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Did Jesus Exist?

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 3:37am 5 Comments

Growing up Catholic, I questioned the inconcistencies of the Gospels, I questioned the rituals, I questioned the statury and pagan nature of worshipping Mary and saints. I never questioned whether Jesus was actually a real person, I just accepted it. Even later at 18, after seeing how completely ridiculous Christianity is, I still didn't question the historical Jesus. Was there ever a Yeshua Ha Notzri, or Yeshua Ben Pantera?

In my mid-20's I read a book about heroes and the hero myth,… Continue

Jesus Christ Superstar

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 5:40pm 8 Comments

I have loved the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar since it's release in 1970 when I was 8 years old. It was the first time I encountered a mainstream entertainment that questioned the authority of the Gospels. It was written as a secular work with Judas showing an audience the "passion play" while commentating on the unfairness of fulfilling a prophecy and then being damned for it. Anyone alive at the time of it's release will know that it caused a furore resulting in the complete… Continue

God in OZ

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 11:17pm 11 Comments

G'day world,

As an Australian I have always been proud of the lack of religion in our land. In 1973 Gough Whitlam, the Prime Minister, declared a full seperation of church and state.

In 27 years of hairdressing with conversations all day I have rarely encountered anyone of "faith". I professed my Atheism at 18 to very little surprise from my family and with no repercussions, despite my Mother being a teacher in the Catholic Education system. She gave me The God Delusion for… Continue

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At 10:50pm on January 18, 2009, Jude Johnson said…
Thanks for the add Mark. Hope to talk to you more in the future!
At 5:59pm on January 18, 2009, Leslee Love said…
thanx for befriending me! I am in dire need of a hair job! I should make a trip down under for some much needed hair-lovin'!
At 11:51am on January 16, 2009, God said…
Yes, it is strange. After all, I have a hand in everything, whether or not the public realizes it.
At 5:34am on January 16, 2009, Chrys Stevenson said…
Oh, forgot to ask, did you know the 'sex slave' hairdresser, Keith Dobie???? He used to be my hairdresser!
At 5:31am on January 16, 2009, Chrys Stevenson said…
Yep, born Southport Hospital and went to kindy at the Nerang Street Kindergarten and we lived on Turpin Road. Mum says she remembers Edgewater - she and Dad used to do the rounds of all the hotels selling the Stradbroke cruises. I ended up in the hotel industry for a while. I was Qld State Manager of Flag Inns. Great to meet you!
At 11:55am on January 15, 2009, God said…
You should give up atheism and love Me instead.
At 4:50am on January 15, 2009, Chrys Stevenson said…
Hi Mark! Always great to see another Queenslander on board! I'm Kris from the Sunshine Coast hinterland (Montville area). I was also born at the Gold Coast (Southport). Mum and Dad used to own a day cruise boat down there in the 60s - the Atlas - which ran over to South Straddie.

I'd like to invite you to join our Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists Group.

You might also be interested in taking a look at a working group we've formed to brainstorm ideas for a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission on "Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century". You can read the (unfinished) draft submission here.

There, that should keep you busy for a while! ;-)
At 5:04pm on January 14, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and this wonderful world of common sense.
Join groups, and follow /contribute to their discussions and rational debate, like the busy science group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Humankind, Darwin..." which has fine discussion, good writing, and seeks to understand the mysteries of the universe and how life and everything began. There are some fine video clips there too. Terry Meaden
At 9:22am on January 14, 2009, Leslee Love said…
...and all the other fascinating groups, as well. Origins continues to be informative, and I have a group for Doctor Who fans. Enjoy...there are a lot of great people here.
At 9:21am on January 14, 2009, Jude Johnson said…
Welcome to AN Marc -- we're glad to have you!



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