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Before there was Light: A Functional Proof for the Omnimalevolent Creator

No one but The Owner of All Infernal Names can faithfully claim to know if He is pleased more by the total aggregate of suffering distributed across all of His creation, or whether He is more circumspect and discerning in His pleasure taking, savouring discreet yet increasingly potent, increasingly more complex parcels of sophisticated and … Continue reading

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An Incompetent Spirit, or….

In weighing the actual world against the claims of a Creator of this world, the quite remarkable philosopher and historian, John Fiske (1842–1901), wrote in his Miscellaneous Writings: Outline of Cosmic Philosophy: “A scheme which permits thousands of generations to live and die in wretchedness cannot be absolved from the charge of awkwardness or malevolence … … Continue reading

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Citizen Tom Concedes Jesus Did Not Say Anything New, Original, or Even Marginally Useful.

Name something new, original, or even genuinely useful Jesus said of did. It’s a stunningly simple question, and since banning me from his blog for asking this stunningly simple question, the evangelical Christian blogger Citizen Tom has penned four posts (some 6,000 words) trying to address the question, only to (predictably) concede that Jesus did not in … Continue reading

Sketches on Atheism

The Rather Simple Question No Christian Can Answer

There are many ways to litigate the general nonsense presented by religions, especially that species of religion expressed in the Abrahamic faiths. The most tempting is—naturally—in contesting the outlandish claims of supernaturalism, but what is the most tempting is not necessarily the most potent. Simple history—actual physical reality—is by far the best method to demonstrate … Continue reading