The Course of Reason

SSA at Presbyterian College Lights The Night

September 20, 2012 Harrison Hopkins

Most people have in some way been touched by cancer. In my own family, my grandfather succumbed to bone cancer, and both my grandmother and mother have had bouts with breast cancer. When I heard about the Foundation Beyond Belief’s challenge to secular groups to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I knew I wanted my group, Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College, to be a part of it.

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Music Monday: Wilco - “One Sunday Morning”

August 20, 2012 Cody Hashman

"One Sunday Morning" is one of those songs that you listen to while you are cleaning your house because it's soothing, long, and unsurprisingly appeared on your Wilco Spotify radio station, but you never really get a chance to sit down and listen to it. It is a beautiful song and makes Sunday morning chores tolerable (heh, it's still better than church). It also has hard-hitting lyrical content—many Wilco songs do—when you get a chance to pay attention. 

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Music Monday: Pussy Riot - “Punk Prayer”

August 13, 2012 Cody Hashman

I'll admit that my passion for free expression is derived from my admiration for artists that are willing to say, sing, and write unpopular things. As I have mentioned before, I found/find solace in listening to artists express doubts about religion and god. Similarly, I have also come to appreciate the willingness of artists to say politically unpopular things, as well, because it is imperative to a just, fair, and open society. Importantly, it should be emphasized that freedom of expression doesn't stop at the instance expression; freedom must prevail after expression. This isn't the case for Pussy Riot, the punk rock/activist collective from Russia, who are currently being held as political prisoners according to Amnesty International. Today's Music Monday is a nod to them and their song "Punk Prayer."

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Music Monday: Desaparecidos - “Man and Wife, the Latter (Damaged Goods)”

August 6, 2012 Cody Hashman

I feel like it is no stetch of the imagination that most atheists often find themselve in isolation many times as it relates to theological views. I know this was certainly the case for me 10 years ago when today's Music Monday song came out. 

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Christianity Isn’t Immoral—It’s Amoral

August 3, 2012 Angus Bohanon

Part of what makes the creation story of the Bible unique is that God created everything.  He set the boundary conditions for every situation, and everything was made as he intended.  That’s why Gen 1:31 says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  Additionally, God is omniscient, so he must have known every possible permutation of future events that could have occurred following his creation of all things.  We can therefore trace responsibility for everything that has ever happened back to the conditions that God originally created.

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