Have scholars been lying about P137?

Aractus 12, June, 2018

On his blog, well-known bible scholar Larry Hurtado gave me a public dressing-down while laying out his reasons for not publishing a comment I made to his previous blog post. He didn’t name me, but I will confirm it is my comment he is talking about. Apparently he didn’t abide the use of the word […]

First Century manuscript of Mark published!

Aractus 24, May, 2018

This blog entry has gone under several revisions. Last updated 02/06/2018. Yes you read right, this isn’t clickbait. The First Century Manuscript of the Gospel of Mark that Dr. Daniel B Wallace told the world about during a debate in February 2012 with Dr. Bart Ehrman has, finally, been published. The debate is here. The […]

Who buried Jesus – was he even buried?

Aractus 15, June, 2017

One lie perpetrated by Evangelicals is that we atheists can’t explain what happened to the body of Jesus after he was crucified. We actually don’t know what happened, and don’t claim to know, but can put forward a number of different options all of which enjoy scholarly support. In addition I have formed a new […]

Mythicism: Why recognising atheist fundamentalism matters

Aractus 27, May, 2017

Atheists often deny they have a specific world-view. I would contend that any strongly held world-view is prone to fundamentalist style beliefs. Whether it’s in history, science, religion, paranormal, health, or society. One prominent feature of fundamentalists is that they evaluate information under their own set of rules that are in conflict with best practise […]

Why I’m Not Islamophobic

Aractus 30, April, 2017

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while, it’s a direct follow-on to my 2010 post Hi, I’m an Islamophobic. On today’s Outsiders programme with Ross Cameron and Rowan Dean was one of the loveliest people I have ever seen on television. His name is Imam Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi (pictured), and […]

Why are Christians persecuted?

Aractus 16, April, 2017

It’s at this time of year that Christians claim that they are persecuted. Perhaps they take their cue from Jesus who was persecuted and then crucified. Unlike many other atheists, I believe it is right to remember Jesus as a good man who was unjustly persecuted. And to recognise the good he taught. Where I […]

What’s the deal with mythicists?

Aractus 22, November, 2016

Before we begin, please view this short 18 second clip: Bart Ehrman. Video © Mythicist Milwaukee, 2016. As Bart says above and will wholeheartedly agree, I don’t think Christians are foolish. There are many types of atheists, and again as Bart puts it, some are atheist fundamentalist, every bit as bad as a fundamental Christian. […]

Dismantling the Pillars of Christian faith

Aractus 12, November, 2015

This post follows on from “Why I’m not a Christian any more” which I wrote a year ago. I drew a picture to demonstrate what I’m talking about, I’m very sorry it’s not very nice, I’m not a good drawer, it was difficult for me. I’m sorry it was the best I could do. The […]

We can be certain of NO resurrection

Aractus 06, September, 2015

The cornerstone of Christianity is the resurrection of their apocalyptic patriarch Jesus. Jesus actually had much less to do with Christianity than you might think. Paul was significantly more influential to the birth and spread of Christianity as we know it than Jesus was. And not Just Paul – John the Baptist, Simeon Peter, and […]

Yahweh’s sacred covenants

Aractus

I want to make this clear from the onset. These are my arguments – just like the last post. I’m not repeating something I read by some militant anti-Christian atheists – I don’t read books by people like Richard Dawkins. I don’t visit anti-Christian websites or care for their arguments (as I’ve previously pointed out […]

Does the Bible really say THAT?

Aractus 01, September, 2015

Have you ever talked to a hardcore fundamentalist? They will justify anything and everything written in the Bible and claim that every other idea that comes along and challenges the Biblical view is wrong and nothing more than the futile pathetic loathsome concoctions of poor lowly mortal man, which can’t possibly improve upon God’s truly […]

What we atheists believe

Aractus 25, August, 2015

The Aractus Creed (subject to review): We believe in the prophet, our apostolic father, Charles Darwin; Creator of wonder, evolutionary biology, and wonder; We follow the teachings of the great holy book “Origin of Species”; We follow the guidance of his disciplinary descendant, Richard Dawkins; Towards truth, wisdom, discovery, and wonder; Even though sometimes he […]

Christian versus Atheist arguments

Aractus 23, August, 2015

You know time and time again I see Christians and atheists making exactly the same arguments against each other, oblivious to the fact that their argument is equally absurd as the one levelled at them from the other side. If you’re going to get into these discussions and debates you should observe a few simple […]

Why I’m not a Christian any more

Aractus 21, September, 2014

Intro This is an entry I’ve needed to write, so I’m doing it now to get it done and out of the way. I’ve already been criticised by both sides, some of the comments I’ve been given are completely misguided and well, ignorant. Let me begin by saying that I’m a person that keeps an […]

Search for the Septuagint

Aractus 05, September, 2012

There are six bodies of text that scholars consult for the Old Testament, three of them are derivative works. The six are as follows: 1. Masoretic Text (the complete extant authorized Hebrew version). 2. Qumran Text (commonly known as the Dead Sea scrolls, contains extensive amounts of OT text, the only complete biblical book is […]

The Old Testament

Aractus 27, August, 2012

One of the arguments we often see placed to Christians, and to Jews, is that the Old Testament books have been altered over time, and so we no longer have “original” copies of the works, but rather copies of copies of copies riddled with errors. In fact even some Jews believed that the Isaiah prophecies […]

Toxic Relationships?

Aractus 06, December, 2010

Before we get started, let me refer to an article in Sunday’s Canberra Times noting that Bryant’s Mother recently said that asking her son to plead guilty is her biggest regret and that she believes there are important questions left unanswered. I will note it says she now sees her son once a fortnight; I […]

Paul and Luke

Aractus 03, November, 2010

To those who may not think there’s more to the last blog entry, you’re dead wrong. I’ve begun work on new research, and once that is complete I will do a blog entry on it. Today we’re going to talk about the reliability of the NT books, in particular those by the Apostle Paul, and […]

Challenging our methodologies

Aractus 28, August, 2010

In my last article I touched on a subject that transverses several of my interests; God, the Bible, Jewish history, Christian traditions, Jewish traditions, Christian history, the power of assumption and conjecture, the ignoring of evidence. Today we’re going to have a look at our methodology; something that transverses many of my other interests: Science, […]

The Name of God

Aractus 21, July, 2010

Many people know that I don’t consider Wikipeda to be of much use as an authoritative encyclopaedia. This is true of God’s Name. In fact, they have several pages – Tetragrammaton, Jehovah and Yahweh when they should only have one. I feel the need to explain this because I’m going to reveal what God’s name […]