The End of the World is a common belief among all religions, but the Christians have really made a “career” of End of the World predictions:
2800 BCE – An Assyrian clay tablet declares, “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days, there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.
634 BCE – Many Romans believe Rome will be destroyed 120 years following it founding as foretold by twelve eagles that once appeared to Romulus, each believed to re
A Unexplained Mysteries forum member recently questioned my posting of the evils that Christian has perpetrated against Christian and even disbelieved a quote of a high rank Christian just before the sacking of a Christian town. So here is a little history of the “Albigensian Crusade”
Taking the murder of Peter of Castelanu, the church legate, in 1209 CE as an excuse, Pope Innocent declared that the Albigensian (a sect of Christianity that taught among other things that the Church had deviate
Here is something that I have been working on for a while. I have tried to be as unbiased and objective as I can (some say that isn’t very much) and I hope you enjoy it. I apologize for the length, but it is a rather hefty subject - Mako
After a century and a half or more of archaeological excavations in both the Near East and Palestine (in particular), there has not been one single tiny shred of evidence to support the Exodus or the Conquest. This fact was instrumental in the statement m
Recently on another website a raging Fundie posted that the collapsed walls of Jericho were positive proof of the truth of the bible. He tried to use outdated material from Dr. Bryant Wood to show that Watzinger and Kenyon's dates were out of kilter. Here is my response....
There have been only 3 major excavations at the site of the “biblical” Jericho, all during the 20th century. The first was by Ernst Sellin and Carl Watzinger during the “dig seasons” of 1907, 1908, and 1909. Based on the
This is a little different, it is something that I didn't write or research for a change. I found it somewhere on the internet sometime back and don't really remember where. I wish I could, I would like to correspond with the author, I admire his work. I think you folks will enjoy this but it is a little lenghty. It might provide some ammo against KJV fundies:
What is the Bible anyway?
Most Bibles inform the reader in their introductions that ‘Bible’ means a collection of books, from
The ancestral Semitic peoples from whom sprang the various Canaanite peoples, the Babylonians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and the Hebrews borrowed the Sumerian pantheon, substituting Semitic names for the various gods and goddesses. Maintaining the general structure, including the separation of the Divine Progenitors and the Assembly of Gods, the various peoples substituted their chief god for the king of the Assembly. A good example is the Babylonians, the chief god was El and his children were kno
Something that I ought to add to this little posting is the manner in which we arrive at the dating of John’s death. Josephus appears to imply that John’s death occurred in the year 36 CE, which is 6 years later than given in the NT and well after the accepted date of Jesus’ crucifixion. The dating hinges on the battle between Aretas, King of Petra and Herod. This battle was the result of two different occurrences, the first being a border dispute between Judea and Petra and the second being
For some reason the Christ Cultists persist on insisting that the NT is accurate and inerrant. In a recent discussion on another website, I challenged a particularly vehement Cultist asshole to tell me when Jesus was born. His response was a cut and paste monstrosity from numerous Christian websites and never really set forth a date that I could grab onto. This is my response. It has been 4 days now and no rebuttal, he found other friendlier fields to play in:
The problem with your post
As usual, if you study and research, you find all kinds of things under your nose; things that have been debated pro and con, with no true answer forthcoming and then the epiphany, the moment of revelation. I had this just yesterday. When trying to reconcile the 10-12 year contradiction between Matthew and Luke, concerning when Jesus was born (Matthew – during the reign of Herod, Luke when Cyrenius was governor of Syria); Christians often try to “prove” that Cyrenius (more properly P. Sulpiciu
The is really a rewrite of Louis Cable's "The First Bible" with more up to date information:
On the question of the origin of the Bible, many years of dedicated research and analysis by Christian and non-Christian scholars in the fields of history, literature, theology, epigraphy and archaeology have been slowly putting together a unified picture. This picture is devastating to the Evangelistic claim of biblical inerrancy, infallibility and divine inspiration. Claims that God wrote the Bi
Let’s set the scene, you want to invest your wealth and are looking around for a good company to invest in. You find a company that makes fantastic claims, claims that show you will eventually be wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. This all sounds great and you start checking out the enterprise. It is a very old company, it’s been around for generations, and many famous people have invested in it. It owns immense holdings of property, art, money and power! It has immense influence on governments
Since Lillith has been mentioned several times recently in several different threads, I thought I would find out what I could about her. It seems that Lillith in only mentioned once in the Hebrew bible, in Isaiah 34:14. Even there she is not named, but only mentioned as a night monster. Which actually makes sense, Lillith seems to be have originally been a Mesopotamian female night demon, preying on male children. Known to the Sumerians as ki-sikil-lil-la-ke4, a female demon, she appears in the
The Wandering Jew
Recently, on another website, a thread was started on Longinus, supposedly the Centurion that stuck the lance (probably a pilum) in the side of Jesus to insure he was dead. The individual starting the thread was under the impression that Longinus was cursed to wander the earth until Christ returned. This got me to researching the story, as I knew that the individual had confused this story with that of the “Wandering Jew”. Longinus was the name given in Christ Cult lege
Did David and Solomon really exist?
In Jewish Sacred Literature that was later included in the Old Testament of the Christians, we are introduced to King David of the United Kingdoms of Israel and Judah and his successor and son, King Solomon. For millennia these individuals have been accepted as historical figures of great import, yet more and more their actual existence (at least as portrayed) is being questioned. We can name all of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, we have monuments that
It’s a subject that Beowulf broached originally and is much more important than it seems at first glance. The question is – “Exactly when was Jesus born?” We have only two of the gospels giving any information about the birth of Jesus, Matthew and Luke. Mark, the oldest of the canonical gospels (between 85 and 105 CE) makes no mention of it at all and neither does the “youngest” gospel John (probably 124 CE or later). Matthew has Jesus born during the reign of Herod the Great (73 – 4 BCE) a
It was not my intention to make this posting this long. I hope it isn’t too boring and that it gives you a feel for Pilate the man and Pilate the legend - Heimdall
I would like to explore the questions of who Pontius Pilate was, what importance can be attached to his name and why, and what myths have grown up around the man over the 20 centuries since his death. In order to do so, we will have to first look at how the Empire was governed and how the various provincial offices were fill
Against the Testimonium Flavianum
Recently, on another website, I had a little discussion with various Christ Cultists on the historical proof (rather lack of) for the existence of their man-god. The major “know-it-all” promptly dished out the old, Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger and Suetonius manure that we have debunked more times than I can count. I posted something similar to the following, and have not had a rebuttal yet. You can add this to the Josephus ammo to use against Chr
The Descent into Hell
The gospels pretend to give factual reports of some events in the life of their man-god, they tell of what people saw or heard, they claim they saw Jesus rise to heaven. However it is rather difficult to ascertain how they could know that he descended to hell! There is not mention of Jesus confessing of this in one of his post-mortem appearances, it is nothing on the matter expressly written in the gospels. Nevertheless, it has become a tenet among Christians that thi
The Divine Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
Appearing to have been coeval in its origin with the Trinity, the doctrine of the divine creative word/Logos is the second member of the Trinity in most ancient religions. Consequently angels and gods are the personification of ideas, thoughts and words in heathen mythology. Assuming all the aspects and characteristics of the Father God as it left his mouth, the Word made flesh too
I have decided to place my "essays" on my blog for those of you who wish to occassionally use them as "ammo" in your never-ending good fight against the evil Christ Cultists. This the the first of the nine that I have so far producted: This is "The Trinity"
The Creed of Nicea defines the Trinity of Christianity as a merging of three distinct entities in to one single one, while remaining three distinct entities. These three gods must be regarded as one because they are co-eternal, co-sub
Recently I got into a thread on Alien Gods on another web-site. This is what I posted, can anyone add anything to it?
Let me set the record straight. I do not discount the probability of non-terrestrial life in the universe, in this galaxy or even (galactically) relatively close to us. In fact, I would give the probability of such life existing a 95% chance. I wouldn’t even be surprised that there is life (probably simple) on Mars or on Titan (possibly complex, but not carbon/oxygen). Look
I am mega-pissed! I found out last night that my 19 year old Sophomore-in-college daughter, who had 3 tests and a student loan appointment yesterday, had traveled 130 miles to another college to pick up a high school friend, instead of studying for the tests. Her reason – “JC was crying and very unhappy!” She brought her friend back to her school and after taking the tests that she did not study for, blew off the appointment because, “JC would have to be left alone”. I lost it! I seldom cus
Recently I have been researching and writing an article on Pontius Pilate to post on this site. I have found a good bit of material, a lot of it myth only, but some hard kernels of history also. In reading and writing of this individual, dead for nearly 20 centuries, I have come to admire him. He was a Roman provincial administrator, undoubtedly a military man and by his family name; a member of a prominent Samnite family with a strong tradition of military service. He seems to have been a
While I was in Arkansas attending that computer system course, I managed to break free one weekend and go to Marion Arkansas for my Mother’s 85th Birthday. My mother has been suffering from advanced emphysema for nearly a decade and we all figure that this was probably her last birthday and made a point for all 6 of her children (huh, ranging from me (63) to my “kid sister” (44)) to be there to celebrate it with her. The first time in nearly 10 years! I am so glad that we did it and that she
I am pissed! I just came back from a little trip up to Arkansas. Lotsa trucks and nearly all of them were driving very considerate. Then I come home! Yesterday as I exited from US 183 on to the Farm Market road that I live on, I had one truck blow the yield sign making me slam on my brakes! His running mate attempted the same thing, but by now I was really pissed and managed to cut him off to where he had the choice of hitting me (hey, a new car out of that deal), going into a 4 foot ditch