1318069305657.png (PNG Image, 940x850 pixels) - Scaled (75%) For my new theistic partner, lest there be any confusion. My new partner recently asked if I believed in God.
I had heard word of her involvement with the local diocese and had already pegged her as a theist, but certainly not one of the bible thumping hypocrites I am perhaps more familiar with in my forays into the debate. Indeed, her home bears no obvious witness to either her involvement with the Church of England, or her apparent faith. Her delightful nine year-old daughter had proudly shared her baby album with me - replete with her Christening certificate and cards - that I perused with an established atheistic interest in things religious, and not so much as a murmur of disapproval or outward sign that anything was out of the ordinary. The fact is, I neither disapprove, nor do I think anything was out of the ordinary.
Our relationship is in its infancy, and whilst my response to her question on the existence of God was met with a haughtily condescending, 'Oh, you will 1.0. 2.0. Some may cry 'No fair! 3.0. No. Oh, really? 4.1. 4.2. 4.3. A . Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism, a movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools. Although adherents describe Pastafarianism as a genuine religion, it is generally seen by the media as a parody religion. The "Flying Spaghetti Monster" was first described in a satirical open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. In that letter, Henderson satirized creationist ideas by professing his belief that whenever a scientist carbon-dates an object, a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs is there "changing the results with His Noodly Appendage".
History Internet phenomenon Positions Creation Afterlife Pirates and global warming. Did Jesus Exist? Like most people (especially those raised Christian, like I was), I had always assumed that Jesus Christ had really existed, even though he may not have been divine.
After examining the biblical, extra-biblical, and early Christian evidence, along with the myths of the time, I have concluded that there is no reliable evidence that Jesus actually existed — and significant evidence that he was purely mythical. Biblical Evidence The typically accepted story of Jesus is a hodge-podge of stories primarily from the gospels, from Paul and the other epistle writers, and from the book of Revelation. The first step is to separate these sources, to see what the authors wrote about. This is made difficult by the fact that there's been significant editing, copying, and even forgery. The apocalyptic book of Revelation gives no support for the historicity of Jesus and can be dismissed easily as a reliable source, because of its other-worldly, hallucinogenic images. I find this astounding! 100 Facts.
Atheism 101. "California Gothic" - Herman Krieger Someone has to say it, so I'll do it - There is no "god".
Period. It a childishly obvious fairy tale, and, like Santa Claus and Superman, should never be believed by an adult with a working brain. Believers of the ancient god-fables will of course rail at that pronouncement. Well, sorry, but they've had 2000 years to make their case and all they've managed to do is make a lot of people very miserable. For the beginners, atheism is quite simple - where theism means a "belief in god(s)", a-theism means "without a belief in god(s)". I take a slightly different position which may cause philosophical purists some heartburn. To me, it's as if the god fables are presented anew. To me it is of some significance that the alleged xian deity does not yield to examination. Among the primitives, it appears that rumors and fantastic stories were passed on as fact with little critical skepticism applied.
Does Debating Accomplish Anything-The Thinking Atheist Podcast #12.