9.30.2011

A Book Against A Book (Open Post)

I labelled this as "Open Post" because I will still be updating this post as I go through the book.

I'm currently reading Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation. It's a (atheist) book full of arguments against Christian claims. This post will just be like a notepad of points that really hit me. Of course you can read the book yourself for complete information.

1. Deuteronomy 13:6, 8-15.
"[On non-believers] But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die."

Seriously?! That is just SICK. Is that what your god teaches you?!?! Kill people?!

2. Leviticus 25:44-46.
"Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids."

Bondmen/bondmaids, by the way, are SLAVES. So yea, your book is pro-slavery.

3. Christians crusade against HPV vaccine. (Source)
The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine prevents infection with certain species of human papillomavirus associated with the development of cervical cancer, genital warts, and some less common cancers.

And Christian groups are against it because they "want sex to remain as scary as possible". That's dumb. So you'd rather let your wives and daughters die of cancer?! The HPV vaccine doesn't encourage people to have sex, hormones do. Crusade against that.

4. Deuteronomy 22:13-21
"But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die."

Wow, good luck getting married ladies.

9.02.2011

Religious Schizophrenia?

Definition (source)
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a disintegration of thought processes and of emotional responsiveness.


Symptoms: (source)

-Intense and excessive preoccupation with religion or spirituality
-Frequent moves, trips, or walks that lead nowhere
-Delusions of reference- thinking that random events convey a special meaning to you.
-Religious delusions- that you are Jesus, God, a prophet, or the antichrist.
-Delusions of grandeur- the belief that you have an important mission, special purpose, or are an unrecognized genius, or famous person.
-Auditory hallucinations can be either inside the person's head or externally.
-Visual hallucinations operate on a spectrum.


What if religious idols and leaders were just suffering from schizophrenia? What if they were just like Hulon Mitchell, Jr. or Shoko Asahara, our modern day false prophets? Don't we think these people who claim to be sons of "God" are funny and stupid?