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Waiting for the Rapture

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Jun 2. 8 Replies

Welcome to the CrazyIn Texas there's a case going to the Supreme…Continue

Tags: religion, atheist, universe, homeschooling, education

Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it

Started by Neal. Last reply by Stephen Jun 2, 2016. 40 Replies

Yes, religion does have all the answers. Saudi Arabian cleric has claimed…Continue

Tags: is, stationary, earth, claims, cleric

Bahraini Intellectual Describes the Problems in the Muslim World

Started by Stephen. Last reply by Mrs.B Jan 29, 2016. 1 Reply

Bahraini Intellectual Describes the Problems in the Muslim World  Men like this give me hope for the Middle East.Continue

Another decade, same old song.

Started by Neal Mar 30, 2015. 0 Replies

A decade or so ago, Judge Moore's ten commandments monument went on tour across the U.S. When it made it's way to Lansing, MI, I went to protest the monument sitting on the state capital grounds. There I ran into a fine christian man and his son who…Continue

Tags: song, old, same, robertson, phil

400 men cut their testicles off believing it would help them meet God.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris Mar 1, 2015. 3 Replies

Hell, this might be even better than the stationary earth dude. Cutting off your balls should be an action that all religious men partake in. …Continue

Tags: to, get, closer, god, testicles

Foundational Worldview Questions

Started by Brennan Bowman. Last reply by Chris Sep 24, 2014. 40 Replies

Hi everyone. i am working on project for a class and for it I am asking some questions on worldviews. If you are willing I would really appreciate it if you would answer these questions for me.1.What is actually reality? What is really real?2.What…Continue

How is this for the stupidity of Interpretation of an Old Book!

Started by Davy. Last reply by Suzanna Apr 1, 2014. 4 Replies

Council of Islam in Pakistan has declared that mere existence of women is against sharia and the will of their sky fairy! Read the full report in the following link.…Continue

Tags: Pakistan, council, sharia, ideology, islam

Creationist Version Of Neanderthal Human Interbreeding

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Mar 20, 2014. 10 Replies

Creationist Version Of Neanderthal Human Interbreedingvia The Panda's Thumb..Had to put this up. Apparently creationists have their own take on the recent findings that…Continue

Tags: Creationist, Earth, Old, Betiality, Neanderthal

Chris Cuomo Schools Catholic League's Bill Donohue

Started by Neal Feb 27, 2014. 0 Replies

Bill Donohue speaks to CNNCatholic League President Bill Donohue got a course on modern…Continue

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The spiritual scientist

Started by Davy Sep 5, 2013. 0 Replies

Science would not exist without an innate spirituality driven by a sense of wonder about the natural world, writes Paul Willis.Early this year my seven-year-old son Chester began his current obsession with the computer game Minecraft. It seems he…Continue

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Comment by Doone on January 5, 2012 at 8:41am

#1. Crushed Victims and the Lake of Blood (Revelation 14:20)

When you ask yourself, "What's the most blood you've ever seen in a horror movie?" you'd have to skip right past the standard slasher films and think of the times when a whole swimming-pool-sized volume of blood has appeared, like the one the girl fell into in The Descent:

Or, there's the whole "hallway filling with blood" scene from The Shining:

Both pale in comparison to the Bible.

The Bible Quote:

"They were trampled in the wine press outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia."

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Pictured: Horse with bridle. Not pictured: Oodles of blood.

Wait, What?

If you're wondering how far 1,600 stadia is, it's about 180 miles. So it's a lake of blood about 5 feet high, extending 180 miles (in every direction, we assume). Somebody in the comments can do the math on how many gallons of blood that is, and how many people would have to be crushed in a huge wine press in order to create it.

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Our guess is two Super Bowls' worth.

This is from the symbolism-heavy book of Revelation, and the lead-up to this quote depicts an angel with a sickle who has been commanded to harvest all of the "grapes" from the earth. He's told to throw them into the huge wine press of God's wrath. And you think, well, that's kind of weird that God would be mad at grapes, but whatever. Then when the press crushes down, the Bible makes it clear that it's blood that flows forth, and you realize, oh shit, those weren't grapes.

And, if you're having trouble picturing what this process would look like, here's a wine press in action:

Now imagine instead of grapes, it's people.

Comment by Doone on January 5, 2012 at 8:40am

We've milked the Bible before for its most badass and sexiest passages, but the good book has a dark side as well. More than just occasionally, people get killed in ways so innovative and gruesome that they could have been filmed as scenes in a slasher movie. And, as we'll show you, some have done exactly that.

#8. The Guy Getting Impaled on a 75-Foot Pole (Esther 7:9-10)

The first rule of Hollywood slasher movies is that your movie isn't worth the price of admission without a good impaling. Like this scene in Jason X, where the guy gets tossed down onto a huge spike shaped like a drill bit:

If you imagine the spike is much, much bigger, you have the Bible version.

The Bible Quote:

"Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, 'A pole reaching to a height of 50 cubits stands by Haman's house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.' The king said, 'Impale him on it!' So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king's fury subsided."


Above: The Punishment of Haman. Who was apparently pretty ripped.

Wait, What?

Haman wasn't the only character in the Bible who got executed by impalement, or even the only one in the book of Esther. However, he stands out for both scale and irony. Fifty cubits is about 75 feet long, instead of a more utilitarian, manageable length like what they typically used to impale people (by the way, you probably don't want to click that link).


We've done our best to tastefully represent the impalement process here.

We have previously mentioned the story of Haman and Mordecai -- basically, Haman was the Hitler of ancient Persia, but his plan involved fewer blitzkriegs and many more giant spikes. His attempt to slaughter all of the Jews took an unexpected nosedive when King Xerxes fell in love with a Jewish woman and Haman found himself hoisted by his own petard, where by "hoisted" we mean "impaled" and by "petard" we mean "75-foot spike." We can only assume Haman's body slowly corkscrewed down to the bottom, just like in the Jason X clip above.


What's important is that he died doing what he loved: being a bastard.



Read more: 8 Gratuitously Violent Horror Movie Scenes (from the Bible) | Crack... http://www.cracked.com/article_19597_8-gratuitously-violent-horror-...

Comment by Doone on January 4, 2012 at 1:22pm

Face Of The Day

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Extreme ultra-Orthodox protesters dress a young Israeli child up in Jerusalem in an attempt to re-create this iconic photo from the Holocaust:

The demonstrators were protesting an effort by secular Israelis to roll back gender segregation on some bus lines and in certain neighborhoods—a dispute that has surged in recent weeks. Politicians from across the spectrum voiced outrage, as did Jewish groups in Israel and abroad, describing the display as an ugly trivialization of the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were murdered by Nazis and their sympathizers.

Using the Holocaust to argue for the segregation of women in public? Just a glimpse of the fundamentalist psyche and the liberation from any decency it permits.

Comment by Doone on January 3, 2012 at 7:39pm
Pat Robertson: God Told Me Who the Next President Will Be, But I Can’t Tell You
Passive aggressive messages from the Man Upstairs
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WINGNUTS • Tue Jan 3, 2012 at 11:34 am PST • Views: 4,136
Religious right crocodile Pat Robertson said on his TV show “The 700 Club” that God told him who the next president will be.

But he’s “not supposed to talk about it.”

God did give Pat permission, though, to let the world know that He’s not a fan of Barack Obama.


Sometimes I marvel at what an odd country America is, that there are actually people here who watch this repellent old fraud and truly believe he has a direct line to the Almighty — just because he says so
Comment by Doone on January 3, 2012 at 11:10am

Meme Of The Day

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Ben Smith gets the, er, scoop on a new side dish conceived by an Iowan restauranteur not named Dan Savage. Photos here, if you dare. Its hashtag is getting tossed around Twitter. Follow the abomination here.

Comment by Adriana on January 2, 2012 at 5:23pm

Maybe I can manage to get to DC in March!

Comment by Doone on January 2, 2012 at 10:04am

From the Jesus is weird department

 

 

“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips ... and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal ... which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:5–8 NIV)

One of the most effective tools the enemy will use to keep you from serving God this year is convincing you that you’ve either messed up too much or that you must clean up your life before you can get God’s attention. When these thoughts pop into your head, sniff the air for the scent of sulfur because they are lies straight from the fires of Hell!

One of the most effective tools the enemy will use to keep you from serving God this year is convincing you that you’ve either messed up too much or that you must clean up your life before you can get God’s attention. When these thoughts pop into your head, sniff the air for the scent of sulfur because they are lies straight from the fires of Hell!

God’s intention when he convicts us of our sins is not to condemn us; rather his breath of life disperses that satanic smoke the father of lies uses to keep us on the run from God.

Comment by Doone on January 2, 2012 at 9:54am

Epiphenom latest 


That was the year that was 2011

Posted: 01 Jan 2012 12:55 PM PST

So, farewell 2011, and hello 2012! Happy Gregorian New Year, and welcome to the wrap up of all the great science covered in Epiphenom over the past year. 

Let's start with what we've learned about why people believe. Are we born religious, or do we learn it? This year there was more evidence that kids are not really innate believers in the supernatural, but on the other hand we saw some evidence that even atheists have a kind of intuition that dead people can still think. Intriguingly, the magic in religious storiesseems to be tailor made to be weird, but not so weird as to be outrageous.

There was more evidence that the link between education and the strength of religious beliefs is really quite complicated, although atheists are more likely to be grammar Nazis! Perhaps more important than education is the type of thinking - it seems that deep thinkers are more likely to lose their faith.

There were some interesting studies on the link between psychiatric disorders and religion. People with religious or paranormal beliefs are also more likely to be psychotic, perhaps because they form part of a reinforcing world-view, prompted by a failure of rational thought. On the other hand, autistics are more likely than average to be atheists, perhaps because they don't have the same social drives. Dope smokers are more religious than booze drinkers, although I'm not sure what that tells us!
Comment by Adriana on January 2, 2012 at 8:36am

Interesting article about Arab exclusion from Israel and the Ultra-Orthodox, doone.

Comment by Chris on January 1, 2012 at 9:38pm

Intelligence squared has a debate: The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion. It's 1:47 long and worth listening to while doing something your don't have to think about so you can pay attention to the debate. I've heard better debates on this subject such as the following Intelligence squared debate: We would be better off without religion 1:54 - with Hitchens, Dawkins, and Grayling vs. Dr. Nigel Spivey, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, and Roger Scruton. I was surprised with the outcome of the first debate. The outcome of the second debate seemed obvious.

 
 
 

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