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The story of how the fictional Peter of the New Testament came to be invented

FRAUD: THE MYTH OF SAINT PETER—the man who never was.

ORIGINS OF RELIGIONS, PART 4

Barbara Walker, in her opus The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets. (1993. Harper and Row) wrote about the fancy and fiction of St. Peter who we may call “the man who never was”.



“The myth of Saint Peter was the slender thread from which hung the whole weighty structure of the Roman papacy. One solitary passage in the Gospel of Matthew said Jesus made a pun by giving Simon son of Jonah… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 9, 2008 at 4:57am — 6 Comments

When God became my invisible friend.

I've been wondering for some time now, when did I start believing in God? I know exactly when I stopped, like most people on this site. It's a lot harder to break the spell of culture and what I learned from my family after some 30 years of being immersed in the idea of Jesus.



As a Hispanic girl in Southern California, I was naturally raised as a Catholic. I remember Sunday churches and early morning breakfasts with the family. I remember going to Catechism school on Wednesday… Continue

Added by Roxanne on November 9, 2008 at 12:23am — 3 Comments

Muslim chef sues for religious discrimination

More reasons to get rid of religion



If your religion forbade you handle pork then don't become a chef, especially in a country where people have no problem with pork. Didn't Allah told you that?



A Muslim chef employed by the Metropolitan Police is suing for religious discrimination after he was asked to cook sausages and bacon for '999 breakfasts'.



Hasanali Khoja accuses Scotland Yard of refusing to guarantee that he would not have to handle… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:09pm — No Comments

pastor who claimed he could give infertile couples "miracle babies" has failed in a bid to avoid extradition on child abduction charges.

More reason to get rid of religion



Source - BBC News



Police in Nairobi say their investigation revolves around the disappearance of babies from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital and involves suspects in Britain, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.



In fighting extradition, Mr Deya has argued that he is the victim of a political vendetta in Kenya and said his human rights would be compromised by the poor conditions in Kenyan… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:05pm — No Comments

An Indian technology school names "monkey god" chairman

Is this for real



The Hindu god Hanuman also known as Anjaneya the son of Anjana is made the chairman of the recently opened Sardar Bhagat College of Technology and Management in northern India.

What is the work of a chairman? According to Wikipedia, a chairman "presides over meetings of the assembled group and conducts its business in an orderly fashion.When the group is not in session, the chairman's duties often including acting as its head, its representative to the… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Abortion is wrong

I posted a piece this morning on MySpace.
I woke up and ran to my laptop with the idea oozing from my ears.
Here is it:
Abortion is wrong.

I will accept any Atheist Nexus friend request with a smile.
We need more of us on MySpace.

Added by Daley on November 8, 2008 at 6:35am — 4 Comments

No buying liquor on Sundays

Living in Indiana, whenever I go to the grocery store on Sundays I am reminded of how my rights have been compromised by the religious. I am unable to buy liquor on Sundays. While it may seem a minor inconvenience, it is a concrete and glaring manifestation of a failure of separate of church and state. To quote the wikipedia article on blue laws:



Many states still prohibit selling alcohol on Sunday, or at least before noon on… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on November 7, 2008 at 10:11pm — 6 Comments

T-Shirt Idea

YOUR ONLY
LORD AND SAVIOR
IS YOURSELF

so be polite

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 7, 2008 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

When Democracy isn’t Democratic

From www.thegoodatheist.net Please Digg this article by going here



Imagine you have an apple pie and that there are six people that want a piece. It seems obvious that if you’re a fair person, you would go ahead and divide the pie in six equal pieces. This is how small groups of individuals make compromises that allow each person to have an equal opportunity, in… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 7, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Shame on the Mormons

The first few decades in the history of the mormon church are truly remarkable. It is an example of religious bigotry at it's finest. The mormons were run from state to state, being driven out eventually by the other 'god fearing' people of those states. New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois...in each state, mobs of religious people gathered to drive the mormons out. The efforts became increasingly worse, until in Missouri the governor of the state issued the 'Extermination… Continue

Added by Larry Huffman on November 7, 2008 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

Monster Quest

I don't know how many might know about the show Monster Quest on the History Channel. Well my sister is the producer of the next season, which is really cool. I must admit that I have not seen the show, although I have looked over the website. From looking, the show is presented as being investigative, using technology to check the claims and such, but I don't know really if they have a bias towards or against the creatures they are… Continue

Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on November 7, 2008 at 9:14am — No Comments

The Metaphysical Naturalist

After my first posting the day I joined Nexus, someone asked, "What is a metaphysical naturalist?" He could as easily have asked, "What is a naturalist?"

There are many kinds of naturalists, which for almost 3000 years has meant that whether or not a god exists, everything in the world is natural and operates on natural laws.

But actual, true atheism was almost unheard of in ancient Greece. Atheism was the mere denial that the many thousands of gods that were believed to exist had… Continue

Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

What is a Label?

Labels to me are nothing but ways to make excuses for the things you choose to do. Thats it. Not only religiously, spirtually, mundane.. whatever..a label is a label and its nothing more than an excuse for me to do the things that I want to do.



Why is it that humans must confine themselves to one way of thinking? Why cant everything be limitless? Why must there be limits to our thinking..



Tell me: Why is what is wrong wrong and why is what is right right? Its philosophy… Continue

Added by Obsidian on November 7, 2008 at 1:52am — 2 Comments

Finally a place to be me.

Thanks to The Good Atheists for having a link to this website. I've blogged my random musings on religion and politics on my MySpace, but I always have the feeling I'm alienating myself from my friends who seem content with just cruising through life. And especially my friends who are Christians, but not the bible-thumping, proselytizing types.



I can't wait to find time to actually write out some of my thoughts here. Especially the question that's been plaguing me for the last week,… Continue

Added by Roxanne on November 6, 2008 at 8:57pm — No Comments

No more current events! I've had it!

I've given myself such a massive overdose of the news in the past couple of months that I feel like my brain has a mind of its own, constantly debating this and that issue with nonexistent opponents. Up until I forced myself to start paying attention so that I would be an informed voter (and actually watched and paid attention to debates for the first time in my young life) I never, ever kept up with any sort of news and avoided tv mainstream media like the plague, forcing others to turn it off… Continue

Added by Krista on November 6, 2008 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Prop 8 passes, Californians tell the world, "We're bigots!"

California's bigots passed Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment to strip the existing right to marry from same-sex couples. Californians must be so proud. On Tuesday, they demonstrated to the world that one can be mature enough to elect a black man as President, and still be diseased with bigotry. While no longer fashionable to spit on black people, apparently it is still popular in the US to spit on gay people. So popular, in fact, that we can still pass laws keeping them just shy… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 6, 2008 at 10:11am — 4 Comments

Mechanic's Note

Working at a car dealership lets me take the pulse of the surrounding community. Their strongest concerns are no longer confined to the buttons worn as a fashion accessory as they were in the eighties, but now they are slathered on the back of their vehicles in the form of a bumper sticker or five. Oboma, McCain, country first, change, marriage, abortion, peace, and drilling are dispersed liberally among the cheapest beaters and the priciest SUV's. As an employee who pulls peoples car around as… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 6, 2008 at 8:52am — No Comments

Atheist Experience - Live Ustream

A very awesome, new feature that the Atheist Experience has just added, is a live video stream so fans outside of Austin can tune in!

Here is a link to it

Atheist Experience



In case you don't know what the Atheist Experience is, it is a live call-in show about atheism and atheist topics. They provide listeners with a secular and atheistic veiwpoint on different subjects every week and also tend to get in… Continue

Added by James Y. on November 6, 2008 at 5:59am — No Comments

Star Wars (John Williams Tribute)

Added by Daley on November 6, 2008 at 1:26am — No Comments

Brent (my partner)

I was doing brainstorming exercises today for a piece that I'm working on and I couldn't turn off my brain. Hehe.

I was writing a mail to a friend and I lapsed into free-hand while trying to describe Brent. I decided to let it all leak out and blog that portion of it. You can notice how it turned from email to free-hand.

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I doubt that there is a kinder person on the planet. He gives and gives and gives and would never ask for anything.… Continue

Added by Daley on November 6, 2008 at 1:15am — 1 Comment

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