The word “TERRORIST” has become meaningless. Both the left and the right frequently label those with whom they disagree as terrorists, whether or not those labeled actually use actions designed to “terrorize’ or strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. Governments routinely name those who protest or dissent from their policies as terrorists. Someone who marches outside the pentagon receives the same treatment as those who use bombs at the Boston Marathon or use planes to bring down buildings full of people..
Given this, I hereby declare myself an official Atheistic Terrorist, dedicated to striking fear into the hearts of the religious faithful and delusional by hurling bombs of logic and reason. We are legion, our cells often found in local brew pubs, where we covertly hatch our nefarious plots against the righteous over pitchers of brown ale. NO GODS, NO MASTERS, we cry. we arecoming for your children.
The American Taliban would like nothing better than to impose their on xtian form of sharia law upon the country, all in the name of religious freedom. SOB
There is a heroic legend in the technology community about the man who invented elevator safety brakes. He claimed that any elevator fitted with his brakes, even if all the cables broke, would be safely and swiftly stopped by his new invention. No one trusted it. Did he get angry or indignant? No. He simply put himself in an elevator, ordered the cables cut, and proved to the world, by risking his own life, that his brakes worked. This is the very principle that has delivered us from superstition to science. Any claim can be made about a drug, but people are rightly wary of swallowing anything that hasn’t been thoroughly tested and re-tested and tested again. Since I have no such proofs regarding the resurrection story, I’m not going to swallow it, and it would be cruel, even for a god, to expect otherwise of me. So I can reason rightly that a god of all humankind would not appear in one tiny backwater of the Earth, in a backward time, revealing himself to a tiny unknown few, and then expect the billions of the rest of us to take their word for it, and not even their word, but the word of some unknown person many times removed.
Yet, if one returns to what was probably Paul’s conception of a Christ risen into a new, spiritual body, then the resurrection becomes no longer a historical proof of the truth of Christianity, but an article of faith, an affirmation that is supposed to follow nothing other than a personal revelation of Christ—not to be believed on hearsay, but experienced for oneself. Though I do not believe this is a reliable way to come to a true understanding of the world, as internal experience only tells us about ourselves and not the truth of the world outside of us, I leave it to the Christians here to consider a spiritual resurrection as a different way to understand their faith. But I don’t see any reason to buy the resurrection story found in the Gospels.
|—||Richard Carrier – Why I Don’t Buy the Resurrection Story (6th Ed., 2006)
Phenomenal half-hour Yale University speech touching pretty heavily on the historic story of Jesus and his resurrection.
Great post. SOB
Jack had a ready answer, “God the father does not have a belly button. God the son had a belly button. God the Holy Spirit does not have a belly button. That’s one out of three for belly buttons.”
“Jack, who are you to claim you know about such things. What does your church say about it?”
“Hmmm, You know, I really don’t have any idea.”
I thought not. “What about DNA? Was Jesus haploid or diploid. Did he have half the number of Chromosomes or the same number as other humans?”
“Hmmm, I don’t know, but I do know he probably had genes from his mother.”
“Wait a minute Jack. It says in the bible that Jesus was descended from the house of David, so he also must have had genes from David’s line. Right?”
Jack looked confused.