Monthly ArchiveMay 2010
Christianity Thomas on 27 May 2010
Think about it – is there any real, tangible evidence that Jesus ever existed? Most Christians would answer instantly with, “The Bible!” Yes, there is the Bible, but the Bible is a work of fiction rather than fact. It turns out that, in the same way that there is no evidence for Noah’s worldwide flood, and no evidence for the exodus, there is no actual evidence for Jesus while he was supposed to be living:
No one has the slightest physical evidence to support a historical Jesus; no artifacts, dwelling, works of carpentry, or self-written manuscripts. All claims about Jesus derive from writings of other people. There occurs no contemporary Roman record that shows Pontius Pilate executing a man named Jesus. Devastating to historians, there occurs not a single contemporary writing that mentions Jesus. All documents about Jesus came well after the life of the alleged Jesus from either: unknown authors, people who had never met an earthly Jesus, or from fraudulent, mythical or allegorical writings. Although one can argue that many of these writings come from fraud or interpolations, I will use the information and dates to show that even if these sources did not come from interpolations, they could still not serve as reliable evidence for a historical Jesus, simply because all sources about Jesus derive from hearsay accounts.
Hearsay means information derived from other people rather than on a witness’ own knowledge.
Courts of law do not generally allow hearsay as testimony, and nor does honest modern scholarship. Hearsay provides no proof or good evidence, and therefore, we should dismiss it.
Any normal, rational person would take this at face value. Jesus, like God, is imaginary.
Christianity Thomas on 25 May 2010
Why would Christians behave this way?
So why do atheists get such a bad rap?
I posed the question to atheists Sharon and Bill Weisman of Glendale. The couple are well-known in the community and involved in a variety of local projects. I hoped they might be able to shed some light on my question, but that wasn’t the case.
“We’re puzzled. We don’t understand the motive,” Sharon Weisman said. “For some reason, religious people don’t have a problem disrespecting atheists.”
Bill Weisman calls it an irony that someone would destroy something their very tax dollars are paying for.
“It’s motivated by hatred, motivated by anger,” he said. Bill also finds it ironic that such an act might be committed by a person whose religion is based on tolerance, acceptance and love.
Christians are delusional – that’s why:
Christianity Thomas on 24 May 2010
Islam Thomas on 21 May 2010
Christianity Thomas on 19 May 2010
What there is: quote after quote about compassion for the poor. In Jesus’ very first sermon of his ministry, the place where he launched his public career, he stated the reason he had come: to bring good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, to help the oppressed go free, and that he was here to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord — which in Jewish tradition meant the year that poor debtors were forgiven their debts to bankers and the wealthy. In Luke 6, Jesus says the poor and hungry will be blessed, and the rich will be cursed. He urges his followers to sell all their possessions and give them to the poor. The one time he really focuses on God’s judgment and who goes to heaven is in Matthew 25, where he says those who go to heaven will be those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited those in prison, gave shelter to the hungry, and welcomed the stranger — and those who don’t make it were the ones who refused to help the poor and oppressed.
The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about “those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing” asks: “What ever happened to the idea of striving . . . to be better human beings than we are?”
Indeed, sir, what ever happened to that?
Christianity Thomas on 18 May 2010
If you have been to a “modern” church service at a megachurch, the pattern described here is all too familiar:
Over and over and over again every Sunday. What do Christians get out of this? How could such a service drive the construction of $100 million churches?
First Baptist Church of Dallas has raised more than $115 million for a new campus, surpassing what any Protestant megachurch has ever collected toward a project.
The new state-of-the-art campus is reportedly the largest church expansion program in modern history. By March 2013, FBC will have a 1.5 million-square-foot campus complete with a new 3,000-seat worship center, a six-floor education building, recreation areas, a sky bridge made of glass, a fountain and a parking garage.
He prayed, “As we build this church physically … we pray you will build it spiritually. We pray this church will be a lighthouse, a beacon of Your truth drawing people to the cross of Jesus Christ.”
Christianity Thomas on 17 May 2010
It doesn’t get any more insane than this:
Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state’s schools to “throwing them in to the enemy’s flames”. Her hostility runs so deep that she educated her own offspring at home and at private Christian establishments.
Now Dunbar is on the brink of fulfilling a promise to change all that, or at least point Texas schools toward salvation. She is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state’s education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum that is likely to shift what millions of American schoolchildren far beyond Texas learn about their history.
What are they changing? Among other things:
Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.
The new curriculum asserts that “the right to keep and bear arms” is an important element of a democratic society. Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology.
There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.
The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous “Atlantic triangular trade”, and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.
And of course evolution goes by the wayside.
How do we know it is insane? Because if the school board was run by Muslims, the curriculum would be radically different from the Christian view. But if The school board was run by professional historians and professional biologists – that is, if we chose professionals who are free from bias and trained as experts in their fields – the curriculum would be unchanged.
Islam Thomas on 13 May 2010
This video explains just how insane the Islamic faith has become, and why it must end:
By supporting Draw Muhammad Day on May 20, you support free speech, enlightenment, and the end of the barbaric tradition that is Islam.
Islam Thomas on 12 May 2010
Lars Vilks is an artist. Muslims don’t like his art. So they attack him:
The double-standard here is amazing. If people don’t like the stupidity of the Muslim faith, Muslims expect them to be silenced for “blasphemy”. But if Muslims don’t like somebody, Muslims feel free to physically attack him.
Watch the video and it will be immediately obvious how the geographic distribution of religion is an absurdity:
Simple and straightforward – science blows religion away:
Anyone who looks objectively at the human body, or the human genome, sees thousands of flaws and problems:
Whether or not that is so, the human body is certainly no masterpiece of intelligent planning. The eye’s retina, for instance, is wired back to front so that the wiring has to pass back through the screen of light receptors, imposing a blind spot.
Now John Avise, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California at Irvine, has catalogued the array of clumsy flaws and inefficiencies at the fundamental level of the genome. His paper, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA1, throws down the gauntlet to advocates of Intelligent design, the pseudo-scientific face of religious creationism. What Intelligent Designer, Avise asks, would make such a botch?
What Intelligent Designer would make such a botch? Indeed.