This is the problem with Christian religion: it establishes unrealistic, and irrational, and immoral criteria by which to live. And then it creates a loophole so that you don’t ever have to be responsible for those actions. Christianity is not a moral system, it is an immoral system. Because it specifically says that there aren’t necessarily consequences that you’re going to have to pay, because of a loophole. And what is the loophole? It has nothing to do with how good you are, or how morally you act or anything else, it has to do with whether or not you’re willing to be a sycophant to an idea. And if you are, then there is now an exception for which you no longer have to suffer a penalty for this. So the idea that “secular morality offers no guarantee that people will never pay for their crimes and their atrocities” is not an argument against secular morality, because that is a TENANT of Christianity. It is the foundation.
Matt Dillahunty, The Atheist Experience
Yes, the Jesus character in the Gospels spoke of love and respect and humility, healing the sick and taking care of the poor. But he also spoke of the wickedness of thought crimes, and the sinfulness of divorce; of the value of surrendering rational thought, and the nobility of abandoning family and responsibility to pursue a religious practice. He spoke with approval of the calm acceptance of evil and oppression in this world. And he spoke — over and over like a broken record — about the all-importance of believing that he was God, and obeying his commands. He spoke again and again about how there was just one right way to practice religion, and how doing this was a far greater priority than being a good person in the world.
If you believe that it’s normal and healthy to think about things that you would never actually do; that expressing anger is often useful and healthy; that good people should resist evil and oppression; that people’s sexual and marital lives are nobody’s business but their own; that people of different faiths, perhaps even of no faith at all, can still be good people; that you shouldn’t just believe what you’re told; that women and men should have equal marital rights; that actions speak louder than words and beliefs; that religion shouldn’t divide people; that fact-checking is a valuable skill; and that it’s more important to treat each other well than to have the exact right religious doctrine… then good for you. I think so, too. But if you believe that the Gospels reflect the reality of his life and teachings, then apparently Jesus didn’t.
Greta Christina, The Messed Up Teachings of Jesus
Carl Sagan: The Frailty of Knowledge [Carl Sagan Tribute Series, Part 13] (by callumCGLP)
Karen’s Spiritual Journey (by rationaldreaming)
Karen, the darling of the BBC’s award winning sitcom “Outnumbered,” tackles the finer points of Christianity and Hell before reaching the inevitable conclusion.
The good samaritan parable
Jesus was racist. If their disciples were from this age, maybe it would have gone something like this.
Fight the faith
Mitchell and Webb are awesome!
Why do Catholics have to prop up this concept of original sin? Because Jesus’s sacrifice makes no sense if it wasn’t done to atone for a universal crime. We all must have inherited that sin, or some of us are innocent and Jesus was irrelevant to us. Can’t have that! That would mean we weren’t subject to the domain of Christianity.
Of course, even if it were true that all 6.7 billion of us were descended from just two people, that doesn’t mean the whole principle of atonement by a proxy blood sacrifice isn’t stupid and irrational. I personally don’t feel that I need redemption from some imaginary crime that my many times great grandmother committed (I’d actually say “You go, Grandma!” if I could — disobeying a psychopathic tyrant seems rather commendable to me), and even if I did, having some mysterious third party get tortured to death does not alleviate my guilt in the slightest.
PZ Myers, Sunday Sacrilege: Cant can’t : Pharyngula