I generally use this feature for links to things I didn’t have time to blog about this week but which I do think my readers will find interesting. This week I even missed posting it on Friday … whoops. But I guess that makes it a little more convincing that I didn’t have time to write full posts about this stuff!
- Russell Glasser of The Atheist Experience posted some musings about abortion and “potential life,” which ties nicely in with the discussion we’ve been having here since last Sunday.
- I never really thought about this before, but the etymology of the word “Jehovah” turns out to be pretty crazy. Another interesting question for when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door!
- I learned, through a link in yesterday’s Question of the Week email, that the Christian god would never punish people for sins they didn’t commit. (In this case: aborted fetuses get to go to heaven.) That’s great to hear, because that wasn’t what I remembered about sin and punishment in Christianity.
- Here’s a very articulate explanation of why many atheists don’t believe that Jesus existed. I would only add: What does it mean to ask whether Jesus existed? Are we talking about whether there was a dude by that name at that time in history? Or whether all the claims the Bible makes about that dude were true? I think Christians usually mean the latter, and that is much easier to prove wrong than the former is.