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"Anything to put the Bible in people's hands is a good thing," Gideons spokesman Ken Stephens said.
July 5th, 2012
09:18 AM ET

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles

By Heather Kelly, CNN

(CNN) – Last year, Gideons International distributed more than 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world to students, hospitals, members of the military and, of course, hotels, where they are a ubiquitous sight in bedside tables.

Starting this month, however, the InterContinental Hotels Group is modernizing that mission at one of its hotels, replacing the paper tomes with electronic versions of the Bible loaded on Kindle e-readers. Each of the 148 rooms at the chain's Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, England, will be outfitted with a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. Guests can use the e-ink devices to catch up on scripture, as well as purchase and read any other books available in the Amazon Kindle store.

The hotel was chosen for the pilot program because of its rich literary and publishing history: It's a few blocks from the Philosophical Society of Newcastle, one of the largest independent libraries in the UK. If it's a success, InterContinental could expand it to other locations, and other hotels might follow its lead.

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  1. cheap accommodation brisbane

    Better the word of the living God than the ramblings of twice dead losers. God bless

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    August 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  2. Science

    The worst thing for a child !!!

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

    Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!..........

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

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    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

    Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

    Good stuff !

    The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

    Where do morals come from?

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

    Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

    Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
    bears his name as the “God particle.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

    Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

    Science

    Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

    April 7th, 2012

    08:32 PM ET

    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

    Make sure to read comments

    April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html

    NASA: Mars could have supported life

    Star Dust we are

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE&w=640&h=390]

    Holy Hallucinations 35

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XTCRdC8Dlo&w=640&h=390]

    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

    Human Evolution

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

    BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUliLKSJ4bQ&w=640&h=390]

    BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

    Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

    Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

    “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/category/culture-science/

    May 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |

    Cheech & Chong's History of 420

    Cheech & Chong's History of 420 from CheechAndChong

    All cults...........creationists, ID believers and devil cults.................

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

    http://www.aclupa.org/legal/legaldocket/intelligentdesigncase/dovertrialtranscripts.htm

    Education works for children

    Earth From Space

    Detailed satellite images reveal the web of connections that sustain life on Earth. Aired February 13, 2013 on PBS

    Program Description

    "Earth From Space" is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth. Viewers witness how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane. From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/earth-from-space.html

    February 16, 2013 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |

    Peace

    May 5, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  3. Hilda

    the creation nvarrtiae is such a powerful story, enjoy sharing it. I have a key phrase I use when discussing this stuff with teenagers and I like to start there before digging into it:"Either this story is history or it's a metaphorical. Either way, we learn that God loves us, God created everything, & we were made for relationship with God and others."I find that TOO many people make evolution a case God's non-existance, which I don't think can be made. It's important that our teens know that even if the creation story is a metaphor, then we're can still have faith. They're going to go to college someday and a very smart professor will convince them evolution is at least partially true.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    July 8, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!. ..

      July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  5. Phyllis G Williams

    Bibles – Holy Spirit – Life Everlasting (Galatians 6: 8)
    "they shall kindle in them, and devour them" (Obadiah 18)

    July 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  6. The Gospels

    That sounds like a great idea!!!
    People need hope, people need grace and people need to hear the truth.
    Share the good news!

    July 7, 2012 at 6:18 am |
  7. What IF

    fred,

    You'd probably like this guy who says on his extensive Christian web site:

    "In some instances, God ordered the killing of entire populations, presumably including the killing of babies and children. Isn't God unrighteous in killing these innocent little ones? First of all, the Bible indicates that all people are sinners, including babies, and worthy of judgment. However, the Bible also indicates that children are incapable of making moral choices, so that they are automatically rewarded with heaven. So, in having babies killed, God is actually doing them a favor, since, if they had grown up opposed to God, they would have gone to hell."

    http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/killergod.html

    (go there and cringe, laugh and perhaps vomit)

    July 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • What IF

      sorry, I meant for that to go under the other thread...

      July 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  8. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    @Fred,

    I wholly agree that belief in the non-existence of God is indeed a belief / faith, call it what you will. While some people who 'profess' atheism will claim this, I do not adhere to this notion.

    DIsbelief in God is not a belief. It is literally 'dis-belief'. And yes, the distinction is subtle, but important.

    There seems to be an approach for 'how to deal with atheists' along the lines of "ask them for proof of the non-existence of God" with the full knowedge that this is indeed a non-sequitur – it can't be done.

    For someone who simply does not believe in God, proof of non-existence is irrelevant, he/she simply does not accept the notion of God.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Ooops – this belongs as a reply below.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!. ...

      July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  10. Colin

    Replace them all with "The God Delusion" and a few Sagan books.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • fred

      Once again your faith has betrayed you! Your faith and Sagan’s faith are the same in your belief that what is outside today’s boundaries or limits of science will someday be knowable by man. Interesting enough the evidence you demand of God does not exist for your faith. Christians have greater evidence for the supernatural than you do for your claim that God does not exist. At a minimum you and Sagan should admit the possibility of God.

      July 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • fred

      Colin
      Looks like even your mentor is not afraid to acknowledge the possibility of God; “when Dawkins debated Lennox (Oxford University Museum October 2008) Dawkins said that, although he would not accept it, a reasonably respectable case could be made for "a deistic god”…”

      July 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • just sayin

      Better the word of the living God than the ramblings of twice dead losers. God bless

      July 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Fred,

      you and "Unknown" of this parish must have heard the same sermon. There are three answers to the question of belief:

      1. I believe in God
      2. I believe in the non-existence of God
      3. I don't believe in God

      Alternatives one and two require 'faith' in something. So many people who post here seem to think that Atheism means the second alternative. It does not. Atheism is the third alternative.

      July 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • fred

      I'm not a GOPer

      I would have thought atheists could fall into 2 or 3. If you do not believe in God then the doctrine of Dawkins is the foundation of your default position. Believers and non believers set their default based on doctrine. This is why we seldom see a position change on this web site.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      You continue to make assumptions about atheism. Why would I care what Dawkins says when I am perfectly capable of coming to my own conclusion? Just because religion requires some kind of dogmatic cra.p doesn't mean the same applies to atheists. Your assumption that everything must require a doctrine is asinine. Why would I need a doctrine to say "I don't believe you".

      July 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Fred,

      Yes, Dawkins reasoning is consistent with alternative three, which is the literal definition of atheism. It is not a doctrine or a belief or a faith. It is pure reason in the absence of doctrine and it's attendant sidekick – dogma.

      That's not to say there is nothing that atheists believe in. Many (I'd say most) have faith in the scientific method. This is certainly a belief.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • fred

      hawaiiguest
      “I am perfectly capable of coming to my own conclusion”
      =>that is the great delusion. How could you possibly come to your own conclusion when the world forms your reference points? That is like kids that say they are not influenced by the people they hang with, music, media, place of birth etc. Nonsense is what it is. Were the people in Jerusalem influenced by the Jews and the Romans? I will admit you have real farfetched idea about the God of Bible as portrayed by that same Bible. There are those that still want to argue that we never landed on the moon or Holocaust never happened. Even those conclusions are formed by outside influence as no one lives in a bubble.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Fred,

      I had forgotten to add that atheism does not imply nihilism, something that religious rhetoric about atheists often presumes.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      I'm not going to get into the bullsh.it of the god of the bible with you, because all that happens is you make multiple fallacies, and I don't feel like dealing with that sh.it. As for coming to my own conclusions, I am able to look at the information around me, and make my own determinations on the merits of that information. Just because you are incapable of living without someone telling you what to do or think, doesn't mean it's the same for everyone.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • fred

      I'm not a GOPer
      Mathematicians and physicists believe in God at a significant higher percentile than do those in the life sciences. Both disciplines use reason and scientific method on an equal basis. The variable is the approach taken to the question which affects the view of possibility of God. In short probability of fine tuning in multiple aspects weighs heavy on the hard sciences. An atheist in this discipline would look at a probability of 10 to the power of 97 in the fine tuning of dark energy influence over expansion of the universe and understand to different degree what that says about the first cause or singularity. They also view the probability of a short creation period with greater weight than the likelihood of a creation period that approaches a billion years rather than 200 million.
      Looks like reasonable people bring their personalities into the supernatural debate.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Fred,

      I never said that reason and all religious belief is incompatible. Reasoned people can still have faith in God and harmonize that with scientific principles. (This is easier with some religions than it is with others.)

      I am not interested in trying to deny anyone their faith. Faith is a gift that they have accepted and is meaningful to them. I respect that.

      It is the notion that atheists must have a belief that I objected to. They can choose to believe many things, but they don't *have* to, to be atheists. That is an important distinction from religiousity.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • fred

      I'm not a GOPer
      Ok, you are probably right as an atheist that I race against gets really ticked at me when I suggest his belief in nothingness is a belief. Reason is the default position so until I can come up with tangible physical evidence that he can verify God or gods simply do not have meaning other than sociological implications of religion.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      Non-belief in a claim is not a belief.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Fred, .... reposted

      I wholly agree that belief in the non-existence of God is indeed a belief / faith, call it what you will. While some people who 'profess' atheism will claim this, I do not adhere to this notion.

      DIsbelief in God is not a belief. It is literally 'dis-belief'. And yes, the distinction is subtle, but important.

      There seems to be an approach for 'how to deal with atheists' along the lines of "ask them for proof of the non-existence of God" with the full knowedge that this is indeed a non-sequitur – it can't be done.

      For someone who simply does not believe in God, proof of non-existence is irrelevant, he/she simply does not accept the notion of God.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • fred

      Hawaiiguest
      No, you actually have some beliefs about God which is different than a reasonable scientist that defaults to a no God position. You actually have emotion tied to a God that you claim does not exist and that is more than a claim there is no God. Your negative emotion brings about irrational conclusions that God is immoral. When believers speak of God (Hebrew God) yours is not a viable conclusion given the nature and attributes of God according to these peoples. The Bible reports the immorality of the world and its ways in contrast with the goodness of God.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      Your False Dichotomy of "my god or no god" won't fly. Every claim of god necessarily requires either belief or non-belief, and seperate from that is a claim of some certa.inty. When it comes to the Abrahamic religions, I will gladly claim all day long that that god is inherently contradictory, with mutually exclusive characteristics, and that the god that the bible characterizes cannot and does not exist.
      What is irrational is your constant special pleading to justify the atrocities in your "holy book", and your pick and choose bullsh.it when it comes to the laws in the bible that you WANT to follow.

      July 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • AGuest9

      4. There really is no god, so all of this banter is useless.

      July 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
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