Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say (as I do) that free will is compatible with determinism. The debate has raged, unabated, for millennia.
Clearly, an interceding God presents problems for free will. However, a cosmic God - a Creator who does not intervene in human affairs - might be compatible with free will if he keeps his omniscience and omnipotence to himself. I,…
It's back to Old Testament law this week. It seems that you have to threaten people with horrible things to keep them on the straight and narrow and God is no exception. He speaks to us through his prophet Moses, warning us what will happen if we don't keep his legalistic, nit-picky rules.
The list of God-caused misfortunes is lengthy and found at… Continue
I'm an atheist. Why do I have all these bibles? I need room on my bookshelf for THE GOD DELUSION. My great-grandmother's bible is in Norwegian; I can't even read it. It's a small, worn hardback version with her signature on the first blank page; 'Mrs. Ed Hendrickson'. She was already with child when she came to the United States to marry him in the late 1800's. I imagine her great relief, signing that book, "Mrs.Ed Hendrickson" I keep this bible because it holds her signature and a… Continue
This week's Bible absurdity is a translation goof that sounds very funny in Modern English. I am quite aware of the context of the verse, but it still sounds halarious. Other tranlations have corrected this booboo, but the KJV preserves it in all its divinely inspired glory.
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord:…
If I had a dime for every time a Christian told me that, “You Just Don’t Understand the Bible,” I would be a rich man. Maybe they are right and I really don’t understand the Bible. That is certainly a strong possibility.
In The Name Of the Whip, and of the Flail and of the ...OUCH THAT HURT!
Can it really be said that one who locks himself away in a room, takes a whip or a flail that he has hanging in his closet, kneels or sits and begins beating himself is psychologically healthy? Is it not a sign of distress? Would it not be thought of as a 'cry for help', if you will allow me the cliche, to cause your self physical harm because of an… Continue
Mehmet Ali Agca is the Turkish gunman who shot but failed to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. On January 18 2010 he is due to be released from his prison in Ankara.
"For around 30 years I have been staying in cells on my own. I experienced hell on earth. But in spite of everything I am well. I feel good in myself both physically and psychologically," he said. Many have questioned this self-diagnosis as Agca seems to be on a quest to anoint himself as the new… Continue
The Bible contradicts reality. It says that things happened when they didn’t really happen. It also claims things didn’t happen when they did. This isn’t mere opinion, this is demonstrable. And among that, it contradicts itself with the details anyway. So when the… Continue
Okay, I'm jumping the gun a little here. Even for Australia, if only by twelve hours or so. But in the usual bout of New Year's nostalgia and contemplation I was compelled to go back to the very first time I became properly angry about religion - the point where I first arrived at the edge of agnosticism and glanced into the depths of proud, firmly-realised anti-theism. As 2010 looms (no... that makes it sound foreboding. But "dawns" is a bit too flowery, and premature in any case), I am moved… Continue
Added by Fox Lee on December 30, 2009 at 8:05pm —
Inspired by a discussion with a Christian friend of mine and this video:
This is a continuation of the argument presented in the video. When presented with this argument most theists will argue that Adam and Eve did know good and evil or that they simply knew not to disobey God, and that should have been enough. However, upon closer examination of Genesis, I don't think either of these arguments hold up. You see, I don't think that God's words are clear… Continue
Yeah, that's right! I'm one of those godless heathen non-believers, and I say that your holy book is full of inaccuracies! It's not historically reliable at all, let alone divine and inerrant! Contrary to what all those hard-line conservative fundamentalist wackaloons think, it actually contains numerous-
Some of the conservative nut-jobs are with me on this? Those same freakazoids who believe the universe was created 6,000 years ago based on a… Continue
I was trawling though eBay last night and saw the same children's bible my mum got me as a child. I remember there being very nice illustrations in it. So I thought, wouldn't it be great to buy it and modify it a little? Imagine: the Flying Spaghetti Monster blessing the Virgin Mary while Gabriel presents her a microwave lasagne. The Flying Spaghetti Monster visiting his wrath on... well, all the people who had wrath visited upon them in the bible (that's a hell of a lot of people). FSM… Continue
You can't say I don't tackle the Big Important Topics here. In this one post, I'm going to cover the entire foundation of almost every religion in the history of ever, the pillar on which all theology is founded, and the subject over which perhaps more hours of scholarly work and profound philosophising has taken place over the centuries than any other. The one elusive, ethereal concept whose significance has plagued the most enlightened and… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on August 31, 2009 at 1:47pm —
Why do theists think that quoting the bible will change our minds? It obviously didn't already and its not going to. It has no rock hard evidence of anything.
They use scare tactics to get us believe -- saying we're going to Hell for not believing. What do they honestly expect us to do? Say "oh, you're treating me like a gullible child so I better shape up and listen to you." No. It's like their telling us "If you don't believe in Santa, you won't get any presents." Only, there are no… Continue
I'm posing once again as a man, "Aaron" today. Aaron's topic of questioning is the great mystery: Death.
You are speaking live with Ben, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.
Me: Hi Ben. A friend of mine is very ill. I'm starting to wonder what happens to us when we die.
Well, in school I have recently attended a few Bible Study classes just out of pure interest. During most of I I could barely stop myself from laughing, but today however, I was fuming. The teacher was talking about how the Bible was the infallible word of God and that they were God's instruments, she also commented on how "secular-humanists" A.K.A. Atheists are close minded and seek simple Earthly pleasures to fill the void left by their lack of faith in God. I just wanted to yell, especially… Continue
This simple question I have heard asked by many people about Catholic's and Christian's drive to to see their views of how people should live imposed on all Americans -- one can even say, as made clear by ex-President Bush's war in Iraq and war-like rhetoric of "evil countries," imposed on the world.
Ex-Vice President Dan Quayle put it this way to a teen interviewing him and asked the quite adult question about allowing abortion in the case of incest:… Continue
Added by Ga on May 28, 2009 at 8:45am —
MRFF Responds to Military's Denial that U.S. Troops are Proselytizing Muslims
By Chris Rodda
This is taken from Talk 2 Action and here is their web site.
As expected, the U.S. military quickly denied that the video released on Sunday by Al Jazeera is evidence that our troops proselytizing Muslims in Afghanistan, claiming that what was shown in the video was an isolated incident, and that the… Continue
I suppose I've never really written about this before, because it seems like too obvious a point to need addressing. But people do keep making these same tired old arguments, displaying a very tedious lack of imagination or intellectual curiosity.