"Religion is one of the most powerful forces in our world and may well contribute a world war if left unchecked. To stay ignorant of it is... ignorant. No, you don't have to be an expert but to say it doesn't matter is stupid."
"Yes, in particular we were told that the history of the Canon wasn't something that most believers were "spiritually mature" enough to handle. In retrospect that was a brilliant warning since it had the dual effect of allowing us to…"
""Long and painful" also describes the process that took me from minister to atheist. In a nutshell, I went to seminary and got a half decent education which made me wonder about the missing half, the parts we skimmed over, or were told not…"
"The jury is not out re historicity of Jesus in academic circles. The myth of "the Jesus myth" is a favorite of anti-apologists but I think they are doing themselves a disservice by letting their ideological agenda colour and what they…"
"Jesus was a Jewish Zealot who lived under Roman occupation and Jewish collusion with Roman rule. He was executed by Rome for sedition. I think that much is clear from all the evidence that we have. I would recommend the book Zealot by…"