Stalin, Atheism And Communism

It has been often claimed that atheism leads to death of millions of people. Some argue that we need only look at the rule of Stalin or Mao or Pol Pot to see what happens when religion is removed from society. However, this is missing the point. They killed people because they were paranoid dictators. They lack of religious beliefs is irrelevant. In fact most of the victims died because their economic policies led to famines and mass starvations. This is an indictment of Communism, not atheism. Continue reading “Stalin, Atheism And Communism”

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Hitler, Atheism and Christianity

I have regularly heard it claimed that atheism is responsible for the deaths of millions. It is often claimed Hitler was an atheist and therefore atheists are responsible for the Holocaust. The problem with this argument is that Hitler was not an atheist. In fact he denounced atheism and praised Christianity. The Church worked with him and after all anti-Semitism originally came from Christianity. Continue reading “Hitler, Atheism and Christianity”

Crucifixion Contradictions or How Did Jesus Really Die?

The crucifixion of Jesus is central to Christianity. It is because of this that Christians believe he was the Son of God, without it they would probably not be a religion. But why is such a core belief riddled with contradictions? Each of the four Gospels tells different versions often contradicting each other. They show clear signs of extra details being added later. If a coherent story of the crucifixion cannot be complied how can the story be believed? Continue reading “Crucifixion Contradictions or How Did Jesus Really Die?”

Why Did God Not Stop The Holocaust?

Last month I visited Auschwitz and it left a strong impression on me. I was shocked at the brutality of it. The mass slaughter that went on there revolted me. It was disturbing to know that it could go on for so long without anyone stopping it. Why did God not stop it? Continue reading “Why Did God Not Stop The Holocaust?”

Jesus Is Not A Republican

With an election coming up you can expect to hear a lot of Republicans say they are doing what Jesus would do because Jesus is a Republican. In fact Jesus probably has more in common with the Occupy Wall Street crowd than the Republican Party. He was an unemployed, hippie, immigrant, pacifist, socialist from a single parent household. Continue reading “Jesus Is Not A Republican”

Argument Against God’s Existence #2 – If God Wanted Us To Believe

Let’s say God wanted everyone to believe in him (I don’t know why, honestly it sounds very petty and vain, but that’s for another time). How would he do this? It would be quite easy, he would simply part the clouds and shout “Behold, I am God etc” and instantly convert the whole world. This happens all the time in the Old Testament so it’s not as though I’m asking for too much.  God would get billions of converts for two minutes work. Then why doesn’t he do it? The only two reasons I can see is that he either doesn’t care or doesn’t exist. Continue reading “Argument Against God’s Existence #2 – If God Wanted Us To Believe”

The Flaws Of Pascal’s Wager

An argument often used by religious people is that they have nothing to lose by believing in God and that Atheists are risking eternity in Hell for no gain. This is known as Pascal’s Wager. On the face of it, it is quite convincing but it falls apart once you seriously examine it. Continue reading “The Flaws Of Pascal’s Wager”