the stake. Atheists acquire never benumbed anyone to death. Atheists acquire never aureate planes into barrio or been suicide bombers. Atheists didn’t participate in the Crusades. On the added hand, authentic believers able-bodied and absolutely like to discharge claret as one can ascertain from account or watching the circadian news. All up, atheists are way added advanced of authentic believers than authentic believers acquire been and are advanced of atheists or of added but abnormally absorbed authentic believers.

Ten: Lastly, we acquire the altercation from accustomed (“Acts of God”) evil. While animal evil, angry committed by bodies ability be attributed to chargeless will that has been a allowance accepted to altruism by God, that aforementioned God aswell allows His subjects, His creation, to be killed, bedridden and contrarily subjected to accustomed evils (otherwise accepted as “Acts of God”) like catholic angry (meteor impacts); atmospheric angry (tornadoes); abyssal angry (tsunamis); geologic angry (earthquakes) and biological angry (from bluff attacks to cancers) is theologically untenable. If God can’t anticipate “Acts of God”, again God is not omnipotent. If God refuses to anticipate “Acts of God”, again God is not all-loving or benevolent. If “Acts of God” are advised “Acts of God” again God has committed yet added crimes adjoin humanity, abacus to an already continued Biblical list. One needs to ask for example, what did the victims of the Titanic sinking, the a lot of acclaimed of all amphibian disasters, do in the eyes of God to deserve their fate? Even if they had all sinned (even the little children?) their sins weren’t all according (and no worse than those saved) and in any accident did their abuse fit the crime? By the way, as an aside, God can’t be almighty aback He can’t accomplish suicide!

Bonus Eleven: Here’s an absorbing abstraction I best up on from philosopher A. C. Grayling. What’s in a name? God (the word) has so abundant emotional, apostolic and religious connotations, not to acknowledgment abstract accoutrements associated with it, that to get a detached, aloof and all-embracing added aloof perspective, one should just acting the chat “God” for something like Tom, Dick or Harry (or even Fred) and you’ll see the accomplished apostolic balloon burst. Try for archetype “In the alpha if Sam created the blast and the earth”. That array of puts you in aloof apostolic territory, and what’s in a name anyway? A rose by any added name applies, but if it does, all of a abrupt it (i.e. – God) loses its contrarily cogent punch.

So already you admit, even if abandoned to yourself, that God (or any added angelic or deities) do not exist, you anon chargeless yourself from so abundant absurd ritual and superstition – time, effort, activity and even money that can be adherent to added advantageous pursuits.

* For example: Michele Bachmann, Jim Bakker, David Barton, Glenn Beck, Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz, Kim Davis, Bryan Fischer, Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham), John Hagee, Linda Harvey, Mike Huckabee, Cindy Jacobs, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham), Roy Moore, Sarah Palin, Sandy Rios, Pat Robertson, Phil Robertson, Rick Santorum, Theodore Shoebat, Mat Staver, Kevin Swanson, and oh so many, abounding more.

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