Pope Francis: Don’t Believe the Hype!

The hype surrounding the new Pope has to stop. There’s nothing progressive about Pope Francis. Whatever the TV or your friends are repeating is false or completely out of context. Let me walk you through some of the most talked-about points: Homosexuality We all heard the now famous line from the Pope when asked about …

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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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Does the Quran Forbid the Killing of Non-Muslims? Verse 5:32 Explained!

Ever so often, Islamic apologists appear in the mainstream media claiming that Islam is a religion of peace. To support their assertion, Islamic apologists often quote a famous line from the Quran’s verse 5:32. Since most apologists always demand context, I will put this "peaceful" verse in full context. This famous line is actually only …

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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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Jesus in Early Christian Art – Wizard Boy to Royal God!

Young, fresh-faced, boyish...The earliest images of Jesus look nothing like the Jesus we know today. And nothing like the Jesus in the Turin Shroud. Jesus, at first, is a happy, go-lucky character, curly haired and handsome. Ceiling Mosaic of the Arian Baptistry, Ravenna, Italy. ca. end of the 5th century CE. Juan Fernández Navarrete, Baptism …

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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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