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Why God Matters and On Being an Orphan

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

God, that nebulous being without a face, has confused mankind forever. Either you are with him or against him. I recently took confession and the priest, locked behind a screen, ordered me to say to God that I was sorry for offending him.

My First Kiss, Bored Birds and Kismet!

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I recalled this happy event recently. His name was Wayne and we kissed as How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees played in the background. I was 13 years old and he was 16. I remember being completely enthralled and in love. That was then.

Why Does Anything Exist at All and the Problems of Necessity and Probability

Tony Sobrado | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Tony Sobrado

Why does anything exist at all? Or to put it another way "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Or to put it another way still "Why this form of existence as opposed to another?" The three different ways of presenting this question demonstrates the complexity regarding the very notion of existence and the philosophical considerations that accompany it...

You and Me: Our Collective Consciousness

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A pot-smoking friend once regaled me with his theory of a collective human consciousness, his idea being that supposedly we are all connected by some sort of invisible net that links our minds. I remember laughing heartily at the concept as I inhaled secondary smoke while thinking this is what drugs do to one's brain- invent wild theories without any foundation whatsoever.

Suicide Is Painless, Things I Saw in the Woods Today

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

That famous line from the theme song from MASH, the popular TV show where American medics satirised their lives in the firing line in Vietnam. As a child I remember being enthralled by the words of that song and the concept that indeed, suicide could be painless.

If It Heals You Does It Need to Be Measured?

Tony Lobl | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.

On Walking

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have solved all of my problems in life by walking. There is a Latin phrase for it: solvitur ambulando. It is solved by walking. Some may find it amusing or outlandish that problems can be solved by the humble stroll but consider this.

#OneLove: Homosexuality Isn't Bad

Kamran Assadi | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamran Assadi

But looking back on how things once were, one can now see that there is some positive progression and more tolerance for homosexuality. The attitude towards it has improved in the UK rapidly, and can only get better. The progress that society is making is encouraging and can only be commended.

My Interview With God

Ariane Sherine | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Ariane Sherine

Jehovah tells me, "I am available to answer any and all questions". Still grieving the loss of his mother, who died suddenly in November, he is friendly, polite, genuine and says he enjoyed the atheist bus campaign. Over to his alter-ego...

Thirteen Things I Learnt In 2013

Anais Mutumba | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anais Mutumba

I did this for the first time last year on my website, 12 things I learnt in 2012, and I think I might do this annually. There's always something to be thankful for and lessons to be learnt.

The Muslim Prophet of Nazareth

Sajda Khan | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

The common theological heritage and the mutual reverence of Jesus and his mother by both Muslims and Christians has sadly, become sullied throughout history as Islam and Christianity are often portrayed as implacable enemies, embroiled in conflict. The reality is, despite the troubled history. there have been epochs where Christians and Muslim have co-existed in peace.

Labour: Time For Politicians To 'Do God'

Sunday Telegraph | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Politics

The Labour Party admits today that politicians should stop feeling a "sense of embarrassment" about discussing God. Douglas Alexander, a senior fro...

Moving Beyond The God Debate

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

As Aurelius states if there is such a being that comprehends like us virtue and the good life then they will understand my conclusions. I will not live my life fearing an unjust celestial being that needs appeasing by frivolous tokens of submission to outrages gestures. My intention is to try and live a good life without such an entity.

New Theory On Origins Of US Tea Party

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Comedy

The origins of the 2008 Tea Party movement have been a source of lettered debate for academics both in the US and across the Atlantic. Myriad fa...

Getting With the New Programme

Sonja Lewis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

I had to reprogramme my thought processes: another step to getting rid of limited thinking. In the end, I adopted the theme 'finding happiness in your own space, with or without children' ... and obsessed over it.

What Should The Pope Wear Next?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

The Pope doesn't care about offbeat headwear - it's part of his job. Yet Francis, who has already proved he's not your traditional Vicar of Christ on ...

Haj - A Journey towards Unity

Sajda Khan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sajda Khan

It's that time of the year again when Muslims from all over the world heading off to Makkah for Haj -- the annual pilgrimage. I went last year and I, to date, reminisce about the ineffable moments of this momentous journey.

Chance Meeting in a House of God and Saying Goodbye

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

My heart leaped straight into my mouth. I couldn't believe my eyes. I recognised that same gait, the quick, purposeful strides, the same petiteness. I jumped out of the car, the engine still running. "Sister Monique, Sister Monique! Remember me?"

Atheist Murdered In Existence Of God Debate

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Religious People Are Less Intelligent Than Atheists, Concludes New Study A 33-year-old man has been found guilty of first degree murder a...

On Perfection, Planning and Losing

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Perfection In our facile society, perfection is glossy, fabricated, manipulated and made to order. Yet we are surrounded by unmistakably perfect momen...

Can We Lean On "Sweet Love" to Beat Chronic Pain?

Tony Lobl | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God's divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him. That view has always mystified me.

The Reddit Delusion

Matt Clough | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Clough

It's unfair to tar all r/atheism subscribers with the same brush. Perhaps now, with less visibility, the section will start the long road of rehabilitation toward becoming a welcoming, discussion of atheism for atheists. In truth, many of the noisiest members - much like in religion - are the ones that get the most attention, and the ones that least represent the majority of the community.

The Month of Ramadan and its' Lasting Impact

Shohana Khan | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

Today Muslims live in a society where consciousness of God is predominantly relegated to the private sphere, where religion usually is placed. Making the actions of life, family to work, social interactions to politics; aspects for individuals to decide how best to do, assuming their individual moral quality will drive them to do good.

A Heterosexual Hindu's First London Pride and UK Black Pride

Rima Amin | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rima Amin

Baker Street was bustling. This is where the march began. The vibrance and colour like no other. The unity displayed was wide-ranging. From almost every institution, age-group, faith group etc, there were representatives showing solidarity.

Religion Cause Of Evil, Young People Increasingly Believe

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK

More young people in Britain believe that religion is a cause of evil rather than a force for good, according to a new YouGov poll. The place of re...