Jesus and his disciples were out walking around and became hungry, as you do. Jesus spied a fig tree and went up to it excited. But, when he found there was no fruit on the fig tree, Jesus got angry at it and put a curse on the fig tree causing it to wither away and then lectured to his disciples about the need for faith.
Working on a line-by-line parody of the New Testament is a unique experience for me as an atheist and it's an interesting way of getting up close and personal with the contradictions and, well, bullshit, of the Bible. I was planning on posting several insights but here's one that requires it's own category: shitty miracles. Thus, Shitty Miracles (the first): The coin in the fish's mouth.
I would like to have your opinion about the discussion below. Our organization is quite young and we don’t have enough legal nor technical knowledge in this area. Meanwhile we are conscious that it is a huge endeavor to be carried out without international support and collaboration.
Looking through my rss feeds today i found a video interview of Alfred Kröner (via AtheistMedia)
This video reminded me of my own "research" into that field a few years ago, funnily using the same islamic site. I started mailing scientists and got some responses.
If there is some interest (please do comment) i might actually post those mails… Continue
To this statement, [Assurance of Salvation] I can already hear the devout and the faithful saying that I must not have been truly saved or filled with the spirit. First, one cannot say that according their own belief system. They cannot know my sincerity and willingness to know more of God. Also, I was one of the most devout and on fire believers that one would come across. But it will be said, never the less. One of the main reasons that I went through the process of covering…
If believers don't believe skeptics when they try to show them how easy it is to trick them, perhaps they are more inclined to believe one of their own.
(Former) faith healer Mark Haville tells us how it is done.
On one hand, theists claim that god gave man free-will and that this omnipotent divinity does not assert its power over ones will and choices (because if it did than one would not have free-will), while on the other hand, some theists simultaneously claim that god answers prayers, performs miracles, and in general, intervenes. I find these two claims to be rather contradictory. Let’s first define some terms and then… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on January 13, 2010 at 6:36pm —
“A miracle is a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature, such that can be attempted to be explained by divine intervention, and is sometimes associated with a miracle worker. Some suggest that God may work with the laws of nature to perform what we perceive as miracles. A miracle is often considered…Continue
I set aside an hour and a half and watched the Thunderf00t/Ray Comfort discussion, and it got me thinking about the relationship between magic and miracles. I've never, as an adult, believed in either magic or miracles, but for some reason, I'd never really thought about comparing and contrasting them until I saw it.
Here's my consideration of the relations between magic, miracles, gods and physics:…
I'm posing once again as a man, "Aaron" today. Aaron's topic of questioning is the great mystery: Death.
You are speaking live with Ben, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.
Me: Hi Ben. A friend of mine is very ill. I'm starting to wonder what happens to us when we die.
is one of the most insightful, on-the-money, spot-on essays I've ever read. I'm posting it here because I predicted the same events over five years ago when I started writing Mirror Reversal. It's heartbreaking that I could be so right, and yet alone, so helpless.
When the octuplets were born, I posted the following excerpt from Mirror Reversal on a right-wing website. I figured they'd enjoy it since the piece supports their believe system. I really just wanted to find out their reactions.
The comments were mixed, mostly from "You gotta be kiddin', and "Are you crazy?" to "I like your reasoning," and "Yes, babies are miracles, God bless 'em."
Let me make it clear, I'm not a sexest. Wayne is a composite of the kids I… Continue
Why do religious people (or any people) consider good conclusions to bad situations to be miracles? Going about daily life on an average scale free of tragedy is not a rare, precious thing. It is the default. The real "miracle", or "anti-miracle", is that such a tragic and terrible thing happened in the first place. The odds are against planes crashing, being held at gunpoint, or being attacked by a shark. Just because one of these life-threatening situations ends in survival does not make it a… Continue
Added by cj the cynic on February 28, 2009 at 5:48pm —