Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Christianity

How Did Jesus Get to be So Hot? Where Popular Images of Jesus Actually Came From

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Lyrics for the rap song, B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), include the following line: The white image, of Christ, is really Cesare Borgia. The idea that our modern image of Jesus could be based on a ruthless power-hungry illegitimate … Continue reading

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Nine “Facts” You Know For Sure About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong

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Jesus has been described as the best known figure in history, and also the least known. If you mentioned the name “Jesus” and someone asked Jesus who?, you might blink. Or laugh. Even people who don’t think Jesus was God, … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Popular Versions of Christian Heaven Would be Hell

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Maybe descriptions of Hell are so horrific to keep people from thinking about how hellish popular versions of the Christian Heaven would be—even without Pat Robertson in the mix. Most Westerners are at least vaguely familiar with the popular Christian … Continue reading

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Religion’s Dirty Dozen—12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse

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Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to develop ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other … Continue reading

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How Religion Can Loose Humanity’s Violent Impulses

Religion is just one part of the lethal cocktail, but it is a powerful intoxicant. The year 2015 has opened to slaughter in the name of gods.  In Paris, two Islamist brothers executed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists “in defense of the Prophet,” … Continue reading

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Shaman? Savior? Myth? Inkblot? — Why Christianity’s Main Man Remains So Elusive

Was there a man behind the myths? — Three approaches to the question. To my mind, the only thing in the world duller than a graduation ceremony is a traditional wedding. Not long after finishing my graduate studies in psychology … Continue reading

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It’s Not Rape If He’s a God — Or Thinks He Is

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Stories like the Virgin Birth lack freely given female consent. Why don’t they bother us more? Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey. Zeus comes to Danae … Continue reading

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