Honestly, I can't believe that being a credible Atheist means that I have to know more about religion than the entire damn congregations and clergies of the local Baptist, Lutheran, and Catholic churches combined. Not that this is a difficult challenge. Of course I'm grateful for the people who put up the Dark Bible, among many websites, to give me the down-and-dirty about the Scriptures, so that when I'm getting proselytized or just having a "rational" discussion about my beliefs, I can cut right to the heart of the conflict and inconsistency that riddles the Good Book.
I was once Born Again, and spent a few of my high school years studying all the "nice" parts of the Bible, so I know what I'm going to hear: However, one of the things that turned me off to religion was the firm admonishment against the study of anything that conflicted with the teachings of the Bible; namely, anything that had to do with science, especially evolution.
Once I started taking Anthropology courses, it became clear to me that the Bible, along with all religion, was contrived by man, so I just stopped paying attention to it all. I have too much other stuff to deal with without having to know a bunch of mythology and superstition.
You know, Christians like to get all butt-hurt when you reject their dogma, then turn around and ridicule your study of bones and rocks as folly. And, of course, the best thing to do is to avoid these conflicts in the first place, but religious study is going to take up a lot more space in my life, and those of my children, than I thought it would, and that's just really annoying.

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Comment by MaleficVTwin on October 18, 2008 at 12:10am
Comment by Chucky Lemons on September 4, 2008 at 10:55am
Cowpunk62, Thanls for adding me. I'm new to the Nexus and just learning how to navigate. This is a great post. As a young man I was also discouraged from studying any other forms of religious thought. I have the Skeptics Annotated Bible saved in my favorites, where do I find the Dark Bible? --Chucky
Comment by AtheistJoy on September 3, 2008 at 9:36am
I really hate it when people ask me about it. I don't feel the need to read it again. I read it in HS and again in college for a course in comparative religion. That's enough. It's boring, trite, and poorly written.
Comment by Brad Feaker on August 29, 2008 at 10:46am
Another good resource (and time saver) is The Skeptics Annotated Bible here. It also contains the Koran and The Book of Mormon.
Comment by Adam Kim on August 27, 2008 at 1:10pm
Hahaha I remember as a Christian, my pastor discouraging me from taking any religion classes in college unless "your faith is strong" because he said they teach from a secular standpoint. Now I wish I could take those religion classes again because I know as a good Christian I was so troubled and disturbed and did my best to just rejected everything that went against what I learned in church.

I think pastors, it's their job to give just enough of the "nice" parts as you said and just enough info about religion so that the congregation can feel that they indeed do know about the Bible and religion so as to keep as many people as ignorant as possible because if their congregation would find out what's really in the Bible, who knows what might happen to their "fragile faiths?"

So idiotically ridiculous.



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