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Mary’s Virginity

A Christian doctrine that has been heavily attacked is whether Jesus was born of a virgin: in other words, that he had no human father but was divinely conceived. According to two of the canonical (official) gospels, Matthew & Luke, God donated a sperm, directly, to his mother Mary—through the Holy Spirit, “the giver ofContinue reading “Mary’s Virginity”

Gospel

No doubt, we often hear the word ‘gospel,’ but, personally, I must admit that, for decades, I didn’t really understand what it meant. As I’ll also show in this article, even before the writing of the Gospels, Paul’s authentic letters used the same word but with a different meaning, thus creating even more confusion toContinue reading “Gospel”

Religion-Science Trilogy

This is a free offer for all my valued followers and readers—no strings attached. I shall e-mail a soft (pdf) copy of one (your choice) of my three published books to anyone who wants. All I need is your e-mail address to be able to send it to you: you can reach me at attardcarmel@rogers.com.Continue reading “Religion-Science Trilogy”

The Trinity

Probably the strangest Christian doctrine is that of the Trinity: that there is only one God, but there are three ‘persons’ in this one God. According to this doctrine, each of these three persons is entirely God by himself; and yet, it insists, there is only one God (see above diagram). This is a classicContinue reading “The Trinity”

The Soul

Introduction Our planet, Earth, (and possibly the universe) may be divided into the living (organisms) and the non-living (inanimate objects). Living organisms are normally characterized by their ability to reproduce and grow. The Latin word for ‘soul’ is anima from which we obtain the English word ‘animal,’ meaning, roughly, any living organism that can moveContinue reading “The Soul”

Evolution or Design?

Introduction Self-declared atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, concludes his book The Ancestor’s Tale with “My objection to supernatural beliefs is precisely that they miserably fail to do justice to the sublime grandeur of the real world. They represent a narrowing-down from reality, an impoverishment of what the real world has to offer.” (p. 614)Continue reading “Evolution or Design?”

Hell

If one were to identify the doctrine that deters would-be Christians most, it would be that of hell: usually described as a pit of fire in which souls (dead people) who did not quite measure up are eternally and incessantly tormented in a fire that never consumes them. I don’t think anybody has any doubtContinue reading “Hell”

Noah’s Ark

This article investigates whether all the animals (including those extinct) could have fitted in the size of Noah’s ark as given in the biblical text. It also deals with whether it is plausible that Noah and his family performed all the tasks God gave him within the time allotted in the biblical text. For theContinue reading “Noah’s Ark”

The Flood

Almost all Christian denominations, including the marginal ones like the Mormons (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), believe the Bible to be the Word of God. The far greater majority of these denominations, again also marginal ones like Jehovah’s Witnesses, even believe every verse of the Bible to be infallible. Moreover, the greaterContinue reading “The Flood”

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