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The Book of Jeremy Corbyn - The New Yorker
"And they hearkened unto the word of Jeremy, and believed. For they said unto themselves, Lo, he bringeth unto us the desire of our hearts. He cometh by bicycle, with a helmet upon his head. And he eateth neither flesh nor fowl, according to the Scriptures. For man cannot live by bread alone, but hummus is quite another matter."
satire  politics  bible  jeremy-corbyn  funny 
june 2017 by pw201
Infographic: Taking Easter Seriously – Jericho Brisance
"Many Christians read the Easter stories year upon year, as I did for several decades, yet we never compare them in detail. As a consequence, we often do not realize that they are not telling the same story. There are indeed contradictions in the texts, but it is very important to move beyond “mere contradiction” – the issues with our gospels are far more extensive than that. Comparison against the historical record and assessing the gospels for trends of legend development are probably far more crucial. As with many non-believers, I left Christianity specifically because of the Bible, and because I considered and examined its content very seriously indeed."
bible  easter  crucifixion  contradictions  history  Christianity  Religion 
march 2016 by pw201
Genesis chapter 1 through 1500 years of English - YouTube
via livredor, a reading of Genesis 1 through 1500 years of English.
language  english  bible 
march 2016 by pw201
ladysisyphus: So You Want To Read The Bible
ladysisyphus on Bible translations, and why you probably shouldn't just try to read it cover to cover.
bible  religion  literature  history 
july 2015 by pw201
A Pasta Sea: Elijah and the Apologist of Baal
1 Kings 18 re-imagined as if Baal had a William Lane Craig on his side. Fun times. "A Pasta Sea" is a good name for an ex-Christian blog, too.
bible  apologetics  ahab  baal  elijah  funny  parody 
january 2015 by pw201
Saint Paul says shit
Although you won't find many English translations admitting it (try the Vulgate).
philipians  paul  st-paul  bible  language  shit 
october 2013 by pw201
Making Light: Victory to the People
A history of the development of the Biblical canon, recounted as if it were fan fiction.
canon  religion  bible  nicea 
september 2013 by pw201
How Much Religion Should You Expose Your Children To? | Friendly Atheist
Tycho and Gabe talking about what they should teach their kids about religion. Interesting that Gabe (who's son is also called Gabe) is a vague theist but didn't want to pass on much formal religion to his son, but Tycho (an atheist) thought the kid should know about the Bible.
atheism  religion  bible  penny-arcade  children 
november 2011 by pw201
Moral Realism in the Bible?
"Most theologians seem to think the Hebrew Bible presupposes a subjective theory of ethics that grounds right and wrong in the nature or attitudes of a person, Yahweh. This is called divine command theory. Bible scholar Jaco Gericke has proposed an alternate view: that some passages of the Bible presuppose objective moral realism, such that right and wrong are grounded in something beyond the attitudes of a person or persons. Under such a view, Yahweh might sometimes be wrong."
bible  morality  philosophy  religion  christianity 
july 2010 by pw201
The Tornado, the Lutherans, and Homosexuality :: Desiring God
Well known complementarian John Piper explains how God sent a tornado to break the spire of a Lutheran church as a "a gentle but firm" reminder that gay sex is bad. Via a more sensible Christian on Unreasonable Faith.
church  homosexuality  sin  bible  christianity  reformed  sex  gay  piper  lutheran  lolxians 
april 2010 by pw201
Preachers who are not Believers
Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola, a social worker, look into the question of what it's like to be a pastor who doesn't believe in God. They've interviewed 5 closeted non-believing church leaders. Fascinating stuff: Dennett and LaScola write of the pastors' loneliness and conviction that there are many like them. They wonder whether they learned too much: "What gives them this impression that they are far from alone, and how did this strange and sorrowful state of affairs arise? The answer seems to lie in the seminary experience shared by all
our pastors, liberals and literals alike... It is hard if not impossible to square these new facts with the idea that the Bible is in all its particulars a true account of actual events, let alone the inerrant word of God."
christianity  religion  ministers  dennett  daniel-dennett  atheism  de-conversion  bible  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2010 by pw201
A life changed by evidence
Series of videos by a former evangelical Christian explaining why he became an atheist. Well produced and informative stuff. The chap makes a palpable effort to show how he was a Christian and how, for much of the time before his deconversion, he thought the things he was learning could be incorporated into Christianity rather than working against it.
video  youtube  de-conversion  christianity  evangelicalism  bible  morality 
november 2009 by pw201
God is not the Creator, claims academic
In a sense, this isn't news: a lot of the religions that were contemporaries of Judaism had a creation story involving gods making order out of chaos rather than creating the universe from nothing, though I'd previously read that this was referred to in the Bible more obliquely than the this new theory suggests (e.g. water + Leviathan symbolises chaos in Psalm 74). If this idea catches on, it'll be interesting to see the new ideas the Abrahamic religions come up with to harmonise this with science :-)
religion  bible  history  christianity  creationism  creation  god  chaos 
october 2009 by pw201
Messy Revelation: Why Paul would have flunked hermaneutics
Susan Wise Bauer in Christianity Today, writing about Peter Enns, who noticed that the NT authors don't interpret the OT the way evangelicals would. I liked this bit: "This is the exactly the kind of exegesis that terrifies most evangelicals. The man who admits that meanings can be "read into" Scripture stands on the fabled slippery slope, right above a sheer drop-off, while below him churns a sea of relativism, upon which floats only a single overloaded lifeboat, captained by a radical feminist gay & lesbian & transgender activist who is very anxious to make the final decision about who gets pitched overboard."
bible  hermaneutics  peter-enns  christianity  religion  paul  old-testament 
september 2009 by pw201
Against Mythicism: A Case for the Plausibility of a Historical Jesus
An atheist argues that Jesus was probably a real person, which seems reasonable to me.
jesus  christianity  history  bible  myth  rastafarian  haile-selassie 
may 2009 by pw201
Bart Ehrman, "Jesus Interrupted" | Salon
Bart Ehrman has a new book out. Might be worth a look.
ehrman  bible  christianity  religion  bart-ehrman  gospel 
april 2009 by pw201
Karen Armstrong on PBS
Thinks religions need more compassion and should interpret their scriptures to provide it.
bible  religion  compassion  karen-armstrong 
march 2009 by pw201
"Apocamon: The Final Judgement" Written by St. John the Divine, Illustrated by Patrick Farley
The book of Revelation as manga. It's great. Was off the net for a while, but this archive site seems to have it
bible  christianity  funny  apocalypse  comics  revelation  armaggdon 
january 2009 by pw201
Five marks of a holy book
How to tell whether you're reading a holy book, and what to do when you realise there are no such books.
religion  satire  holy  bible 
october 2008 by pw201
Misquoting Jesus - lecture by Bart Ehrman
"Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know," a textual criticism of Biblical manuscript tampering by Bart Ehrman, Professor or Religious Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ehrman  bible  lectures  christianity  textual-criticism 
june 2008 by pw201
Evangelicalism, modernity and the Bible
A thread between Rob and me, which I'm always losing so bookmarking.
bible  evangelicalism  modernity  enlightenment 
june 2007 by pw201

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