Ebenezer Scrooge, the Televangelist…

Bob Seidensticker, one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, has written a really neat alternative version of Charles DickensA Christmas Carol with an atheist twist. His novella features a televangelist (Nathan) who gets visited in the night by ghosts that take him through his past, present and future to show him the problems with his message and the consequences that await him if he keeps pushing it.

In the excerpt below, Nathan and Bill (the “Ghost of Christmas Present”) look in on an old couple watching Nathan’s show on TV:

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A Visual Representation of Sam Harris’ ‘Morality and the Christian God’

A month ago, Sam Harris posted on his website an audio excerpt from one of his debates. It’s a popular excerpt, where he talks about the flimsy morality of God. Harris gave his readers permission to turn that excerpt into a video and Devon Tracey came through with this very nice visual representation of a powerful speech:

(Thanks to Brian for the link!)

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Paul Crouch, Who Founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and Made Millions Off the Backs of Gullible Viewers, is Dead

Paul Crouch, the 79-year-old founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died yesterday morning from what appear to be heart problems.

While Crouch will be remembered in religious circles for starting the world’s largest Christian-owned cable station, let’s not forget how wealthy he made himself on the backs of gullible viewers who were asked to send his station (and, thereby, him) money. It was the prosperity gospel at work: Give us money and God will reward you… even though the Crouches always seemed to be the ones getting all the rewards.

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More Than 100 Days After His Assassination, Police Are No Closer to Capturing Dr. Narendra Dabholkar’s Killers

Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated in mid-August, presumably because his battle against superstition and irrationality upset a few too many religious extremists.

While an arrest had been made a week after he was killed, it appears that we are still no closer to achieving any sort of justice:

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Creationist Ken Ham Criticizes Atheists for Reading the Bible Too Critically

Creationist Ken Ham is really upset at atheists who are going to “extreme lengths” to… um… read the Bible.

It turns out we’re reading it too critically for his tastes:

A recent article from the Religion News Service reports, “Atheists use a popular Bible app to evangelize about unbelief.” The article contains interviews with a number of young atheists who have chosen to use YouVersion, one of the most popular apps around, as a way of trying to shake the faith of Christians.

Sadly, atheists like Lauren haven’t approached Scripture with the desire to have these problems resolved by believers who are equipped to answer such claims. No, instead they have come with a bias against God and His Word, and they desire to damage the faith that others have in God. These skeptics are intentionally searching for supposed problems in Scripture — so they can spread more disbelief.

Serious question: Isn’t that what everyone should be doing? If there are problems with Scripture, shouldn’t Christians be at the front of the line to point them out and try to rectify them?

Then he quotes me without mentioning my name:

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