REJECTING ISLAM: PEDOPHILIA STOPS THE CONVERSATION
Above memes created and shared by @YoursMemely on Twitter for the purpose of defending Islam and being reposted. My position is if the founder of a religion took a child bride, this invalidates their status as an authority on how to live life. ... Read Article
Conservative Religious Speaker Johnson wrote foreword for book filled with conspiracy theories and homophobic insults
From the article: Written by Scott McKay, a local Louisiana politics blogger, the book, “The Revivalist Manifesto,” gives credence to unfounded conspiracy theories often embraced by the far-right – including the “Pizzagate” hoax, which falsely claimed top Democratic officials were involved in a pedophile ring, among other conspiracies. The book also propagates baseless and inaccurate claims, implying that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was subjected to blackmail and connected to the disgraced underage sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. SEE THE CNN ARTICLE HERE ... Read Article
Donald Trump’s presidency accelerated the decline of church attendance in America.
Politically moderate and left-leaning evangelicals appear to have been most impacted by Trump-era: See analysis HERE ... Read Article
Did Jesus Have An Inerrant View Of Scripture?
Did Jesus have the conservative evangelical inerrant view of scripture that nothing should be changed or added? Clearly not, he challenged conventional wisdom such as regarding the sabbath. Regarding love of neighbor he clarified "43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44)." For my previous post on this topic see: Is The Bible Inerrant? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ... Read Article
Kissinger Dead At 100
Reactions have certainly not all been positive: How will history judge him? ... Read Article
Did Jesus Teach He Had To Die To Atone For The Sins Of The World?
No, as near as we can figure Jesus taught forgiveness did not come through sacrificial payment, but rather repentance that then resulted in God forgiving. Ehrman will deal with this in his upcoming book and briefly outlines the issue here (SEE TIME 23:48-27:46): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0aCD4lXm0 I have tried to delve into the details of this issue in two previous essays, and hopefully will do so again in future work: (1) A Critique Of Penal Substitution (2) Penal Substitution And Christ Mythicism ... Read Article
Is The Bible Inerrant? 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Conservative Christians may tell you the bible is inerrant, and cite as a proof text 4 Timothy 3:16-76: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work. But, as Ehrman points out, scripture here refers to the Old Testament, not the new, and the key word here "inspired" literally means "God-breathed," and so doesn't suggest ideas of inerrancy later debated in the 19th century and beyond. Check out Ehrman's discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0aCD4lXm0 ... Read Article
Kreeft’s Case Against the Swoon Theory – Part 16: Evaluation of Premise (E)
THE CORE ARGUMENT FOR OBJECTION #5 As we saw in Part 14 of this series, the core argument for Objection #5 against the Swoon Theory has two premises: E. IF the Swoon Theory is true, THEN sometime after Jesus had been crucified, the eleven remaining disciples each had experiences that they believed were experiences of seeing a living and physically embodied Jesus in which Jesus appeared to those disciples to be a half-dead, staggering sick man who was badly in need of a doctor. D. It is NOT the case that sometime after Jesus had been crucified, the eleven remaining disciples each had experiences that they believed were experiences of seeing a living and physically embodied Jesus in which Jesus appeared to be a half-dead, staggering sick man who was badly in need of a doctor. THEREFORE: A. The Swoon Theory is FALSE. There are sub-arguments supporting each of the two premises of this core argument. WHERE WE ARE In Part 14 of this series, I presented a careful ana ... Read Article
Creating Christ
New documentary out about the Roman influence creating Christianity featuring Robert Price and Robert Eisenman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHOK66qj9xc&t Relatedly, check out my essay on the Noble Lie Theory of Christian Origins ... Read Article
Does Christ Mythicism Deserve A Seat At The Table?
I just wanted to share this Mythvision interview from yesterday with Dr. Richard C. Miller.  It raises the interesting point that the mythicism of Price and Carrier isn't even given a seat at the table by most scholars when discussing Christian origins, which is hardly fair:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTM-BdAjetc&t    I've long thought about this as we have an embarrassment of riches in proposed Christian Origins portraits of Jesus, so the fact that mythicism is simply dismissed out of hand is odd.  Wikipedia notes: The portraits of Jesus that have been constructed through history using these processes have often differed from each other, and from the image portrayed in the gospel accounts. Such portraits include that of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet, charismatic healer, Cynic philosopher, Jewish messiah, prophet of social change, and rabbi There is little scholarly agreement on a single portrait, nor the methods needed to construct it, but there are overlapping att ... Read Article
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”
If any of you are suspecting speaking in tongues is a little crazy, please do watch this and alleviate all doubt, lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ6HVSyxIIE If you are insight impatient like me start watching at 11:21ff and see how conservative evangelical christianity quickly snowballs into a batshit asylum of mindlessness. ... Read Article
Kreeft’s Case Against the Swoon Theory – Part 15: The Sub-Argument for Premise (D)
THE CORE ARGUMENT FOR OBJECTION #5 As we saw in Part 14 of this series, the core argument for Objection #5 against the Swoon Theory has two premises: E. IF the Swoon Theory is true, THEN sometime after Jesus had been crucified, the eleven remaining disciples each had experiences that they believed were experiences of seeing a living and physically embodied Jesus in which Jesus appeared to those disciples to be a half-dead, staggering sick man who was badly in need of a doctor. D. It is NOT the case that sometime after Jesus had been crucified, the eleven remaining disciples each had experiences that they believed were experiences of seeing a living and physically embodied Jesus in which Jesus appeared to be a half-dead, staggering sick man who was badly in need of a doctor. THEREFORE: A. The Swoon Theory is FALSE. There are sub-arguments supporting each of the two premises of this core argument. THE ARGUMENT FOR THE KEY PREMISE (D) In this post, I will begin ... Read Article
Stephen Woodford of Rationality Rules responds to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Conversion To Christianity
This is an interesting video by Rationality Rules pointing out it's unclear why Ayaan converted and even what she thinks Christianity means ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COfOeYq-Ln0 ... Read Article
Q or Not Q
When we look at the gospels, we see that Mark was written first and Matthew and Luke used Mark as a source. However, there is also material common to Matthew and Luke that does not come from Mark, and so scholars usually suppose there was another now lost source "Q" that Matthew and Luke both used. A minority of scholars reject the Q hypothesis, like Goodacre and Carrier, and think instead Luke used Matthew as a source. This latter interpretation has difficulties. For example, Philosopher John Watson notes: Matthew isn't comfortable with the disciples being like "what a silly question" and so removes that part. Luke also seems uncomfortable with the disciples asking jesus why he would ask who is touching him since he is being pressed by a crowd but he deals with this differently than matthew if luke is using matthew then why would he avoid matthew's solution? It is interpretive reasoning such as this that has led the majority of scholars to think Matthew and Luke used a now lost "Q" ... Read Article
Robyn Faith Walsh’s SBL Paper
Robyn Faith Walsh's proposal of the dependance of Mark on Paul and the Pauline origin of the Last Supper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjRUy4TncYo&t For more on Mark's use of Paul, see: https://www.richardcarrier.info/archives/15934 ... Read Article