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Essays donated by visitors to this web site:

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Important notes:

bullet This section of our web site contains an eclectic mix of essays written and donated by our visitors.

Almost all of the essays elsewhere on this web site attempt to portray all points of view on a given topic. We also try to avoid criticizing the religious beliefs of any group, except when it obviously hurts other people. The essays below often deviate from the standards that we use. Quite often, they will express a single opinion and reject all other interpretations of the Torah, Christian Scriptures, Qur'an, etc. as being in error and without merit. Read them with care.

If you are distressed at the contents of any of these essays, we invite you to write a rebuttal and submit it to us. We will seriously consider adding it to this section.

bullet Email an essay that you wish to donate here for review.

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Disclaimer:

These essays do not necessarily represent the beliefs of any or all of the staff of the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. In fact, since we are a multi-faith group, it is quite likely that the beliefs expressed in these essays will differ from at least some of our staff's opinions.

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Criteria for rejecting essays:

We reserve the right to reject any entries for a range of reasons, including:

bullet Essays that we feel exhibit hatred or proposes discrimination against others on the basis of their gender, race, skin color, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, denomination, etc.
 
bulletEssays whose primary goal is to attack individuals or groups.
 
bulletEssays which attack religious beliefs of other faith groups. However, we will generally accept essays that:
bullet Compare beliefs of two or more religions, or

bullet Compare the beliefs of one faith group with scientific findings, or

bullet Compare and contrast beliefs within a single religion.
 
bulletWe prefer essays 75 lines in length, or longer.

We have also decided to not publish essays which:

bullet Advocate corporal punishment of children. This is because of many long term studies involving tens of thousands of individuals from childhood to their 20's. They show that rates of clinical depression, alcohol addiction, drug addiction and anxiety attacks in adulthood increase with the frequency of spanking. We don't want to be even partly responsible for the suffering that an essay advocating spanking would probably generate.
 
bullet Promote conspiracy theories or doomsday scenarios. The level of fear circulating in North America is highly destabilizing. We don't want to add to people's stress levels.

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Essays written by our web site visitors:

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Rules and suggestions about donating essays
 

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Abortion access:
bullet Anon: "Pro-choice means giving the woman choice"
bullet Anon: "The dangers of forcing a teen to have an abortion"
bullet Stanford Aranoff: "The beginning of a person"
bullet "C.B.: "The rights of the pregnant woman vs. the the rights of her pre-embryo, embryo or fetus"
bullet Stephanie Chen: "Defining personhood"
bullet Peter Faulknor: "Searching for an ethical position in the abortion debate"
bullet Marliz Olmos-Armas: "The personal experiences of a woman who obtained an abortion"
bullet Marliz Olmos-Armas: "Nine reasons in favor of retaining abortion access"
bullet "Peggy:" "Finding God's love in an abortion clinic"
bullet Leslie Rummell: "Voice of the unborn child."
bullet Laurie Snyder: "A child never born."
bullet Don Staddon: "Abortion kills children: Truth or deception?"
bullet Chuck Thompson "Abortion equals assassination"
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Arthur R. Trafford: "The 'pro-baby' movement"

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Various: Poems by pro-life poets: Leslie M. Willson, James O'Brien, & 'KLogger1'.

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Various: More poems by: Lee Caress, Eleni Phufas, & Loranda Arosemena.
 

bulletAbortions: Reducing the number:

bullet Angie Pratt: "How to reduce the number of abortions"
bullet "Northstar: "How to reduce the number of abortions; a response
bulletCharles Sabillon: "Reducing abortions via technology"
bullet See also our menu on this topic.
 
bulletAbuse -- spiritual and sexual:
bullet "Alice:" "A woman's personal experience"
bullet "Michael:" "The beast is silent"
 
bulletAfterlife:
bullet Zicon: "Is there an afterlife?"
bullet Cary Cook: " 'After Pascal:' thoughts on an afterlife"
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Susan Humphreys:

bulletAgnosticism and Atheism:
bullet Ben & Eric: "An Atheist and a Christian have a theological discussion"
bullet Vincent Bugliosi: "Why Do I Doubt Both the Atheists and the Theists?"
bullet E.C. Huddleston: Astute Brutes: Putting More Muscle in Strong Atheism
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Susan Humphreys:

bullet "Ken": "'Answering The New Atheism,' by Scott Hahn & Benjamin Wiker: A Refutation"
bullet R.W. Mettetal: "On the tolerance of Christians towards Atheists, and vice-versa"
bullet Nathan Parker: "Improving relationships between Theists and Atheists
bullet Alan Rogers: ""How to be a tolerant Atheist"
bullet Nick Tolk: "Deicide As A Path To Personal Growth: Reflections on Atheistic Religions"
bullet Benjamin Wiker: "An attack on the 'New Atheism' by comparing the activities of Yahweh with Evolution's 'god' "

bulletArt:
bullet Kitt Cherry: "New Website Dares to Show Gay Jesus"
bullet Kitt Cherry: "Censored Christ Mother appears at last"
 
bulletBehavior, personal and spiritual:
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Contributing Editor, Susan Humphreys:

bullet Walter Kirchbauer: "Twelve criteria to measure one's perfect submission"
bullet Rabbi A.S. Maller: "The Religious Value Of Celebrating a New Year"
 
bulletBeliefs:
bullet Ben & Eric: "An Atheist and a Christian have a theological discussion"
bullet "Chesed and Gevurah:" "Letter to my deacon: Why mercy is better"
bullet Nick Coghlan: "Which matters more to you: being right or staying friends?" Peaceful coexistence with persons having other beliefs
bullet Susan Gilmore: "Personal freedom as a result of abandoning organized religion"
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Susan Humphries:

bullet Michael Gryboski: "The nature of Christian Fundamentalism"
bullet Corey Harvard: "Is Fundamentalism a sound system of belief?"
bullet Diane Holder: "Follow your beliefs, in love, without fear"
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Larry Langston:

bullet Anita Pathik Law: "Believe it and you will see it!
bullet Ron and Karen Schwartz: "What is truth: Handling diversity of beliefs in Christianity"

bulletThe Bible:
bullet D.L. Henderson: "The greatest myth ever told"
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Susan Humphreys:

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Rabbi A.S. Maller:

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R. C. Symes, concerning myths in the Bible:

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Alton C. Thompson: "Narcissism and the Bible"

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Dawn Wessel: "The Synonymy of the Parables: Connecting the Dots to Reveal the Bible’s Cryptic Voice"


bulletBullying:
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Susan Humphreys: "Words hurt"


bulletCarlos Casteneda's writing on the teachings of Don Juan:
bullet Susan Humphreys describes lessons she has learned

bulletChange (Producing change in your life):
bullet John Edward: "Five ways to create and manifest positive change"
bullet Sagaren Pillay: "How to conquer fear and Be happy, healthy and rich"

bulletChristianity: (See "Religion" below for additional essays)
bullet Anon: "A personal story of religious conversion from Agnosticism to Bible-believing Christianity"
Anon: "Practicing a simpler Christianity: less belief, more experience and practice"
Anon: "Does progress depend on accepting Jesus Christ or rejecting the Bible?"
bulletTony Bisson:
bullet "The larger truths about God and the spirit world"
bullet "Seeking knowledge of humanity's future life"
bulletDavid W. T. Brattston:
bullet Choosing a Church: One True Church or One Right Church?
bullet Tony Crosthwaite: "Jesus versus Two Religious Establishments: From Jew to Gentile"
bulletTom Drake-Brockman:
bullet "Spiritual Humanism & the meaning of life: Jesus, the Buddha, suffering & service to others"
bullet "Happy Krishmas: Jesus, the Buddha, and reincarnation"
bullet Stephen Fretwell: "What is true Christianity?"
bullet Clyde Glandon: "Contemporary Anglican Episcopal Perspectives"
bulletJames Gray:
bullet "The Bible's Obsolescence"
bullet "The Love Command: Further Thoughts"
bullet "Why I am not a Christian"
bulletSusan Humphreys:
bullet "Christmas: What is the 'reason for the Season'?"
bullet "Goals and Objectives: Some words of advice for the new Pope"
bullet "Will Pope Francis I hinder, harm or help the world?"
bullet "Confused by the Confusion" over Pope Francis & Roman Catholicism. The author's personal opinion"
bullet "Initial Suppositions, Uncomfortable Truths and the Bible"
bullet "Debate in the Roman Catholic Church concerning the Pope's 2016 teaching Amoris laetitia: "The Joy of Love:"
bullet Akili Kumasi: "The Martha Syndrome and the Mary Solution"
bullet Kathy LaPan: "Why Christianity is exclusive: the only true religion."
bullet "Linda": "Reading the Bible."
bullet Jim Persinger: "Were Adam and Eve the first humans?"
bullet Shannon Richey: "A critique of the Word of Faith (a.k.a. Prosperity Gospel, and "Name it & claim it") belief systems"
bullet Paul Schroeder: "An unbelievable gift of an vision experience"
bulletAlton C. Thompson:
bullet Christianity: 'Fix it or forget it
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Why did Christianity never take in our society?

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"Wildwood" Churches: Comforting the afflicted or afflicting the comfortable?

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“Killing Him Won’t Be the End of Him”

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Proposal to Create a Life Enhancement Group (LEG)

bulletArthur Trafford:
bullet Christians’ varied interpretations of the Word of God
bullet There were no denominations in 1st Century Christianity

bullet Climate change: See Environment
 
bullet Conflict: America's Great Divide. Who will have a seat at the political table? Will there be any room at the Inn? by Susan Humphreys
 
bullet Creation science vs. evolution: See Origins

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Essays donated by Susan Humphreys:

bulletDiversity, religious:
bullet Brandon Arkell: "Interfaith reconciliation as viewed by the Universal Life Church Monastery"
bullet Charri Everson: "About religion"
bullet Jeann Forsberg: "Understanding Christians of a different tradition"
bullet Susan Humphreys: "Seeking the truth, I found many truths"
bullet Grace Li: "Different people, different paths to 'God' "
bullet William R. Stimson: "Is religion the problem?"
bullet "M.T.:" "Ten ridiculed religions"
bullet K. Turner: "Accepting religious diversity."
 
bulletEaster
bullet Alton C. Thompson: Easter: What “It’s All About”?
bullet Alton C. Thompson: "A Heretic’s View of Easter, interpreted as personal transformation"
 
bulletEducation
bullet Anon: "The value -- or lack of value -- of higher education"
bullet Andrew Flaxman: "How to Educate Yourself in Liberal Arts"
 
bulletEnd of the world as we know it (EOTWAWKI):
bullet Susan Humphreys: Some questions about the rapture end times theology
bullet Joseph R. Jochmans: Hell, Heaven or Hype? - Six facts about what will really happen in 2012
bullet A.S. Maller: Lessons From Yet Another 'No Show' Doomsday: A Jewish view
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Alton C. Thompson: Avoiding human exinction by radical social change. Was Martin Luther Kings Jr.'s dream the wrong one?

bullet Aerik Vondenburg: The 2011-MAY-21 apocalypse and a case for preterism"

bulletEnvironment:
bullet Harry G. Morris: The Conundrum: Having "... dominion over ... all the earth.
bullet Alton C. Thompson: Appreciating nature, and the negative effects of our isolation from it.
bullet Dave Wilson: Homo sapiensā€™s potential fatal flaw
bullet See also a series of articles by Vladimir Tomek on the environment
 
bullet Ethics: See Morality
 
bullet Evolution: See Origins
 
bulletFamily & marriage:
bullet Anon: "The marriage passbook."
bullet Susan Humphreys: "Is opposing same-sex marriage not hate?"
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Rabbi Allen S. Maller:

bullet Jason Miller: "Freedom Fettered by Fear"
bullet Lal Mohd: "Marriage and divorce in Islam"
bullet Patrick Nailon: "In favor of marriage for all"
bullet John Nash: "On Mormons and the equality of women"
bullet "Wired:" "About spanking"
 
bulletFree will
bullet Susan Humphreys: "Free will and the nature of God"
bullet Mahlon Wickey: "Does God interfere with man's will?"
 
bulletFreedom and rights, religious:
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Essays by Susan Humphreys:

bullet Global warming: See Environment
 
bulletGod and Satan:
bullet Anon: "Is God good?"
bullet Anon: "Should the Ten Commandments be posted in schools?"
bullet Jim Ashby: "God is flawed."
bullet Alan Auckenthaler: "Pilgrim in an ambiguous world, working towards an understanding of God."
bullet T.C. Bakel, "God/Satan/Vanity/Prejudice/Ignorance"
bullet Cary Cook: "Should 'under God' be in or out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
bullet Allen Earle: "The God in your head is real"
bullet Keith Gilmour: "Sympathy for the Almighty: It's not easy being God"
bullet Sherwood Goozee: " 'IZ Sense:' revisualizing God"
bullet James B. Gray: "A post-season meditation: Is God our cosmic bellhop or our king?"
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Susan Humphreys:

A series of essays on Theodicy:

A series of nine essays by Contributing Editor Susan Humphreys on the existence/non-existence of God: Eight are from Feser's book "Five Proofs of the Existence of God," she describes alternative views of Fester's

  1. Aristotalian case for God
  2. Neo-Platonic case for God
  3. Augustinian Case for God
  4. Thomistic Case for God
  5. Rationalist Case for God
  6. Nature of God
  7. Is God good?
  8. Theodicy

The ninth deals with the "Euthyphro Dilemma," and why it matters


bullet Robert Kaiser: "Is blind faith immoral? On faith vs. reason"
bullet John Kyff: "One nation under God"
bullet Prem Kamble: "God and religion: A new look"
bullet Larry Langston: "What God is not"
bullet Kate Lenhardt: "An argument for Satan"
bulletArthur Levine:
bullet "Where To Go Next To Find God"
bullet "Chasing Jesus"
bulletRabbi Allen S. Maller:
bullet "Changing God's mind"
bullet "Religious pluralism is God's will"
bullet "The prophetic vision of religious pluralism From Micah to Muhammad"
bullet "Choosing to be chosen: Multiple relationships between God and the nations"
bullet Minsky: "Is God moral? A serious response to a serious question"
bullet Mushtaq: "God, Satan, his messengers and human response"
bullet Hellen Nanney: "Who made God"
bullet Darrel Ray: "There are no monotheistic religions; Educating monotheists"
bullet Nelson Rose: "The G Word: A Deist's concept of the creator"
bulletAlan Rogers:
bullet "Theodicy: A parable"
bullet "How to be a tolerant Atheist"
bullet "On Neo-Deism"
bullet Alton Thompson: "Some “heretical” comments on the Holy Spirit"
bullet Nick Tolk: "Deicide As A Path To Personal Growth: Reflections on Atheistic Religions"
bullet Geoff Wright: "Armchair Archeology" Satan as the cause of the Tunguska event.

bulletHell, Hades & Gehanna:
bullet Carol Border: "The debate and issues related to Hell"
bullet Alan J: "My journey to Hell"
bullet Mathew James: "Is Hell an eternal damnation, or are there three woes?"
bullet Mahlon Wickey: "Gehenna hell-fire"

bulletHomosexuality/Lesbians/Gays: (See also same-sex marriages)
bullet Alysha: "The pulpit and downstairs:" a poem.
bullet Anonymous: "An emotional, personal, real-life letter to Christian fundamentalists."
bullet Anon: "One woman's experience with homosexuality and acceptance of diversity."
bullet Anon: "Theological Determinism and Homosexuality"
bullet Anon: "Jehovah's Witnesses, same-sex marriage & homosexuality"
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Anthony Ashford: "Six biblical reasons why Christians should accept same-sex relationships." Menu

bullet Tricia B: "The Baha'i faith and homosexuality"
bullet Kitt Cherry: "New website dares to show gay Jesus"
bullet Robert Flatt: "Homosexuality: sin? shame? cause? A conservative Christian viewpoint"
bullet Helen Herndon, "How Can a Heterophobic Call Me Homophobic and Heterosexist?"
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Susan Humphreys:

bullet Dr. Marty Klein, "Poor reason to support gay rights: "My son isĀ gay"
bullet Lindy Madsen: "A tainted idea of love: The personal struggle between identity and religion"
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