zacwells:

Scooby Doo is the most useless member of the scooby doo team why is the show named after him, the show should be called Velma

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Celebrated 6 months with this one last night eating all the steak and ribs. God has placed such an incredible man beside me and I am so blessed to have him in my life. Cannot wait to see what our future holds! ❤️

Panda shoes!

Panda shoes!

Tags: panda

oxfordcommaforever:

castlesfromallovertheworld:

Harlech Castle, Wales

Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia.

© Matt Clark

Men of Harlech onto gloryThis shall ever be your storyKeep these fighting words before yeWelshmen never will not yield

oxfordcommaforever:

castlesfromallovertheworld:

Harlech Castle, Wales

Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia.

© Matt Clark

Men of Harlech onto glory
This shall ever be your story
Keep these fighting words before ye
Welshmen never will not yield

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Sweet new MJs

Sweet new MJs

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I know I’m not ready to marry you but I sure know that I’m going to. 

Xo

I know I’m not ready to marry you but I sure know that I’m going to.

Xo

Love is remembering to smile when you’re exhausted
Love is sharing your food
Love is choosing to listen rather than speak
Love is a long hug
Love is “don’t worry I’ll get the bill”
Love is companionable silence and non stop chatter
Love is the spontaneous visits
Love is saying sorry (and meaning it) but also forgiving (and letting go)

Love is not a feeling. Love is a decision to keep in love with your friends, your spouse, your family every day.

Tags: love personal

No person I’d rather sit next to. I love this guy.

No person I’d rather sit next to. I love this guy.

Sup Hillsong 2015!

Sup Hillsong 2015!

Your place is beyond the stars and sea,
The midnight hour or the dawn melody,
The higher the mountain the smaller it be,

And how lovely that love came down,
And how lovely that love came down

Your name is greater than kings and queen,
The Lord of Lords before whom I shall kneel

Oh I what I could bring to you,
But a song of my love for you,
My heart eternal,
Built to lean into you,

soyflatwhite:

darkislandcity:

academicatheism:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds
Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.
Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.
The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.
By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.
“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.
Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”
According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.
More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

Scientific fact is such a funny thing because it is again dependant on one measure that humans accept as being ‘the truth.’ However when one sees something miraculous, witnessed it themselves in the flesh you realise that God doesn’t work in science. He works beyond it. The amount of incredible miracles that take place daily but of course either people say that (sometimes in spite of scientific evidence) it couldn’t happen, or there was another ‘reasonable’ explanation to explain, people deny God over and over because when there is a higher authority it means that would then need to bend to it. What seems impossible is actually extremely possible when you have a faith in Jesus. I’m never going to stop being curious, being in awe of the world I live in but I’m never going to forget where I came from, I’m never going to limit my understanding simply to measures of what the world puts before me. Because life is waaaay more exciting than that.Also children think outside the box far more, and whilst I will be parent who presents her children with other theories I will always endeavour to be a parent that will lead them in a Christian environment

I think scientific literacy encourages us to think out of the box, science doesn’t tell is to accept the status quo, or what we are being told as truth, but to challenge it, to investigate it, to explore the fringes of reality to find some answers. That’s what science is. 


"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions."


I think what is incredibly sad, is that if such a so-called miracle happens, however little or large, that the religious credit it with some divine responsibility. To me, that seems so restrictive and evocative of denial. Why would you just shrug your shoulders and say “look how great God is, he did this” and deny the beauty in the event itself, and the series of events–that with some investigation and scrutiny we could endeavour to identify–that led to it. 


I choose not to fill the gaps in my knowledge or what I can’t measure with God, that’s a cop out. I’m happy to leave a question mark, mark them as ‘unexplained’ and seek some explanation. There is so much more beauty in the discovery and acknowledgement of truths than accepting it as the result of some divine being that has been handed down to us by millennia of dogma. Choosing to restrict yourself to boundaries of religious fanaticism and crediting happenings, events, the universe to some almighty creator is accepting and celebrating ignorance. 


Scientific investigation, seeking to explain the truths behind this colossal, gigantic universe we call home, has granted us insight into more beauty, and led us to find things so unimaginable than any religious book possibly could. And there’s still so much more to find!


Here’s to nurturing that curiosity, nurturing those who ask the questions and shake up the status quo to find the real answers, because what we don’t know now, could be the unimaginable possibility of tomorrow.


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OwZvAejhfZAI’m just saying that so many of us are from different walks of life and have faith in God and if anything it increases the wonder. I don’t think it’s a cop out but more of a response to God’s glory in times where something defies scientific explanation. I have friends who are doctors, psychiatrists, writers, teachers, and many intellectual people both living and dead have had that relationship with Jesus which has changed the course of their very existence. Watch that movie, see that faith is a living thing not dead or buried behind some sort of tradition or lost cause. I just came back from the O2 in London where over 2000 people decided to become Christians, science doesn’t explain that movement of the heart.I once asked God the difference between human beings and animals and he said that whilst an animal has a function (to the ecosystem) of existence, human beings were built for a unique purpose. I love that.

soyflatwhite:

darkislandcity:

academicatheism:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.

More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

Scientific fact is such a funny thing because it is again dependant on one measure that humans accept as being ‘the truth.’ However when one sees something miraculous, witnessed it themselves in the flesh you realise that God doesn’t work in science. He works beyond it. The amount of incredible miracles that take place daily but of course either people say that (sometimes in spite of scientific evidence) it couldn’t happen, or there was another ‘reasonable’ explanation to explain, people deny God over and over because when there is a higher authority it means that would then need to bend to it.

What seems impossible is actually extremely possible when you have a faith in Jesus.

I’m never going to stop being curious, being in awe of the world I live in but I’m never going to forget where I came from, I’m never going to limit my understanding simply to measures of what the world puts before me. Because life is waaaay more exciting than that.

Also children think outside the box far more, and whilst I will be parent who presents her children with other theories I will always endeavour to be a parent that will lead them in a Christian environment

I think scientific literacy encourages us to think out of the box, science doesn’t tell is to accept the status quo, or what we are being told as truth, but to challenge it, to investigate it, to explore the fringes of reality to find some answers. That’s what science is.

"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions."

I think what is incredibly sad, is that if such a so-called miracle happens, however little or large, that the religious credit it with some divine responsibility. To me, that seems so restrictive and evocative of denial. Why would you just shrug your shoulders and say “look how great God is, he did this” and deny the beauty in the event itself, and the series of events–that with some investigation and scrutiny we could endeavour to identify–that led to it.

I choose not to fill the gaps in my knowledge or what I can’t measure with God, that’s a cop out. I’m happy to leave a question mark, mark them as ‘unexplained’ and seek some explanation. There is so much more beauty in the discovery and acknowledgement of truths than accepting it as the result of some divine being that has been handed down to us by millennia of dogma. Choosing to restrict yourself to boundaries of religious fanaticism and crediting happenings, events, the universe to some almighty creator is accepting and celebrating ignorance.

Scientific investigation, seeking to explain the truths behind this colossal, gigantic universe we call home, has granted us insight into more beauty, and led us to find things so unimaginable than any religious book possibly could. And there’s still so much more to find!

Here’s to nurturing that curiosity, nurturing those who ask the questions and shake up the status quo to find the real answers, because what we don’t know now, could be the unimaginable possibility of tomorrow.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OwZvAejhfZA

I’m just saying that so many of us are from different walks of life and have faith in God and if anything it increases the wonder. I don’t think it’s a cop out but more of a response to God’s glory in times where something defies scientific explanation. I have friends who are doctors, psychiatrists, writers, teachers, and many intellectual people both living and dead have had that relationship with Jesus which has changed the course of their very existence. Watch that movie, see that faith is a living thing not dead or buried behind some sort of tradition or lost cause. I just came back from the O2 in London where over 2000 people decided to become Christians, science doesn’t explain that movement of the heart.

I once asked God the difference between human beings and animals and he said that whilst an animal has a function (to the ecosystem) of existence, human beings were built for a unique purpose. I love that.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

academicatheism:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds
Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.
Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.
The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.
By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.
“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.
Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”
According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.
More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

Scientific fact is such a funny thing because it is again dependant on one measure that humans accept as being ‘the truth.’ However when one sees something miraculous, witnessed it themselves in the flesh you realise that God doesn’t work in science. He works beyond it. The amount of incredible miracles that take place daily but of course either people say that (sometimes in spite of scientific evidence) it couldn’t happen, or there was another ‘reasonable’ explanation to explain, people deny God over and over because when there is a higher authority it means that would then need to bend to it. What seems impossible is actually extremely possible when you have a faith in Jesus. I’m never going to stop being curious, being in awe of the world I live in but I’m never going to forget where I came from, I’m never going to limit my understanding simply to measures of what the world puts before me. Because life is waaaay more exciting than that.Also children think outside the box far more, and whilst I will be parent who presents her children with other theories I will always endeavour to be a parent that will lead them in a Christian environment

academicatheism:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.

More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

Scientific fact is such a funny thing because it is again dependant on one measure that humans accept as being ‘the truth.’ However when one sees something miraculous, witnessed it themselves in the flesh you realise that God doesn’t work in science. He works beyond it. The amount of incredible miracles that take place daily but of course either people say that (sometimes in spite of scientific evidence) it couldn’t happen, or there was another ‘reasonable’ explanation to explain, people deny God over and over because when there is a higher authority it means that would then need to bend to it.

What seems impossible is actually extremely possible when you have a faith in Jesus.

I’m never going to stop being curious, being in awe of the world I live in but I’m never going to forget where I came from, I’m never going to limit my understanding simply to measures of what the world puts before me. Because life is waaaay more exciting than that.

Also children think outside the box far more, and whilst I will be parent who presents her children with other theories I will always endeavour to be a parent that will lead them in a Christian environment

(Source: The Huffington Post, via soyflatwhite)