Author: Bill Flavell

Five days that unravel the Bible

Let’s for a moment assume that God is real, and let’s take the Genesis creation story at face-value. Many people believe that Moses was the author of the book of Genesis but I wonder where Moses got the story from? Moses was a prophet who spoke directly to God. He was not alive at the time of the creation so he must have got the creation story either from God or part from God and part ...

Theology vs Science

Theology essentially studies simple questions; does god exist and what is his nature? Despite this, and several thousand years of effort, theology has reached no consensus on either question. There has been zero progress. Why are these questions simple? Because if God exists, it would be blindingly obvious. If God is everywhere, can communicate with every human being and makes local changes to the...

How atheists indoctrinate their kids

Jonny: “Mum, we talked about God at school today. Do you believe in God?” Mum: “Some people believe there is a god; some believe there are many gods, and some believe there are none. Some gods are long forgotten, others are still worshiped.  There have been thousands of gods and religions over the years. Most of them disagree with each other, so they can’t all be true. Almo...

Christianity’s dirty secret

Even before children begin school, parents involve their children in religious rituals and teach them religious stories. As they grow up, children are told how important it is to BELIEVE these stories, and to revere the book in which they are found. If children question or, doubt, any of these stories, they will be warned not to think such things—questioning incurs parental disapproval. Young chil...

Walking with a believer

Let’s take a walk together this evening. Let us be friends who seek nothing more than to believe things that are true, and not believe things that are false. This evening as we walk we are talking about humankind’s obsession with gods—an obsession that has lasted for thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years. Theist: What should we believe about gods Alan? Atheist: Well, what do we c...

This is no test

Christians say life on Earth is just a test to see who is fit for heaven. The death of a child is just a test; an earthquake is a test. Cancer, birth defects, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes, malaria and ebola are all tests. God has an entire arsenal of tests for us and some people are tested multiple times, but others are never tested at all. What Christians don’t tell us is why an infinitel...

Put up or shut up

In 1687, Isaac Newton published his book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (in English, “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”). In this ground-breaking book, he proposed that an invisible force of attraction acts on all objects with mass. He gave a simple equation that allowed the magnitude of the force to be calculated. This invisible force, he claimed, explains ho...

Theophysicists

We’ve all met them; there are probably millions of them in the wild. They believe in God, but they are not theologians. They believe in science, but they are not scientists. I call them theophysicists. They say physics, in particular Big Bang Cosmology, is proof that God exists. Somehow they miss the fact that only 7% of the 2,000-odd members of the National Academy of Scientists (the most d...

God’s IQ

The average human has an IQ of 100. The very smartest humans have IQs hovering around the 200 mark. Those blessed with such talent can do things that the rest of us can only marvel at. Kim Ung-yong was born in 1962 in Seoul, South Korea. He began speaking Korean by the age of four months and by two and a half years of age, he could read Korean, German, Japanese and English. He began a physics cour...

Goodbye 2017, and goodbye Christianity

If you are a Christian, there is a lot that you have to take on faith; was Jesus born of a virgin? Did Jesus die and resurrect? Did Jesus ascend to heaven? Is Jesus alive today? You have no way of knowing if these things, and many other things, are true but if you set your threshold for belief low enough, you can believe them on faith. However, there are two facts, (one from the Old Testament and ...

Time to change

There is a time when we all have to change. Atheist Alliance International has reached that point. Over the years we have become too comfortable and we have taken our eye off the ball. The balance has swung towards establishment and away from activist. Attending meetings at the UN and addressing conferences in Europe and North America may give the impression that we are achieving things but the pa...

How myths challenge 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 made the world from his own parents. It is uncontroversial that the Aztecs invented their pantheon of gods and their rather more bellicose creation myth. In their myth, the go...