I reckon do the essays but expose how immoral the bible can be, also put little captions around the points where the snake talks to Adam and Eve (like what!!?) or show the similarities between homeless people who talk to burning bins with Moses talking to the burning bush... Id have fun with it:)
I'm sorry you had to go through that man, it does suck being ostracized for something as intangible as a belief, hope things work out!!
Try using the Skeptic's Annotated Bible as a resource. After the first few "Chapter Reports" your mom may relent.
Thanks for this link. Its helpful in pointing out that the apostles could't even agree on what happened. After all, around 40 years had passed before they wrote anything down. Memory can be faulty even in the absence of Alzheimers.
Your parents are acting normal and consistent to what they taught you to believe ... if they truly believe fundie dogma. I am sure they will not sleep well at night for at least a year... the fear of you burning in their idea of hell is real and a emotional terror as real as you getting cancer. So as much as they hurt you by there attemp to cure you of this deadly athiesim, they will start seeing you being the same you... It takes time...and most times gets better.
First of all, let me say I can highly sympathize with your situation. I was raised in a household that sounds very similar to yours and at times it was contentious, condemning and more than a little scary. My advice is to do the essay from a scholarly point of view, highlighting what we actually know about the stories and their appearance (or lack thereof) in contemporary literature.
Toward that end, I recommend that you check out some books and videos that do neutral, scholarly expositions on the Bible. I highly commend to your attention the lectures and books of Bart Ehrman, the very detailed discourses by youtuber brettppalmer and the deconversion series on YouTube by Evid3nc3.
Bart Ehrman - Stanford Lecture "Miquoting Jesus"
Bart Ehrman - Commonwealth Club Lecture "Forged"
What the Bible Got Wrong Part 1 - brettppalmer
Deconversion Series by Evid3nc3
The Bible with Sources Revealed
I have found all of these resources very useful in my own deconversion experience, as they take a lot of the scariness out of theology, removing it from the supernatural and exposing it as very human and ordinary.
Tyler, i just want to say that i'm sorry for your unfortunate experience. i too was a teenage Atheist (long ago, i'm afraid) but it wasn't something that i ever spoke about. unlike today, i had nowhere to turn to except my local library, whereas today, you have so many wonderful resources at your disposal. use them, and use them well.
read your Bible, as many Atheists know it is often a great reinforcement for what you dislike about religion. i fear, however, that if you are honest with your evaluation of their Good Book (what a misnomer, right?) the conversation with your parents won't get very far.
i might suggest you write them a letter explaining yourself. they may not want to hear the words come out of your mouth, but if it's on paper they are more likely to give it it's just due. they may even take it to their priest for his evaluation. mission accomplished. and at least your opinions can be flushed out, and not interrupted by anyone.
This thread has been here a while and there's some good advice but I thought I'd throw this in. Why not do some thorough research not on what the bible says but where it came from, how it became what it is, etc. That kind of research really cinched things for me. Christians memorize the book without ever, ever, EVER learning the truth about how it came to them. Thinking minds can not ever consider the bible a valid book if they know how screwy its history is. ...of course devout christians rarely have "thinking minds."
If you are still not yet an adult, then I would approach the assignment from a critical perspective. Point out the contradictions and demonstrable falsehoods. Point out just how immoral many Biblical teachings are. Anytime something is metaphorical or the product of its times, that's another way of saying it is wrong. This book--or collection of books--was supposedly written at the instruction of an omnipotent and omniscient deity. Anything that is not literary, factual, and logical perfection is evidence that it is false. The very premise of Christianity is immoral in the extreme. We are born guilty for something we never did (I've never met a talking snake--have you?) and for being a way that is not our fault (why did God make us sinful?). To get around this, God becomes a person and his own dad (where did JC get his Y chromosome?) and had himself tortured and killed. The gruesome death of this innocent man somehow makes us all less guilty and not more so. The virtue of suffering and especially vicarious suffering has got to be the most immoral, unethical, cruel, and barking mad idea ever invented by the psychotic minds of priests.