Sunday

Bart D. Ehrman - - The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon






It's important to remember this course of lectures is approached from an historical angle and not a theological one.  These lectures are very thorough and the entire series is slightly over six hours in playing time. The video above the playlist and immediately below "Misquoting Jesus" is an interesting watch/listen and provides a good foundation. Following that is a radio interview on how and why the Bible is forged and finally the university lectures.






Bart Ehrman explains how the Bible is forged and why it came to be the book that it is. People claiming to be who they were not, hence the book "according to" (anonymous, unknown)
I can't help but find the irony of "Bearing False Witness" being the basis for much of the book amusing, especially as.the book is used for swearing an oath upon in a court of law, and the probable intended reason for such a commandment.




The playlist

What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? What do they teach? Who actually wrote them? How were they passed forward through history? And, perhaps most important of all, why and how did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of Scripture that would define their belief for all time?

In The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, Professor Ehrman offers a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.

Lecture 1  Early Christians and their Literature




Lecture 2 The Greco-Roman Context




Lecture 3 Ancient Judaism




Lecture 4 The Earliest Traditions About Jesus




Lecture 5 Mark: Jesus as the Suffering Son of God




Lecture 6 Matthew: Jesus the Jewish Messiah




Lecture 7 Luke: Jesus the Saviour of the World




Lecture 8 John: Jesus the Man from Heaven.




Lecture 9 Noncanonical Gospels




Lecture 10 The Historical Jesus - Sources and Problems




Lecture 11 The Historical Jesus - Methods and Solutions




Lecture 12 Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet




Lecture 13 The Acts of the Apostles




Lecture 14 Paul: The Man the Mission and the Operandi




Lecture 15 Paul and the crisis of his churches - First Corinthians




Lecture 16 Paul Ethics




Lecture 17 Paul's Letters to the Romans




Lecture 18 Paul, Jesus and James.




Lecture 19 The Deutro-Pauline Epistles.




Lecture 20 The Pastoral Epistles.




Lecture 21 The Book of Hebrews and the beginning of Christian Anti-Semitism.




Lecture 22 First Peter and the Early Persecution of the Christians




Lecture 23 The Book of Revelation




Lecture 24 Do We Have the Original New Testament









Taught by Bart D. Ehrman

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.Div., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary




Ricky Gervais - Science - Antitheist Blog

Ricky Gervais - Science - Antitheist Blog

Ricky is quite at home delivering thought-provoking rants and tongue-in-cheek political incorrectness about subjects as diverse as religion, racism and obesity.



Saturday

Panorama - Britain's Honour Killings. _Antitheist

Panorama - Britain's Honour Killings. Antitheist






Forced Marriages are not cultural, they are fucking abuse. This highlights a growing problem, though the BBC does tend to tiptoe around the religious aspect. Yes there are cultural issues influencing these horrors. Cultural issues shaped entirely by misogynistic, extremely violent religion, as they all are.

Since seeing this a few nights back, a friend has sent a book which I'm reading  "Shame" and two people have contacted antitheists in confidence with very worrying problems related to this abuse.  We urgently need to get educated on this subject and help in more than just being a support, we need to be able to direct people to the right places for professional help. Abuse of any person by any person, for whatever reason makes me slightly physically shake with burning rage from within. It's just not acceptable. As for arranged marriages of the unwilling, it's fucking institutionalized rape. 

Friday

Atheism vs. Christianity - Antitheist Blog





Atheism vs. Christianity




A debate between Dr. William Lane Craig (Christian) and Mr. Frank Zindler (atheist).

Willow Creek Community Church and the American Atheists INC. agreed to stage a major debate on the theme "Atheism vs. Christianity: Where Does The Evidence Point?" This video presents the entire debate as it actually unfolded.

Saturday

Christianity's Shared Stories. - New Testament Forgeries. - Antitheist


Christianity sharing aspects of the same story:


Human Mother

Dionysus -   mother Semele is human.
Heracles -   mother Alcmene is human.
Perseus -   mother Danae is human.
Jesus        -   mother Mary is human.

Godly Father

Dionysus -   son of the god Zeus.
Heracles -   son of the god Zeus.
Perseus -   son of the god Zeus.
Jesus       -   son of the god Yahweh.

Miracles:

Dionysus -   performs miracles.
Heracles -   defeats the Hydra, completes the Twelve Labors
Perseus -   defeats Medusa and a sea monster, flies through the air.
Jesus   -   performs miracles.

Resurrection:

Dionysus -   raised to divine immortality on Olympus.
Heracles -   raised by the gods from his funeral pyre to Olympus.
Perseus -   raised into a constellation at death.
Jesus        -   raised to heaven.








Monday

Stolen Lives - "We Were Only Children" - Antitheist



Stolen Lives - "We Were Only Children"  - Antitheist

First hand accounts of the wickedness of Catholic orphanages, industrial schools.



The Catholic Church got away with these horrors, because it was as though, it was a conjoined twin with the Irish government. The government and Vatican ruled Irish people with an iron fist. One only has to read about why Ireland's famous writers had to leave Erin's shores, and they'll find out how grossly stifled and censored they were. Unwanted and unloved children incarcerated into Irish Dickensian industrial "schools" for most of their childhoods.

Sunday

Madalyn Murray O'Hair on the Donahue Show - Antitheist

Madalyn Murray O'Hair on the Donahue Show - Antitheist



Did you know Madalyn Murray O'Hair left Maryland in 1963 after she allegedly assaulted five Baltimore police officers who came to her home to retrieve a runaway girl. A girl who had escaped a life of abuse. That's how fucking awesome MMOH was.
MMOH - Woman Atheist Anarchist
(The three words she wanted to be remembered by)

Friday

Criticism of Israel Not Permitted if UK or USA Politician.


Criticism of Israel Not Permitted if UK or USA Politician.



Freedom of speech? Here in the UK? Really? Not for Baroness Jenny Tonge. The ultimatum presented to her by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was to retract her statement or resign.

In a recent debate in Middlesex University, in which the topic being discussed was whether Zionism equated to apartheid, Barones Tonge said, “Israel is not going to be there forever in its present form. One day, the United States of America will get sick of giving 70 billion a year to Israel to support what I call America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East, that is Israel. One day the American people are going to say to the Israeli lobby in the USA, enough is enough. Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown”.


Is this statement really anti-Semitic or was Baroness Tonge just attacking a country whose policies she didn’t agree with? She did not call for the destruction of the state. She merely stated that Israel would not continue in its present form. Israel is a country which has occupied another state for a number of decades, killed their women and children and still have a number of Palestinians in their prisons without trial or charge. Their crime is only that they are Palestinian and they will not give up their land to the oppressive regime.


Activist Ken O’Keefe, US Ex Marine who was also present at the debate in Middlesex University said, “I hope that she has no regrets, I hope that she sees what she said as an honour statement, a valid statement. As we sit hear perched on the verge of World War III and potential Nuclear annihilation, people must speak the truth, no matter what are consequences are. I don’t know what she thinks personally, it's I think a badge of honour because she said the truth and if she’s punished for that then so be it.”

Baroness Tonge was punished for using her freedom of speech to speak for the people of Palestine and she was forced to leave the Liberal Democrat Party.

Labour leader, Ed Milliband has said ‘that there is no space in British politics for questioning the existence of Israel’. Many Ministers echoed his rhetoric. Why is there never this outcry when Palestinians are being murdered? Their land has been stolen and many Palestinians have been living as refugees for decades and no Member of Parliament even dares to speak out on behalf of them.
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CIF Watch dot org delights in attempting to deride Trigger from the much loved TV series.

"It’s a shame when one of Britain’s best-loved comedy actors joins with the forces of darkness to come to the defence of one of the world’s most reviled regimes, but such is the fate of Roger Lloyd Pack who played Trigger in BBC’s Only Fools and Horses.

Lloyd Pack is a seasoned anti-Israel activist and so it is no surprise to find his signature among the usual suspects in a letter to yesterday’s Guardian supporting Stop The War Coalition’s Don’t Attack Iran Campaign.

Ironically, the BBC website even gives the following description of Trigger:

“Although initially a (relatively speaking) sharp-minded villain Trigger’s intellect has rapidly diminished over the years until it reached its current level of hilarious stupidity.”

Who said art doesn’t sometimes mirror life?"

A saucer of milk for the hostile CIF WATCH who further go on to slate The Guardian Newspaper, an award winning newspaper among one of the most respected newspapers in the UK.

CIF CONTINUE:
The Guardian website even generously links the letter to the Don’t Attack Iran Campaign website. Why take out an expensive ad in a national newspaper, hire an expensive London venue or print millions of leaflets when all you need do nowadays is write a letter to The Guardian who will give you free advertising space if you’re anti-Israel.

The familiarity of these hardcore anti-Israel signatories is positive in as much as it shows how so alone they are in their support for such an oppressive ideology:

Tony Benn,
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Brian Eno
Lindsey German
George Galloway
Kate Hudson,
Jemima Khan
Ken Loach
Roger Lloyd Pack
Lowkey
Len McCluskey
John McDonnell MP
John Pilger
Michael Rosen
Jenny Tonge

You’d have thought that after her forced resignation from her party after wishing away Israel’s existence they might have left Jenny Tonge off for once but, then again, her recent statements that “Israel is not going to be there forever” and “then they will reap what they have sown” ties in nicely with Ahmadinejad’s genocidal desire to wipe Israel off the map.

Some say Ahmadinejad was mistranslated and that he merely wanted to eradicate Zionism. It’s the same weak defence that commentators like The Guardian’s Michael White and The New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan put up for Tonge.

Let’s forget that Israel and Zionism are not mutually exclusive and gloss over Ahmadinejad’s “mistranslation” and listen to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei who, as reported by Press TV, “described Israel as a cancerous tumor that must be removed”. It doesn’t get more unambiguous than that and straight from the fool’s and horse’s mouth.

And calling it an attack on Iran is like calling Operation Cast Lead an attack on Gaza or on the Palestinians when, in actual fact, it was a legitimate attack on the terrorist group Hamas in self-defence. Attacking Iran’s nuclear sites will also be a legitimate act of self-defence unless Iran opens itself up to a full nuclear inspection in accordance with its non-proliferation treaty obligations, something that it has so far proved suspiciously unwilling to do. ---  Thank you CIF that's quite enough of that.

You have to wonder how many of those calling for such pre-emptive action will be putting their own lives on the line, or those of their children? None will be the answer. Personally I hope Obama is not just appeasing AIPAC as best as possible until after the election,  to then give the green light for military action, rather hope the opposite is true.



US puts Vatican on list of money laundering hubs



US puts Vatican on list of money laundering hubs


DRUG enforcement chiefs have for the first time identified the Vatican as a possible centre for money laundering from criminal activity.

The report by the American State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy lists the Holy See as one of 68 countries including Yemen, Algeria and North Korea, describing it as a “country of concern” for money laundering or other financial crimes.

Officials said they had placed the Vatican on its watch list because of the “huge amount of cash” that flows into the tiny city state and also because it was still unclear how effective anti-money laundering legislation introduced last year by Pope Benedict XVI had been.

The news comes just weeks after a series of leaked documents from within the Vatican – dubbed “Vatileaks” – revealed allegations of corruption and money laundering which forced officials into issuing a series of denials.

The documents claimed there was a massive loophole which made it impossible to take action against any offence committed before its introduction on 1 April 2011.

Prosecutors are investigating two transfers totalling €23 million (£19.3 million) from the Vatican Bank, the Institute of Religious Works to give it its proper name, to two smaller banks.

Thursday

EDDIE GRIFFIN (dysfunktional family) FULL SHOW by-Jan Jan

George Carlin - Jesus Interviewed. - Antitheist





George Carlin - Jesus Interviewed. - Antitheist


video

Taken from George Carlin's Place For My stuff. -

Classic Carlin all the way. This is his eighth comedy album after a five-year break. Unlike earlier releases, A Place for My Stuff contains a number of studio tracks in addition to live performances, and he pokes fun at the format and candor of community radio, commercials, and television with aplomb.
Tracks:
1. Acknowledgements
2. Opening
3. A Place for My Stuff
4. First Announcements
5. Have a Nice Day
6. Rice Krispies
7. Second Announcements
8. Interview with Jesus
9. Join the Book Club
10. Abortion
11. Third Announcements
12. Ice Box Man
13. Fourth Announcements
14. Asshole, Jackoff, Scumbag
15. Fifth Announcements
16. Fussy Eater, Part 1
17. Sixth Announcements
18. Fussy Eater, Part 2
19. Seventh Announcements

Explicit Language Warning: You must be 18 years or older to purchase







Tuesday

Fishy Pastor - Antitheist



Pastor Stephen Bishop
 Main Street Christian Church
 220 W. Main St.
 P.O. Box 155
 Russiaville, IN 46979

 Pastor Stephen Bishop, mscc9@sbcglobal.net

Drunk With Blood: God's killings in the Bible - Antitheist




But did you know God

 *Forced friends and family to kill each other for dancing naked around Aaron's golden calf?

 *Burned Aaron's sons to death for offering him strange fire?

 *Burned complainers to death, forced the survivors to eat quail until it literally came out their noses, sent "fiery serpents" to bite people for complaining about the lack of food and water, and killed 14,700 for complaining about his killings?

 *Buried alive those that opposed Moses (along with their families)?

 *Burned 250 men to death for burning incense?

 *Rewarded Phinehas for throwing a spear though the bellies of an inter-tribal couple while they were having sex?

 *Ordered, assisted in, or approved of dozens of complete genocides?

 *Accepted human sacrifice in the cases of Jephthah's daughter and Saul's seven sons?

 *Helped Samson murder thirty men for their clothes, slaughter 1000 with the jawbone of an ass, and kill 3000 civilians in a a suicide terrorist attack?

 *Smote the Philistines of several cities with hemorrhoids in their secret parts?

 *Killed a man for trying to keep the ark of the covenant from falling and 50,070 for looking into the ark?

 *Approved when David bought his first wife with 200 Philistine foreskins?

 *Killed King Saul for not killing every Amalekite as he told him to do?

 *Slowly killed a baby to punish King David for committing adultery?

 *Killed 70,000 because David had a census that he (or Satan) told him to do?

 *Sent a lion to kill a prophet for believing another prophet's lie, another lion to kill a man for not smiting a prophet, and some more lions to kill people that didn't fear him enough?

 *Killed 450 religious leaders who lost a prayer contest with Elijah and burned 102 men to death for asking Elijah to come down from his hill?

 *Sent two bears to rip apart 42 boys for making fun of Elisha's bald head?

 *Killed 27,000 Syrians by having a wall fall on them, sent an angel to kill 185,000 sleeping soldiers, interfered in human battles to kill a half million Israelite and a million Ethiopian soldiers?

 *Killed King Ahab for not killing a captured king, and then sent King Jehu on a series of mass murders to kill all of Ahab's family and friends who had ever "pissed against a wall?"

*Killed Jehoram by making his bowels fall out?

 *Killed Job's ten children in a bet with Satan?

 *Killed Ezekiel's wife and told him not to mourn her?

 *Killed Ananias and Sapphira for not giving Peter all their money?

 *Killed King Herod by feeding him to worms?

All of these killings, and more, are found in the Bible, and the God of the Bible is proud of each one.

Here is what he says about them:

“I kill ... I wound ... I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh.” -- Deuteronomy 32:39-42

These stories fill the pages of the Bible, yet they are seldom read in any church and are completely ignored by most Bible believers. Drunk with Blood brings them out into the open for all to see. It's time for us all to take a look.



Monday

The Answer to Life the Universe and Everything 42



Stephen Fry claims to have had 42 explained to him by Adams himself, Fry has vowed to take the secret to the grave.

A story is told about two learned ones who seek the answer to the meaning of life. A super computer named Deep Thought (voiced by Helen Mirren) spends seven and a half million years calculating a response and comes up simply with "42." When the learned ones express their disapproval, they are told that the most important thing is the question about the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

42 is the number of cells in Connect Four.

42nd Street is the major east-west street of Times Square, in New York.

42 is the angle in degrees for which a rainbow appears.

42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabalistic tradition.

In House MD, House says his lucky number is 42

In the book, there is Rule 42 which says that anyone taller than a mile must leave the court immediately. That becomes a problem for Alice when she eats some mushrooms.

There is another theory that rests on a complex allusion to 42 in numerical base 13. It sparked Adams' retort: "I don't write jokes in base 13."

So what does Stephen Fry, a close friend, voice of the audiobook, and possibly one of the most intelligent admirers of The Hitchhiker's Guide think?

"Of course, it would be unfair for me to comment," he confides. "Douglas told me in the strictest confidence exactly why 42. The answer is fascinating, extraordinary and, when you think hard about it, completely obvious. Nonetheless amazing for that.

"Remarkable really. But sadly I cannot share it with anyone and the secret must go with me to the grave. Pity, because it explains so much beyond the books. It really does explain the secret of life, the universe, and everything."

It is known answers and questions are mutually exclusive, but this isn't really very helpful

Sue Quinn
In an eerie example of life imitating art, the team from the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, while studying the dying echo of the Big Bang, has discovered a surprising scientific constant which determines the age of the universe.

In Adam’s cult novel, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the computer known as Deep Thought number crunched for 7.5 million years to calculate that the answer to the biggest question of all was 42. But it has taken the Cambridge team just 10 years to arrive at the same preliminary conclusion.

Scientists made the discovery after trying a new technique to evaluate the Hubble Constant, a measurement which indicates how quickly objects in the universe are moving away from each other and thereby how long ago all the objects were together at some point.  Taking the average of two different measurements for the constant, they determined that the answer was 42.  The value of the Hubble Constant gives an age for the universe of about 15 billion years, older than previous estimates using different methods.




Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed, but he rejected them all. On November 3, 1993, he gave an answer on alt.fan.douglas-adams:
The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one.


 Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story.

Adams described his choice as 'a completely ordinary number, a number not just divisible by two but also six and seven. In fact it's the sort of number that you could without any fear introduce to your parents'





Friday

Bad Assed Antitheist Ringer T


BAD ASSED ANTITHEIST TOP - Antitheist

BAD ASSED ANTITHEIST TOP


Riddles of the Bible - National Geographic Channel - Antitheist.


Hilarious but lengthy playlist of National Geographic Channel Videos.




Find out whether or not the stories of the Bible are based on real events. Today, biblical archaeologists and religious scholars rub shoulders with geologists, forensic astronomers, paleontologists, meteorologists, biologists, physicists, seismologists, and volcanologists. They’re all scouring the globe for the most elusive and controversial goal in biblical research: to find out whether or not the stories of the Bible are based on real events.

Exodus Revealed.- A scientific investigation of the 10 plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea seeks to determine if the biblical story of Exodus really happened.

Lost Cities. Are Bible stories fact or moral fable? Follow biblical scholars and scientists in their research to uncover the mysteries of the Lost Cities.

Search For Noah. What causes the Noah’s Ark flood? Using CGI, we will recreate, based on new scientific evidence, this gigantic ancient flood.

The Hunt For The Ark Of The Covenant. An epic scholarly journey around the world, in search of the truth behind one of the most coveted artifacts of the Bible – the Lost Ark.

The Secrets Of Revelation. Does Revelations really have the power of prophecy? A new theory holds that all its prophecies already came true.

Cain And Abel. Why would Cain kill Abel over a simple matter? How does the Koran’s version of events differ from that of the Old Testament?

Kings Of Israel. Both David and Solomon were men of infinite talent and virtue. Are they real men who ruled real empires or are they just fictional heroes?

Riddles Of The Dead Sea Scroll. Who wrote text on the Dead Sea Scrolls? What secrets does it hide about Judaism and Christianity? Why is the story of the first millennium kept secret?


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