Author: Bill Flavell

What was God’s most important job?

If Christianity is true, do you know what God’s most important job was? It wasn’t the creation of the universe or the creation of logic or the laws of physics. It wasn’t the creation of Earth or even the creation of humans. There was something FAR more important than all these things. Once God had created sentient beings his most important job was to save them from unnecessary su...

Why atheism needs no apologists

If God was real, we wouldn’t need apologists to explain why it is so difficult to find God or why a loving God planned so much pain and suffering for us. We wouldn’t need apologists to explain why different people see God so differently and scripture would not need hermeneutics to make sense. If God was real, it would be SO OBVIOUS that biologists would need apologists to explain why a...

Repealing blasphemy laws in Greece

AAI affiliate, The Atheist Union of Greece, has been campaigning for some years to have the country’s blasphemy laws repealed. Now the government is proposing changes to the Greek Penal Code and has set up a public consultation process. Articles 198 and 199 of the Penal Code form the basis of Greek blasphemy laws and it looks as though the government favors abolishing them. Public consultati...

Six reasons God would prefer to be dead

Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine you are God—imagine you are the Hebrew god known as Elohim, Yahweh, Allah or just plain God. In an effort to make you the one “true” god and therefore, maximally great, your creators made you super-intelligent, omniscient, omnipotent, eternal and unchanging. They had to make you eternal—they didn’t want other religions claiming their god created you. An...

Meetups in Uganda

Uganda is a devoutly religious country located in East Africa with 99.8% of the population professing religious affiliation. The two biggest religions are Christianity (84.5%) followed by Islam (13.7%). Only 0.2% of the population identify as non-religious. Christians divide nearly equally into Catholics and Anglicans but with a growing Pentecostal presence—reaching over 11% of all Christians by 2...

How to prove creationism is true

If the Biblical creation story was true, the evidence for it would be all around us and overwhelming. It would the easiest thing to prove. If creationism is true, the Earth and everything upon it would be less than 10,000 years old. We would see all species appearing in the fossil record at the same time and all in much the same form as we see them today. The most distant stars would be no more th...

The truth about atheists

Before you know any atheists, you might believe the stories you hear about them. You might believe they are immoral, amoral or just evil. You might believe they are lost and aimless or they are drab, cheerless people who have no hope, no love and no happiness in their lives. But once you have met them, and you can hardly avoid meeting them if you spend time on social media, you’ll find the r...

The incredible story of God

God had no beginning. He was always there. He is maximally intelligent. We don’t exactly know what this means but let’s say his IQ is a few billion compared to our average IQ of 100. And he was alone. Definitely. We are told he is the ONLY real god–all the others are human inventions. So he had no friends, no wives, no one to talk to, nothing to do, no TV, no nothing. He didnR...

Christianity: Dim, Dark & Disturbing

Christianity has its dark side. Such as people who are convinced there are witches who must be killed or demons that must be exorcized, even though ‘exorcism’ can harm or, even kill people. And those who believe their religion says gay folks are an abomination to be deprived of rights, imprisoned or worse. And those who believe praying for their sick children and refusing them blood tr...

Four responses to Biblical slavery

You know slavery is profoundly wrong and you believe God is the only source of objective morality. You discover that God in the Bible permits holding slaves. He permits you to buy and sell slaves, to capture them, to brand them and beat them. Because slaves are your property, you can even beat them so brutally that they die, and you can pass them on to your children when you die. God thinks all th...

Debating believers—a masterclass in under 900 words

If you’re an atheist, there’s a very good chance you have spent time debating believers. Here are my top tips to make these discussions more productive. The basics Start by remembering believers are not stupid—they are just wrong. After thousands of years, no one has developed a successful argument for the existence of ANY god, despite many smart people trying hard to do so. But believ...

Do you have to be stupid to believe in God?

When I hear atheists saying people have to be stupid to believe in God, I am reminded of Christians who say you can’t have morals without God. Both statements are crass because the evidence is abundant. There are plenty of atheists with high moral values and plenty of smart people who believe in God. But there is no evidence that God exists and almost all versions of God mandate belief in a ...