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Last Supper, Detail from the Left

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

The source used by Leonardo Da Vinci is John 13:21 and is supposed to represent the exact moment when Jesus announces to his disciples that one of them would betray him: 'When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.' Thus the reactions of all the disciples are the reactions to hearing that one of them is a traitor to Jesus who would cause the death of their teacher. Each reacts in a different way. Page 4.



When Was the Gospel According to Mark Written?

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Scholars conclude that Mark was written during the war between Rome and the Jews (66-74). Most early dates for Mark fall around 65 CE and most late dates fall around 75 CE.



Last Supper, painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1498

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

The Lord's Supper, which was the final meal of Jesus with his disciples and the time when he is recorded as having instituted the communion celebration, has been the subject of innumerable artistic interpretations. Perhaps the most famous is the painting Last Supper, created by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1498 for Duke Lodovico Sforza and painted in the Dominican church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the duke's family chapel and burial place. Page 3.



Nonpreferentialists and the Separation of...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

In the debate about the separation of church and state, the perspective known as nonpreferentialism is best understood as a subset of accommodationism. Like accommodationists, the non-preferentialists also oppose the recent legal trend which has emphasized stricter separation, and advocate instead a closer relationship between religious groups and the government.



Church Tax Exemptions: Why Taxation of Religion...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Church tax exemptions are not a trivial issue. Millions are lost in government revenue, and the rest of us are indirectly subsidizing religious activities.



Does Hillary Clinton Support Atheists' Equality?

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Given how important devoutly religious people regard their faith in their god not only to their lives, but also to matters like morality, it would be a surprise if it weren't difficult for them to regard as fully equal those who reject their religion, their theism, and even that religion and theism are necessary or reasonable. Since how Hillary Clinton consistently insists that her religion is very important to her life, atheists should wonder what she really thinks about atheists and atheism.



Simple and Easy Procedure to Become an Atheist

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

So, do you want to be an atheist? Now you can learn the simple and easy way to become an atheist. If you follow these steps, you'll be an atheist in no time at all!



Religion as Opium of the People

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

To understand Marx's critiques of religion and economic theories, it is important to understand a little bit about where he came from, his philosophical background, and how he arrived at some of his beliefs about culture and society. Page 2.



Gender Selection - Ethics and Technology

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Gender Selection - ethical considerations for new technologies



Introduction to the Book of Genesis

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Genesis is where it all starts in the Bible, literally and figuratively. It's the story of creation and the origin of all the Bible's major themes. Genesis is the first book of the Bible, the first book of the Pentateuch, and the first book of the Torah. The name Genesis comes from an ancient Greek work meaning birth or origin; this comes from ancient Hebrew Bereshit, or 'In the beginning' which is how the Book of Genesis starts.



Hitler and Nationalism: Program of Positive...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

A popular image of the Nazis is that they were fundamentally anti-Christian while devout Christians were anti-Nazi. The truth is that German Christians supported the Nazis because they believed that Adolf Hitler was a gift to the German people from God. German Christianity was a divinely sanctioned religious movement which combined Christian doctrine and German character in a unique and desirable manner: True Christianity was German and True German-ness was Christian.



Heinrich Heine on Burning Books

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Two of the actions which Nazi Germany is most infamous for are probably the burning of books and the burning of people. Are the two connected? Curiously, the idea that the former would lead to the latter was famously predicted more than 100 years before the Nazi takeover of Germany by German author Heinrich Heine. What did he understand that others do not? What is the connection between burning books and burning people?



Why Truth Matters and How Truth is Defined

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Truth matters because reality matters, but what is truth? How can truth be defined? It's a very fundamental question, but it's incredibly hard to answer.



Jesus Heals the Leper, Cautions Silence (Mark...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

(Mark 1:40-45) Jesus heals here a specific illness which had caused fear and loathing for centuries: leprosy. Or it might have been some other skin disease that was mistaken for leprosy. Or perhaps it was many skin diseases at the time that were all categorized as leprosy.



Crusading Against Christians

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Most histories of the Crusades tend to focus on the Crusaders themselves and the perspectives of European Christians seeking conquest and plunder in the Holy Land. But what about the Muslims whose lands were invaded and cities sacked? What did they think about these religious armies marching out of Europe? Page 2.



C.S. Lewis, Christian Apologist

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Best known as a Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis argued for a reason-based Christianity rather than a faith-based Christianity. This is a curious decision on his part because, first, traditional Christianity is unquestionably faith-based, and second, Lewis' own conversion had more to do with his longing for myths that tell higher truths, and his conclusion that Christian myths tell the highest sort of truth there is.



The Matrix and Christianity: Is the Matrix a...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

The presence of Christian ideas in the the Matrix films is undeniable, but does this allow us to conclude that the Matrix films are Christian movies?



An Atheist's Analysis of the Seventh Commandment

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

The commandment to not commit adultery sounds easy, but it's not. What is adultery, exactly? The Hebrews defined it differently than people today do.



Abington School District v. Schempp &...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Both Abington School District v. Schempp and Murray v. Curlett dealt with state-approved reading of Bible passages before classes in public schools.



A Look at the Authorship Behind the Gospel of...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

The text of the Gospel According to Mark does not identify anyone as the author. Not even 'Mark' is listed as the author. Learn more.



Crucifixion of Jesus: Contradictions in Gospel...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Crucifixion may be one of the most horrible methods of execution ever invented. A person is nailed to a cross or stake and hangs there until their own weight suffocates them. The horrors of crucifixion are glossed over by the gospel authors, however, in favor of the deeper theological meanings behind these events. Perhaps that is why the gospel authors are inconsistent in describing what happened.



Temptation: What is Temptation? How are People...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

In the Bible, temptation is a test or trial designed give a subject the opportunity to do evil and sin against God. Sometimes the point is to confuse the subject about what good and evil really are. Sometimes the point is to simply see if they truly understand what good and evil are in the first place. Sometimes God does the tempting, sometimes Satan is given this task.



C.S. Lewis: Biography of C.S. Lewis

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

C.S. Lewis was an author, a scholar of English literature and a famous Christian apologist. The son of a lawyer, Lewis grew up in Ireland at a time when northern Ireland was not torn by the bitter strife which would eventually come to characterize its religious situation. Early on he developed a love for reading and learning. He rejected Christianity at an early age, deciding that Christian myths were inferior to others in the world and that the Christian god, if it existed, must be a sadist.



Audience of Mark's Gospel

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

For whom was Mark writing? It is easier to make sense of the text if we read it in light of what the author intended, and that in turn would be heavily influenced by the audience he wrote for. Mark likely wrote for one specific Christian community, the one he was part of. He certainly can’t be read as if he were addressing all of Christendom down through the ages, centuries after his own life ended.



Jesus Explains the Signs of the End Times:...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

After warning four of his disciples about the coming troubles that would afflict the world, Jesus now turns to the troubles that would soon afflict them personally. Although the narrative portrays Jesus warning just these four followers, Mark intended his audience to regard themselves as also being addressed by Jesus and for his warnings to resonate with their own experiences.



Witches and Scapegoats

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Jews and heretics were often treated as scapegoats for other social problems and witches ended up no different. Regions with the most social and political unrest also happened to be those with the greatest problem with witches. Every social, political, and natural problem was blamed on witches. Crop failure? Witches did it. Well gone bad? Witches poisoned it. Political unrest and rebellion? Witches are behind it. Strife in the community? Witches are influencing people. Page 12.



Suppressed Evidence Fallacy

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

When true and relevant information is left out for any reason, the fallacy called Suppressed Evidence is committed. The fact that all included premises have to be true also means that all true premises have to be included.



Using Definitions to Pesuade Others to Accept a...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

Whenever a definition is offered for the purpose of influencing a person’s attitude or feelings towards the subject in question, we are dealing with a persuasive definition. As should be obvious from the name, the whole point is to 'persuade' rather than simply explain or clarify - for that reason, persuasive definitions often aren’t considered entirely honest because they mask what they are really doing.



Mark the Evangelist: Profile & Biography of...

2016-09-27T11:01:38Z

A number of people in the New Testament are named Mark and any could, in theory, have been the author behind the gospel of Mark. Tradition has it that the Gospel According to Mark was written by Mark, a companion of Peter, who simply recorded what Peter preached in Rome (1 Peter 5:13), and this person was in turn identified with 'John Mark' in Acts (12:12,25; 13:5-13; 15:37-39) as well as the 'Mark' in Philemon 24, Colossians 4:10, and 2 Timothy 4:1.