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Posted inReligion

What’s so good about Good Friday?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Yesterday was “Good Friday,” and this time around I was struck with how Orwellian that sounds to someone on the outside of the Christian faith looking in. Strictly speaking, there never has been only one faith by that name, although when the weather is fair they do play nice enough to get along. But despite […]

Posted inReligion

Jesus’ Sacrifice Is Infinitesimally Small

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many Christians will maintain that the sacrifice of Jesus was one of the greatest sacrifices of all. I maintain, on the other hand, that the sacrifice is incredibly marginal at best. The nature of this criticism does depend on whether or not you believe that God punishes people eternally. This could be wrapped up in […]

Posted inReligion

We Never Expected God to Make Us Happy

Reading Time: 7 minutes I recently heard a sermon reminding us all that “God never promised to make us happy,” and I kept thinking if only I had a dollar for every time I heard that one, well…I’d still stay broke most of the time but let’s not go there. This overly confident minister asserted that a common reason […]

Posted inHistory

Jesus’ Crucifixion and Burial Practices

Reading Time: 5 minutes Some time back, I had a massive debate on my facebook page with someone from the Unbelievable forum, which I have since left (tiring of the time-wasting silliness of some of the posters) about the Roman/Jewish burial practices after crucifixion with regard  to Jesus’ death. Here is my latest comment on the thread: Ok, so here is […]

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