Author: Bill Flavell

Why you should rethink your God

I haven’t counted but I’m pretty sure I have asked far more than 1,000 people why they believe in God. And, without a single exception, I have always seen the same result. The result is that people give me no reason, or they give me reasons that rely on fallacious logic and are unreliable in some way. I have also spoken to dozens of atheists who have asked believers the same question a...

Why religions don’t care about truth

All religions insist they have found the truth, despite the fact there are hundreds of religions and thousands of denominations preaching contradictory beliefs. This made me wonder, if religions were REALLY concerned about finding the truth, how would we expect them to behave? I wouldn’t expect to see religious or inter-denominational wars, such as we have seen between Shia and Sunni Muslims...

Where did Moses really get the Law from?

Hammurabi, the sixth Babylonian King, ruled Mesopotamia for 42 years from 1792 – 1750 BCE. He is probably most famous for introducing the Code of Hammurabi—one of the earliest known codes of law. Several copies of the 282 laws have been found, some chiseled into stone and some on clay tablets. The best-known example of the code is the almost complete, 2.25 meter (7.5 ft) high stele, made fro...

Eight reasons Christianity is false

There is very little that we can prove in this world. We can look for evidence to support claims people make and when there is robust supporting evidence, and no contrary evidence, we can conclude a claim is probably, but not definitely, true. However, it is easier to prove something is false—all you need is one piece of contradictory evidence. So, what about Christianity? Is there evidence that c...

Can you feel God in your heart?

If you ask people why they believe in God, most will give you a reason derived from logic (however, tortured and broken it may be) but a sizable minority, ignore logic and rely entirely on their feelings. The question is, are feelings a valid way to determine what is true? A person might say something like, “I know God exists, I feel him in my heart.” I have no reason to doubt that this person rea...

Six things atheists do wrong

Atheists, if you aim to help believers reconsider and, perhaps, revise their unwarranted beliefs, there are some things you should be aware of. Insulting believers will not make them realize they are a dick, it will make them think YOU are a dick. Telling them the Bible is fiction will only make them conclude that you don’t understand the Bible. Telling them that only a fool would believe in...

How we know gods are imaginary

Across the globe and across time, humans have loved and worshipped thousands of gods. But, if one god was real and all the rest fake, we would know. Consider three possible benefits of believing in a god: 1) PRAYER Believers in fake gods would be constantly complaining their prayers are never answered whilst believers in a real god would be jubilant over their amazing success rate. 2) COMMUNION Be...

God vs Surgeons

Here’s a test for those pastors who claim they can work miracles through God; take them to a hospital to pray for 30 patients. Ten patients have aortic valve failure and need replacement heart valves. Ten are almost blind, suffering from advanced cataracts—their eyes need replacement lenses. Ten have chronic osteoarthritis in their knees and need artificial knee joints. In a modern hospital,...

Your inner caveman revealed

Viewing from a distance can often reveal things that cannot be seen close up. To gain a sense of perspective, it is interesting to look at our species, not for a few generations but for our entire existence. The best evidence available suggests our species has roamed the earth for at least 200,000 years, probably more. Most of that time we were itinerant hunter-gatherers. We used sharpened sticks ...

How to prove an afterlife exists

I’ve finally worked out how to prove you will live again after you die. My method relies entirely on empirical evidence and requires no faith whatsoever. Here is the process step-by-step: Ascend to the top of a very tall building, the higher the better. Leap from the top floor and fall to the ground. Evaluate the evidence: If you wake up and your smashed body is perfectly restored, you have ...

Ten common-sense questions every believer should ask

Why, after debating this for thousands of years, are we no closer to agreeing which god is real or even if there are any gods at all? Why, over 500 years, has science continually ruled God out, but NEVER ruled him in? Why do god believers use transparently invalid arguments to justify their beliefs? Why is there not even one argument for a god that all fair-minded people can agree to? Why does geo...

Atheists believe in nothing!

Why do religious people so often think atheists believe in nothing and stand for nothing? They couldn’t be more wrong. I stand for believing only things that are true. I stand for equal rights, equal opportunities and non-discrimination on grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, disability and more. I believe in treating my fellow humans with respect and preserving the...