Category Archives: Religion

DNA clues to Queen of Sheba tale

An Ethiopian fresco supposedly depicting the Queen of Sheba traveling to Solomon. Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists. Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations about 3,000 years ago. This is the time the queen, mentioned… Read More »

Man jailed in Indonesia saying there is no god Facebook

Indonesian atheist Alex Aan has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for saying ‘There is no god’ on Facebook. The Council of Ex-Muslims condemns the sentence and demands that Alex be immediately and unconditionally released. He has done nothing wrong. Help us oppose his prison sentence and call for his release… Read More »

The Unsinkable Rubber Duckies – By James Randi

It sometimes seems like there is a huge swath of the general public that will just believe anything — they are immune to skepticism and compelled to accept the most obvious scams. These delusions can be relatively harmless — believe in spoon-bending and perpetual motion if you must. But some fakers are very, very dangerous.… Read More »

Study: Religious sites riskier than porn sites for viruses

Web wanderers are more likely to get a computer virus by visiting a religious website than by peering at porn, according to a study released on Tuesday. “Drive-by attacks” in which hackers booby-trap legitimate websites with malicious code continue to be a bane, the US-based anti-virus vendor Symantec said in its Internet Security Threat Report.… Read More »

Quantum woo

Quantum woo happens when irrational beliefs are justified by an obfuscatory reference to quantum physics. This typically uses buzzwords like “energy field”, “probability wave”, or “wave-particle duality” that magically turns thoughts into something tangible to directly affect the universe. This results in such foolishness as the Law of Attraction or quantum healing. Some have turned… Read More »

Dinosaurs and Aliens Banned From Citywide Tests

In what the Post has deemed “a bizarre case of political correctness run wild,” the Department of Education has submitted a list of 50 forbidden words to companies competing for the chance to revamp New York’s citywide standardized tests. Among the potentially “distracting” topics: Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists;… Read More »

Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite, claims academic

Dr Susannah Cornwall claimed that it is “simply a best guess” that Jesus was male. Her comments, which are bound to provoke fury in some quarters, were published in response to the ongoing debate about women bishops in the Church of England. Dr Cornwall, of Manchester University’s Lincoln Theological Institute, describes herself on her blog… Read More »

A Lucid Dream of Jesus by a Non-Believer

Lucid dream: I am on the Wilbur Hot Springs hotel upper deck outside in the dark. The UFO news on my iPhone radio says there have been several sightings of Jesus and people have written to the Vatican requesting Anonymity. I freak out and think, “the second coming!” I call out to Jesus. I see… Read More »

‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ admits Torah fraud

A self-described “Jewish Indiana Jones” who claimed to have travelled the world to rescue holy Torah scrolls has pleaded guilty to fraud. Rabbi Menachem Youlus, 50, admitted he had simply made up claims that he personally found and restored Torah scrolls in Europe and Israel. Prosecutors also said he defrauded the charity he founded and… Read More »

Are Religious People Better Adjusted Psychologically?

Divya Menon – Psychological research has found that religious people feel great about themselves, with a tendency toward higher social self-esteem and better psychological adjustment than non-believers. But a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this is only true in countries that put a high… Read More »

Girl in India ‘sacrificed to ensure better harvest’

Police in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh say they have arrested two people who are suspected of sacrificing a child. A seven-year-old girl was kidnapped and found murdered in a lawless tribal district two months ago. An initial investigation suggested she was offered as a sacrifice in order to produce a better harvest. Police say… Read More »

Bible evidence that god is not all knowing

It is obvious from Genesis that the Christian God is not “all knowing.” If he was, he would not have had to “come down” to earth to investigate the amount of evil the people of a town were doing.

Smirking face of the Devil discovered in Giotto fresco

The smirking face of the Devil has been discovered hidden in a fresco by the Italian medieval artist Giotto after remaining undetected for more than 700 years in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.The Satanic image went unnoticed until now because it is artfully hidden in the folds of a cloud and is invisible… Read More »

Steve Jobs refused cancer treatment for too long, says biographer

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off his family’s protests and opting instead for alternative medicine, according to his biographer. When Jobs eventually sought surgery, the rare form of pancreatic cancer had spread to the tissues surrounding the organ, his biographer, Walter Isaacson, said in an interview with… Read More »

Man rips out his eyeballs in church

A man reportedly ripped out his own eyeballs during Sunday Mass at a church in Viareggio, near Pisa, northern Italy, according to British news reports. Aldo Bianchini, 46, a Briton who had lived most of his life in Italy, according to The Daily Mail, reportedly stood up during the Mass at St Andrea’s and used… Read More »

A few Catholics still insist Galileo was wrong

Some people believe the world revolves around them — and their belief is born not of selfishness but of faith. A few conservative Roman Catholics are pointing to a dozen Bible verses and the church’s original teachings as proof that Earth is the center of the universe, the view that was at the heart of… Read More »

The Werewolf Religion

… “The Werewolf Cathedral teaches one to merge with the base instincts. We acknowledge that we are Human beings but that we are animals. We do not seek to separate the two as many in the past have attempted. We feel that many ideologies have caused man to lose touch with his animalistic nature and… Read More »

Wal-Mart receipt has image of Jesus, couple says

An engaged couple in Anderson County says a shadowy image that turned up on a receipt from Walmart looks like the face of Jesus. Jacob Simmons and his fiancee, Gentry Lee Sutherland, said they bought some pictures from Walmart on Sunday, June 12. The following Wednesday, the couple had just come home from a church… Read More »

Ingenious ‘Flat Earth’ Theory Revealed In Old Map

In 1893, Orlando Ferguson, a real estate developer based in South Dakota, drew a map of the Earth that combined biblical and scientific knowledge in a unique way. The map accompanied a 92-page lecture that Ferguson — referring to himself as a “professor” — delivered in town after town, traveling far and wide to share… Read More »

A “Case for Dualism”? Case dismissed.

On the advice of a blog visitor, I read a paper called “Case for Dualism” by Scott D. Brisbane. My conclusion after reading the case for dualism is that it is a belief which results when a person does not understand, and even ignores the evidence for, the fact that the action of a brain… Read More »

Why the universe wasn’t fine-tuned for life

In The Fallacy of Fine-tuning, Victor Stenger dismantles arguments that the laws of physics in our universe were “”fine-tuned” to foster life IF THE force of gravity were a few per cent weaker, it would not squeeze and heat the centre of the sun enough to ignite the nuclear reactions that generate the sunlight necessary… Read More »

Pope Benedict shuts down monastary over Dancing Nun

The Pope has shut down a 500-year-old monastery in Rome that became famous for a lap dancer turned nun and had been visited by Madonna. Vatican officials launched an inquiry into the monastery after reports that the nuns were dancing around the altar during church services reached Pope Benedict XVI. The monastery, which was hit… Read More »

Christian movement preparing for End of Days

This hysteria below reminds me of a story where there were some some sex dolls filled with helium tied down in the back of a guy’s truck. They got free on the way to a bachelor party and started floating away. Some believer, who had led a very devout life and was certain he would… Read More »

Biblical scholar: Bible full of forgeries

A biblical scholar has raised a holy fuss by declaring that more than a third of the books of the New Testament were “forged” — that is, written by scribes other than the apostles to which they’ve been ascribed. By itself, the suggestion that nearly half of Paul’s epistles and both of Peter’s were not… Read More »

Local pastor made up elaborate Navy SEAL tale

In the wake of the dramatic Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound earlier this month, it was perhaps to be expected that some expansive soul would step forward to claim the prestige of a fabricated tour as a SEAL for himself. Such tall tales are not uncommon, after all, amid high-profile military actions.… Read More »

Revealed: The truth about near-death experiences

… No one knows for sure, but scientists believe as many as one in ten of us will have a near-death experience, most likely during cardiac arrest. Typically, we will see a light, travel through a tunnel, have an encounter with a lost loved one or float above ourselves and watch doctors and nurses trying… Read More »

Columbia engineers patch a heart

Holly Evarts – Researchers at Columbia Engineering have established a new method to patch a damaged heart using a tissue-engineering platform that enables heart tissue to repair itself. This breakthrough, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceshttp://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/04/19/1104619108.long, is an important step forward in combating cardiovascular disease, one of the most serious… Read More »