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In Tennessee, Voting For the Bible and Voting Against the Bible

The supporters of HB 0615, a bill before the Tennessee House of Representatives to “designate the Holy Bible as the official state book,” prevailed with 55 “Aye” votes. They are:

Rep. Alexander Rep. Brooks K. Rep. Butt Rep. Byrd Rep. Calfee Rep. Casada Rep. Coley Rep. DeBerry Rep. Doss Rep. Dunlap Rep. Dunn Rep. Durham […]

Proverbs 30:5 is Flawless Flawless Flawless

“Every word of God is flawless” — Proverbs 30:5

My word, it’s true.

Did The Book Of Job Accurately Describe Planet Earth’s Astronomical Nature?

Look at the 26th chapter of the book of Job, and the one thing you won’t see is a description of Earth as it appears to astronauts in outer space. […]

Is the Bible the Most Logical Book Ever Written?

Conservapedia, the website boasting “500+ million views,” describes itself as “A conservative approach to education… a way to educate advanced, college-bound homeschoolers, this resource has grown into a marvelous source of information for students, adults and teachers alike.” A voice for American conservatism, Conservapedia subtitles itself “the trustworthy encyclopedia” while declaring that:

“All verifiable evidence […]

A Religious Lesson About Forgiveness

It’s a common claim that religions around the world teach the wisdom of forgiveness.

MoneyMatters101 writes, “Every major world religion teaches that forgiveness is necessary and important. Forgiveness is truly a universally accepted principle and provides common ground for love, acceptance, harmony and true happiness.”

“All major religions teach the necessity of forgiveness,” writes Help […]

A Plague of Frogs?

This morning, I found myself reading the Bible book of Exodus, which features six chapters describing ten plagues brought down upon the Egyptians by the god Yahweh in order to punish the Pharaoh for hemming in Yahweh’s favored ethnic group.

Almost all of the ten plagues of Egypt struck an eerie chord with me: bloody […]

Sex And Obscenity In the Bible

“Let us introduce you to parts of the Holy Bible which you have not heard about in sermons from the pulpit, that may shock and dismay you and should certainly convince you that the bible ought to be X-rated. Below you will find a pornographic view of sex and women, lewdness, depravity and sexual violence […]

Religious Violence Challenge: Koran or Bible?

Calling all religious believers: O come, all ye faithful, and tell me, without looking, which holy book the following passage comes from:

“If you hear it said about one of the towns that God is giving you to live in that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, […]

The Boundaries Of Skepticism About Climate Change

Yesterday saw the official release of the latest scientific report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is dominated by a skeptical perspective. The scientists who wrote the report repeatedly questioned the data that is widely assumed to show that climate change is taking place and has largely been caused […]

One Year Bible for Kids Leaves Out God’s Tips for Assaulting Slaves

As I discussed last week, the One Year Bible for Kids promises to have “your 8- to 12-year-olds read the bulk of God’s Word in one year — you bet!” Tyndale House, the Christian company that publishes The One Year Bible for Kids, declares explicitly that kids should get to know God and that the […]

One Year Bible for Kids: Pay No Attention to 1 Samuel 15… Please!

“Can your 8- to 12-year-olds read the bulk of God’s Word in one year? You bet!”

So says the advertising copy for The One Year Bible for Kids, a publication of the Christian publication company Tyndale House. In its introductory material, The One Year Bible for Kids explains that it’s good to get to know […]