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How Hell Became the Opposite of What It Was Meant to Be


(Patheos::Godless in Dixie) – Neil Carter:

For Jesus, Hell was a useful rhetorical device to invert the social values of his surrounding culture, situating him thoroughly within the ancient prophetic tradition in Judaism which called the people of God back to its moral center. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,” Jesus was fond of quoting. As best as I can tell, that was the heart of his message, and Hell was appropriated in order to add teeth to his point.

But that’s not what eventually became of Hell, is it? In the hands of the massive ecclesiastical structure which eventually grew up around this figure, Hell became a place you go if you don’t stay pure enough. Or if you’re a child of Luther, you go there for not believing the right things. Or if you’re a Baptist, you go there for being sexually aroused by the wrong gender. In other words, Hell is now a place reserved especially for the poor and the marginalized. Jesus must be rolling over in his…wait…nevermind. …

godlessindixie 2018/01/09 hell



Numismatic Evidence to Contradict the Gospels


(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

Numismatics is a useful piece of data for assessing historical reliability, since ancient coins furnish archaeological evidence that we can use to corroborate or contradict ancient narratives.

Can such numismatic evidence be used to evaluate the depiction of events found in the NT Gospels? Well, it turns out that it can. But rather than corroborating the Gospels, what scholar Fabian Udoh finds in To Caesar What Is Caesar’s – a scholarly monograph on tax administration in Roman Palestine from 63 BCE to 70 CE – is that the archaeological record actually contradicts the Gospel narratives. …

celsus 2018/01/12 numismatic-evidence

Craig Keener: Biographies and Jesus



(Jesus and Mo) – Mo:

“I’m glad, you’re reading the Koran, Jesus. Did you know the beauty of its poetry is such that it can move listeners to tears of divine rapture?” …

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Jesus and Mo: Doom

Satanism and Forbidden Knowledge


(Patheos::Infernal) – Jack Matirko:

Moral panics seek to demonize things like gaming or art because the core principle of trying to prevent people from engaging with different ideas is to keep them from thinking certain ideas. To Satanists like myself this is best expressed artistically in works like Paradise Lost, it gives context to why I believe in the principles I believe. For others it’s Anatole France, or Blake, or hell (pardon the pun) even LaVey. Now from an intellectual perspective this could be called argumentum ad passiones, and in fairness without supporting arguments grounded in reason it could be. But to some extent it’s a matter of fighting fire with fire since emotional appeal is how authoritarian theocracy tries to compel submission to their ideas, and given their success we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it. So I don’t feel particularly bad about employing it too in an effort to fight back. …

infernal 2017/12 satanism

The Satanic Temple

The Most Fantastically Failed Prayer in History


(Patheos::Godless in Dixie) – Neil Carter:

Did you know that Jesus gambled his entire legitimacy on the unity of the church? He really did, it’s found in John 17:20-23, and it is by far the most dramatically rejected prayer request I have ever heard:

“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

godlessindixie 2016/01/10 failed-prayer

Jesus prays

Roy Moore Lost Because Christians are Better than the Bible


( – Valerie Tarico:

All manner of behavior and misbehavior can be and have been justified from the contradictory stories and commandments between the Bible’s covers. Men like Roy Moore who think they speak for God, who think their end justifies any means, play this to their own advantage.

Fortunately, most Christians are better than that. …

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Roy Moore

Christianity Is Not Dead


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

An evangelical Christian declares the death of Christianity in the U.S.

I wish Christianity were dying. It’s not. It’s merely reverting to its roots. The Christianity he’s pining for – a beautiful faith of “love, of peace and of fraternity” – only existed briefly in the minds of a tiny fraction of wishful thinkers. It’s as if he thinks that benign Christianity is the eternal truth of the religion, and that this recent controlling, selfish, faith of indignant sanctimony is a recent innovation. …

pharyngula 2017/12/09 christianity

Ku Klux Klan

Why I Don’t Want Jesus as My Savior


(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

Here has always been one of my major distastes for the Jesus-savior concept. It’s like a person you aren’t interested in constantly asking you out on a date. If you aren’t attracted to or interested in that person, then they aren’t going to have anything to offer you, and repeated inquiries into the matter just gets irritable. …

civitashumana 2017/11/30 why

Jesus wants in

Does Melvin the god want us to know if he exists or not?


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

There is a nagging little problem that I have with all the proofs of god that theologians keep insisting should be convincing. The fact that we are not all believers in the various gods means that these arguments are not that persuasive and, if gods exist, immediately raises the question: Do these gods want us to know they exist or not? …

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Edward Feser: Five Proofs of the Existence of God

Gnostic BS


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Look, I know Christmas has its origins in paganism. But the church of the time had good reasons to adopt the festival as its own.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-11-15: Adopt