My departure from Christianity was the result of a long process of study and prayer. After engaging with atheists at alt.atheism.moderated back in the late nineties, I set out to prove (to myself and, if I could, anyone else that would listen) that the Bible could withstand even the most brutal and earnest assaults on its character.
Needless to say, I failed.
That experience, along with many follow-up experiences dealing with Christians after I de-converted,…Continue
...and other questions about Noah's flood for the layman. (posted @ atheistdave.wordpress.com)
What did the animals eat? Sure, Noah took two of every species on his ark. As if that's not believable enough, how did all the animals survive? Some animals have a very particular diet:…Continue
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"Hi Martin Did anyone ever tell you that Jesus loves YOU!"At first I thought this was a joke from one of my atheist readers, as sometimes we all get a little… Continue
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Oxford philosopher Peter Millican, in this free series on philosophy (you should download it and listen to it – it’s free!), raises a very simple challenge to biblical innerancy. I’ve adapted it slightly below:
1. Commanding genocide is not morally praiseworthy.
2. Every act of God is morally praiseworthy.
3. God commands genocide in the Bible.
4. Therefore, not everything in…Continue
I guess theists find these two questions "brilliant":
-Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?
-Why is it our children can't read the Bible in school, but they can in prison?
(note: the capitalization is not mine. I copy/pasted.)
I think these are supposed to provoke thought or something. I came up with this:
First of all, no one has to swear on a bible in court. You take…Continue
"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"…Continue
Australia is in a very privileged position this year. We have an opportunity to tell our government who we really are, what we treasure about our lives in Australia and what we would like to see in our future in this country. In a country that seems to be increasingly pandering to the Australian…Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm — No Comments
My best friend is pretty awesome but she doesn't think. She was raised Catholic but doesn't follow anything they believe. She goes to a non-denominational church with her fiancée and his family. We sometimes speak about religion but she & her fiancée usually just agree with me. [I wonder why sometimes they aren't at least agnostics or deists...]
So, yesterday, my other friend Keith who is also an atheist came over to my house. [Lauren was all ready over.] She was talking…Continue
from Martin Pribble
While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the…Continue
from Martin Pribble (March 19 2011)
A strange optimism has overcome me today. With all the disasters and unrest around the world right now, you might call me crazy, but hear me out and you may agree with me.
We tend to be a very self-centred and self-interested lot, us humans, and we will always try to look after our own immediate family and community, forsaking the rest of the world in favour of our own…
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from Martin Pribble
1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
3They are all gone aside,…
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from Martin S Pribble
"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike." Delos Banning McKownThis quote has been appearing on Twitter from numerous accounts with the hashtags "#atheism #air" appended to the ending. This does one thing, and it's not in favour of the intended or original meaning or context of the quote. What it illustrates is that atheists… Continue
An activity that's very popular with evangelicals is called "reading through the bible in a year". It is exactly as described: using a furnished checklist of roughly a few chapters a day, the evangelical reads their allotted scripture passages each day, until they have read through the bible in a year's time. There are also web sites and computer programs that will help you keep track of your progress as well. The motive behind this is to get christians to read their bibles completely…Continue
So a guy gets Leviticus 18:22 (“You shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination.”) tattooed on his arm cause he’s obviously against homosexuality and lives by the Bible.
But in the next chapter Leviticus 19:28 (“You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.”) forbids tattoos. Maybe he should have kept reading?