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Why Pastafarians Are Off Their Noodles

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At school I memorised a few poems hoping that I could somehow bluff my literature teachers into thinking I was well-read. While I fooled no-one, the effort was worthwhile for it introduced me to gems like W.H. Auden’s Song of the Devil.

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Evangelism and New Atheists: A Little Advice for Aspiring Apologists

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Engaging with atheists is not nearly as simple as it used to be. It used to be that you knew were you stood. Old-fashioned atheists were a straightforward bunch for whom “atheism” simply means “rejecting belief in a God or gods.”  They  rejected belief in God for emotional or intellectual reasons which they usually could articulate.

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How We Know Beyond ALL Doubt that Jesus Existed: 8 Quick Points

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1. It is impossible to explain why Christianity would shift from worshipping a mythical Christ to preaching an historical Christ. Suppose the shift was the result of a deliberate conspiracy. Why would the conspirators open their message to refutation in this way? And why invent a crucified messiah when the very notion seemed risible to the Hellenists and blasphemous to the rabbis?

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Of Course Jesus Really Existed! Part 2

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The “Legendary Jesus” hypothesis, which argues that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, faces several powerful objections. First, it cannot explain away the evidence from non-Christian sources. Second, it cannot explain why Christianity’s Roman and Jewish opponents never finished off the Christian faith by demonstrating that Jesus did not appear in the official records and pointing out that there was no memory of Jesus in the relevant locales.

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Of Course Jesus Really Existed! Have a Bit of Sense!

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If we needed proof that New Atheism has become a viscerally anti-intellectual movement, we need do little more than consider Jerry Coyne’s recent foray into ancient history. Although he is agnostic about the existence of Jesus, in two recent posts he is comes down on the “mythicist” side of the debate.

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