Category: bible study

Congratulations to the evangelical Christians …

Congratulations to the evangelical Christians of America (no, really) who, for the first time in one of these Pew Research Center surveys, have demonstrated a better knowledge of the bible and Christianity than atheists. 

I have no idea how to evaluate the fact that atheists, agnostics and “nothing in particular” are assessed separately. It might mean something or it might not.

Atheists still know a lot more about other religions, although we are all put to intellectual shame by the Jews. 

There are fewer than ten references to homosex…

There are fewer than ten references to homosexuality in the bible (although Jesus himself has nothing to say about it). 

However, there are hundreds of references to the pernicious influence of money and how being rich is a bad idea (including many by Jesus).

Those using scripture to justify their homophobia never seem to have much to say about the money they make promoting their hate.

Christians claim their opposition to gay mar…

Christians claim their opposition to gay marriage (which most of the rest of us fairly uncontroversially understand as homophobia) is based on the “biblical definition of marriage as one man and one woman”. 

I feel like they are not as familiar with their bible as they claim.

Christians claim their opposition to gay mar…

Christians claim their opposition to gay marriage (which most of the rest of us fairly uncontroversially understand as homophobia) is based on the “biblical definition of marriage as one man and one woman”. 

I feel like they are not as familiar with their bible as they claim.

Some Things The Bible Never Mentions

Some Things The Bible Never Mentions

  • The apple in the Garden of Eden; the bible merely refers to a “fruit”, which could be anything.
  • The three wise men arriving at the birth of Jesus; the bible mentions an indeterminate number who arrived some time after his birth.
  • Jonah and the whale; the bible refers to a “big fish”, something which a whale is emphatically not.
  • Any mental image you have of Satan; the bible never describes Satan.
  • Halos.
  • Jesus saying anything at all about homosexuality.
  • “The” Antichrist; the bible uses this term fairly neutrally, to describe anyone who doesn’t believe in Christ (which is fair enough).
  • The Holy Trinity
  • Moses floating down the river in a basket; the bible indicates that the basket never moved.

Some Things The Bible Never Mentions

Some Things The Bible Never Mentions

  • The apple in the Garden of Eden; the bible merely refers to a “fruit”, which could be anything.
  • The three wise men arriving at the birth of Jesus; the bible mentions an indeterminate number who arrived some time after his birth.
  • Jonah and the whale; the bible refers to a “big fish”, something which a whale is emphatically not.
  • Any mental image you have of Satan; the bible never describes Satan.
  • Halos.
  • Jesus saying anything at all about homosexuality.
  • “The” Antichrist; the bible uses this term fairly neutrally, to describe anyone who doesn’t believe in Christ (which is fair enough).
  • The Holy Trinity
  • Moses floating down the river in a basket; the bible indicates that the basket never moved.

I’ve had someone seriously ask me, in defence …

I’ve had someone seriously ask me, in defence of the literal interpretation of Genesis, whether or not it’s a coincidence that the basic constituent elements of dirt are the same as the basic constituent elements of a human. 

I’m not sure “stuff has stuff in it” is a good defence of any opinion.

I’ve had someone seriously ask me, in defence of the literal interpretation of Genesis,

whether or not it’s a coincidence that

men have fewer ribs than women. 

They don’t. 

I’ve had someone seriously ask me, in defence …

I’ve had someone seriously ask me, in defence of the literal interpretation of Genesis, whether or not it’s a coincidence that the basic constituent elements of dirt are the same as the basic constituent elements of a human. 

I’m not sure “stuff has stuff in it” is a good defence of any opinion.

I’ve had someone seriously ask me, in defence of the literal interpretation of Genesis,

whether or not it’s a coincidence that

men have fewer ribs than women. 

They don’t. 

You’d expect more from the inspired word of go…

You’d expect more from the inspired word of god. 

I’ve spoken to many evangelical Christians IRL…

I’ve spoken to many evangelical Christians IRL who honestly believe that Jesus will come back in their lifetimes, maybe because much of the New Testament is written with a sense of urgency which heavily implies something dramatic is going to happen very soon.

But those books were written centuries ago. And there have been many people in those intervening centuries who read them and assumed something would happen very soon. And they were all wrong. 

I’m going to guess that none of these people have seen 2001: A Space Odyssey.