Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bible Contradictions #52: Can “true” Christians leave the church?

Early Christians held a monopoly on the No True Scotsman fallacy. Actually, we still hear it on a regular basis. When a Christian does something crazy with which the majority of Christians disagree, people might say, “Yeah, but he’s not a real … Continue reading

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How to avoid building straw men (a post for atheists and believers)

Straw men — This is something I see far too often in blogs about religion or non-religion. And it happens way, way too often in the user comments on this blog. I’m considering blocking serial offenders, not because I want to limit … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions #51: What happened to the city of Ai?

    Joshua sacked Ai about 3,200-3,300 years ago (ca. 13th century BCE). After he burned the city to the ground, the prophet claims the city is “forever a heap of ruins.” This is similar to the prophesy about Tyre. … Continue reading

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Hierarchy of knowledge: Science, social science, pseudoscience (religion doesn’t make the list)

Like anyone with a university degree, a graduate education, and a devout affection for human knowledge, I fill much of my life with understanding our physical universe. I read academic journals ranging from Biology and Nature to Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern … Continue reading

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Quran Contradiction #8: Will Jews and Christians go to hell?

It’s very, very unlikely that hell exists. But if it does, can we rely on the Quran to figure out who’s going there and who isn’t? Well, no, we can’t. In verse 3:85 the Quran tells us that everyone who follows any … Continue reading

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Prominent Lebanese filmmaker and actress, Nadine Labaki, slams religion in Facebook post

I’m a huge fan of Nadine Labaki. Her films tackle serious sociopolitical/religious themes using Lebanon as a scenic backdrop, but the messages she conveys through film are universal. My personal favorite is Caramel, which explores gender roles and sexual taboos from … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions #50: Can Jews intermarry?

In the modern age there is still a dumbfounding debate about inter-religious marriage. Although the debate has largely been settled (there’s nothing wrong with it), there are still pockets of society that condemn Catholics who marry Protestants, or the other … Continue reading

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Birds Turning into Elephants!: Evolution Is a Fact (Creationists Are Dead Wrong)

It pains me to continually see the absurd rejection of evolution by creationists who claim “I’ve never seen one species turn into another.” Well, now you have.

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Bible Contradictions #49: How high were Solomon’s capitals?

During the siege of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar II’s army destroyed Solomon’s temple. For whatever reason the bible waited until this late in the game to take stock of the temple’s inventory. While Neby’s soldiers were carrying off their plunder, both 2 Kings … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions #48: Can women teach in church?

  The Catholic church is steadfast in its insistence that women cannot enter into the priesthood. It’s one of the more backwards social stances held by the church. The best we’ve seen from the Catholic church is the pope saying: … Continue reading

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