Bedtime Bible Stories – Explicit!

littlebook1Bedtime Bible Stories – Explicit! carefully addresses the absurdities throughout the Bible. With whit and humor, Joey Lee Kirkman presents a beautifully illustrated version of the Bible stories most may not be familiar with – and for good reason. Before you tuck your children in at night, be sure to consult this book if you believe the Bible offers the “best of the best” moral lessons. It may be the best thing you’ve ever done.

Purchase Bedtime Bible Stories – Explicit! on Amazon.

‘You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem’ by Matthew O’Neil

downloadAuthor Matthew O’Neil delivers a look into the past of Christianity with You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem. Thousands and thousands of denominations of Christianity exist globally, all with a different idea of Christ and what it means to be a Christian. All aspects of Christ’s life are discussed within the pages of this phenomenal book; from the origin of Christianity to the veracity of the current Gospels. The book is a compelling case for the existence of a man named Jesus and a case against a divine demigod. I’ve read the works of Carrier and Price, but after reading O’Neil’s book, I certainly believe it is time to revisit my position.

I’ve gotten to know O’Neil over the past few months and can attest to his sincerity and conviction. While he and I may not see eye-to-eye on the existence of Jesus, he certainly gives me the knowledge I need to question whether or not I am correct. Though I still may not feel as though enough evidence supports the claim of a living proselytizer, O’Neil gives comfort to those who do. Some within the atheist community do feel that if they accept that Christ actually lived, they’ve lost the argument against Christianity; O’Neil not only lends credence to the existence of Christ, he decimates the claim of divinity.

Continue reading ‘You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem’ by Matthew O’Neil

A Short Review of ‘The Unbelievers’

Labeled as the “rock stars” of the free-thought movement, ‘The Unbelievers’ follows Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they make their journey from city to city around the world giving talks, participating in debates, and spreading the importance of skepticism and scientific literacy.  Continue reading A Short Review of ‘The Unbelievers’

“My Week in Atheism” – An Honest Man’s Quest to Understand Atheism

My Week in Atheism isn’t your normal documentary. When we come across documentaries, most often the topic reflects the filmmakers own cherished beliefs. John Christy broke that mold with this film.

Accompanied by his friend – and his adversary – David Smalley, Christy travels through the world of atheism to establish the movement’s true motives and arguments. His week in atheism eventually turned into a yearlong process, where he attended atheist conferences, debating publicly, and interviewing prominent atheists such as AronRa, David Fitzgerald, and Matt Dillahunty. In the synopsis of the film, Christy says:My Week in Atheism isn’t your normal documentary. When we come across documentaries, most often the topic reflects the filmmakers own cherished beliefs. John Christy broke that mold with this film.

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“The way the world is today, people too often view others with different beliefs as their enemies. But David and I have developed a deep friendship – even though we talk, and argue about religious differences all the time…As I’ve gotten to know David more, I appreciate his challenge to my faith. Rather than digging in my heels to defend myself, I’ve tried to take an honest, intellectual look at what motivates atheism and why I believe what I believe…My goal with this film is to encourage viewers to examine the foundation of their beliefs whether Christian, atheist, or undecided. Being pushed to explain my Christian faith has led me to a deeper understanding of the Bible and its applicability to everyday life situations.”

Rarely do we find this among the believing community. And I commend John Christy for doing the hard work most theists flat-out refuse to.

Before opposing a position, I believe one must fully understand that position. I can criticize members of both the theist and atheist communities; most are quick to scoff at those who think differently before truly understanding what that difference really is. I think this is significantly inappropriate to do such a thing, but John sets a standard that I hope both theists and atheists aspire to reach.

To be honest, I can’t pick a memorable scene; I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I believe John was fair to the atheist movement. He presented a fair, concise, and entertaining tale involving frustration, friendship and love. I hope this film helps the theistic community realize atheists aren’t arrogant, snide, and rude criticizers; we’re people trying to understand the world as well. With that, I hope this film also shows those in the atheistic community realize theists are people as well and deserve a fair, well-reasoned debate if that is what they want. I truly recommend this film for anyone who wants to visit atheism through the eyes of an honest man; whose quest to understand the world of atheism brought him closer to those around him.

You can visit the official website here.

You can purchase on DVD here.

You can purchase on Blu-ray here.

“Drunk with Blood: God’s Killings in the Bible” – Descriptive, Fascinating, and Eviscerating

“I kill … I wound … I will make mine arrows drunk with blood and my sword shall devour flesh.” Deuteronomy 32:39-42

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The immoral passage above cuts straight to the point. Very often, we atheist find ourselves tangled in debate with theists on the subject of morality; particularly, the moral compass of God. It’s often posited that the Bible is a “good book,” inspired by a moral, timeless entity. In my experience, Christians seem to only be aware of the first few chapters of Genesis, a bit of Exodus, Psalms, the four Gospels, and a few Pauline letters; you know, where all the fuzzy, lovely stuff exists. Unfortunately for them, that isn’t the entirety of the Bible. The religious believe as though they live with the highest of moral esteem, placing the Bible on a pedestal, believed (by them) to be untouchable. But the “good book” they support and cling to is anything but good, and Steve Wells does a wonderful job expressing that fact.

In Drunk with Blood: God’s Killings in the Bible, Mr. Wells (the developer of the Skeptics Annotated Bible website and author of its companion book The Skeptics Annotated Bible) delivers a resourceful and startling guide, taking its readers through the bloodshed found in the Bible; and not just the Bible, but also the Apocrypha (found in the Second Edition). His commentary is witty and thought-provoking; surely so inspiring even the most sincere Christian will think twice before claiming the God of the Bible is good. The scripture I provided above is found on the back cover of his book, wonderfully illuminating the Bible’s vile and atrocious content. I’ve spent many hours investigating the Bible in research for my book and I will admit I found many passages in Wells’ book that escaped my skeptical eye. It’s definitely a testament to the time and effort put forth by Mr. Wells during his years working the Bible over.

So, all-in-all, what does this book offer?

  • 158 instances of slaughter found in the Bible and the Apocrypha
  • Question-inspiring commentary
  • A “Table of God’s Killings” which offers a quick, plainly written “go-to” catalog of death

I’m truly honored to consider Mr. Wells an associate. I’m grateful for the opportunity to read this amazing piece of literature and I hope he continues doing what he does best: eviscerating highly-revered religious texts. This book, including his website, will continue to influence not only me, but a countless number of reason-warriors, to question the Bible for years and decades to come. So, if you find yourself in discussion pertaining to the Bible and God’s so-called “goodness,” you’ll know where to turn to.

Books by Steve Wells:

You can find his website, The Skeptics Annotated Bible, can be found here.

“Baptized Atheist” – Relatable, Captivating, and Precise

71cii8MYwjLA few years ago, I became familiar with the Dogma Debate podcast. I was injured at work which placed me under “light duty.” As a result, I remained stationary for two months with nothing more than a chair, my work, and an iPod. I was getting tired of the music, so I searched for something a bit more engaging. That was when iTunes put me with Dogma Debate. I listened, listened, and listened more. It wasn’t long before I caught up with the (then) current episode. I found the cast at the time (David Smalley, Shayra, and Daniel) to be funny and relatable. This was a bit after David Smalley released the audio version of his book “Baptized Atheist.”

As you may have expected, the audio book was right up my alley. After listening to his book and podcast, I found myself completely submersed in atheism. Of course, I have always been an atheist, but it kicked off into high-gear once I began listening. I was introduced to Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and many others. I immediately read as much as I could on the subject and slowly began to build my atheist library. Soon, I found myself writing (a passion I thought had retired). After blogging for almost a year, I began working on my book “Improbable: Is There Any Reason To Believe In God?” and we all know how that turned out. So I can say, with certainty, that it was the Dogma Debate podcast and others like it, along with “Baptized Atheist,” that got me started on this path. I have an immense amount of gratitude towards David and other atheist activists who helped me find my voice.

I’ve written two reviews for my website, and while I’m making my way through another book now, I thought I’d stop for a moment and mention the book that helped me.

In “Baptized Atheist,” David discusses his deconversion with the audience, one embroiled in reason and logic. I was raised in a similar home as David, and as a child I too was often criticized for asking too many questions. He also picks up on the unreliability of the Bible by citing different inconsistencies we may not have been familiar with. He also touches on the historicity of Jesus and the faulty, misguided “moral” teachings of the Bible – both a heavily debated issue between apologists and atheists – in a precise and thought-provoking way.

All-in-all, this book has the goods and delivers quite eloquently. So eloquently, in fact, that you become submersed in the story-telling way in which it’s presented. David has a wonderful way conveying messages to his audience and he does just that in this book. If you’re looking for a read (or listen) that covers the many facets of faithlessness, then this one is for you. Challenge yourself or find comfort in knowing you aren’t the only one going through what many atheists already have. Read the book, download to the Kindle, or listen to the audio book when you have the chance. You won’t regret.

You can find “Baptized Atheist” on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, and Audible.

Listen to Dogma Debate with David Smalley (w/ Rachel Nanon Brown and AronRa) on Wednesday nights at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central.

I also wrote an article last May, in which I included Dogma Debate as one of the Top 5 Atheist Podcasts.

“Crucifying America” – Witty, Engaging, and Inspiring

9781908675200Many write about the evils of religion. Others write about the God hypothesis. CJ Werleman tackles the degenerating political system of America, threatened by the onslaught of religiously motivated and monetarily inspired men and women in his book “Crucifying America: The Unholy Alliance between the Christian Right and Wall Street.”

I will admit, before I found atheism and humanism I had little interest in the American government. After some time following and reading, I found something that was quite alarming. The Christian Right stunningly convinced Americans that the country’s roots were firmly planted in Christianity, completely defacing the secular foundations of America. Social and political commentators such as Madeline Murray O’Hare and Christopher Hitchens popularized the idea that the United States Constitution still existed, containing its secular tradition.

But that sometimes doesn’t matter.

The fat-pocketed Christian movement eventually won over the GOP. After that, the rest is history. What’s truly depressing is this: The typical American is unaware of the idiocy that exists behind closed doors. And Werleman delivers what every American should know. After reading this alarming book, it became quite clear to me that Werleman truly cares for America and where it seems to be heading. Not only does he eviscerate the GOP with wit and conviction, he calls for us to stand against this absolute evil before it’s too late.

Below, I will supply an excerpt from Chapter 12: They Want You Dumb. This happened to be the chapter I found the most entertaining – and I hope you feel the same!

In his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, the late Neil Postman wrote, “Americans are the best entertained and quite likely the least well-informed people in the Western world.” I believe Postman was a little too kind. I would argue that this generation of Americans is the dumbest and least intellectually inquisitive the Western hemisphere has ever seen, and I include Tasmania, Australia. But our collective dumbness is just the way the corporate elite would like us. You see, the goal of anti-intellectualism is to oppress political dissent and, in the Christian Right, corporate interests have again found the perfect partner to help them in their goal of cutting taxes, opposing green initiatives, expanding oil drilling, increasing military spending, and eliminating benefits for the working class.

Now that the Christian Right has seized control of the Republican Party, up is down, and down is up. Black is white, and greenhouse gases are good for the environment. In fact, intellectualism, thinking, and facts are sneered at as if they were a pedophile moving into the apartment next door. Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman wrote, “Know-nothingism – the insistence that there are simple, brute-force, instant-gratification answers to every problem, and that there’s something effeminate and weak about anyone who suggest otherwise – has become the core of Republican policy and political strategy. The party’s de facto slogan has become: ‘Real men don’t think things through’.”

The GOP’s primary process to choose its nominee for the 2012 election revealed to the world just how far the party had been pulled to the right by religious conservatives, asthe party base and its leaders openly mocked education, and successfully turned “intellectual” into a generic slur. In fact, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who would only later lose the nomination to Romney because of a lack of cash, called President Obama a “snob” for saying he wanted all Americans to have access to college.

The collective policy announcements of the 2012 GOP contenders amounted to, in terms of substance, a race to the intellectual bottom. Absent details, facts, and independent enquiry, the candidate’s respective hashed out social and economic policies were no more than emotion-driven bumper stickers, and at complete odds with reality. Pizza delivery CEO Herman Cain called for a 9-9-9 tax, which would only reward those at the top, while punishing everyone else in the middle and at the bottom, and would fail to balance a budget. Michele Bachmann said the HPV vaccination causes “mental retardation”. It does not! Newt Gingrich’s solution to immigration is a double electrified fence on the Mexican border. Rick Perry said he’d get rid of three government departments but could only name two of them. When asked how he’d handle foreign policy better than Obama, the Texas Governor criticized the President, “Well, I wouldn’t try to outsmart everyone in the room.” Ron Paul said we can solve all of America’s problems by getting rid of every single federal government institution. What he would suddenly do with nearly 5 million government employees he didn’t say. Nor did he answer how, in turning all power back to the States, he would be able to stop Republican controlled states re-enacting Jim Crow laws and establishing laws to award the death penalty to doctors that perform abortions. Newt Gingrich’s solution to high levels of black teen unemployment was to make them janitors.

The only true moderate Conservative in the GOP race was former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who mocked his fellow candidates, “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” So, while Huntsman cast a lonely figure when it came to climate change and evolution, let’s see what his Republican opponents had to say:

• Michele Bachmann: “Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas; it is a harmless gas… And yet we’re being told that we have to reduce this natural substance and reduce the American standard of living to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in the Earth.”

• Herman Cain: “I don’t believe… global warming is real. Do we have climate change? Yes. Is it a crisis? No. … Because the science, the real science, doesn’t say that we have any major crisis or threat when it comes to climate change.”

• Ron Paul: “While it is evident that the human right to produce and use energy does not extend to activities that actually endanger the climate of the Earth upon which we all depend, bogus claims about climate dangers should not be used as a justification to further limit the American people’s freedom.”

• Rick Perry: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their projects. I think we’re seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”

• Mitt Romney: “Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that, but I think that it is. I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans…What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”

• Rick Santorum: “I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 — which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas — is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air … To me, this is an opportunity for the left to create — it’s really a beautifully concocted scheme because they know that the earth is gonna cool and warm.”

On evolution, the candidates had this to say during the campaign:

• Michele Bachmann: “I support intelligent design. What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don’t think it’s a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides.”

• Ron Paul: “I think there is a theory, a theory of evolution, and I don’t accept it. … The creator that I know created us, each and every one of us and created the universe, and the precise time and manner … I just don’t think we’re at the point where anybody has absolute proof on either side.”

• Rick Perry: “I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.”

• Mitt Romney: “I’m not exactly sure what is meant by intelligent design. But I believe God is intelligent, and I believe he designed the creation. And I believe he used the process of evolution to create the human body … True science and true religion are on exactly the same page. They may come from different angles, but they reach the same conclusion. I’ve never found a conflict between the science of evolution and the belief that God created the universe. He uses scientific tools to do his work.”

• Rick Santorum: “I believe in Genesis 1:1 — God created the heavens and the earth … If Gov. Huntsman wants to believe that he is the descendant of a monkey, then he has the right to believe that — but I disagree with him on this and the many other liberal beliefs he shares with Democrats. For Jon Huntsman to categorize anyone as ‘anti-science’ or ‘extreme’ because they believe in God is ridiculous.”

Now, these are the leaders of the Republican Party appealing to the base – the Christian Right, so imagine how much further the rank and file of the GOP are from accepting science and fact. You get people like Delaware Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell who said, “If evolution is real, how come there are still monkeys?” Well, Christine, education is real, and there are still morons.

Now, the purpose of this chapter is to not argue the merits of evolution or climate change, because if you don’t accept both, then you probably wouldn’t be reading this book. Also, I’m not a scientist, so I will leave it to the “snobs” as Rick Santorum calls them, or professors as I call them, to explain the robustness of scientific rigor. The objective is to show how the anti-rationalism and anti-intellectualism of the Christian Right, the core of the Republican Party, is fostered and encouraged because not only does it suit the interests of corporations, but it also poses an indelible threat to our democracy.”

You can find CJ Werleman’s “Crucifying America” in paperback here or in Kindle here. You can also follow him on twitter here.

“Oh, Your God! The Evil Idea That is Religion” – Insightful, Alarming, and Convincing

9781908675057_cvrRecently, I became acquainted with a fellow Dangerous Little Books author by the name of Joshua Kelly: A sophisticated, well-mannered, and intelligent person – characteristics that are identifiable in his recent book, “Oh Your God! The Evil Idea That is Religion.”

In this book, Kelly delivers a punch to the institutionalization of religious thought throughout the world. From past to present, he narrates the horrors and “ungodly” actions inflicted by those of religious faith – a faith responsible for unspeakable immorality, might I add.

In my case, the book brought me back to my earliest days of atheism as I made my way through Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great.” My first introduction into atheism was not by the pen of Dawkins, but through the plainly stated manner Hitchens’ portrayed in his book. I was certainly an anti-theist before I was a convinced atheist. I’ve always known religious faith to be nothing but a folly, but early on I never considered the negativity it spread throughout the world. I was captivated once again, and Kelly is to blame for that.

The God hypothesis is perhaps the most debated subject since the days of early philosophy, but it’s been without resolution. On the other hand, the importance of religion can be argued and demonstrated. Kelly offers a comprehensive case against the impression that religion is ultimately good and needed. I was quite impressed with the amount of research displayed throughout the work, because if one wishes to make a convincing argument for or against an idea, that idea must be countered with a hefty supply of data – and Kelly does just that. By the end of the book, it becomes practically impossible to make a formidable case for religion. If seeking a modern resource to pad your arsenal against the faithfully devoted, “Oh, Your God” is a must-need for any anti-theist.

I’m truly honored to call Joshua Kelly my colleague, ally, and friend.  I will make a claim, not one of faith but of empirical observation: Joshua Kelly will become a common voice among those leading the fight for atheism and secularism throughout the world.

Below I will supply an excerpt from a chapter that I enjoyed greatly, which discusses the apocalyptic hopes of those so “righteously” convinced.

“It only takes a bit of observation to see that a weighty part of theists today are infatuated with the end of the world. The drama, the epic theme, the involvement of such an episode occurring within the span of our lives mesmerizes us. It is the same thrilling motive that attracts us to stories like The War of the Worlds, The Day After Tomorrow, and even the zombie “apocalypse”.

In a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 79% of U.S. Christians questioned believed in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and 20% of those believed that the event would occur in their lifetime. Obviously, it would beg the question: why do you think it’s going to happen in your lifetime? And no compelling evidence exists. We can safely infer from this observation it is because they want it to. Keep in mind that the Second Coming is preceded by the war and torment that will occur (prophetically speaking) by the defeat of the Muslims by the Jews in order to take over the Dome on the Rock and rebuild their great Temple there, only to give the Christ something to destroy in his fury when he returns. Naturally, there are moderate dissenters who take a more pacifist theory, claiming that the new Temple can exist simultaneously with the scintillating mosque—but as we have observed, there is little point in taking or arguing a pacifist view if the fanatical one bears more influence. As well, biblical prophecy heralds the encore of Jesus by global warfare and harsh travesty, including the Rapture—wishing for this event to occur is literally equivalent to praying for widespread destruction and suffering. All this, of course, under the blatant egotistical notion that Jesus will be there for you, that the great creator of the universe has come to see you safely in his arms to heaven before making his world-based war on Satan. How important you must be, to receive such special escort. Muslims believe such a messianic victory can be overturned by the firm capture of the city of Jerusalem to make way for the arrival of the Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam, who will lead them on a glorious crusade to conquer the world for Islam. This fantastical affair even invades Islamic politics with no sensitivity, as the President of Iran said with no hint of facetiousness in his voice: “Our revolution’s main mission is to pave the way for the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi.” With the tension in the Middle East heating up in noticeable increments almost by the day, Christians engage all their support for a victory for the Jewish people, which they think will signal their own eventual conquest.

The Second Coming of Christ is prophetically partnered with the Rapture: the instantaneous liberation of all good souls from their bodies and their spiritual sojourn up to the Pearly Gates. This removes pure souls from the world in order to protect them from the hellish scene to come. Then follows the Tribulation, a seven-year period in which all unbelieving and unclean souls (e.g., myself and other atheists, homosexuals, pagans, infidels, apostates—the ones who survived punishment on earth—those not baptized into the faith and those who had never been exposed to it, etc., etc.) will remain on the face of the barren planet and suffer the punishment that god drizzles down on us. (One who is familiar with the vomitous Left Behind series will recognize the setting.) This also signals the rise of the Anti-Christ and the building of the Third Temple. Then comes a long-winded list of imaginatively epic events (complete with several more Judgments of various titles) ending ultimately in a final war between Satan and Jesus, which will ravage the world anew and all us sordid soulless left here since the Rapture will be caught in the entropy. Jesus, of course, will defeat Satan, and set up a 1,000-year reign creating a new heaven on Earth. This is evidently an oversimplification and there are variations depending on which brand of lunacy one ascribes to, but I couldn’t bear to give such morbid fantasy-fiction disguised as Christian eschatology any more ink than that.

People literally hope for this to happen—within the year.

With this coming conflict in mind, many American church groups tour to Jerusalem to see the Dome of the Rock and mark it in their hearts as the point of return for Jesus, and make great “charitable” contributions to Christian groups supporting Zionism and the nation of Israel, such as The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. A grand portion of the funds which it raises goes to strengthen Jewish settlements in West Bank, even though Israel’s occupation there is in direction violation with international law, including Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 1 of the United Nations Charter, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews alone has raised over $100,000,000 for the Zionist resurgence. In April, 2002, forty million emails from evangelical Christians in the U.S. sent directly to George W. Bush made very obvious changes in his policy in dealing with Israel.189 This movement, known as Christian Zionism (notably headed at one point by Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson), rally under the general proclivity of the Christian Right. Falwell is even alleged to have said in 1981, “To stand against Israel is to stand against God. We believe that history and scripture prove God deals with nations in relation to how they deal with Israel.” How, then, can a good Christian object to the violent prescription of the coming End of Days but remain a fervid follower of god? Only subjectively—much like the morality of all religion, it varies by the follower. Zionism is ultimately a new state of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Jews to rid the nation of Palestine of all Arabs and Islamic influence and set up an exclusively Jewish state—a rather despicable “eye for an eye” cause considering the intimate history Judaism has with such events, with their slavery by the Egyptians, their Exodus, their ghettos in Venice during the Renaissance and their ultimate nightmare of the Holocaust— mirroring similar influences in Palestine only propagates the same atrocities inflicted upon them in varying scales. But, as is true with all religious conflict, god gives the green light. Israel was god’s gift to the Jews in return for self-lacerating their genitals—ergo, the division of a country by riots and radical warfare is completely validated, and the turmoil that occurs all along the Eastern Mediterranean from northern Egypt to Lebanon is merely a means to an end—the fulfillment of god’s promise to Abraham.

Ultimately, the theology of the Rapture and the Second Coming is much debated, but an overwhelming amount of Christians believe in the literal letter of its happening, the events of which are predicted based on a couple of very loose interpretations of a few incendiary Bible verses and some bad mathematics. And it must beg one to divulge the motivations behind the eagerness for such a thing to occur—after all, the numbers ascending to Heaven are select. Those who pray for the Second Coming to manifest soon—indeed, send money to Israeli foundations in order to help make it come about more quickly— must have pre-disposed ideas as to the purity of their souls. They must have an incredible faith in the righteousness with which they composed themselves to know that they will be spared the tortures of the Tribulation. In other words: they have judged themselves. Such ego is contemptuous and incongruous, knowing that the destruction of the world wreaks forth only after you have been given the Jesus-Land Fast Pass and cut the line to the Paradise Ride.

But there is the corollary to consider: if one hopes for Rapture, one is by proxy hoping—ardently praying—for the continuous, unimaginable torture of their fellow man. They are desperate for the destruction of nations, the leveling of the face of the planet, the raining of havoc onto humans related in blood and history, no matter their spiritual or sexual or philosophical backgrounds. It measures a cavalcade of pain beyond what can be aptly described and they dream of it—relish it! Without mincing words: this is sadism. This is psychotic masturbation. Above that, it’s terrorism. To pray for the Rapture is to revel in psychopathy. It and its supporters should be slandered as those who perpetuated the Cambodian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Rape of Nanking, and the carnage of the 1947 Partition of India should be slandered.”

Oh, Your God! The Evil Idea That is Religion” can be purchased in paperback and Kindle eBook form.