(Several years ago, I undertook to read the Torah. For specific reasons, see below. But basically I wanted to find out, to my own satisfaction, just what it said, to the extent possible, given that it's such an ancient text that's been repeatedly copied and edited.
To rabbis, thus to most Jews, it is a repository of priceless wisdom. I set out to find it.
What I found was both enlightening and disappointing. … Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on July 30, 2012 at 3:30pm —
The mailed invitation to the presumed induction of the daughter of my first cousin to Jewish adulthood read “We cordially invite you to celebrate with us on the occasion of the bat mitzvah of our daughter Carly Sarah on Saturday morning, the Twelfth of November, Two Thousand and Eleven at Nine Thirty in the morning. Congregation Adath Jeshrun…Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.”
Apparently it’s more dignified to use no numbers and capitalize everything, as if it were 18th… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 21, 2012 at 12:02pm —
Pennsylvania legislators recently adopted a resolution that among other things encourages Pennsylvanians to study the tenets of the Bible and says there is a "national need to study and apply scripture." The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit charging that the resolution violates the "separation of church and state."…
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 7, 2012 at 9:51pm —
“Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.”
“Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”
“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.’
“Our Bible reveals to us the character of our God with minute and remorseless… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 7, 2012 at 8:29pm —
Stolen from an actual conversation on Facebook between "J" an Intelligent Design proponent who thinkings evolutionary theory is not to be believed and some fellow believers in woo....
J: Why is it that young-earth creationist papers (published in creationist journals and peer-reviewed by other creationists) generally quite explicitly start off by assuming what they're trying to prove?
K: Confirmation bias.
J: Many of the… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on May 30, 2012 at 1:27am —
Here is the setup, I am the only science teacher in my community. Four to five weeks ago, the bible study class for youth started on this small, remote island, with Austin at the head. Since then, I have been targeted by students because someone in the congregation, I’m not saying Austin directly, but someone is teaching these kids intolerance for science. I finally manned up and decided to address the problem at its most likely source. Here is the entirety of my initial email… Continue
Added by Nate Julian on May 30, 2012 at 12:23am —
Chatting to a believer on facebook:
They had posted a status about their car. Thanks to a canny deal with the insurance this allowed them to pay off a loan outstanding and own their car completely, all the actions of which they attributed to the movement of the divine hand:
"we needed to give God another Acclamation (as He is due every moment of every day) for His next blessing in this saga. After giving us the value of the car in… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on May 27, 2012 at 9:30am —
We have in the last month started a podcast titled Godless Prophets.
Godless Prophets Podcast: a North Carolina based podcast dedicated to spreading truth and reason in society. We are in no way professionals or experts in philosophy or science. We are just two guys talking, sharing ideas with occasional guests.
Both of us have different backgrounds when it comes…
Added by Bradley Freeman on May 4, 2012 at 4:46pm —
Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, took time out from her swim in the shallow end of the Graham family gene pool this weekend to assure everyone that she would NEVER vote for an Atheist.
This isn’t particularly unusual. The Graham family has a long-held antipathy toward Atheists and other minorities. Son Franklin Graham entertains rather birther-like suspicions that maybe Barack Obama isn’t a Christian.
No Wisdom for the Ages
NO WISDOM FOR THE AGES - And thus… Continue
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on April 9, 2012 at 5:16pm —
Terry 1:1 In the beginning no god created anything. Amen. The End.
Added by Terry Groff on February 12, 2012 at 9:32pm —
My wife and I were privileged enough to be able to see the world premier of Hamlet in the Original Pronunciation (since Shakespeare's time) this past weekend. There were some odd cuts in the script, and the original brogue took a little getting used to, but over all it was an excellent production beautifully acted and directed.
Why am I posting this on an Atheist blog? Because of one particularly amusing bit of directing. In the scene where Hamlet is reading a book and… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on November 15, 2011 at 12:31pm —
If an atheist rewrote the Bible in the 21st century, what would it look like?
Probably a lot like, The Last Testament of God: A Memoir by God / with David Javerbaum. Lol.
Here it is, folks. God Telleth All. Finally!
Here are the answers to your questions about the Bible and why Christians, particularly… Continue
Added by Trance Gemini on November 1, 2011 at 8:30am —
One man’s immorality is another man’s religion, even if the immorality of that religion is pointed out by atheists. It’s common for religious adherents to sometimes act immorally – and sometimes hypocritical – despite what their religions supposedly teach. The same is true for atheists and what they believe. People…
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on September 16, 2011 at 8:19pm —
[Cross-posted from the Teapot Atheist
Today I had the grave misfortune of encountering on Hemant Mehta's Friendly Atheist
blog a video of a very small, rather unformed human being with not much grasp of her language or the subject matter to which she applies it babbling… Continue
Added by Christopher Ray on June 22, 2011 at 6:30pm —
My alternate title for this piece was "You Don't Know Jack," but it would be such a reach, so, I said it plainly. Occasionally, a Christian or two chooses to debate me about the Bible and of course I leave them asking themselves why they chose me to debate. It is not that I am a great debater, rather, it is that they know so little about the Bible. As long as we speak of the Bible itself as far as content, they manage to hang in until the discrepancies, autocratic behaviors, sexism… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 19, 2011 at 8:46am —
By Don R Barbera, 4/8/2011
For an atheist to get through to nearly any Christian requires the moon to be in the seventh house and the alignment of Jupiter and Mars, but if there is anything that might give some cause to think; it is Donald R. Wright's book "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go." Part autobiography, part expose, "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go," is a book about the author's search for truth and enlightenment in the Bible… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 8, 2011 at 11:30am —
While I was in the Army, stationed in The Republic of Panama, I started getting involved with hermeneutics. I was stationed there for 15 months and had a lot of free time to fill. I studied using The Continue
Amplified Bible that was given to me as a gift from a good friend of
mine, in addition to other study books. Here is a quote from the web
site of The Amplified Bible about why it was made; “It attempts to take
both word meaning and context into account in order to…
Added by Thomas True on December 29, 2010 at 9:30pm —
As mentioned before, the level of my religious experiences could fill many pages. So, while there is much more to be said, most is going to be skipped for now. I am just going to touch on a five main areas of why Christianity lost its hold on me.
1.The age of rocks on the Earth and the amount of time it takes for light to travel through space couldn't be rectified with text in the Bible. The best answer I received was, “God put all the things there when he created The Universe.” This… Continue
Added by Thomas True on December 28, 2010 at 6:01pm —
GUNS AND BIBLES - Ameican Christians like to howl about their persecution, but it's hard to feel their pain. Having control over almost all political posts, have unlimited money and influence, and can demonize and run rough-shod…
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on December 19, 2010 at 4:48pm —
Chapter 4 hath arrived!!
Let’s groove tonight!!
“The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have produced a man with the help of the LORD." Next she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil. In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his… Continue
Added by Andrew Lafont on December 17, 2010 at 9:21pm —