Category Archives for The Bible

Christianity’s Pagan Borrowings

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“Over the course of centuries, myths are invented, told, and then start to travel as they make the rounds, they are borrowed, reshaped and retold – often to fit a very local agenda.”[1] For most people who believe in a god, a myth is what someone else believes while religion is what they believe. They […]

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Did God Have a Wife?

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While there is an ongoing dispute among biblical scholars whether Yahweh, the god of the Old Testament, had a consort, I am moving in the direction of yes. First, it is important to realize that the writers of the Old Testament drew upon existing mythologies for their stories. If you are not able to accept […]

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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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The Garden of Eden

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And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the […]

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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

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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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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

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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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