Author: Bill Flavell

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...

The Bible’s final metaphor

Many parts of the world (but not all) are moving away from a literal interpretation of the Bible. The evidence that the Earth was not formed before the stars; the universe was not formed in a few days; and man did not suddenly pop into existence is so overwhelming, that you need a special determination to avoid evidence to believe the Biblical accounts. But once you have taken that first step and ...

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...