Category Archives for The Bible

Where did that name YHWH come from?

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Unless you are Jewish or took a course in religion during your lifetime, you may not even know what the letters YHWH stand for. No worries. It is the name of God written in Hebrew in the Torah or, as Christians call it, the Old Testament. The word is composed of all consonants because the […]

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You Want to Cut What off my Penis?

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Normally I write about women and religion, but this one is for you men. Up until quite recently, it was a common practice, at least in the United States, to remove part of the prepuce or foreskin of the penis in infant boys. It is now considered not only unjustifiable as a medical practice, but […]

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Hebrews Steal Creation Story from Babylon

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As virtually all religious historians agree, the elite people from Judah (the Southern Kingdom and the only one remaining after the Northern Kingdom fell in 722 BCE) were carted off to Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem, the capital, at the beginning of the 6th century BCE. Their sojourn lasted decades and many believe they were […]

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Ancient Scroll Discovered in Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

July 14, 2016 New York Times Two months ago, an ancient parchment scroll was discovered after a man at the Western Wall of what used to be the Jerusalem temple dislodged a large stone while placing his prayer in a crevice. It has taken scholars two months to carefully unroll the dry scroll in order […]

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“You can’t be pregnant – I didn’t come.”

His words hit me like a bolt of lightning. A thousand thoughts rushed into my head. “How could I not know this? He must think that I am a moron. Why didn’t I get a test instead of calling him?” I remember lowering my head and saying very softly into the phone, “Oh, I didn’t […]

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New Suspense Thriller about the Origins of Christianity!

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Are you an atheist who likes suspense novels? Then I have a treat for you! After fifteen years of research Edwin Herbert brings us a fascinating suspense thriller about Hypatia and the documents she hid that reveal the true origins of Christianity. Post written by Edwin Herbert. Hypatia of Alexandria was an early 5th century teacher […]

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The Devil Made Me Do It

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  While this saying is often made in gest, the underlying meaning is much more sinister. It implies that there is either a supernatural entity or a cosmic force that preys upon humans to encourage them to commit heinous acts. The shooter in the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon is reported to […]

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The Ten Commandments – Revised

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  The Bible’s Ten Commandments While there are two separate lists of the Ten Commandments in the Bible—Deuteronomy Chapter 5 and Exodus Chapter 20—they are very similar. The writer known as P for Priestly is probably responsible for their final written form dating from the exile of the Hebrews in Babylon in the early sixth […]

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Ten Reasons for Women to Reject Christianity

Eve Most Christians believe that God is omnipotent which means all powerful. Most also believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God with some going further to state that it is the inerrant word of God with every word being true. Given these assumptions, God had a choice in choosing a woman, Eve, […]

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Teaching an X-rated Book

Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience Marsha Abelman is an author in my upcoming book on women’s personal journeys away from religion. Here she recounts teaching an utterly violent Bible story to nine-year-olds. Karen Garst As a former evangelical Christian, I have regrets about the time and energy I devoted to that worldview. […]

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