Here's an excerpt:
*There was no census of "all the world" (read: the entire Roman Empire) declared by Augustus; at least, if there were, it's not mentioned in any Roman documents that we've uncovered so far. The census was of Judea, Samaria, and Idumaea--not Galilee (where Luke puts Joseph and Mary). Quirinius used the opportunity to also conduct a census of Syria.
*The notion that each male would have to register in the home town of a remote ancestor is unbelievable. The entire… Continue
Added by Chelsea on May 3, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Sunday Morning Service
03 MAY 2009
Links of Interest
How it Happened
- A humorous take on how Isaac Asimov thought the book of Genesis might
have actually started.
Telegraph Caught Lying For Jesus
- The… Continue
Added by Johnny on May 3, 2009 at 5:00am —
I received a twitter about this from DenyReligion.com and thought I'd pass it along:
If you go into almost any hotel room in America, you'll find a copy of the bible. If you go into any bookstore, you'll find many copies. If you've studied religion, you know these books are destructive lures, set there to ensnare innocent bypassers. Religious texts can be very addictive, and those afflicted have been known to fly into buildings, veto life-saving medical research, wage wars, censor… Continue
Added by Chelsea on May 3, 2009 at 1:14am —
A boy came to my door today and said he was from such in such church and he was selling candy for his youth group, so they could go to Disneyland. I asked him how much the candy was and he said 5 bucks. I sd " I'll take one box and you pick it out for me." He said "My favorite are chocolate turtles." I said, "Chocolate turtles it is then."
I gave him the a five dollar bill and before he walked away he said, " Thank you, is there anyone you would like me to pray for?" I said, " No… Continue
Added by ANGEL TAFOYA on April 29, 2009 at 4:46am —
Morgan posed a vid titled "that is why I am an atheist and not an agnostic." In the vid a lady stands up and says that she wants to feel better knowing that her friends and family are in a better place. I've shaken my head at this statement for years. I don't know where the passage is that says that you just rise up and go to heaven right when you die. What is the point of Jesus raising the dead in the Apocalypse then?
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from… Continue
Added by Gaytor on April 29, 2009 at 11:00am —
There's at least a dozen questions I could preface, infer, or imply with this. One of the prevalent ones being xians' belief that the Bible proves the existence of Yahweh. Also worth mentioning is xians' belief that only Yahweh is real, and that all other gods are fake. There are more, but I'm going to focus on these two for now; please feel free to add to the mix if you feel so inclined.
Does the Bible ever actually say the others are fake gods
? This might just be… Continue
Added by Johnny on April 29, 2009 at 4:00pm —
"You see, the fact is that for years these same individuals - many of them, not all of them, but many of them - who pronounced religious doctrine did not exercise it when young gay and lesbian students were being chastised for expressing their point of view. Where were these leaders of faith when college students of gay and lesbian orientation were beaten and often brutalized for expressing their feelings for each other? … All I’m saying is: Why didn’t… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on April 29, 2009 at 3:32am —
I had a friend commit suicide due to his not so well life... He has tried a few times before, he did this half a year ago or so, and i commented him on myspace that he is now in a better place than this tainted pitch black tar of a world that we live in. So i get a messege from someone he knew, no doubt was she religious, but also a complete idiot and not enough to even read my testimony against her views, i thought it was an interesting conversation as i just went back to find it in my myspace… Continue
Added by Krysis on April 29, 2009 at 1:51am —
Ray Comfort has stated on his blog that atheists are like “broken records” repeating the same questions time and again even when answered satisfactorily (if only in the mind of the believer). His main complaint is the “But what created God?” argument in response to the Christian claim that the appearance of design demands a designer.
I understand Comfort’s frustration. It’s exactly the same for the non-believer. We consistently hear the same claims from “True Believers” time and time… Continue
Added by Chris on April 27, 2009 at 6:15pm —
When someone leaves Christianity, why are other Christians so quick to blame them or the church?
I recently had a discussion with a Christian via YouTube PMs, and while she was very nice, she had one little flaw. She had to blame me/my family/the church for my leaving Christianity. She insinuated that our entire doctrine was faulty, that I had been forced into Christianity, and that I had never felt Jesus or God in my life. She said that she believed that I was a "false convert… Continue
Added by AnonyMouse on April 26, 2009 at 4:48pm —
(I realise that for a first blog post this may be wordy, but I wrote this down last night and thought it would be a waste if I didn't share it).
As someone who often enjoys writing, as well as the stufy of language and words, I was inspired by a section of a TED Talk (TED talks are thirty minute lectures by some of the best minds on the planet, so if you haven't seen any yet, I will put a link in the comments) by Richard Dawkins, in which he discuses the connotations and… Continue
Added by Adam Houten on April 26, 2009 at 7:30am —
"It’s the questions, not the answers, that make science the ultimate adventure."
by Brian Greene of Wired Magazine
Were some super-advanced alien civilization to swoop down to Earth with the definitive explanation of everything in the cosmos, there’d be excitement at first—it would be thrilling to have answers to the questions we’ve tussled with through the ages. But in short order, scientists worldwide would be utterly depressed. With no remaining mysteries, the scientific… Continue
Added by Cara Coleen on April 24, 2009 at 2:28pm —
Written by Steve Salerno of Skeptic.com
My college football coach was the kind of guy Stanley Kubrik must have had in mind when he conceived the over-the-top drill sergeant for his classic Vietnam film, Full Metal Jacket. During one game midway in my sophomore year, my offensive-line cohorts and I were having trouble opening holes for our ball carriers. Coach pulled us aside at half-time and lined us up against a wall. He then walked the line and — from a distance of maybe two inches… Continue
Added by Cara Coleen on April 21, 2009 at 11:50pm —
Recently I received an email that contained a standard atheistic rant against the bible and another typical response from a "True Believer". I'm not positive, but I believe it's from Ray Comfort's blog. It seemed like as good a piece to start blogging on as any, so I decided to give my response to it. It's short enough, so I'll include the text of the email here.
"I have violated some of the strictures in the Bible. I work on Sunday, I wear cotton… Continue
Added by Chris on April 21, 2009 at 11:35am —
one of TA's brightest and best regulars, Pam, posted a response
to a recent thread where she mentioned the two contradictory flood stories in Genesis. Pam told us that she had brought up the two flood accounts to a person who had done some religious studies and that this person then invoked the classic inerrantist dodge by saying that the… Continue
Added by Nelson on April 20, 2009 at 1:39pm —
Added by Morgan Matthew on April 19, 2009 at 6:00pm —
It's cool that you have a blog on a different site and all, I might even enjoy reading it.
What I don't like is seeing a blind link to a random site with a message saying "here's my blog" in a blog post.
How about posting what it's about, or an article from it?? I am not going to click on a link just because you say it's your blog.
It also clogs up our front page with what looks like spam links.
Content people! Make me want to… Continue
Added by Dan on April 19, 2009 at 3:54am —
I am writing to you to clarify what you would consider a Christian to be. I spend some time surfing atheist sites to try get a better understanding of your perspective. I have come across some really nice people and some Jerks. I guess you could say the same about the so called Christian community.
You see… on many posts I see comments about Joel Osteen, Rick warren, the Pope etc… and criticism of their views and the hypocrisy of their actions. I agree. I do… Continue
Added by Michale K. on April 16, 2009 at 12:45pm —
So the other day I got into a debate with one of my coworkers that was fairly interesting and left me kind of wondering myself. I make no attempt to hide my nonbelief, most people in my office know that I'm fiercely atheist. Even those that make every attempt to convert whoever they can tend to leave me alone bacause I'm also known as a fiercely effective debator. There have been a few situations where someone attempting to convert me wound up getting converted themselves. Most theists don't… Continue
Added by SabreNation on April 15, 2009 at 4:27pm —
I was having a conversation with a good friend about how a facebook friend insinuated my current unmoving flu was down to the fact I no longer have god on my side. I had forgotten the friend I was chatting to had himself dabbled in various community churches of the christian variety and he suddenly said,
'I don't mind you saying you’re an 'atheist''
To which I replied,
'I don't mind you saying you’re a 'christian''
Why to people think that we should… Continue
Added by Paul Fryer on April 16, 2009 at 6:00am —