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It’s interesting to me how different Bible translations subtly change the meaning…

BibleHub does a decent job of showing several versions along with corresponding Biblical texts. As an example of wildly varying interpretations, the harsh master in this verse has also been depicted as: unjust, ill-tempered, cross, cruel, froward, severe, perverse, or just plain unreasonable. Just noting how strange that is.

Also, we know with certainty that this verse and several others like it have been used to justify American slavery and racism historically as well as present-day. But you want a real mind-blower? I challenge you to *try* reading a contemporary apologist’s take on it, which starts out saying the Bible wasn’t referring to slavery as we’ve come to know it today (Roman slavery was different, donchyaknow), going so far as to claim that the actual interpretation of “unreasonable” means someone with a crooked spine from scoliosis, and ultimately finding a way to turn it all into the persecution of Christians and the suffering of poor innocent Jesus. I guess on the bright side, there’s only so long they can continue to kick up dust by dancing around the elephant in the room. Eventually, the haze of denial and deceit will settle. Maybe I’m just being optimistic. Anyway, for shits and giggles, if you dare: The Submission of Slaves to Masters by Bob Deffinbaugh

Conway’s Game of Life

“…one of the most fascinating aspects of The Game of Life is how it produces repeating patterns and patterns that move across the plane (referred to as gliders and spaceships). But with modern-day computers, we can process these steps effortlessly and see them before us near-instantaneously! As if that wasn’t mind-blowing enough, how about wrapping your brain around the resultant theory that there needn’t be a designer for complex systems to evolve, only a catalyst!

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Here are 20 Reasons to abandon Christianity, provided by FreeThoughtPedia – click that link to read in-depth discussion, sources and evidence behind each of the following points:

1. Christianity is based on fear.
2. Christianity preys on the innocent.
3. Christianity is based on dishonesty.
4. Christianity is extremely egocentric.
5. Christianity breeds arrogance, a chosen-people mentality.
6. Christianity breeds authoritarianism.
7. Christianity is cruel.
8. Christianity is anti-intellectual, anti-scientific.
9. Christianity has a morbid, unhealthy preoccupation with sex.
10. Christianity produces sexual misery.
11. Christianity has an exceedingly narrow, legalistic view of morality.
12. Christianity encourages acceptance of real evils while focusing on imaginary evils.
13. Christianity depreciates the natural world.
14. Christianity models hierarchical, authoritarian organization.
15. Christianity sanctions slavery.
16. Christianity is misogynistic.
17. Christianity is homophobic.
18. The Bible is not a reliable guide to Christ’s teachings.
19. The Bible, Christianity’s basic text, is riddled with contradictions.
20. Christianity borrowed its central myths and ceremonies from other ancient religions.

“The conception of the God-idea as held by society in general stands in the same position as the vermiform appendix does to the anatomy of man. It may have been useful in some way thousands of years ago, but today it constitutes a detriment to the well-being of the individual without offering any compensatory usefulness. Agree or disagree with this contention you may, but only when you are made aware of the facts that can be brought to the aid of this conviction. Just as the fundamental principle of justice is outraged when a man or an institution is condemned by jurist or popular opinion when an opportunity is not given to present the facts on both aspects of the case, just so is no man justified in making a decision between theism and atheism until he becomes acquainted with both sides of the controversy. Freethought but asks a hearing and the exercise of the unbiased reason of the man who has not hitherto been made aware of its contentions.” – Dr. D.M. Brooks, The Necessity of Atheism

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Examine the Bible and the Quran and you will find very similar verses in regards to belief/disbelief, war, and cruelty. Please offer me some sort of evidence why I should follow your god, because from where I sit, yours is no greater or lesser in might and morals than theirs.

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Compare:
Deuteronomy 17
If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; Deut 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

Psalm 14:1 says: “The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.”

Revelation 21:8 “But for the cowardly and UNBELIEVING and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

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LA Church Files Show How Cardinal Roger Mahony Shielded Pedophile Priest, Failed Child Victims

Thousands of pages of confidential records from the files of 14 priests accused of sex abuse were made public Monday that show retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top church officials worked to shield priests who sexually abused children and protect the archdiocese from scandal.

Oh, you’re not so surprised?

I don’t know how I managed to stumble across this review page on GoodReads.com, but I found it hilarious and accurate, so I wanted to share.
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Keely rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the inconsolably confused
Shelves: contemporary-fiction, fantasy, religion, reviewed

“I usually like historical fiction, but this particular example has been so mitigated by the poorly-hidden didactic tautology of its too-many-cooks legion of anonymous authors and editors that it was rather difficult to enjoy. It also fell into a similar trap to the somewhat similar ‘Da Vinci Code’, in that it utilized a lot of poorly-researched materials and claimed them as fact.

A lot of the data matched up poorly with other historical accounts, especially when it came to numerical data. It seems that the authors of this book had a need for an epic beyond epics, and several bodycounts beyond the capability of a pre-modern war.

There was also a problem with the moral and ethical position presented by the book. Normally, I’m not one to nit-pick about such things, since the exploration of ethicism is an important and interesting philosophical task; but, again, this book went in so many different directions with it that it was difficult to keep up. Though the intermittent noir-ish first-person narrative made a lot of moral claims about peace and justice and acceptance, the actual actions depicted by the self-same ‘protagonist’ were often in complete contrast, such as when he killed all the people in the world except one family.

In fact, the entire book seemed to be filled with sensationalist violence, sex, and incest. It’s surprising that I haven’t heard more crimes blamed on this book, which often orders the reader to kill people by throwing stones at them (I’ve heard the sequel, the Qur’an, is even worse).

Eventually, I began to suspect that the book was some sort of in-joke. I think that when all of the editors and writers saw what the other ones were writing, they decided to take their names off the book. Eventually, I guess they just decided to pull a sort of ultimate ‘Alan Smithee'; but of course, once all culpability is gone, I think a lot of the authors lost their will to make this into a good book, and so it just got published ‘as is’.

I know there are a lot of fans of this book, which makes sense, I guess, since it is really a lot like that Da Vinci Code book, which was also a bestseller. It is pretty fantastical and has a lot of really strong characters, like Jesus (though he’s a bit of a Mary-Sue, isn’t he?) and Onan. One of the main reasons I read it was because there’s this really awesome Fanfic this guy Milton wrote about it, and apparently a lot of other authors were inspired by it, but I have to admit, this is one case where the Fanfic is a lot better than the original.

I guess it’s like how sometimes, the first example of a genre ends up not really fitting because it feels so unsophisticated and erratic. I know that it can take a long time to try to get these ideas down pat. Maybe someone will rewrite it someday and try to get it to make some sense. Then again, it wasn’t that great in the first place.

There was some really great writing in the book, though. Some of the poetic statements were really cool, like ‘do unto others’ or ‘through a glass darkly’, but I heard that those parts were stolen from Shakespeare, who stole them from Kyd, so I’m not really sure what to believe.

I think this is one of those cases where the controversy surrounding the book really trumps the book itself, like ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ or ‘Gigli’. In fact, the Bible is a lot like Gigli.”