The Rev. Rob Times - Society, Arts, and Entertainment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
As professionals in any area of training, oftentimes we find ourselves in a position where we are required to explain how something works to another employee, be it a policy, procedure, application, or some form of technology.
However, other staff members wonât always âgetâ the concept that is so expertly being explained to them. That could be, in part, because adults are very picky learners and it is difficult for them to retain new information. Fortunately, applying aspects of can help to change that.
The following is a list of several basic
points of adult learning, including the challenges that many adults face, and
how to overcome them.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 27 October 2013 21:51
I had previous introduced the term egonovism to the lexicon of the internet in 2010. The term describes how Americans define their religious beliefs based not on the teachings of priests or pastors, and not even on centuries old scripture, but rather from a combination of the self (ego), and society.
The term spread far and fast; the essay was republished thousands of times, and even renowned author Anne Rice stated that she felt kinship with the term. For her comments I thank her.
Egonovism is not necessarily negative. It is, as argued, the most predominate religion in America today, and has only grown in the past three years. The term not only describes the average American, but the American president, Barack Obama, numerous politicians, business leaders, and seemingly the new Pope, Francis as well. Their egonovist positions are so obvious that some believe them to be secret atheists. (I am sure the idea of an atheist pope delights some.)
Written by Amanda Hudson Monday, 11 February 2013 06:13
Bodybuilding isnât just a man's world, itâs for women too. The following five fitness stars are not only gorgeous, but are inspirational and have helped countless others enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
5. Belinda Benn
Workout tip: Change your day. Make small, incremental changes consistently.
Nutrition tip:Omega-3âs increase sexual pleasure.
This fitness model was out of shape and overweight at age 37. Now sheâs in her 40s and is a sexy and beautiful Aussie inspiration.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 02 February 2013 00:35
For about a year now, there is more and more, shall I say, activism against bullying. Anti-bullying campaigns have cropped up across the internet. Unfortunately, this was only after a number of young people took their own lives out of desperation and the kind of pain that no one can understand unless they lived through it.
At the time of this writing I am 30 years old, and it took me until about this age to really admit how bad it was for me in school. Not just high school, but grade school and middle school as well.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 09 October 2012 20:41
Every few years or so a comprehensive study on religion in America is done. This year it was completed by the PEW Research Center. The big headline? One in five Americans, a full 20 percent, are not religious. But are they nonbelievers?
The answer, disappointingly, is no. While it is exciting for many to see the number of people who identify themselves as agnostic, atheist, or ânothing in particularâ rise to 20 percent of the population, a huge constituency, a large number of the ânone of the aboveâ crowd are really religious egonovists.
Dissecting the numbers tells a tale of an America where the power and influence of religion is in rapid decline, but also of one where people are hesitant to let go of a higher power.
Of the 20 percent, only six percent identify as either atheist or agnostic. Enough has been written about agnostics to conclude that they either donât exist, or are really agnostic atheists, as are virtually all atheists. Itâs a safe bet that a minimum of six percent of the population do not believe in any god whatsoever.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Wednesday, 02 May 2012 20:39
It isnât a delusion for one to be an atheist; after all, simply not believing that deities exist is no less rational than not believing that Santa Clause exists.
The delusion, however, comes from religionists who seek to paint atheism itself as a religion.
âIt takes as much faith to not believe in God and it does to believe,â they constantly repeat.
But no, it doesnât, just as it takes no faith to not believe that cats are an invading alien species whose mission is to pacify us with their cute YouTube videos before conquering our feeble planet. In fact, evidence suggests that cats are capable of no such thing and that they evolved right here on Earth with the rest of us.
Not believing in God (or gods, for that matter) is not the exact opposite of believing in them, which typically does require faith (but not always). For most atheists, there is no certainty that gods do not exist, merely the high probability. This concept is excellently illustrated by Dawkins Scale.
Unfortunately, Dawkinsâ scale is only two dimensional and, like political ideology, religious belief is much more complex than that. Therefore, we need a compass to illustrate for us a third dimension.
The Compass of Belief
North and south on our compass are represented by theism and atheism, respectively. A theist is one who does believe in deities, an atheist is one who does not. Very simple.
East and west on our compass are agnostic and gnostic, respectively. This is where some people tend to get lost.
A person who is gnostic believes that they are in possession of special knowledge that perhaps only a select few can know.
In a religious sense, a person who is agnostic either doubts or denies outright that knowledge of the existence of a god is even possible.
On a map it is possible to travel both north and east and
the same time, and both south and west at the same time, and so on. But it is
impossible to travel both north and south simultaneously, and the same goes for
east and west. Our compass illustrates this.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 22 October 2011 08:24
Former Velvet Underground rocker Lou Reed unites with Metallica
to make an album. When these two forces unite, the result is something that no
one can quite expect.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 11 September 2011 23:42
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the September
11th attacks on the United Sates. This year also marks the 40th
anniversary of John Lennonâs most influential song, âImagine.â Within the lines
of its lyrics, we are invited to imagine no heaven, no hell, and no religion.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 14 May 2011 03:37
This documentary about absent fathers by young filmmaker Justin Hunt groans under the weight of post hoc statistics and does little more to show that some people who grew up fatherless and made bad decisions while at the same time reminding us that Metallica is cool.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 30 April 2011 23:56
Google is facing backlash for allowing âKG Dogfightingâ to be sold in the Android Marketplace. This comes only days after the original app, âDog Wars,â was pulled after a national outcry, with former dog fighter extraordinaire Michael Vick adding to the dialog.
The question is now becoming whether or not a game which depicts the illegal act of dog fighting dogs should be allowed to be sold.Add a comment
Written by Zadoc Paet Friday, 01 April 2011 10:12
PHOENIX, AZ â On this historic date, Google has launched itâs newest product dubbed âGoogle Gas.â
Unlike other product that Google has launched in recent years, such as Gmail, Google Wave, Google Docs, and more, âGoogle Gasâ is a physical, not electronic, product that consumers can look forward to buying.Add a comment
Written by Yumi Wednesday, 23 March 2011 07:49
As I write this I only have enough time to clean up and change clothes, my brother and I have been in Sendai. Back home in Tokyo itâs hard enough to get more water and blankets; this event is very horrifying.
We went there (toÂ Sendai)Â to find his wife and children. Lucky we found them, but while there I also found so many bodies... even children. I also found great sadness.
I came across a small little girl, just five years of age. She was stuck under a car, a three door type, and I held her and tried to call help, but my brother said she will die.
That is now the way of life here. So much death, so many dead. But my brother always says, âWe Japanese, we live on.â So we go back again after take a bath shower and such as that area water and communication is lost. My brother and I have been searching, just to find people and help.Add a comment
Is there an outbreak of secular child molesters? The Pope Bashes Atheists in the UK, Compares Them to Nazis
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 17 September 2010 04:28
As if we didnât need another reason to criticize either the Catholic Church or former Nazi Youth member, Pope Benedict XVI.
While on his first state visit to England, and the first papal visit to the United Kingdom in 28 years, Pope Benedictâs address didnât contain a single reference to the Vaticanâs massive conspiracy to cover-up hundreds of counts of alleged sexual abuse from within its ranks. Instead the pontiff focused on bashing secularism in a very secular nation.
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Written by Jessica Moccio Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:13
Judge Royce Lamberth overturned the ban President Obama had lifted in March 2009 so that researchers could use federal funds to create embryonic stem cell lines.
According to recent polls, 80% of the population agree with Obama and are in favor of the controversial research. That means even a large number of Republicans and right-wing tea folks are on board with this. Even Congress has passed a bill for it twice.
Stem cell research done with embryonic cells could be much more versatile than using adult cells, or umbilical stem cells, or any other kind of stem cells.. This is because embryonic stem cells can develop into any cell types of the body. They can also be kept alive indefinitely and grown in cultures so they can keep doubling every two to three days.
However, because these stem cells come from blastocysts it becomes a matter of âplaying god.âAdd a comment
Written by Jessica Moccio Monday, 13 September 2010 03:17
The Catholic Church in Belgium recently released an independent report detailing hundreds of assertions of sexual abuse of children by priests and others working for the church from the 1950s into the late 1980s.
This is a sad truth that reminds us that history repeats itself. Pope Benedict XVI, a former member of the Nazi Youth, has repeatedly said the Vatican will seek justice for victims. What kind of justice can be given?
For the victims in these particular reports, the abusers are long deceased. What justice can you give a child who has been abused? Can you give them back their childhood? When your innocence is ripped from you at such an early age, how can there ever be justice?
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 12 September 2010 23:16
Different states have different drinking laws, but one thing they all have in common is âlast call,â a cut off time when stores and bars are no longer allowed to serve alcohol.
Itâs 1:30 am in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the least pedestrian cities in the US. Bars are preparing to close at two oâclock in the morning. Patrons have two options. They can drink as much as possible in the remaining half-hour, or they can get in their cars, already inebriated, and drive to the nearest store to buy more booze to continue the night elsewhere.
Either way, the hour between 1:30 am and 2:30 am is unquestionably the most dangerous time to be on the road. These folks who are looking for a good time arenât walking, thereâs no available public transportation, and few are calling for a cab. Be assured, theyâre behind the wheel.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 10 September 2010 06:31
Terry Jones is an aging nobody, a redneck gun-toting pastor in Gainesville, Florida who leads a congregation of just fifty at his Dove World Outreach Center. Yet his decision to burn copies of the Muslim holy book, the Qurâan, to celebrate the anniversary of the September 11th attacks has literally sparked international outrage. Really, though, who cares?Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 06 September 2010 05:34
Agnostics donât exist. The idea of an informed and intelligent person not being able to determine if they do or do not believe in the existence of a god or gods is incredulous at best.
The majority of self-described agnostics are really one of two things; a weak theist, or a weak atheist. And most of them fall into the atheism side of the spectrum.
Agnosticism is the belief that the existence of god and the non-existence of god are equally likely in probability. In other words, evolution and the big bang are equally as plausible as creation and magic sky pixies.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Thursday, 02 September 2010 07:04
Christianity is commonly held to be the predominate religion in the United States. According to the Association of Religious Data Archives (ARDA), 82.3 percent of Americans identify themselves as being Christian. The next largest group is Agnostics and Atheists at 11.6 percent.
However, when surveys are made that collect religious data, the pollsters never drill down to find out how religious the respondent really is. As it turns out, most people who identify themselves as a particular religion may not actually adhere to the tenets of their self-proclaimed belief.
In April 2003 the Barna Research Group did ask the deeper questions and determined that only 4 percent of American teenagers are âBible believingâ Christians.
Despite the fact that the percentage of teen Christians in the U.S. is close to that of the national average, Barna was able to come up with just 4 percent because, although many more teens identified themselves as Christians, they didnât follow the tenets of Christianity.
The conclusion is that the vast majority of Christians do not follow Biblical law and other rules in order to ensure their salvation, or generally be a good Christian in the eyes of God.
This is an example of societal norms eroding religious doctrine. Itâs not just Christianity that is affected either. The erosion can clearly be seen in American Islamic and Hindu (Brahmanist) communities as well.Add a comment
An Anti-American Religious Group Is Building Houses of Worship Near Ground Zero and They Must Be Stopped Now!
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 23 August 2010 16:12
Itâs true. To the surprise and horror of an untold number of citizens, an ancient Abrahamic religion is attempting to run not one, but several houses of worship near Ground Zero, the sacred land where the United States was viciously attacked by religions fanatics on September 11th, 2001, a day seared into the minds of everyone who was old enough to remember it.
These zealots put their religion above their country and even their families. In other words, their allegiance to their god comes before their allegiance to the United States or the people.
What makes this even more disturbing is that they bring with them their own form of religious law that does not mesh with either the Constitution, endless state and local ordinances, or morality of any kind as we know it. In fact, if they were to follow this religious code they would most likely end up in prison.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 14 August 2010 08:23
Calling themselves the world's first "global" Musical Instrument Museum, MIM's grand opening began in Phoenix, AZ weekend of April 24th 2010. Though there are other musical instruments in Brussels, London, Paris,
Berlin, and Belgium, to name a few, organizers of the $250 million Phoenix project say that the others lack a global perspective.
MIM certainly does have a global perspective. Equipped with headset and receiver, visitors follow a network of interlinked geo-galleries, ten in all, that represent a different part of the world: Africa, Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and so on. Each region of the world is represented, and the goal is that each country within each region will have their own gallery, complete with an assortment of instruments and audio/video display.
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