Teachings of Jesus that Christians Dislike and Ignore, Number 1
Debunking Christianity
by David Madison
4d ago
They just say NO to their Lord and Savior  Nothing undermines Christianity more than taking a close look at the teaching attributed to Jesus in the gospels—and, well, taking a close look at Christian history. Even some of the Jesus-script that deserves a high-rating reveals how far short this religion falls in real life. Moreover, there are many sayings of Jesus that would make many laypeople uneasy—they would even find them appalling—if they took the time to think about them carefully. My own list of questionable Jesus sayings comes to 292, which I’ve broken down into four categ ..read more
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Dennis R. MacDonald Rejects Jesus Mythicism!
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by John W. Loftus
5d ago
Facebook LINK. Dr. Dennis R. MacDonald was interviewed by Edouard Tahmizian, Vice President of Internet Infidels. It's an interesting interview that needs a wide hearing. You can even click below the video for a transcript. Edouard Tahmizian comments below ..read more
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Quote of the Day On Bayes Theorem by josephpalazzo
Debunking Christianity
by John W. Loftus
6d ago
josephpalazzo replied in Debunking Christianity: Here's Bayes Theorem: In the denominator P(B) must refer to actual data, not some possibility. This also goes for all the other variables P(AlB), P(BlA) and P(A). As example, what is the probability of turning head on tossing a fair coin, which is 1/2. That number, 1/2, can be verified by tossing a fair coin 1000 times, 10,000 times and so on. It's not a guess, nor some divine revelation of some desirable event. If there is no verifiable data, Bayes Theorem is totally useless ..read more
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On Translating Genesis 1
Debunking Christianity
by John W. Loftus
1w ago
The first two verses in Genesis are problematic to translate on their own. But translations are dependent on the context. The first verses of Genesis 1 are usually translated like this: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” My more accurate translation: “In the beginning when the gods made the skies and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” There is no creation ex nihilo in Genesis 1 since the earth already existed. So it's a making not a creation. And ..read more
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“Oh, You Know, God. Everyone Knows Who God Is”
Debunking Christianity
by David Madison
1w ago
Misled by supposed certainties about god   The title of this article comes from one of my favorite Carl Sagan quotes. He was often asked, when he was giving lectures, if he believed in god:    “I frequently reply by asking what the questioner means by ‘God.’ To my surprise, this response is often considered puzzling or unexpected: ‘Oh, you now, God. Everyone knows who God is.’ Or, ‘Well, kind of a force that is stronger than we are and that exists everywhere in the universe.’ There are a number of such forces. One of them is called gravity, but it is not often iden ..read more
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My Article on Horrendous Suffering Was Accepted by a Christian Philosophical Journal
Debunking Christianity
by John W. Loftus
1w ago
I submitted a paper to a Christian philosophical journal (to be announced later) on the problem of horrendous suffering. Here was the initial response I received ..read more
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A Pop Quiz for Christians, Number 6
Debunking Christianity
by David Madison
3w ago
What devout scholars know vs. what devout churchgoers believe A long time ago, devout scholars thought they could strengthen the faith by studying every chapter and verse of the gospels. Thus an industry was born: Christian academia. Many, many thousands of books, commentaries, articles, doctoral dissertations have been written. Not a single word of the gospels has missed their careful attention. But the unintended, lamentable result was that certainties about Jesus were damaged and diminished. It turns out that the gospels fail to meet minimal standards to qualify as history. Most of the ..read more
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Chapter 13: "Christianity Can be Hazardous to Your Health, by Harriet Hall
Debunking Christianity
by John W. Loftus
3w ago
Dr. Skepdoc Harriet Hall died peacefully in her sleep last night. In her honor I present a sample of her work from my anthology Christianity is not Great. If there is any occasion to see the truth of her chapter look no further that how Covid-19 and it's variants have killed, and are still killing, ignorant Christian vaccine deniers. She was one of the greats in our lifetime! If you haven't read that anthology yet, there are a number of really good chapters in it!    Christianity Can be Hazardous to Your Health,   by Harriet Hall, MD Religion will always be a controve ..read more
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Who Was Jesus? Lunatic, Liar, Failed Prophet, Cynic, Sage, Celestrial Being...
Debunking Christianity
by John W. Loftus
1M ago
Over at The Secular Frontier John MacDonald singled me out for my journey from someone who previously believed Jesus was the Son of God, to thinking he was a failed apocalyptic prophet, to taking an agnostic stance on the question, ending up as a Jesus mythicist. At an international conference put on by GCRR I had summed up my recent journey, saying: I have resisted taking a stand on Jesus Mythicism for the same reasons. “At best Jesus was a failed apocalyptic prophet.” Halfway position. Not so sanguine now. I have since changed my mind. For a few years I embraced agnosticism. I have now est ..read more
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Upcoming Debate: "Does God Exist?"
Debunking Christianity
by John W. Loftus
1M ago
Earlier in April I announced I'm done writing and editing books. I'm not done writing, blogging, speaking, debating, or doing interviews though. Far from it! I have been invited to debate in person whether God exists. How would you go about such a broad topic ..read more
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