Author: Bill Flavell

How myths destroy gods

It is uncontroversial that the Sumerians invented their pantheon of gods and their elegant myth explaining the creation of the world. They believed the goddess Nammu gave birth to her husband Anki. They had a son, Enlil, who then made the world from his own parents. It is uncontroversial that the Aztecs invented their pantheon of gods and their bellicose creation myth. In their myth, the god Omete...

How to keep your kids thinking straight

You want your kids to grow up sensible, right? You’re educated and have experience of the world, and this has led you to choose the best political party. You know better than your five-year-old daughter, of course you do. But when she grows up she might be deceived, led astray or mistaken, so what can you do to make sure she stays loyal to the only party that makes sense? Here are a few sugg...

How a clown-god fails Christians

Let’s be honest, God is not a star when it comes to the brains department. Apparently, within days of creation, he was outwitted by a crafty snake. Soon everything went pear-shaped and he regretted making humans. So he decided to try again and drowned almost every living thing. That meant unnecessarily killing millions of innocent creatures but worse than that, he kept eight of the original ...

Is slavery wrong?

Recently a Muslim asked me, “Why is it bad to own slaves?” It’s a good question and it needs an answer. What religions tell us Both Christians and Muslims can answer this question from their holy scriptures, and both would find similar answers. The Bible, in the Old and New Testaments, permits slavery. Islam also permits holding slaves, especially those won as “booty”...

Six awkward questions on Biblical morality

Religious people tell me atheists have no basis for morality–all we have are opinions and no one’s opinion is more valid than anyone else’s. Instead, they point me to a book they say was inspired by our creator. They insist God is the only true moral authority. God can give us perfect moral laws for eternity. So I read the Bible but I came away with questions I couldn’t ans...

Ten bad reasons to be an atheist (and one good one)

I am an atheist but I often find myself disagreeing with other atheists. There are good reasons to be an atheist and there are bad reasons. Here are ten commonly heard bad reasons: “My mum got sick, we all prayed for hours but she died” “I’ve never seen God.” “I prayed daily for God to reveal himself but he didn’t.” “There are contradictions in...

Are you creative?

WINNERS ANNOUNCED December 12, 2018 Congratulations to our WINNERS! Jason Gregory (first prize), Dominic Omenai and William Murdick. Very many thanks to everyone who submitted slogans and to our external judge, Adam Tilford. Jason Gregory scooped first prize for his light-heartedly challenging “WARNING I ask questions.” Dominic Omenai was a runner-up with his amusing quip, “TESTE...

Summons served on the Government of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

On October 25, the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, formally served a summons on the Government of Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria.  The suit was brought by our affiliate, the Atheist Society of Nigeria (ASN), and alleges that the government’s involvement in the building and promotion of an 8,500-seat worship center is ultra vires, unconstitutional and unlawful. ASN issued a press release today exp...

Why Christianity’s most important story is 100% wrong

Christianity’s most important story set in the Garden of Eden, tells us that God left innocent humans, who had no knowledge of good and evil, in the company of a crafty serpent. God told the humans not to eat fruit from a certain tree. When the humans were deceived by the serpent and tasted the fruit, God was very, very angry. Ask yourself, who should God punish in this situation? If God was...

How we know Genesis is the work of men

God is immaterial—made of nothing, indivisible and everywhere at the same time. He doesn’t eat, sleep or get sick. He knows everything and is more intelligent than we can ever imagine. God had no beginning and will have no end. He will continue forever, even beyond the death of the universe. He can change the laws of the universe at will. And God is perfect in every respect, including his mo...

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Six things wrong with God

It’s a pity you can’t get a Ph.D. in Inventing Gods. Those who have done it in the past have not always done a great job. So after much research, I have distilled the six key things the Hebrews got wrong with god. Make your god consistent with the things we see around us. For example, if we see needless suffering, we should invent a malevolent god that enjoys watching suffering rather ...

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