Tim Ferriss reviews Sam Harris’ “Lying”: Credibility Issues?

Tim Ferriss and Sam Harris are two people I like. And their names are even pretty similar. But I was still surprised to see - on Sam Harris' website page promoting his new essay "Lying" - a review by Tim Ferriss. Sam is a clever guy popular with atheists who criticizes organized religion. Tim uses his gargantuan ego, along with very smart and innovative marketing strategies, to self-promote his brand and sell a shit load of ...

Proving that Satan Really Exists: St. Anselm’s Ontological Argument in Reverse

Here's an interesting mental exercise for you: 1. Let's define Satan as the worst thought you can think. So anything bad, evil, disagreeable, wrong... all that stuff is "Satan" or "Satanic". He's the absolute most vile, ugly, scary creature you can imagine, with fangs, horns, and lots of eyeballs. 2. Ok, are you picturing it? Can you conceive of this idea? Now in your mind, take this concept a bit further by imagining that it exists in reality. This ...

Making sense of St. Anselm’s Ontological Argument: Why it’s infallible, and also meaningless.

I first encountered St. Anselm's Proof of God during my undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology. I was at the time a struggling Christian, and there is a power and simplicity in Anselm's logical proof of God's existence that - once you get it - seems mystical. It dances around in your brain, both inviting you to look closer but refusing to be nailed down. As a logical proof it is inescapable and undeniable, but ...

Rick Perry is the AntiChrist: The Truth about Christian Politics

Rick Perry's political agenda summed up in 30 seconds: no gays in the military, open celebration of Christmas and prayer in schools, end Obama's "War on Religion" and restore America's "Religious Heritage". Shucks, that sounds pretty awesome for Christians. But wait! Good Christians believe we are in the end of times, and should be watching out for a potential Antichrist. Many people mistakenly believe the Antichrist will seem evil or be anti-religious or atheistic. Not True! ...

Johnny Depp’s blasphemous new Christmas Carol with BabyBird: Jesus Stag Night Club

There are many reasons to love Johnny Depp; his stunning good looks, goofy movie roles or charming bad boy personality. But here's another one: for his outspoken willingness to criticize religion and poke fun in places others dare not tread. Teaming up with the UK band BabyBird (which he's worked with before, and is close with the band's frontman Stephen Jones) Depp sung the lyrics to a new Christmas song release, Jesus Stag Night Club. Admittedly, the music ...

The Lie of Satanism: Why Satanists Don’t Exist but Everyone is Afraid of them Anyway

This post is prompted by TWO Yahoo articles concerning Satanism posted within one week of each other. The first, titled "Women Slash Teen 300 Times During Satanic Sex Ritual" (source) is about two Milwaukee roommates accused of slashing and stabbing a teenager 300 times in an apparent satanic sex ritual that lasted for two days. Actually the girls had some books on necromancy and dark magic - which is NOT Satanism. The confusion is that for anybody ...

Obama, the Antichrist and the 2nd Coming of Jesus: White House Shooter Ortega-Hernandez

This week a student at Idaho State University, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, took some shots at the White House, apparently in an attempt to assassinate Obama, whom he saw as the AntiChrist. Soon after, the bizarre video he'd made as a statement of his philosophy and desperate plea to get on the Oprah Show surfaced (you can watch it below). The video raises some interesting topics about American foreign policy, legalization of marijuana, and the dangers ...

All the Greatest Stories were Told in the Bible: King David vs. Leonardo di Caprio

King David (who first defeated Goliath, stole his sword, then become a violent kingly soldier) soaked in the blood of battle, one day happened to see his fellow warrior and friend Uriah's wife Bathsheba bathe in her courtyard from the roof of his palace. He had her brought to his chambers and had sex with her, resulting in a pregnancy. Informed that her husband was Uriah, David summoned Uriah from battle to meet him, suggesting that ...

Was David and Goliath plagiarized from Homer’s Iliad?

Something interesting I discovered today was the link between the David and Goliath story and Homer's Iliad. I've already come to understand how much of the Old Testament (especially the flood story, but there are others) were lifted from Sumerian stories (Abraham was raised in, and left behind, a highly developed Sumerian culture before founding his new religious movement). But I hadn't considered the extent to which Old Testament scribes borrowed from successful Greek Literature such ...

Branding and marketing in religious illustration

Branding and marketing has become hugely important in today's and competitive business environment. Companies have to find a way to stick in people's minds, to generate an emotional response, to build trust and rapport. A name and a slogan just isn't enough. Take a look at the following: just a simple image that is internationally recognized anywhere. They have fans and supporters, aka customers.   A mascot or image can be boiled down even further, into a very ...

Which came first, Satan, Michael or Garuda? Christian and Hindu Religious Art

Prepare to be amazed. Today I've been looking for pictures of Satan, and pictures of Garuda, for two separate art projects. What I'd never before realized, however, is that medieval depictions of The Devil are basically direct copies of much earlier (I presume) pictures of Garuda - the hindu flying Deity (half man, half eagle) that the God Vishnu flies around on. I'm guessing Garuda is first because A) Hinduism is older and B) they ...

David Fitzgerald Debunks Historical Jesus at Skepticon 3

I love this very convincing, clear and structured argument against the historical Jesus given by David Fitzgerald at Skepticon 3. David presents evidence and history that, while basic and easy to confirm, is widely unknown and goes against the common conception that most people have of Jesus Christ. Plus, David's delivery throws in gems of wit and humor, such as (commenting on unlikely it would have been for Jesus to throw out the moneychangers) "now either ...