All posts tagged bible

What is a metaphor?

I think we could use an English class refresher here. Let’s look at our trusty old Merriam-Webster, shall we? Metaphor: : a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar : an object, activity, or idea that is used […]

Why care about accuracy in scripture?

There are many points of disconnect between how atheists talk about religion and how religious people think about their own beliefs. I’ve written about various ones several times before (just a few old posts, but there are plenty others). However, while I’ve discussed contradictions and errors in scripture as reasons why I don’t believe — […]

Paring down God’s identity

Christian blogger Matt Appling at The Church of No People wrote an article yesterday called “I Stopped Believing in god” (lowercase g deliberate). It’s the sort of post that’s clearly bound to rile up the believers — or excite them with edginess — and bring some bittersweet hope to the nonbelievers. He writes: Many times […]

Family-friendly programming

I hear the term “family-friendly” used fairly often, especially on the radio, as a code word for “religious.” Christian radio station IDs include sound bites of happy moms explaining that they can leave this station on with their children in the car and “not have to worry” about what they might end up hearing. There’s […]

Genesis 22 illustrated

Least I Could Do (an often-NSFW comic, be careful if you decide to read the archives) shows us why the story of Abraham and Isaac isn’t exactly inspiring: Click on the picture to see the other half of the strip. And don’t miss part 2 and part 3. If there was a historical event behind […]

A strong delusion

I have yet to hear a compelling explanation of why these words appear in 2 Thessalonians 2 (verses 7-14). Emphasis, of course, is mine: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will […]

Proof of Jesus’ resurrection?

I’m always prattling on about how, if presented with actual evidence and logical arguments, I would change my mind and convert to whatever religious belief system provided that compelling evidence. That’s why I feel like I ought to examine carefully the supposed compelling evidence put forward by theists, at least from time to time. Yesterday, […]

Breaking down Biblical prophecies

Keith Harrison (who you may have seen in the comments around here, and who blogs at Coming of Age) has been making headway lately on a great series of blog posts: The theme is biblical prophecies. One of the recurring arguments I hear from believers is that the Bible must be true because of the […]

Christian equivocation on testing God

All right, Christians, can I get a straight answer on this, please? Maybe you could have some kind of council or something…? I just want to know if you think it’s reasonable to expect some kind of trustworthy evidence for your god’s existence before believing in him. That means that claiming a mystical trance experience […]

Your permanent record

Do you remember how, in grade school, your teachers would threaten you with “a mark on your permanent record” if you misbehaved? Permanent was such a scary word. It meant forever, didn’t it? And that’s a long time. Of course, later we found out that our high schools knew next to nothing about our elementary […]