My alternate title for this piece was "You Don't Know Jack," but it would be such a reach, so, I said it plainly. Occasionally, a Christian or two chooses to debate me about the Bible and of course I leave them asking themselves why they chose me to debate. It is not that I am a great debater, rather, it is that they know so little about the Bible. As long as we speak of the Bible itself as far as content, they manage to hang in until the discrepancies, autocratic behaviors, sexism… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 19, 2011 at 8:46am —
By Don R Barbera, 4/8/2011
For an atheist to get through to nearly any Christian requires the moon to be in the seventh house and the alignment of Jupiter and Mars, but if there is anything that might give some cause to think; it is Donald R. Wright's book "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go." Part autobiography, part expose, "The Only Prayer I'll Ever Pray: Let My People Go," is a book about the author's search for truth and enlightenment in the Bible… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 8, 2011 at 11:30am —
While I was in the Army, stationed in The Republic of Panama, I started getting involved with hermeneutics. I was stationed there for 15 months and had a lot of free time to fill. I studied using The Continue
Amplified Bible that was given to me as a gift from a good friend of
mine, in addition to other study books. Here is a quote from the web
site of The Amplified Bible about why it was made; “It attempts to take
both word meaning and context into account in order to…
Added by Thomas True on December 29, 2010 at 9:30pm —
As mentioned before, the level of my religious experiences could fill many pages. So, while there is much more to be said, most is going to be skipped for now. I am just going to touch on a five main areas of why Christianity lost its hold on me.
1.The age of rocks on the Earth and the amount of time it takes for light to travel through space couldn't be rectified with text in the Bible. The best answer I received was, “God put all the things there when he created The Universe.” This… Continue
Added by Thomas True on December 28, 2010 at 6:01pm —
GUNS AND BIBLES - Ameican Christians like to howl about their persecution, but it's hard to feel their pain. Having control over almost all political posts, have unlimited money and influence, and can demonize and run rough-shod…
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on December 19, 2010 at 4:48pm —
Chapter 4 hath arrived!!
Let’s groove tonight!!
“The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have produced a man with the help of the LORD." Next she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil. In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his… Continue
Added by Andrew Lafont on December 17, 2010 at 9:21pm —
In both of science and religions areas of my life, I have many more experiences that added to both my understanding of the natural world and understanding about Christianity and religion. In high school, I was fortunate to take almost every science class that was offered. I even became a science proctor, [that is a teacher's aide or assistant]. The classes I took included: General Science, Biology,(two years) Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics, and Zoology. The only two classes I didn't take that… Continue
Added by Thomas True on December 14, 2010 at 9:13am —
Somewhere between my curious nature and my desire to interact with my environment, I looked critically at the world. So as a child, when my family went to church, I really had no idea what it was about. I liked the children sermons given at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. It was fun to go in front of the sanctuary and sit with the other kids beside the pastor, since he seemed to be the reason everyone was there.… Continue
Added by Thomas True on December 13, 2010 at 12:33pm —
RUN YOGI! RUN BOO BOO! - You guys seem a little light in the pic-i-nic baskets, so run. Bryan Fischer wants you for a rug in the He-Man Homo-Haters Clubhouse.
Everyone knows The Gays are the root of all evil because the Bible tells us so. God compels Westboro Baptist Church to… Continue
Added by Omnipotent Poobah on December 11, 2010 at 1:00pm —
While it it's not as big issue using some of the moral teachings of the
Bible to guide your life, it is nothing but a delusion to believe the
stories of the Old and New Testament are based upon reality and science.
I may not be able to convince the devout followers to abandon their
faith in the fairy stories of the ancients and become and atheist as I
am but I may be able to convince some moderate followers to see the
wonders of nature and live their life for what… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 18, 2010 at 9:49pm —
So the top four areas of faith or lack there of, cover about 5 billion people. These are the best teams humanity has to offer for our posterity. To bad we cannot have head to head contest and the winners get the other adherents followers. A sort of “World Series of Belief”. Not so much to count numbers but to be educated in the others religion and judge it on its own merits.
Stephen Prothero in his book Religious Literacy
makes the case for religion to be… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 9, 2010 at 12:26pm —
Growing fast and coming in third world wide is the section of non-adherents or unbelievers. This of course would be the most diverse group of all. I would also argue the only naturally occurring group that a person is able to reach without any outside influence. That is to say that being a unbeliever takes no more effort than just looking at how the world operates and rejecting what ever the dominate system of belief is.
As of this time, I am not aware of what could… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 8, 2010 at 6:00pm —
This section is not the review of how so many sports heroes choose to solicit God's favor on their athletic endeavors but how who or what sports you choose to support has much to do with the same processes that one will select their religion. There has been many books and articles about that phenomenon. What I am referring to is the phenomenon of how who and what sport… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 5, 2010 at 12:25pm —
Religion has truly surpassed the power of every invention that has followed it. As the
Bronze Age, Iron age, middle ages, the age of enlightenment and the
Modern ages have come and gone and gone, religion has been the enemy of
progress every step of the way. To the faithful, things like the Hubble
Space Telescope, nuclear weapons, and climate change are nothing
compared to the power of a faith that believes in a god. If anything man can… Continue
Added by Thomas True on October 28, 2010 at 11:00am —
My mother-in-law loves to say: “maternity is a matter of fact and paternity is a matter of opinion.” Opinions about the parentage of Jesus expose the origins of his story in Palestinian…
Added by Diana Agorio on October 19, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Thanks to the wonders of searchable databases, locating specific provisions of the seminal religious texts has never proven easier. What used to be a cumbersome task requiring a Concordance is now the work of a few minutes at a computer. As a result, building a textual case against Biblical Morality, or against Yahweh or Allah as the Greatest Conceivable Being has never been easier. These seminal religious texts explicitly endorse slavery and describe in tooth grinding detail how to purchase… Continue
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 18, 2010 at 5:52pm —
In the beginning was the word, and the word was, like all words, a human invention, to label something that humans want to label. This gave shape to a concept that eventually led to an ontological fallacy (God-the-greatest-thing-I-can-imagine does indeed exist as a concept
- that's the whole point - but that doesn't mean that God-the-greatest-thing-I-can-imagine also exists) ...
Whether a word represents 'the truth' is beside the point -… Continue
Added by Sigmund on September 23, 2010 at 11:29am —
Some random thoughts. Would it be too much to encourage the Muslim world
to burn a few bibles just to even the score over the Quran burning in
Florida? It might help settle this whole thing down. Maybe in the
spirit of Jonathan Swifts' "A Modest Proposal," a mass Bible and Quran
burning next to the Washington Monument, might bring us all together.
On second thought, if every Bible and Quran in the world were burned
this week, it would probably totally tip the… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on September 8, 2010 at 8:54pm —
Hell must be frozen solid today. I find my self agreeing with the Vatican that the Dove Outreach Center of Florida’s plan to burn the Koran is “outrageous and a grave gesture.” Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also responded by saying it would be a “disgraceful and disrespectful act.” No disagreements there either. But, then fanatics and extremists don’t care about being respectful.
The irony is that the Dove Outreach Center is using the Christian symbol of peace – the dove – and… Continue
Added by T Andrew Klatt on September 8, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Added by Diana Agorio on September 6, 2010 at 4:55pm —