Re-Appraisal of Galatians 1:19

In Galatians 1:19, Paul simply states “I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother". In my initial appraisal of this simple 12 word verse [click here for details], I suggested that the simple phrase “only James, the Lord’s brother" could have been a simple interpolation engineered by Marcion sometime in the first …

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The Christianity Myth Argument – The Real Foundational Ideas

Stuart Gray is a Christian apologist, and he and I have been exchanging emails about our views on the origins of Christianity. He recently posted an interesting critique of my Christianity Myth argument called “Could Jesus’ Resurrection Have Been a Cunning Lie?” I commented that his critique of my argument suggested he had not fully …

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On Discussing Islam with Muslims & Non-Muslims

In this blog I focus on political Islam & attempt to answer the following questions: What is Islam? Why is the Koran so difficult to understand? What exactly is political Islam? Why should non-Muslims be concerned about political Islam? Why is the religion of peace really the religion of war? Why do white, middle-class, liberal …

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Religiosity v Objectivity

Just a couple of quick points following on from the religiosity spectrum concept introduced in my last blog  First point. I think it's fair to say most people can be classified either as needy theists, passive theists or non theists. Needy theists are those with a strong intrinsic need to believe what they do believe …

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Religiosity-Biology or Brain-Washing?

Most people accept that their own religious beliefs, if any, are influenced by the religious beliefs of their parents. They also accept these beliefs are also influenced, to a greater or lesser extent, by the prevailing cultural values of those around them. Many people simply adsorb the religious culture of their parents. These people are …

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Six Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian

I did think my blogging days were well & truly over. I’d said all I wanted to say about Christianity and its dubious origins, and I’d relegated myself to a casual blog reader who left occasional comments. However, recent unprovoked abusive comments from a certain blogger [see here and here] have caused me to saddle …

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So Who Goes To Hell?

Will it be heaven or will it be hell? A quick tongue-in-cheek assessment. According to Christians, all good Christians go to Christian heaven & everybody else, including Muslims, goes to Christian hell. According to Muslims, all good Muslims go to Islamic heaven & everybody else, including Christians, goes to Islamic hell. So, if Christians say …

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Are Christianity & Islam Fundamentally Different?

Islam’s holy book is called the Qur’an. This holy book is a record of the many messages that Mohammed received from Allah, the God of Islam. These messages were relayed to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel. They started to arrive in 609 AD, and they continued to arrive at random intervals until Muhammad’s death in …

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I’m Right! Therefore, You’re Wrong! QED

Theists always rely on the same unconvincing and totally blinkered arguments. They assume everything consistent with texts found in their Holy Book is true, and everything that conflicts with this Holy Book is untrue. They do this because they actually believe their Holy Book is the word of their God. It really is that simple. As …

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A Very Simple Choice?

This very short post is inspired by that small band of theists, notably Christian theists, who seem to have great difficulty understanding why most non-theists and atheists are intrinsically just as moral as most theists. Imagine yourself in a small room. You have never heard of any god and you are asked to make a …

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Why I Can Never Be a Christian

As I understand it, all you have to do to become a Christian, is believe Jesus is the Son of God, and then accept him as your lord & saviour. You also have to believe Jesus was resurrected by God after his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Those able to buy into all this, automatically qualify for …

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But Where’s The Proof?

Four people called Matthew, Mark, Luke & John turn up at a police station claiming some guy called Jesus had been murdered. They were all interviewed in separate rooms. Each was asked if they actually witnessed the murder. Each said “Well no, not exactly. A guy called Paul told me about it, but don’t worry …

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Part 2: Is Christianity Just a Simple Misunderstanding?

A central tenet of Christianity is the Christian claim that Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. The only evidence supporting this claim is the evidence found in the New Testament itself. Many people have questioned the veracity of this evidence, and from time to time, various theories have been forwarded by disbelievers attempting …

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Is there any point to debate between theists and atheists?

Another interesting post by JEROME highlighting the frustration we atheists  experience when debating with committed theists. Theists seem impervious to logic and common sense, and they demonstrate time & time again, that John Loftus was right when he said "You can't expect to argue them out of their religion, because they were never argued into …

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Why are humanities students more likely to give up faith than science students? | Fatheism

I'm re-blogging this because, as Emily points out, the findings of three separate studies, highlight an interesting side effect that is somewhat counter intuitive, and therefore initially surprising. Why are humanities students more likely to give up faith than science students? Posted on September 24, 2015 by Emily on Fatheism College students who study social sciences …

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The Freakishness of Christianity

Very informative article about the current state of Christianity in America and the need for Evangelical Christianity to re-position itself in the 21st century. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the political nerve center of the Southern Baptist Convention identifies the need for more pragmatism and less hell & damnation if Christianity is …

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What every Theist should know about real Atheists

Tom Chivers [http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers] asked 19 atheists how they find meaning in a purposeless universe. He asked them “If there’s no afterlife or reason for the universe, how do you make your life matter? As an atheist, I identify with much of what was said in reply to this question. I also think the various replies …

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Are atheists and Christians enemies?

I find intransigence is one of the most frustrating things you encounter, when trying to debate differences in world views. This intransigence applies equally to those with secular views, and to those with religious views. I know I have, on occasions,  "upset" Christians with some of my blog comments. I never do it intentionally,  and …

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What is This World Coming To? Exactly What Jesus Said it Would.

Another interesting post, this time taken from CROSSWALK.COM. It illustrates the very warped ideas some Christians have about mankind's intrinsic nature. Personally, I tend to think the vast majority of people are basically good by choice, but I accept that there will always be exceptions. I've never needed a God breathing down my neck, and …

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