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People who endorse conspiracy theories tend to be more religious, and this may be due to ideological overlap
04/29/2022
People who endorse conspiracy theories tend to be more religious, and this may be due to ideological overlap

People who endorse conspiracy theories tend to be more religious, and this may be due to ideological overlap

A large study published in the journal Political Psychology suggests that the link between conspiracy belief and religiosity is rooted in cognitive similarities between the two beliefs. The overall findings suggest that people with higher conspiracy belief also tend to be more religious, and this is...

04/19/2022
04/17/2022

HAPPY "GOOD" FRIDAY!
What does the Bible really say about Jesus? Well, that depends… lots of things.

Most readers combine, mix and match different verses from different gospels (which were written by different authors at different times for different audiences) to come up with their own Super Gospel – a completely new account of events that defy all laws of logic, time, and space. This is called HARMONIZATION – a fancy word for blasphemy.

Each author of the Gospels was writing their own Gospel – their accounts of the life and times of Jesus, through their eyes, intended for their audiences. Of course they’ll all see things a little differently, just like eyewitnesses to a crime – everybody has their own view of what happened. So, who is right? What is the truth?

To be clear – the Bible is full of thousands of contradictions and discrepancies – some are tiny; some are enormous. In “The Passion” narratives, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all have very different accounts of the last hours of Jesus’ life and his resurrection from the grave. To be clear – we aren’t talking about the little differences – we are talking about differences that have baffled scholars and theologians for centuries!

Who was Jesus? Was he crying out in confused agony, angry with God? Was he calm and consoling, reassuring his followers that this was all planned and that he was at peace? Much like a crime scene, regardless of how many witnesses there are, there can only be one truth. To me, these are some of the most important foundational questions we must ask of the Bible.
FUN BIBLE GAME:

Please remember – according to the doctrine of the trinity, Jesus was God Himself, in the flesh. Now, go back and re-read some of the Old Testament and imagine Jesus carrying out various acts that we usually attribute to some cranky “old” God. Or, try to re-imagine some of the verse where Jesus talks to God (like the one above), himself. Don’t blame me – the Bible tells us they are one and the same! The God of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament a mind-boggler so awkward that it is usually just ignored.
– Horus Gilgamesh

P.S. This illustration is from our first book, here: http://amzn.to/20PBFwf

04/17/2022

"HE IS RISEN!!!" If you’ve been to church on Easter in the last fifty years, you’ve probably heard the pastor call out, “He Is Risen!” The congregation has been well trained to answer with the cheerful pep-rally cry, “He Is Risen, Indeed!”

I’ve always been a little uncomfortable with chanting anything in a monotone voice, as it reminds me of zombies walking the streets with their eyes rolled back in their heads. What most Christians don’t realize is that the last three words of Mark’s original Gospel give a little different context to the “He Is Risen” chants…

“They were afraid.” Period. The End.

Most Biblical scholars agree – the traditionally known ending of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) found in most Bibles was a much later addition, a forgery or fake – not found in the earliest (most original, most authentic) manuscripts. Interestingly, this later add-on includes some of the most interesting and important passages of Mark – Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene and the two disciples, the announcement of the Great Commission, instructions for handling snakes, drinking poisons, casting out demons, and Christ’s ascension into heaven. That’s a LOT of content to pack into 11 short verses – conveniently added much later by a different author with a very different writing style and different agenda. (Please don’t take my word for it, check the footnotes of most Bibles for the notation of the addition.)

So, what does this mean? It is pretty easy to understand that the original author of the Gospel of Mark, like any author, was *very* intentional about the last three words he chose for his book. Next to the opening sentence being the “hook” of any piece of literature, the last sentence is extremely important – driving the final point home for the reader.

“Shocked and trembling, the women fled from the tomb! They told no one, because they were afraid!” It is fun to compare this original ending found in Mark 16:8 translation by translation using a service like BibleHub. (Can anybody guess where the NLT found their extra conversation-changing verbiage?)

Please take a moment to think about the last three words of the first gospel ever written. Think about how this story came to be “enhanced” in the later written Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. It’s worth noting that it was in this first, earliest Gospel of Mark that we see a tortured, confused, and frightened Jesus crying out just before His death, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani – my god, my god – why have you forsaken me?” (Hardly the picture of the calm, determined, inspired Jesus who prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” which can only be found in the later re-telling in the Gospel of Luke 23:34.)

But, why were the women afraid? Before you lay down the standard party line of, “But, they weren’t afraid of Jesus, they were afraid of the angel in the tomb,” – I’d just encourage you to read your Bibles carefully. In fact, the actual Gospel of Mark never suggests there was an angel in Christ’s tomb at all – just, “a young man dressed in a white robe.” – Mark 16:5 (Of course, it doesn’t say that they were running from a zombie, either – but, for this meme, we simply re-used half of an illustration that is accompanied by a different verse in our first book, relating to the saints coming out of their tombs and walking the streets upon Christ’s death. Much like the authors of the Gospels, we have a little fun from time to time.)

While most modern Bibles are at least honest enough to annotate the discrepancy of the additional ending to Mark in their footnotes, doesn’t it make you wonder, why is the *truth* about the Bible is being hidden in the footnotes in the first place? This would lead most people to wonder if anything else ever got added, altered, or removed from the Bible? No angel in the tomb? The Great Commission was added later? What other stories are told in church every Sunday without any question or true understanding? Hmm…

Happy Easter, folks – watch your back! ;-)

[Remember: Don’t blame us, it is (or is not) in the Bible!
This full illustration featuring different verses and commentary can be found in our first book.]

Sam Harris | #278 - The Man Who Will Be King
04/13/2022
Sam Harris | #278 - The Man Who Will Be King

Sam Harris | #278 - The Man Who Will Be King

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks to Graeme Wood about Muhammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

04/10/2022

They do tend to sugar coat most of it and outright ignore the freaky bits.
Then when someone who has read ALL of the bible (an atheist) points out the freaky bits, we’re the bad guys. Just for pointing out that it exists. 🤷🏻‍♀️

04/06/2022

The Founding Fathers had it right: the separation of church and state is key to a healthy democracy.

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04/04/2022
Study conspiracy theories with compassion
03/30/2022
Study conspiracy theories with compassion

Study conspiracy theories with compassion

The societal forces that drive people to join a belief system matter more than the specifics of what they believe.

03/25/2022

I would wipe my ass with it, but I wouldn't want to insult my ass like that.

03/23/2022

I talk about this phenomenon in Hi, I'm an Atheist (https://amzn.to/3LdUzst), and I show how the process of indoctrination works. Here's an excerpt from that:

"It is often difficult for a person who was raised in a religious tradition to deny the teachings they have known since childhood to such an extent that they no longer identify with them—and wish this to be known to others. It is even more difficult for someone to take an active stance against the ideologies or systems taught since childhood—not because the religious arguments are especially convincing or transcendent, but because of the indoctrination that inherently takes place within a religious tradition."

The book makes a great gift for believers and it is also available on Kindle (https://amzn.to/3L9H8cY) and Audible (https://amzn.to/3uivXrD). Thank you all! I appreciate all the support.

#findgod #religion #atheist #indoctrination #copingmechanism

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03/23/2022

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03/21/2022

These are the same sabotaging House Republicans attacking Biden over Russia and Ukraine.

03/01/2022

— Isaac Asimov

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