On Blasphemy, Free Speech and Religion

Lately, we've been hearing a lot about this trade-off between freedom of speech and freedom of religion like there is some kind of balance to be struck. I'd would like to make that case that this trade-off is completely false and that there is absolutely no balance to be struck. Freedom of speech never infringes …

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Women in the Bible

Any honest, thinking person reading through the bible cannot ignore the blatant misogyny and barbarity towards women. The eminent ‘men of God” who wrote the bible were the product of patriarchal, tribal, violent, intolerant, monotheistic society. It is no accident that from the very beginning the bible cements women’s inferior status.  In 1Timothy 2:11-15 we …

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Art and Architecture of Early Christianity

Waldemar Januszczak shows how Christianity emerged into the Roman Empire as an artistic force in the third and fourth centuries. Early Christians had no art but practised in secret and Januszczak purports the Rotas Square found throughout the Roman Empire such as at Pompeii were early Christian symbols along with the fish and anchor. With …

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Making “Picadillo” Out of Christian Pastors

Recently, I had the fortune of running into a Christian Pastor during my Facebook travels. I made these people look sooo bad, that they strategically deleted my comments so as to save themselves the embarrassment of getting schooled in their own religion. I must admit, this was a thrashing like no other. I'm not one …

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So there’s this man, whose name was Job (God v. Job)

So there's this man, "whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." Job is the story of a devout Jew named Job whose faith is tested by Satan. Job challenges God to explain "why the righteous suffer" and God answers: “Who was it that …

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EL – The Middle Eastern God That Judaism Stole

The god El, from Ugarit, 13th century BC (limestone) Did the Jews steal some other civilization's god and make it their own? YES! In the Canaanite religion, or Levantine religion as a whole, Eli or Il was the supreme god, the father of humankind and all creatures and the husband of the goddess Asherah as …

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‘In three days, you shall live’ – Gabriel’s Revelation

In July of 2008 a flurry of academic journals and news sources reported a new archaeological artifact that might “shake our basic view of Christianity”—especially about first-century messianic expectations and the resurrection accounts. The find was a large stone tablet on which was written eighty-seven lines of Hebrew text in ink, but much of the …

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