All Blog Posts Tagged 'Bible' (83)

Homosexuality and the Bible: Give Me a Break!

With the recent controversy over laws in Indiana and Arkansas that allow Christian discrimination against homosexuals, I am compelled to point out the hypocrisy of those implementing such laws, as being incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial.



Constant debate regarding homosexuality is tiring,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 3, 2015 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Republican Lawmaker Wants Bible to be Louisiana's State Book

I'm saddened by this for a number of reasons, one being that books should open our eyes to the wonders of our world, be they natural or human (psychological). On another level this offends me, as I once loaned to the LSU library my antiquarian books from the 1500s - 1700s, including works by the Roman orator Cicero, and a couple Greek philosophers. I see this as being anti-intellectual.…

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Added by Bud the Wonderer on December 24, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 12-13 in 14 Part Series)

Part 12

And Then, There's the Bible

Homosexuality has been condemned by religious leaders for centuries. For many, homophobia is a prejudice largely created and sustained by the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Citing the Bible as the ultimate proof-source, many may find that it is not as clear as one might think on the subject.

Essentially, there are seven biblical passages cited by Christians to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

According to the Bible, God drowns, kills, slaughters, genocides, stones, burns, mauls, rapes, crushes, ....

There is plenty of evil in “the Good Book,” but here are some highlights:

1. God drowns the whole earth.

In Genesis 7:21-23, God drowns the entire population of the earth: men, women, children, fetuses, and perhaps unicorns. Only a single family survives. In …

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2014 at 9:55pm — 10 Comments

When Secular Children Fly Solo At Church

This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on September 30, 2014 at 7:56pm — 5 Comments

Religions Should Accept Findings Of Science:

I'm in discussions with Theists who are in constant denial of Science that goes anywhere near not supporting their Faith.

They claim to understand science and the findings of scientists, accept health warnings and findings in Cosmology and Geology, but only up to where the sciences don't interfere with their faith.

Once there is conflict with faith, they completely deny and deride scientific findings.

Now we know that Genesis and the…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on September 16, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Who Are We To Thank If We Believe The Bible

Job 2:9-10. "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity ? Curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What ? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil ? In all this did not Job sin with his lips".

Proverbs 16:4. "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil".

Isaiah 45:7. "I form the light, and create darkness: I make…

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Added by Anthony Jordan on June 28, 2014 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Another Passover, another celebration of non-deliverance; on not being a jerk

Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”



David Hume

Psrt I: The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. I’ve said just about all I can say about this holiday when Jews celebrate their founding myth, the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Battle for Zachary's Brain, VII: Counter-Church/The Absurdity of Jonah

There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.

His…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 14, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Noah—An Accident No Longer Looking for a Place to Happen

Darren Aronofsky is an atheist. AND? With unsurpassed cinematography and stunning hits like "Black 

Swan" and "Pi" to his credit, he is also an excellent teller of stories. Unfortunately, "Noah" isn't one of them.

"Noah" starts on a low note and shrinks until it finally slides off the scale,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 2, 2014 at 11:01am — 13 Comments

Say NO to "Noah"

Back in the day, a trip to my grandparents' row home in South Philly, for Passover or the Jewish New Year, was preceded by a family movie in Center City.  The theaters were huge and ornate -- not at all like your bare-bones cineplex; the movies were usually Biblical and always accompanied by chocolate covered cherries.

Of course, we saw Charlton Heston as Moses.  I think Ben-Hur got sneaked in there, as well as Israeli-themed movies like the heart-rending Exodus,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 22, 2014 at 2:23pm — 19 Comments

A New Snippet From "Christ's Rebellion"

The trip to Capernum had become disastrous. Looking over his shoulder beyond the massive crowd of would be students and desperately ill citizens who had traveled many miles to just touch Jesus’ robes, Judas saw a small detachment of town guards waiting for them. These…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 17, 2014 at 7:17am — No Comments

Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible

Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," is a book-by-book tally of God's killings in the Bible. Reading Wells' book is a gruesome reminder of the Bible's flood of genocide, slaughter, massacres and murder. Wells strings yellow tape around all the crime scenes in the Bible where God's…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 9, 2013 at 11:33pm — 14 Comments

Scriptural Innaccuracy Plagues Christianity

It is a fact that nobody knows what the original scribes who authored the Bible were really thinking.

As with all written documents concerning people and times, meanings of words, their emphasis and context change with time.This is only considering the original texts.

Then there are the translations and editorship of these texts, which add, subtract and distort the original texts.

Such translations occurred to the old testament in in the 200 years BC and…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on November 14, 2013 at 6:59am — 13 Comments

Would you read this novel ?

If you will, please read the foreword to a novel that I am writing. I have about 8-10 chapters and would like to self publish this work of mine a chapter or so at a time. I am tired of goofing around with these publishers I am not sure about, so, my hopes are to just give it to you kind folks if I can figure out how to do this ! There's many things I don't, yet, quite understand about my Chromebook, although I like it a lot . My book is about the many missing years of, arguably, one of the…

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Added by William Grant on August 4, 2013 at 4:49pm — 4 Comments

The Battle for Zachary’s Brain, VII: Desecration

There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness. 

– Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.

 His…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jewish Atheist spreads reason and heresy on the Net

I was contacted by www.askimo.com , a new internet portal featuring video interviews of experts talking on their field of expertise.  I decided that my field of expertise would be “what the Torah really says” (since I am one of the few laypeople who has actually bothered to find out), along with related questions about atheism, blasphemy and the “clear alternative to the Torah” (It's SCIENCE!). 

The questions were partly supplied by me, generally…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 8, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A: Jewish Atheist replies to Christian Atheist

In an email exchange, an old friend and fellow English-prof colleague wrote this:

"I know you're 'the Jewish atheist,' but don't you feel a strong sense of identification with the Jewish ethos, aside from religion? You've sought out Jewish wives, and friends to some degree could be, the way I might seek out writers as friends. I think of my former Catholicism not angrily but gratefully. When I grew up, I decided on my own that I didn't believe. But my Catholic education was excellent;…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 2, 2013 at 12:23pm — 7 Comments

Why Religion Persists

Professionally I advertise myself as a “language expert,” which is quite accurate (see www.language-expert.net ), and I get a wide range of contacts from attorneys and private citizens regarding anonymous letters, plagiarism, contract interpretation, copyright infringement, and other issues where money, reputation, or something else of value is at stake. 

I also get questions about grammar and usage, which I answer gratis, just to…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 11, 2013 at 2:30pm — 32 Comments

Reply to Matthew's Bar Mitzvah Invitation (not sent)

I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the grandson of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood. 

The invitation itself was colorful and cheery, produced, no doubt, with invitation-creation software and thus exhibiting neither coherence nor originality but just an electronic mad mix of fonts, patterns, and such, chosen from among an infinity of alternatives.

Strangely, the trifold invitation had a…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 17, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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