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The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years. The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015…

Bullet in a Bible

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What if he was reading the Satanic Bible instead? Yep, that might have worked just as well. It’s physics, not a miracle. Dayton RTA driver saved by religious text Rickey Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood, was assaulted by three men in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue, while standing outside of his bus. Three shots were…

Noah movie dispute called an “unholy mess”

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A core idea of this argument – accurate portrayal of the Bible – breaks my brain. What do YOU think? ‘Noah:’ Faith-based group, Paramount in biblical battle – latimes.com. Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the…

What was the Star of Bethlehem – natural, supernatural or fiction?

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Supernova, comet, planet, angel, miracle, star? Or something else. Star of Bethlehem a literary creation, says Ohio State physics scholar | The Columbus Dispatch. In the newly published The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, the Ohio State University scholar says the star was most likely the literary creation of the author of the Gospel…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

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Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

Was Jesus created as Roman propaganda?

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A controversial topic will be presented by Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill: The entire story of Jesus was fabricated. Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’. The talk will be part of a symposium taking place in London on October 19th. How will this be received? Probably skeptically. Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish,…

Is this discovery proof of King David? Help us dig through it.

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What do our archaeologists and Biblical specialists think about this discovery? Archeologists dig up King David’s palace | JPost | Israel News. A joint excavation led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authorities discovered two of the largest structures ever uncovered from the Kingdom of Judea, the Israel Antiquities Authorities announced…

Creationist advocates Biblical flood in Iowa media

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A completely credulous, deeply stupid article. Group presents evidence for creationism, Biblical flood. For Helmut Welke, taking the Bible seriously means believing the flood story found in the Bible’s first book, Genesis – and unearthing scientific evidence to support that belief. Welke, an engineering manager and the president of the Quad-City Creation Science Association, led…

Jesus had the power of invisibility, says ‘fan fiction’ from the Bible

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Best thing I read ALL DAY. Shape-Shifting Jesus Described in Ancient Egyptian Text | Passion of Jesus & Easter | LiveScience. A newly deciphered Egyptian text, dating back almost 1,200 years, tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before. Written in the Coptic…

Completely boring literary device found in Bible makes news

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The what-now? ‘Genesis Death Sandwich’ Discovered in Bible : Discovery News. Researchers using text-analysis software say they’ve discovered a new literary device in the first book of the Bible: the “Genesis death sandwich.” The name refers to a familiar rhetorical structure — sandwiching bad news in between the good. In the case of Genesis, the…

Criticism goes to court in case of fighting Bible archaeologists

The James Ossuary (bone box),  said to provide evidence of Jesus' life, is widely suspected of being a modern forgery.

Feuding Biblical Archaeologists in the news. Under contention – what to think of those that make questionably significant scientific announcements in sensational films or trade book. A Feud Between Biblical Archaeologists Goes to Court | TIME.com. Simcha Jacobovici, a Canadian documentary maker specializing in biblical archaeology, is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum…

Intelligent design proponents not intelligent enough to know when to quit

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Blatant bill for Creationism surfaces in Missouri. Is it placating the constituency or are they just that stupid? “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri | NCSE. House Bill 291, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 23, 2013, would, if enacted, require “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design,” according…

Evidence for catastrophic floods – Did you HAVE to use the word “Biblical”?

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Biblical-Type Floods Are Real, and They’re Absolutely Enormous | DISCOVER Magazine. Long before the discovery of the scablands, geologists dismissed the role of catastrophic floods in interpreting European geology. By the end of the 19th century such ideas not only were out of fashion but were geological heresy. When J Harlen Bretz uncovered evidence of…

Bible marketing: Ponzi scheme took many investors (UPDATE: Caught)

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UPDATE to this story: Taylor has been found in Kansas. Preacher Swindled Millions in Ponzi Scheme: Found Hiding in Kansas | Las Vegas Guardian Express. After the Securities and Exchange Commission went to court to shut down this scheme, Taylor disappeared and Federal authorities hadn’t been able to find him. Taylor and his wife were…

Evil-ution: Religious speakers spouting nonsense over the Aurora shooting

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Some people are not just wrong, they are off the charts. Bryan Fischer Blames ‘Liberals’ Way’ For Aurora Mass Shooting Bryan Fischer, the oft-quoted mouthpiece of the American Family Association, was quick to jump on the bandwagon, tying the mass shooting first to a general breakdown in Judeo-Christian values, and most recently to the public…

Louisiana to have vouchers to pay for Bible-based schools where no evolution is allowed (UPDATED: School board challenge)

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Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize schools. Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children. Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class…

Inhofe knows only God can change the climate; calls global warming idea arrogant.

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Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is A Hoax | ThinkProgress. In a radio interview with Voice of Christian Youth America, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) argued that his belief that global warming is a hoax is biblically inspired. Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe told interviewer Vic…