Surely the Bible, the book filled with goodness and light would never condone an institution as evil as slavery? Surely God would condemn this and set people free? Surely Jesus, perfect Jesus would condemn slavery? After all, didn’t Moses free his people from slavery? However there is not a single line condemning slavery in the Bible. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 4 – Slavery”
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a free country and you can believe whatever you want. But I think religious views should be treated the same as political views. They should be regularly discussed debated and criticised. If you say something bizarre in a political debate you should be pulled up on it. Likewise if a religion has bizarre beliefs it should not exempted from criticism. Which brings me to the topic of this blog. While it is a fact that every single religion has bizarre parts (2 every animal was able to fit in the Ark, snakes talking people into eating apples, virgins giving birth etc.) However the Mormons are in a league of their own. Their teachings are so ridiculously absurd it’s a wonder how anyone can take them seriously. As there is a chance Mitt Romney, a Mormon, might become President, it’s a good idea to see what the 14 million Mormons believe. Continue reading “Mormon Madness”
This is a tongue-in-cheek list of arguments often given to prove God’s existence. Its light hearted and only meant as a joke. There is a full list of 667 arguments on http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm These are some of the best ones.
ARGUMENT FROM DESIGN, a.k.a. GOD OF THE GAPS, a.k.a. TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (I)
(1) Check out the world/universe/giraffe. Isn’t it complex?
(2) Only God could have made them so complex.
(3) Therefore, God exists.
ARGUMENT FROM BEAUTY, a.k.a. DESIGN/TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (II)
(1) Isn’t that baby/sunset/flower/tree beautiful?
(2) Only God could have made them so beautiful.
(3) Therefore, God exists.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.” (Leviticus 20:13)
I was shocked the first time I saw this. I know religion is well known for its prejudice against homosexuals, but death? Surely that is too far for even the most bigoted homophobe. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 3: Homophobia”
Jesus is one of the most important figures in history. He has probably had a larger impact on Western civilisation than anyone else. Numerous miracles have been attributed to him and he is claimed to have been descended from God himself. Yet there is surprisingly little evidence to prove he even existed. Continue reading “Was Jesus Real?”
For a book that is supposed to be about love and tolerance, the Bible contains an incredible amount of sexism. It makes repeated reference to how women should be subjugated to men and Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 2 – Sexism”
Sometimes just talking about politics and economics can be a bit dry so here’s some good cartoons to lighten it up a bit while still making a good point.
More or less sums up how stock markets work.
The Labour party used to have principles. It used to stand for something. Nowadays it is indistinguishable from the Fianna Fail government it had vehemently opposed and its governing partner Fine Gael which it is supposed to counter balance. Continue reading “The Fall Of The Labour Party”
Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, Black workers earn significantly worse than White workers. The gap is either 40% or 25% depending on whether the average or median census data is used, but the fact remains that there is a large gap. Why is this the case? Is it due to discrimination or is it because of better skills and education levels among White people? Continue reading “Why Black People Are Paid Less Than White People”
It seems quite obvious what the cause of famines are. They are caused by a natural disaster (flood, drought, disease etc) destroying crops. With less food more people go hungry, hence starvation occurs. It seems very simple and straight forward. But Amartya Sen has proposed a radical new explanation. He argues that it is not a lack of food that causes famines, but rather an inability of people to purchase the food. Continue reading “A Surprising Cause Of Famines”