Truth Is Stranger Than Truth

Editor’s Note: Well, it’s back to Vacation Bible School!  This time, in the spirit of Ecumenism, we’re hearing from a Rabbi. I can’t find any Google reference to Jews doing Bible school, but if they did, I’m not sure this lesson would make the cut. It was originally posted on “The Atheist Rabbi” blog on [Read More...]

Lesson #6 in Vacation Bible School: Biblical Inspiration? Not So Much

(Originally published 3/8/12, by Mike Aus, aka paganpreacher) ==================== Editor’s Note: Mike picks out some of the ugliest parts of the Bible, questioning why so much of the “good book” would contain such gruesome material.   Just a little inspiration from the “Good Book” to bless your week: “When a man sells his daughter as [Read More...]

Lesson #5 in Vacation Bible School: Paul Never Quotes Jesus

(Originally published 11/11/11, by Mike Aus, aka, paganpreacher) Editor’s Note:  Here Mike questions how the Apostle Paul can know what Jesus said at The Last Supper if he wasn’t there. ==================== Here’s another oddity of the Bible that Christians hardly ever mention, and apparently it doesn’t bother many people.  But it has sure bothered me [Read More...]

Lesson #4 in Vacation Bible School – Tweaking the Translation Alters the Meaning

(Originally published 2/16/12, by Mike Aus, aka paganpreacher) Editor’s Note: This is the sequel to “Dishonest Bible Translations” in which Mike Aus, a nondenominational pastor at the time he wrote it, points out an additional instance in which a biblical translation makes a big difference in the originally intended meaning. ==================== The Old Testament prophet [Read More...]

Lesson #3 in Vacation Bible School: Dishonest Bible Translations

(Originally published 2/15/12, by Mike Aus, aka paganpreacher) Editor’s Note: In this post, several Bible verses are used as illustrations of how meanings can be easily manipulated, mistranslated and misunderstood. ==================== Translating the Bible is a tricky and imprecise process which allows ample room for translators and Bible publishers to insert their particular theological agendas.  [Read More...]

Lesson #2 in Vacation Bible School: Good Reasons to Read the Bible

(Originally published 8/12/12 by paganpreacher, aka Mike Aus) Editor’s Note: The second lesson in this series was written over a year after the first one featured in this series, and several months after Mike “came out” atheist.  Here he uses several Bible verses to show how meanings can be easily manipulated, mistranslated and misunderstood. ==================== [Read More...]

Welcome to Vacation Bible School – Rational Doubt Version

Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, in keeping with a long-standing tradition of vacation bible school, Rational Doubt will be featuring blog posts by Mike Aus, former Lutheran and nondenominational pastor and current humanist community leader. Mike has given permission to reprint posts from his paganpreacher blog, which he started writing in 2011 as [Read More...]


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