Email (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. Biblical Alterations Over Time - not so much the word of god after all
Greta Christina's Blog: Atheists and Anger 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.
The Forged Origins of The New Testament 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."
(1:11) Let the earth bring forth grass Plants are made on the third day before there was a sun to drive their photosynthetic processes (1:14-19). Notice, though, that God lets "the earth bring forth" the plants, rather than creating them directly. Maybe Genesis is not so anti-evolution after all. (1:14) Let them be for signs God placed the sun, moon, and stars in the firmament so that they can be used "for signs". This, of course, is exactly what astrologers do: read "the signs" in the Zodiac to predict what will happen on Earth.What the Bible says about astrology (1:16a) God made the two great lights. Skeptic's Annotated Bible
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 Related Resources NOTE: These lists are meant to identify possible problems in the Bible, especially problems which are inherent in a literalist or fundamentalist interpretation. Bible Inconsistencies: Bible Contradictions?