The Jesus Germ Theory

In an fascinating clip from one of his debates, Richard Carrier argues that if Jesus really had divine powers and wanted to help the world, he could’ve at least mentioned something about germs, something that people living during his time were intuitively aware of (even if they didn’t have the biological evidence to back it up):



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Is the Creation Museum a Threat or a Joke?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Is the Creation Museum a threat or a joke?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Yes, Being Against Marriage Equality Means You’re Against Gays

As Utah courts and legislators go back and forth on the subject of marriage equality, a new set of players has emerged: Christians who want a pat on the back for not taking to the streets in protest of marriage equality.

Take Michael and Jenet Erickson. Last week, they wrote a column for Deseret News titled “Being For Traditional Marriage Does Not Mean Being Against Anyone.” Their thesis statement? Because Utahns didn’t start riots or pillage gay folks’ houses during the brief window when marriage equality was legal in their state, they are clearly not anti-gay. They’re just pro-”traditional” marriage.

Here’s the totally twisted, borderline-offensive analogy the authors craft to make their point:

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Australian Education Reviewer and Former Big-Tobacco Shill Wants More Religious Instruction in Oz Public Schools

Kevin Donnelly, director of Australia’s Education Standards Institute, is on a government team that’s currently reviewing the country’s school curriculum. Donnelly has expertly identified the problem with his country’s schools: not enough religion.

Mr Donnelly says religion does not have enough of a presence in Australia’s “very secular curriculum”, and that it needs to be taught “more effectively”.

“I’m not saying we should preach to everyone, but I would argue that the great religions of the world — whether it’s Islam, whether it’s Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism — they should be taught over the compulsory years of school,” he said.

And if he’d left it at that, we might have been in agreement. The world’s major religions (Donnelly forgot Judaism) have had an indelible effect on world history; even today, it’s all but necessary to know about each religion’s concepts and characteristics to make sense of what’s happening around the globe.

But Donnelly quickly gave the game away.

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Overcoming the Fear of Coming Out

Seen at PostSecret:

A lot of us have been there. I promise it’s better on the other side.

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