The Tyranny of Religion and the Freedom of Atheism

The Tyranny of Religion and the Freedom of Atheism

Around the year 2008, atheists in the UK and the US began promoting bus signs with various anti-religious slogans, one of which read “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy life.” 

This slogan succinctly sums up the looming problem with religion: only good boys and girls go to heaven. God, therefore, becomes a source of worry; of anxiety. How do I know if I’m good enough? With this omniscient authority figure frowning down from heaven on high, constantly judging my every action, ready to condemn, his laws are an oppressive burden that rob life of any enjoyment it might otherwise offer. 

Consequently, atheism becomes a source of relief. Freed from the horror of this judgmental God, a person may now act as they please without fear of consequence. 

Question of the Week: Angels Gave the Law?

Question of the Week: Angels Gave the Law?

On April 12th, 2018, the Mentionables received this question from S. F.:

"Galations 3:19-20:

 

"Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

 

"The heck? Angels gave the law? And what does it mean about a mediator?"

Cosmology, the Big Bang, and the Beginning

Cosmology, the Big Bang, and the Beginning

The story of how I came to accept my Dad’s diagnosis of dementia illustrates just how difficult it can be to evaluate evidence and draw a sound conclusion when strong emotions are involved.   Sometimes we reject a conclusion not because it is unsupported by evidence, but because we find it personally distasteful.

Archaeology and an obscure town mentioned in Bible

Archaeology and an obscure town mentioned in Bible

On the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel’s Ginosar Valley, a first century town has been unearthed. A first century fishing boat unearthed in the same region in the 80's, the fact that the town is so near the region in which the events of Mark 8 took place, and the dating of the ruins themselves, have led some to speculate that this may, in fact, correlate with this previously criticized section of Mark’s text. 

Is the Old Testament Reliable?

Is the Old Testament Reliable?

On the grounds that the Old Testament text has been accurately preserved; that discoveries in archaeology have confirmed many of the people, places, and events recorded in its pages; and that Jesus himself taught the Old Testament as real history, the Christian can be confident the Old Testament is indeed historically reliable.