Sketches on Atheism

A Jewish Obligation?

In late 1939, less than six months after its introduction, Australian cryptographer, Eric Nave, broke the Japanese naval code, JN-25, through which all Japanese wartime operational messages were sent. On the 25th of November, 1941, British and Australian intelligence officers intercepted and decoded a JN-25 message sent from Admiral Yamamoto in Tokyo to Admiral Nagumo … Continue reading

Sketches on Atheism

“Of course what you say is true, but we should not say it publically”

“Would you willingly lie to your children?” asks Rabbi Adam Chalom, Ph.D.  “Would you say this is what happened when you know this is not what happened? There’s an ethical question there.” The lie Rabbi Chalom is referring to is the continued maintenance of the popular belief that the Jewish foundation narrative detailed in the … Continue reading

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Well, this is a little embarrassing, isn’t it?

There are degrees of embarrassment; those graceless, mostly self-inflicted pickles which typically range from the mild unease of being caught in a harmless white lie to the runaway shame of accidently sinking your own flagship, the HMS Victoria, as the British Navy did during a somewhat poorly thought-through parade manoeuvre in Tripoli Harbour, 1893. Stupendously … Continue reading

This Jesus Fellow

The embarrassingly not-so-remarkable tale of how Jesus became real

Let’s be honest, I don’t believe a man named Jesus ever walked the earth. It’s not that I’m anti-Jesus in any sense, I’m not. Like most atheists I’d say I in fact live a life far closer to the ideals touted by the character than most loud-mouthed, gay hating, science denying, apocalypse yearning evangelical fundamentalist … Continue reading

Sketches on Atheism

Christianity’s not so good, terribly awful week.

To say Christianity took some knocks these last seven or so days would be an understatement. It all started last Thursday night as the good folk of planet Earth began digesting Vatican issued media kits promoting Pope Benedict’s new book, “Jesus of Nazareth — The Infancy Narratives.” The headliner that grabbed everyone’s attention was the … Continue reading