A friend of mine recently turned me on to this incredible site, Primordial Soop. Its hosts, Deon Barnard, Suzanne Patterson, Basil Polydorou, and Brian Coughlan are all intelligent, well-spoken, and well-read South Africans or former South Africans who hold biweekly debates around South African… Continue
Added by kelltrill on February 25, 2011 at 5:59am —
This article is extremely self-humiliating and pathetic. The author is borderline denigrating about him/herself and covertly insulting every human being on the planet.
I find it despicable and shocking that someone can clothe so much arrogance and haughty self-righteousness in such seemingly soft, generic humility. Their self-righteousness seems largely founded on an unspoken belief that the person who can make themselves appear as… Continue
Added by kelltrill on August 29, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Developing countries with low literacy rates and poor education systems are bastardising moderate beliefs resulting in horrific and widespread crimes against humanity.
This post is going to read as part history lesson, part reminder about why religious groups need to stop punting their own agendas in African countries, regardless of their intentions.
I have always felt that notions of gods needed to be eradicated from Africa, but seeing an article by Ken Ham entitled… Continue
Added by kelltrill on August 20, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Yesterday I started a second semester postgraduate Linguistics course called Linguistic approaches to the Study of Narrative. I am going to try to do my final research project for this course on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography, Infidel
, or consider the agency present in conversion stories. I haven't linked my interest in religion and academia in a long time, so I'm looking forward to this.
In the meantime I'm sitting here working on my readings… Continue
Added by kelltrill on July 29, 2010 at 11:00am —
Just to clarify: I don't mean "going on a date with Jesus." I mean historically determining the dates of his existence, although I like to think that the title caught your attention.
I've been really battling with proof of his divinity lately. I'm not too concerned about proof of his existence. I reckon if he did exist he was probably a Ghandi or Mandela-type figure, so I'm not too phased about whether he existed or not, although there are plenty of scholars with a fair amount of… Continue
Added by kelltrill on July 22, 2010 at 10:31am —
In the last couple of years I have experienced a gradual but rude awakening to the grizzly, spine-tingling reality of South Africa's religious situation.
The existence of Bible translations into KiSwahili, isiXhosa, Zulu, Chichewa, Tswana, Shona etc is frightening. African cultures notoriously cling to superstitions as well as ancestral and tribal beliefs. Combining this with Christianity is resulting in an ongoing history of bad ideas. I have covered many of these issues before, but… Continue
Added by kelltrill on July 20, 2010 at 8:30am —
It's as though Christians know non-Christians will not pick up one of their magazines and read it, which means that they have a free pass to write as much superstitious nonsense and cram as much supernatural guilt into every edition of Joy! Magazine
as possible. Every non-believer who needs verification about the absurdity of the Christian faith definitely needs to skim through… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 30, 2010 at 7:00pm —
An Indian Muslim preacher has been banned from entering the UK for his "unacceptable behaviour", the home secretary says.
Zakir Naik, a 44-year-old television preacher, had been due to give a series of lectures in London and Sheffield.
Theresa May said that visiting the UK was "a privilege, not a right".
The home secretary can stop people entering the UK if she believes there is a threat to national… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 29, 2010 at 4:59pm —
I posed this question to someone called CreationPhysics
on Twitter (please try to ignore the glaring oxymoron) but I received no reply.
Christians claim to know that the Bible is the inerrant word of God because of fulfilled prophecies, among other things which I will touch on in a moment. However, the argument of fulfilled prophecies is one of the most frequently used argument I have personally encountered in my debates with… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 29, 2010 at 2:00pm —
By Ed Brayton
and a story in the New York Times
. I just think the story deserves as much coverage as possible so I'm reposting the article from Ed Brayton's blog here. I have been particularly attentive to changes, causes, and events surrounding the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill and this story,… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 27, 2010 at 9:00am —
This film is a partly biographical, partly fictionalised account of Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter, Annie, as he struggles to write On the Origin of Species. Produced by Jeremy Thomas, the film was directed by Jon Amiel and stars married couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 23, 2010 at 8:36pm —
I absolutely despise this phrase: "They aren't True Christians." People just love bandying it about left, right and center as it suits them and it has become a rather abusive, repetitive term, which both camouflages hypocrisy and vindictiveness as well as serves as an automatic conversation stopper and verbal passing-of-the-proverbial-buck. It is a dangerous and unintellectual way out of an argumentative corner.
The emotional connotations of this term involve the speaker immediately… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 14, 2010 at 7:17pm —
I have batted this topic around in my head for a couple of years now but when all is said and done I can not help but stick firmly to one side of the argument: Religion and science are extremely incompatible. I strongly feel that to embrace one is to deny the other.
A recent article
posted by… Continue
Added by kelltrill on June 3, 2010 at 10:18am —
I encourage you all to watch the video on this website. It is a poem with pictures and it is Not For Sensitive Viewers.
I do not understand how any woman on the face of the planet can call herself religious with the knowledge that these atrocities are being committed to women in the name of… Continue
Added by kelltrill on May 25, 2010 at 9:01am —
Downloadable Word Document 85KB. Back-and-forth arguing between JoeCienkowski and myself (kelltrill).
JoeCienkowski has been trolling the Twitter world for a while now. He is from Granite City, Illionois and his Twitter bio reads: Christian author of 'Jesus Christ is God'. I live my life for Jesus; to praise and extol His name, and love my wife.
He has… Continue
Added by kelltrill on May 24, 2010 at 6:00pm —
I recently attended a panel discussion at the University of Cape Town on religion and gender. It was hosted by the Current Affairs Student Society and the people on the panel were:
Charles. A white Christian man.
Sadia. An Indian Muslim woman.
Azila. A White Jewish woman.
All three debators are from the Religious Studies Department at UCT, and Azila is the first and only female Rabbi in South Africa.
Charles spoke about the… Continue
Added by kelltrill on April 17, 2010 at 8:00am —
For years now whenever I am in a debate with Christians and the topic reaches over into my anti-theistic view I constantly get answers along the lines of, "The Gospel teaches salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. There is no meriting salvation or earning righteousness. Everything in a Christian's life is gifted and there is no rational way to feel superior to others with a Christian belief." and "I don't see that really happening in the Christian world, but why should it… Continue
Added by kelltrill on April 8, 2010 at 6:00am —
The Bible contains scenes of gratuitous violence, genocide, incest, bestiality, sex, suicide, drugs and alcohol, revenge, voyeurism, lawlessness etc. I constantly wonder whether most people who call themselves Christians have even read the Bible from cover to cover because of this. Surely no one who has read the things that their supposedly benevolent creator has done and the human rights violations he has forced human kind to both commit and endure can call themselves a true, loving Christian… Continue
Added by kelltrill on March 22, 2010 at 7:30pm —
2 Peter 1:20-21
For you know this first, that no prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. For prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good… Continue
Added by kelltrill on March 21, 2010 at 1:00am —
I am going to forcefully limit myself to a single post about Ray McCauley unless he does something this hypocritical or annoying again, otherwise I could continue ranting eternally.
Ray McCauley, popular South African televangelist, founder and leader of a 40 000 strong congregation and the Rhema Bible Church, which even has its own channel, is getting divorced for the second time.
Added by kelltrill on March 20, 2010 at 11:30pm —