All posts tagged torah

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 […]

Friday Link Roundup #40

Oxford researchers investigate likely innate human tendencies to believe in gods and the supernatural. Prompted by Israeli President Shimon Peres’ suggestion for an 11th commandment (bumping up the next 603, I suppose), Alex Tabbarok asked his readers for their suggestions. How could it be this easy to improve on the work of a perfect god? […]

Refuting the Abrahamic faiths

Sometimes, I feel sort of guilty for spending as much time on Christianity as I do. I knew that this would happen when I started the blog, because I live in the US and Christianity is the primary form in which I encounter religious belief, and the primary form in which religious zealotry threatens my […]

Sunrise, sunset

The Best of Wikipedia blog recently featured this fascinating article on Jewish law in the polar regions. Essentially, the issue is that the particular rules for many mitzvot depend on the rising and setting of the sun. As you go to extreme latitudes, that sort of definition of a day breaks down. Inside the Arctic […]

Bible dealbreakers: God’s wrath

I’m doing a series on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. This is the sixth part in the series, and I’ll post a wrap-up tomorrow. According to (most mainstream) Christians, God is loving, merciful, and benevolent. Some go so far as to say […]

Bible dealbreakers: Inconsistent facts

I’m doing a series on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. This is part four of six. So, I decided to split what I had planned for part four into two separate posts. (I feel a little bit like Douglas Adams writing an […]

Bible dealbreakers: Bad science

I’m doing a series on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. This is part three of five six. If the Bible were revealed to people by a supernatural being who created and still controls the entire universe, I’d expect it to contain some […]

Bible dealbreakers: Bad history

I’m doing a series this week on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. This is part two of five six. If the Bible contained accurate history, that in itself wouldn’t be sufficient evidence for me to consider it likely to be true overall. […]

Bible dealbreakers: The covenant

I’m doing a series this week on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. Some will apply to Judaism as well, but Christianity is my focus here. I expect to get about five separate posts out of this, but we’ll see. In the Old […]

You know it’s a myth

Today, Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish quotes Rabbi Rami Shapiro on the American Atheists billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City. (The billboard reads, “You KNOW it’s a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON!”) In part, The characters found in myths represent aspects of our own psyches. The Virgin Birth is neither a […]