Thursday, December 15, 2011

A great loss.... Christopher Hitchens dead at 62.

RIP Christopher Hitchens - greatest literary provocateur of my lifetime. Huge talent, huge loss

And to you christians, like Ray and Steve and Tony... 

Be respectful and not the ghouls you usually are. 

Millenarian Iconoclasm: Festivus 2011: Airing of Grievances: Christianity ...

Millenarian Iconoclasm: Festivus 2011: Airing of Grievances: Christianity ...:

A good post.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

All atheists are...

This gem today from a Christian who calls himself "OnBootyDuty" (and please do check out his YT channel for the lovely respectful of women videos he has there). 

"Besides most Atheist are either racists been raped, molested or heard about some preacher who lived as a hypocrite(actor), and therefore hates all Christians..."

Wow. All I can say is WOW. 

And "OnBootyDuty" wins today's Moron of the Day award!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Public Response to Richard Chavarria's & Steve Sanchez's dishonesty and censorship

Richard Chavarria at Steve's blog made a claim that "10,000 people become Christians and every day there are 300 less atheists"  Clearly this is a bogus claim, but we were willing to let him save face by posting a source or a retraction. Unfortunately Steve has censored the living shit out of that page and the entire thread has been cleansed.

This is par for the course at Stone the Preacher.

This is my reply that I am sure Steve will not have the balls to approve.
What in the world is going on here??
Richard made an unsupported claim that was clearly BOGUS. When called out on it he ducked and dodged and spun to ignore the fact that he made a bogus claim. He even threw out a red herring that the NYT is not to be trusted because it made a mistake SIX decades ago!! Likely everyone who was a part of that screw up is dead by now! 
I am going to say it. Richard, a person you call “Righteous” and whom you have allowed to moderate comments here, LIED. Because you preach with him and have allowed him to moderate here, his lie reflects on you, Steve.  And now you are censoring the fact we have caught him in a lie??? You are now a willing part of his deception! 
Is this the sort of face you want to present with your ministry? I have lost ALL respect for you, Steve. You are a dishonest coward. 
I am sure you will not have the courage to allow this post, but it has been posted and preserved at Smrt. 

Go to hell Steve. It's time for your blatant dishonesty and censorship to end.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ok Folks. This is off topic and please pass this around!

For those who don't know me, I ride a motorcycle.

I was almost hit Tue. night as well while in the carpool lane on South 85 in Mt. View. I was doing the 50 mph in the carpool lane with a nice space cushion in front of me and back when a black car from the #2 lane swerved into the car pool lane doing about 10 mph just 10 yards in front of me. I had microseconds to react and avoid hitting this guy's car and was forced into the shoulder to avoid the Alpha Hotel who cut me off. 

Please remember to use your turn signals and check your mirrors before you change lanes. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Steve Sanchez's blog and why I will no longer post there

As some of you may know, Comfort's stupid "180" propaganda piece was released today. Steve Sanchez at Stone the Preacher started pimping the movie and instantly started censoring the critical comments. He will not allow ANY posts that refute or debunk the movie. 

My reply to the post was the following: 
"Steve, I watched this movie a few weeks ago. I am simply not convinced. The whole argument is based on the flawed premise that a clump of cells is a human being. By that rational, a finger when chopped off, is a human being. Cells does not a human make. Humans have a personality and consciousness. A fetus hasn't had and of those things. What does bother me the most in this video is how badly the education system has failed these people. Lack of historical knowledge and very very poor critical thinking skills." 

This is what edited my post to read: 

"[FULL DISCLOSURE: This atheist's comment has been edited for content and taken I have taken it out of its original context. I left in the parts of the comment that demonstrate compassion.]
I watched this movie a few weeks ago.
What does bother me the most in this video is how badly the education system has failed these people. Lack of historical knowledge and very very poor critical thinking skills." 

Another user posted this:

"This will be my last comment on the blog until Steve posts my comment in its original, unedited form or deletes the hack job he did.
Unlike Ray and the others, I thought you might have been a better person, Steve. But I now see the frightened person you really are. Makes me sad, Steve." 

This is the edited version by Steve: 

"[FULL DISCLOSURE: This atheist's comment has been edited for content and I have taken it out of its original context. I left in the parts of the comment that demonstrate compassion.]
This will be my last comment on the blog…. "

Another user posted:

"I feel sorry for all the mothers who were forced to make that decision. I do not understand why you would want to take that decision away, when by the same logic your deity kills far more than abortion through miscarriages." 

Steve edited the post to this: 

"[FULL DISCLOSURE: This atheist's comment has been edited for content and I have taken it out of its original context. I left in the parts of the comment that demonstrate compassion.]I feel sorry for all the mothers…." 

 Clearly these posts have been edited to not allow discussion and some even changed to appear to support the movie. 

Steve, if you are reading this, what you did was wrong. Very wrong. It is dishonest to alter the words of another person like that and then make it seem that their original words were mean spirited. 

I don't care if you think ending abortion by any means necessary is the right thing to do. It's not. The ends NEVER justify the means. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Brain failure and the Christian....

Ray Dumfort wrote the other day about how the human heart supposedly proves god because we can't yet duplicate it.

But once again Dumfort is a plagiarist and a LIAR. His entire post is stolen from a MUSLIM site.

So, Ray is now a muslim???

Ray, you are a fucking idiot. You can't prove your god with your own religion so you steal from someone else's?  Why doesn't that shock me?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guest Blogger: Ray Comfort!!!

Today Ray Comfort shares with us how to stop abortions:

Take it away, Ray!

Hello everyone!

This is my argument to make you change your mind about abortion.

Hitler was a bad person. I don't even have to give him the good person test to know that.... because Hitler was a bad person, no one should have abortions for any reason. And please send me your money.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Ray Comfort, about a year ago, was crowing about how great his god was when he "saved" the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile. 

It seems his god forgot about those poor miners. 60 Minutes did a show on them tonight and they are in BAD shape. All are suffering from mental illness, nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks, etc.

"Alex Vega can't explain why he's doing it, but he's building a wall around his house.

"Whenever I hear a noise, I get scared and look all around me. My heart beats faster. I can't go into small spaces. I'm taking five or six pills a day now. If I don't take them, I wouldn't even be able to sit with you," Vega said"

"I'm an underground mining mechanic. That's what I do and I won't be able to do it anymore," Vega replied.

Asked what he wants to do, Vega said, "I've tried to work fixing a car. But I lose my concentration very quickly. I forget things. Right now, I don't know what's gonna happen with my future."

And Victor Zamora? He walked with us to the mine. It was his first time back since the accident. He told us he feels he still hasn't been rescued.

"Before I went in here, I was a happy guy. But now, I'm having nightmares, I'm having problems. I'm not the same person," Zamora told Simon.

Asked what kind of nightmares he is having, Zamora said, "Being trapped, watching my friends around me die. Rocks falling. The other me is still in there."

"Do you miss him?" Simon asked.

Zamora nods. "I can't have a normal relationship with my family...I'm not as affectionate with my child as I was before. It's very difficult," he replied.

"What's it like just looking at this place now?" Simon asked.

"Sadness, lots of sadness. I'd prefer to be dead," he replied.

Where is your God now, Ray??

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's amazing how arrogant fundamentalists are....

The bible promotes humility and that's one thing fundies aren't. Think about your god for a moment. He is infinitely smarter than you. Infinitely more powerful than you. His creation is infinitely larger than you and will be here much longer than your insignificant life.

Yet you think your god is actively interested in your meaningless little life and does things for you even though just thinking about your life is like you watching Growing Pains reruns for eternity and no hope of any new episodes.... ever. You cant help but be infinitely boring to him.

This god giving a crap about you and your life is akin to you taking a personal interest in the life of a termite living in Kenya.... And making sure it has enough wood to eat... And keeping the local ant eater out of it's way. Would you ever think about adopting a termite in Kenya? Of course not! So why would your god give a rat's ass about you and wether or not you make it to Safeway and back in one piece? It doesn't make the slightest lick of sense. To think that god give a crap about you is the supreme arrogance. It's not humility.

Atheism and evolution are FAR more humble than Christianity and Creationism. We live in a universe that doesn't know or care about us. It has no personality. It has no intentions. It's a cold heartless universe. But that's not a thing to be sad about. This is also the story of our triumph! We have carved out a little niche here and called it home. We have survived and become the dominate species on this planet despite "it's attempts" to kill us now and then. Are are insignificant specks who exist here for a blink of the universe's eye. That is humility.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Something to watch for with some fundies....

Fundies like Dumbass Comfort and his ilk love to change the meaning of words. For instance, the word "good" in Comforteese is redefined as "perfect".  "Evolution" is redefined to include the big bang, abiogenesis, and proof requirements for evolution that if true, would actually disprove evolution.

Another favorite is "faith" = "trust". This is not so. Trust is earned and based on a track record. Faith is given blindly and in spite of evidence.

These word games can trip you up if you don't watch out for them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Atheist focused movie!!

Is this the Brokeback Mountain moment for atheists? The Ledge is the first drama in Hollywood history to feature an openly atheist hero in a story about religious conflict. 

The Ledge is the first film in Hollywood history that puts an atheist into the hero role in a production that features A-list stars. It is written and directed by Matthew Chapman, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dawin, the scientist who discovered evolution, the biggest challenge to religion since Gallileo. The film was nominated for Best US Drama at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy, Liv Tyler, Lord of the Rings, Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominee, Patrick Wilson, Watchmen, and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Crash, Iron Man.
On the rooftop of a city skyscraper, Detective Hollis (Terrence Howard) pleads with Gavin (Charlie Hunnam) not to jump. What he does not know is that Gavin, an atheist, is involved in a deadly feud with Joe (Patrick Wilson), a Christian extremist. Joe's wife, Shana, (Liv Tyler) is caught in the middle as Joe seeks to test Gavin's faith or lack of it. Cutting between the present and the past, tension escalates as verbal shots give way to deadly threats in a race against time that neither God nor the police can stop. Along the way, the film provocatively explores the intellectual and emotional conflicts between religion and atheism.

The movie is available to watch NOW on iTunes and OnDemand!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jason Lisles has a brain fart.... again.

Jason Lisles of Answers in Stupidity Genesis,  thinks he can outsmart Einstein's Theory of Relativity. 

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for light to move instantaneously even today. So, the amount of time it takes for light to travel from the most distant stars to earth is actually zero—not only during Day Four of Creation but today as well. ~Jason Lisles 

 So, light is instantaneous?

Jason here has single handedly, without a single equation or test, overthrown General Relativity! Never mind that GR has passed EVERY test thrown at the predictions it makes. Never mind that Jason hasn't performed a single experiment to test his "theory". Naw. Einstein is wrong just because the bible doesn't agree with him. Jason is a moron in the first degree.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Comfort the hypocrite.....

Ray offers this bit on Sunday.....

Atheists Cashing in on the Rapture
Regarding the stupidity of predicting the rapture, Richard Dawkins said, 

"An aspect of religion that intrigues me is its capacity to con money out of a seemingly endless supply of gullible idiots. Is there anything so stupid that, if you put it out there, you can't find thousands of people (and their money) to believe it." 

And those who believe what the professor says can buy his books, DVD's, trinkets, T-shirts, etc., from his website. There is an endless supply who do.

Ray Comfort, who's "ministry" pays him a very comfortable 6 figure salary each year.
Here is a sample of the shit Ray sells:
101 Last Days Prophecies BookletBillete de Un Millón de DólaresSmart cardsTicket To HeavenWallet

Now, who is out to make money?

Ray, is a first class fucking hypocrite. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How cute! Chad Williams thinks he is smarty enough to invent a new fallacy!

Chad Williams from Living Waters offers this brain fart:

The “Taxi-Cab Fallacy” is committed when one hops in and assumes a certain system of thought or worldview in an attempt to make a particular point but then jumps out of the system of thought when it suits their fancy. Such practice lacks logical consistency and is therefore a logical fallacy.

A detractor of the Christian worldview cannot hop into the Christian system of thought by erecting an objection grounded in the Bible and then demand an answer be given without the use of a Bible. Again, they cannot appeal to the Bible in raising their question and then insist we throw our Bible out of the equation when we give an answer!

This is a blatant attempt to limit the skeptics arsenal. This isn't a fallacy. Demanding that something inside the bible be proven from outside the bible is perfectly legitimate. If what is said inside the bible isn't true outside the bible, then it isn't true inside the bible.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

So screwed up, they want to be crucified....

These people want to be so Christlike they want to be nailed to crosses.... With real nails....

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Happy Zombie Jesus Day!!!!

Learn About Zombie Jesus Day.

Teachings and Acts of Zombie Jesus

Jesus's flesh and blood being eaten by his apostles, during the Last Supper
Zombie Jesus' words and acts are recorded in one of the apocryphal books (books which were not included in the New Testament by the Catholic Church), the "Book of Brains". The most famous part of the "Book of Brains" is the "Parable of the Brains", in which Zombie Jesus spoke unto the assembled masses: "Braaaiiins.... braaaiiinnnss... braaaaiinss!!" (in the original Greek of the Gospel, "μυαλό.... μυααααλό.... μυααααλό!!!").
He also coined the phrase "turn the other cheek so I can eat the other side of your brains!"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

LOL... Talk about lack of understanding....

Andrew_Rappaport, Global Moderator at Ambassador's Alliance (A Living Water's sponsored swamp of ignorance) offered this lovely gem today:

"Jack are you saying that you have a independent way other then science to verify the works of science.  It seems to me that science is used to verify its claims but you do not call that circular."

 Needless to say, much face palming ensued.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Poor Ken Ham and AiG kicked out of two home school conferences

Answers in Genesis has been uninvited from two home school conferences. 

Because Ken dared speak out (in a nasty way) against someone who doesn't share his same views who will be speaking at these two conferences and was told to stay home? Why does AiG seem so miffed?  Was it because they are competition to AiG's income and they won't see any money from these meetings at all now?

HS resource sales are a large part of AiG's income. So, the reason Ken is miffed is sort of obvious... He might have to take a pay cut.

Pastor: Give me your tax refunds or you won't get snacks!


Members of the small congregation at Houston Unity Baptist Church said when they refused to give the pastor their tax refunds; he refused to give them their Communion. 
Some members of the church spoke with FOX 26 anonymously. 
"He said for all those who are getting a tax refund, ‘How many are you are going to give it to the church’?" James said. 
Pastor John Goodman said while he refused Communion, it wasn't because his members didn't donate their tax refunds to the church. It’s because they've failed to step up and do what's needed to keep the church afloat. 
"I asked if there were any other members, which I know it is, that got income tax money. I ask if they would like to contribute it over here to the new parking lot." 
When asked if he withheld Communion, Pastor Goodman said absolutely but it wasn’t because of the tax refund issue. He said it was because of internal issues in the church he refused to disclose. 
Goodman said only 4 or 5 members in the church actually help with bills, but he called the rest of his congregation devils and demons. 
Pastor Goodman said he was attempting to get donations to build a new parking lot at the church.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Raca Comfort uses Japan disaster to push gospel.....

In a tweet today asshole Raca Ray Comfort said:
“@RayComfort: My friend @Dikayo created a Japanese YouTube Gospel presentation from the GM28. Please spread it around. Thx.”

This son of a bitch is using the quake to evangelize.

Ray, all I can say is FUCK YOU!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Oh!! The hypocrisy!

Answers in Ignorance... err. I mean Genesis has a gem today I noticed from this tweet:

New article: News to Note, March 5, 2011: Bible-believing Christians need not apply...

Clearly AIG is not happy about these people being denied the privilege of being foster parents because they are bible believing bigots, like AIG.

But let's look at AIG's own requirements for employment with them.....  Even if you want to be on their housekeeping staff, you must submit:

Items needed for possible employment:

  • Resume
  • Salvation testimony
  • Creation belief statement
  • Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG Statement of Faith

 This is in complete violation of the EOE Act as it relates to religion.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ken Ham is proud he fooled a 6 year old child......

His Heart Has Been Changed

"A family were visiting their brother & sister in law for Thanksgiving and wanted to come to the Museum; they tried to convince their extended family to come with them, but they declined. So they came, the Friday after Thanksgiving and went through the entire museum, ending with the Last Adam show. At the end of the show her 6 year old son . . . grabbed one of the cards (credit card type, the one you can sign the back of if you make a commitment to Christ) and took it home. Later that night, as he was drying off from his bath, he turned and looked at his mom and asked, “Mommy, am I a Christian?” So they talked and prayed because he really wanted to know Jesus. He was so happy after that while he was brushing his teeth, he kept stopping to sing,” I’m a Christian, I’m a Christian!” They went and told his dad then pulled out that little card and he proudly signed his name and dated the card. It is now stored in his memory drawer."

Congratulations Ken!  You managed to convince a child (at an age where virtually all children have problems discerning between fantasy and reality) to believe your fantasy!  How proud you must be!

Ray's instructions on how to become an atheist....

How to Become an Atheist

"There are two main hard and fast rules for anyone who would like to become an "atheist." If you are tempted, beware. It's not an easy thing to do. 

The first rule is to ignore design in nature. You will see it everywhere; from the planets, to the atoms, to the birds and the bees, to the seasons, to the design of the human body, the design of fish, flowers, fruits, feet, and even fungus. And of course, the amazing-looking human eye. Everywhere you look and everywhere you can't look, you will see design. 

Now here's the hard part. Ignore your God-given common sense. Admit that everything man made is man-made, but be uncompromisingly adamant that everything in nature came from nothing, with no Designer. Once you have set aside your acumen to do this, crown yourself as being intelligent. Very. Then find other atheists and they will confirm to you that you are indeed, intelligent. 

The second rule is to "believe." This is very important, because if you let doubt in, it will let in fear, and that can be a scary thing when the issue at stake is a place called "Hell." 

Believe that you are right in your beliefs. Believe that evolution is indeed true. Believe that it's scientific. Believe that there are no missing links, and believe that Richard Dawkins knows what he is talking about. 

Believe that you are an ape, that you are not morally responsible because apes have no moral absolutes. Believe that your conscience was given to you by your parents and society, and not by God (always use a small "g" for God, if possible). 

To grow as an atheist, you will need to learn believers' language--phrases like "There is no creation," "Evolution is a proven fact," and the powerful "Flying Spaghetti Monster." Learn the fine art of cutting and pasting, and responding with "Straw man!" That means you won't have to respond to anything challenging. 

All this will give perceived intelligence. Never question evolution, and don't think for yourself. 

Do these things, and you will be able to call yourself an atheist, or even a "new" atheist. How cool is that! Well, I should say, as much of one as you can be called one. No one can be a true atheist because you need "absolute knowledge" to say that there is no God. So until you are omniscient (like God), you will just have to do with pretending to be one. "

Wow. To be an atheist, you have to "Admit that everything man made is man-made, but be uncompromisingly adamant that everything in nature came from nothing, with no Designer."

Seriously..  WTF? 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dr. Brian Greene - The Hidden Reality in San Jose Feb 23 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:00pm
San Jose Hilton

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos 

with Dr. Brian Greene, Professor of Physics at Columbia University

In this multimedia presentation, Dr. Brian Greene, superstring theorist and one of our foremost science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality’s true nature may be deeply hidden. With his unrivaled ability to make the most challenging of material accessible and entertaining, Greene tackles the core questions: Is ours the only universe? How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? Sparked with Greene’s trademark wit and precision he takes us on a remarkable journey to the very edge of reality—a journey grounded firmly in science and limited only by our imagination. –– Dr. Greene is the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos.

Tickets available here

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ray Comfort thinks slavery is nifty

In todays offering of half-baked 'wisdom', Ray Comfort redefines Roman slavery to be gentle, kind, and loving. This is true in some cases, but certainly not the vast majority.

Romans considered slavery as a type of death and slaves were never considered as human. A roman slave was not allowed to have a family. His children were the property of his dominus. It was common for a slave's head to be forcibly shaved so their hair could be made into wigs for the upper class. They had no honor nor pride. They were not protected under law and had no right to sled defense. They were not entitled to trial if charged with a crime.

Rome always have a fresh supply of slaves from nations it conquered. The vanquished were frequently condemned to slavery. A popular form of birth control in Rome was for new parents to abandon their child on the street who would be taken in as a slave by another family. Pirates would attack ships and take passengers as slaves and sell them in Rome.

The life of most Roman slaves was a nightmare. Slaves were often whipped, branded and cruelly mistreated. Their owners would also kill them for any reason, and wouldn't face any charges. Misbehaving slaves could face crucifixion.

Slaves were minimally clothed if the situation allowed. House slaves had more clothing, farm slaves just a cloth and maybe wooden shoes.

Comfort nonsensical claims the movie Ben Hur, a completely fictional work of the late 1950's, is an accurate portrayal of how well Roman slaves were treated: with great love and respect. He simply couldn't be further from reality. If he was to have the courage to watch Star's Spartacus, he would have a much better idea of how loathsome the life of a slave was.

These fatuous claims of Comfort's just further undermines any pretext of credibility when he speaks to morality.  Ray Comfort is a despicable excuse for a human being.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Petition to remove Answers in Genesis, Creation Ministries International, Institute for Creation Research from Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Unfortunately, they are also listing the works of AIG, CMI, and ICR as valid sources for students to find information. These groups don't qualify as scholarly sources as they are not interested in facts or truth, but pushing their own biased view that anything that contradicts the bible must be wrong. 

Each group has the following statement in their 'About Us - Statement of Faith': "By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record." or something very similar. Clearly this is a license to lie and / or deny evidence that doesn't support their view. 

The National Center for Science Education collected over 800 signatures from scientists in the three states closest to the museum (Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio) on the following statement:

"We, the undersigned scientists at universities and colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, are concerned about scientifically inaccurate materials at the Answers in Genesis museum. Students who accept this material as scientifically valid are unlikely to succeed in science courses at the college level. These students will need remedial instruction in the nature of science, as well as in the specific areas of science misrepresented by Answers in Genesis."
Fortunately, there is a petition to ask Google to remove these sites from Google Scholar. I encourage you to sign this petition if you agree that these sites should be removed. Go here to sign the petition:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ken Ham loves lying to children

Would you be proud to tell your children that the moon was really made from cheese? Or that the Sun orbited the Earth? Well, Ken Ham is proud that he tells children lies like the Earth is only 6000 years old, all the dinosaurs were vegetarian. He is proud that he is retarding the education of innocent vulnerable minds whom will later require years of remedial education should they choose to take a career in the sciences.

This is child abuse. It needs to end.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Australian floods are because we sin?

The dimwits over at Answers in Genesis offered this brain fart today:

The floods in Australia and the devastation they caused are ultimately our fault—all of us—every human being. It is not God’s fault.… But instead we should be angry at sin—our sin.

Yeah, its not the weather or nature. No. The floods are caused by god because he is angry at our sins. FFS! How can they be serious?

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Some questions for christians

I have a few questions for theists. I think they are reasonable questions that most christians will have a very hard time answering. Please refrain from quoting scripture. I know the bible rather well and I am interested in your view, not the bible's.

1) Assuming god is omniscient, meaning he has all knowledge. Knowledge must be acquired and verified as accurate. How did god acquire his knowledge? How did he verify it as accurate?

2) Assuming god is all powerful, what are the limits of that power? Can god make a cat give birth to an elephant? Can god turn an bean into a preacher? I won't get into the problems with contradictions related to omnipotence.... yet.

3) What is god's purpose? What was he doing before he created the universe? Why would be need to create the universe?

4) How can god be three persons in one? How do you justify calling yourself a monotheist when 1+1+1 must always be three?

5) If the bible was true, accurate, and complete, it would be the final authority on every topic. Yet clearly, it fails on matters of science, history, and even mathematics. How do you come to terms with that?

6) I maintain that if the christian god exists, he is evil by human standards. Many christians try to defend the evils of the OT by saying that god can do whatever he wants; that he is above his own laws and making things good or evil at his whim. This is by definition an amoral being (without morals). How can an amoral being give moral laws when morality has no meaning to that being?

I will ask more questions later... but this is a good start.

Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name.