What I’m Reading, Thursday, July 17, 2014

Is The Original New Testament Lost? :: A Dialogue with Dr. Bart Ehrman & Dr. Daniel Wallace

The audio has this buzz that drove me nuts but it is still a n elegant debate well worth listening too.

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Was Jesus of Nazareth a Zealot? An interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan

Was Jesus of Nazareth a Zealot? An interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan

“Jesus is often presented as a passive figure, but author and religious scholar Reza Aslansuggests he was actually much more radical in his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan describes Jesus as a complex figure: a political revolutionary, a man of peace who urged his disciples to arm themselves and a faith healer who want his identity kept secret. Watch as he discusses the personality of Christ with John Cleary.”

Not getting enough with that short video I went on to search for more and found this…

Reza Aslan “Zealot”

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Highly Recommended, an interview with Peter Boghossian

AManualForCreatingAtheistsAn Interivew with Peter Boghossian

An interivew with Peter Boghossian the author of  A Manual for Creating Atheists

Peter Boghossian (Twitter; @peterboghossian) talks about the processes for dissolving people’s faith; how a relativist mindset, particularly in academia, allows society to succumb to flawed and dangerous received wisdom; and how the dangers of faith as a mode of thought exist throughout society not just within the context of religion

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The Sublime Wondrous Beauty of the Atheist Experience

Just found this video in my YouTube suggestions tonight which I thought was sort of strange. I first saw it and liked it all the way back in May of 2012 and watching it again tonight I still like it. It a nice short film about this fellows experience of being and Atheist.

The first few sentences are oh so true for this atheist too…

“Recently, I’ve been wrestling with the perplexing realization that since leaving the Christian faith, I see the planet around me and the vast universe in which it moves with a far greater sense of awe and majesty than I ever perceived it as a believer. I took an informal poll of friends whose life-trajectories matched my own, and found that every one of them felt exactly the same way. For myself, and for many of the deconverted, the awe we feel now, having left the faith, is far greater, far more wondrous, far more intoxicating and euphoric than anything we ever felt as believers. But why?….”

I don’t think I ever became an Atheist. It was more like one day I just discovered I was an Atheist. What a sublime wondrous beautiful feeling.

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Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

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A Great Moral Lesson Taught Through Storytelling

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On FaceBook Friday, April 18 at 9:40am

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Rachel Maddow: ‘Why We Did It’ The Invasion Of Iraq

Rachel Maddow: ‘WHY WE DID IT’ The Invasion Of Iraq (Full HD) – YouTube
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Christian Apologetics: Hitler can’t help you from NonStampCollector

Christian Apologetics: Hitler can’t help you. – YouTube

NonStampCollector destroys the Christian arguement that without God there could be no absolute moral truth, objective morality,  all the time ignoring what Richard Dawkins once said about God…

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

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Interesting Articles Covering the Water Disaster in California and the Southwest US

The Water Disaster in California and the Southwest US

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