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A Message From Emily: Hello! If you are visiting our website, you probably have a lot of unanswered questions about your faith. I can completely relate. Let me tell you a little bit about myself....
Welcome To: A Closer Look
One of the many things that distinguish human beings from animals is the ability to reason. While animals survive on instinct alone, we evolved into creatures who question the world around us. This insatiable desire...
Secular vs religious morality

About me

A Message From Emily:

Hello! If you are visiting our website, you probably have a lot of unanswered questions about your faith. I can completely relate. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I grew up in a good, Bible-believing family. We obeyed our pastor and avoided anything that was worldly (interpret this as “fun”). I must have been a rebel from the beginning, because I secretly questioned the things I was taught. It made no sense to me that we were the only possessors of “truth”. Who was to say what was true and what was not?

There were many glaring inconsistencies in how I saw my leaders practice our faith. They claimed to perform miraculous healings; yet, it was never anything verifiable. We were taught that faith would “move mountains”, and “anything is possible with God”. Those who did not get their healing must not have had enough faith, or maybe it was “not God’s will”. It made no sense to me.

As a psychology major in college, a class of comparative religions made me even more curious. I concluded that religions had more in common than differences. I also discovered how religion often twists things to disenfranchise people who are different. There were logical explanations for things that most held as supernatural.

My search led me to a branch of free-thinking society on campus. Their goal was not to ridicule the faith of others. This group encouraged people to study their beliefs with a critical eye. With scientific investigation, they demonstrated some of the flaws that I knew always existed in religion. I became more aware of how people were being duped with false hope and fake miracles.

We also studied skepticism in paranormal and pseudo-sciences. There are many people being misled by so-called psychic mediums and alternative medicine quacks. Their tarot cards and other forms of divination are no more accurate than a good guess.

Thirty years later, I am still asking questions. With a group of like-minded colleagues, I founded A Closer Look. It is not our intention to destroy your faith. Instead, we encourage you to question the things that you believe. Can it be replicated in a controlled environment, or is it something you accept out of blind obligation? The more questions you ask, the less likely you will be to be taken in by charlatans who promise you “miracles” or psychic wonders.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us. I look forward to sharing more investigation on how millions of people are being tricked by religious leaders and psychic frauds. A critical eye can mean a world of difference.

Welcome To: A Closer Look

One of the many things that distinguish human beings from animals is the ability to reason. While animals survive on instinct alone, we evolved into creatures who question the world around us. This insatiable desire to explain things left a vacuum in early human existence. If they did not understand something, then they created a story that would explain it. They used common things to make the abstract clearer to everyone in their tribe.

These stories were handed down through oral tradition and became the tribal mythology, or religion. Down through the millennia, different cultures developed complex mythologies that included supernatural beings, the origin of the cosmos, and the purpose of humans on the earth. Most of them composed sacred writings and rituals that would be carried out by holy leaders. Religion became inseparable from early cultures.

Today, thousands of religions and spiritual traditions have evolved from ancient mythology. Some of the bloodiest wars and persecution have been carried on in defense of a particular religion. In an attempt to explain life and death, our ancestors developed the idea of supernatural beings who created the universe and control life on earth. The relationship between children and parents created the concept of gods and goddess. When people have questions, they run to religion for answers.

Karl Marx deftly explained the role of religion in society. He said that religion did not create man; rather, man created religion. Contrary to popular belief, Marx was not completely condemning religion when he wrote that “religion is the opium of the people”. In its correct context, Marx felt that religion provided a temporary fix to human suffering. It is not the ultimate solution, he said.

Religion is not the only branches in the tree of human reasoning. Strong roots of individualism and free thinking have grown right along with it. In Ancient Greece, a group of scientific thinkers labeled themselves “skeptic”, which means investigation. They believed that everything in the world could be explained with scientific investigation. They cast doubt on the religious thought of the day. Religious critics have been persecuted down through the ages.

Unfortunately, people got hooked on the “religious opium”, and became easy targets for crooks. There have always been dishonest people in every spiritual tradition. The ruse is possible when gullible people follow religious leaders as the “voice of God”. They are willing to hand over their money, possessions, freedom, and their very lives if the leader says so.

We are living in the most advanced time in human history. Science and technology have made things possible that were only dreams in the past. Even among highly educated people, spiritual nonsense and pseudo-medical quackery are still on a rampage. Normally intelligent people seek out bogus faith healers, fortune tellers, and fake psychic mediums. They give in to the primordial urge to create a make-believe world to explain their hurt and confusion.

A Closer Look seeks to shed light on spiritual debauchery and pseudo-science. This non-profit organization was founded by Emily Corbin, a former Pentecostal church member. Its main office is in Chattanooga, TN.

 

Secular vs religious morality

Welcome To: A Closer Look

One of the many things that distinguish human beings from animals is the ability to reason. While animals survive on instinct alone, we evolved into creatures who question the world around us. This insatiable desire to explain things left a vacuum in early human existence. If they did not understand something, then they created a story that would explain it. They used common things to make the abstract clearer to everyone in their tribe.

These stories were handed down through oral tradition and became the tribal mythology, or religion. Down through the millennia, different cultures developed complex mythologies that included supernatural beings, the origin of the cosmos, and the purpose of humans on the earth. Most of them composed sacred writings and rituals that would be carried out by holy leaders. Religion became inseparable from early cultures.

Today, thousands of religions and spiritual traditions have evolved from ancient mythology. Some of the bloodiest wars and persecution have been carried on in defense of a particular religion. In an attempt to explain life and death, our ancestors developed the idea of supernatural beings who created the universe and control life on earth. The relationship between children and parents created the concept of gods and goddess. When people have questions, they run to religion for answers.

Karl Marx deftly explained the role of religion in society. He said that religion did not create man; rather, man created religion. Contrary to popular belief, Marx was not completely condemning religion when he wrote that “religion is the opium of the people”. In its correct context, Marx felt that religion provided a temporary fix to human suffering. It is not the ultimate solution, he said.

Religion is not the only branches in the tree of human reasoning. Strong roots of individualism and free thinking have grown right along with it. In Ancient Greece, a group of scientific thinkers labeled themselves “skeptic”, which means investigation. They believed that everything in the world could be explained with scientific investigation. They cast doubt on the religious thought of the day. Religious critics have been persecuted down through the ages.

Unfortunately, people got hooked on the “religious opium”, and became easy targets for crooks. There have always been dishonest people in every spiritual tradition. The ruse is possible when gullible people follow religious leaders as the “voice of God”. They are willing to hand over their money, possessions, freedom, and their very lives if the leader says so.

We are living in the most advanced time in human history. Science and technology have made things possible that were only dreams in the past. Even among highly educated people, spiritual nonsense and pseudo-medical quackery are still on a rampage. Normally intelligent people seek out bogus faith healers, fortune tellers, and fake psychic mediums. They give in to the primordial urge to create a make-believe world to explain their hurt and confusion.

A Closer Look seeks to shed light on spiritual debauchery and pseudo-science. This non-profit organization was founded by Emily Corbin, a former Pentecostal church member. Its main office is in Chattanooga, TN.

 

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