The Star of Bethlehem, Three Kings, Sirius and Orion

At this time of year, interest begins to increase in the motif of the “Star of Bethlehem” and “Three Kings” who supposedly followed it to the birth place of the baby Jewish messiah. The depiction of the “kings,” “wise men” or magi as three comes not from the Bible specifically but represents a tradition based …

Did Jesus have a wife? So says an ancient Egyptian papyrus

A Egyptian papyrus fragment describing Jesus Christ as discussing his “wife” has been making the news globally of late. The idea of Jesus having a wife is many centuries old, having been circulated beginning in the late second or early third century and popularized in modern times by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. In …

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Iranian woman speaks out on ‘respecting religion’

Thank you! This is very well written and important, coming from an Iranian woman whose native culture has been usurped by an oppressive foreign invader cult. I hope many more Iranians are able to loosen these binds of bigoted religious oppression. —– Mansoureh Nasserchian Soroor: We hear a lot about respecting ideas of other people. …

FAQs

“Islamophobia?” Inevitably in any discussion of Islam, there are those “infidelphobes” and “dhimwits” who start shrieking about “Islamophobia,” as if that’s a bad thing.  A healthy fear of Islam–knowing its actual history and what it continues to do globally, rather than remaining in a bubble of ignorance–would be a good thing for any sensible person. …

Was there a historical ‘Jesus of Nazareth?’

Hi there! Just a reminder of my ebook/PDF special, in case you haven’t gotten a copy yet. If you have, thanks! I hope you are enjoying it. If not, don’t forget that I’ve included in this collection of nine (9) of my PDFs a brand-new article entitled: Was There a Historical ‘Jesus of Nazareth?”The Use …

What do Muslims pray for five times a day?

What do Muslims pray for five times a day? Some of the praying sounds “reasonable,” unless you are an atheist, but for the most part, Muslims are petitioning the Arab tribal god Allah not to make infidels of them. In other words, every day Muslims are engaged in infidelophobic behaviors, designed to be divisive and …

Western Religious Pluralism?

(The following is a contribution by Freethought Nation guestwriter Brian Schmied.) After witnessing the holocaust, Western governments slowly began to hang up their age old religious hatreds in favor of peace, advocating instead for secular government. People, however, did not hang up their religious biases. Governments are unfortunately made up of people, including people who …

Who really discovered America?

An absolutely fascinating show about the pre-Columbian settlement and/or exploration of the Americas by peoples from several different parts of the “Old World,” from China to Ireland aired in June and October 2010 on the History Channel. The show was in two parts that explored the mysterious traditions and artifacts seemingly demonstrating voyages across the …

Should religion be taught in public schools?

Although some people will object to any religion being taught in public schools, and they would be correct if it were simply proselytizing rather than unattached study, I for one believe that human beings should be as educated as possible on all forms of religion, philosophy and mythology as can reasonably be accomplished. In other …

Islamic jihad is great for atheism

The rise of “political,” “radical” or “extreme” (fundamentalist) Islam globally is making strange bedfellows that in the end will likely be of tremendous benefit to one of the most hated minorities on the planet: Atheists. Although I do not call myself either a theist or atheist, as I reserve the right to entertain whatever thought …

“Few scholars question Jesus’ existence”

Over the years, many people have brought us an endless supply of credentialism, which is an argument that essentially claims only those with PhDs are worth listening to. This credentialist fallacy is often used when the subject of Jesus mythicism is raised. I’ll start with a few quotes: “Few scholars question Jesus’ existence” “No serious …

‘Meditative’ Buddhists freak out over video

Althought it is highly exalted by numerous Westerners, including celebs who love to ride its supposed Peace Train, it appears that Buddhism in some parts of the world is little different from Christianity or Islam for having rabid fanatics who hate and do violent acts. There are many instances of non-peaceful Buddhist behavior over the …

2012: The end of the world?

Here’s a short-but-sweet factual description of what the date December 21, 2012 truly represents, composed by noted archaeologist Dr. Ken Feder. In a nutshell, that date simply represents the end of a cycle or series of cycles called baktuns, as related by Feder in an article for the Chicago Tribune entitled, “‘2012’: Maya Calandar Misconception …