(from Advocatus Atheist) “Although our New Testament gospels contain historical material, the theological editing is a factor that the discerning reader must constantly keep in mind.” –James D. Tabor (Biblical Historian) “…nearly 230 million Americans believe that a book showing neither unity of style nor internal consistency was authored by an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent deity. A survey of Hindus, Muslims, and Jews around the world would surely yield similar results, revealing that we, as a species, have grown almost perfectly intoxicated by our myths.”
I want to talk about atheists and anger. This has been a hard piece to write, and it may be a hard one to read. I'm not going to be as polite and good-tempered as I usually am in this blog; this piece is about anger, and for once I'm going to fucking well let myself be angry.
From Nexus Magazine What the Church doesn't want you to know It has often been emphasised that Christianity is unlike any other religion, for it stands or falls by certain events which are alleged to have occurred during a short period of time some 20 centuries ago. Those stories are presented in the New Testament, and as new evidence is revealed it will become clear that they do not represent historical realities. The Church agrees, saying: "Our documentary sources of knowledge about the origins of Christianity and its earliest development are chiefly the New Testament Scriptures, the authenticity of which we must, to a great extent, take for granted."
(1:1-2:3) "In the beginning" The first of two contradictory creation accounts. Compare with Genesis 2:4-25 in which the order of events is entirely different. The two creations Who created heaven and earth? When was the universe created? The Gap Theory (1:1-2:3) The Genesis 1 account conflicts with the order of events that are known to science.
Links to other articles in this series: Key to Abbreviations Introduction to the Bible and Biblical Problems Fatal Bible Flaws? Bible Absurdities Bible Atrocities Bible Precepts: Questionable Guidelines Bible Vulgarities