Leading Australian Christadelphian Rob Hyndman deconverts

 
See Rob's website blog at:
http://robjhyndman.com/musings/unbeliever/#more-2410

An end of faith

This week I resigned from the Christadelphian faith after nearly 30 years as a member, and having attended Christadelphian activities almost every week of my life.

NEW PAUL DAVIS ARTICLE AT CHRISTADELPHIAN ESCAPE

Is this the
Christadelphian reward?
There's a great new article written by sixteen year old editor Paul Davis at our website for Christadelphian young people.

Click here to read Paul's article.


LUNCH WITH LAWRENCE KRAUSS

Professor Lawrence Krauss
We propose to host an intimate private lunch with Professor Lawrence Krauss in Central Melbourne Australia on 16 August 2013, prior to his discussion with William Lane Craig that evening before an audience in the Melbourne Town Hall.

The subjects of our discussion are likely to range over the weaknesses in String Theory, the importance of  Dark Energy, the nature and content of empty space, the theoretical possibility that a universe might inflate out of a single point in that "nothing", Dr Krauss's "Origins" project at ASU and ANU and the cognitive biases that impede rational thinking about faith based religion.

GOD WARS

Since Bryan Appleyard penned his "The God Wars" article in The New Statesman magazinethe phrase has come to define the cosmic scale of the war between traditional faith based religions and the neo-Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Dan Dennet, Lawrence Krauss and the late, great, Christopher Hitchens.

Almon McCann, Rob Hyndman, Julia Walman, Paul Davis and myself are representative of neo-Atheist thinking from a Christadelphian background.

My shortest post ever

"Religion is a natural response to human ignorance."
- John Bedson

THE NATURE OF FREE WILL, TIME, DETERMINISM, ADAM'S SIN AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF GOD


A reader's question answered.

"How can Free Will and Determinism coexist? Surely they are mutually exclusive? How can we have Free Will if all that happens is determined from the start of the Universe and the commencement of Space-time?

Is Soft Determinism is only compatible with Free Will? If you are a Hard Determinist, you need to explain to me and to the other readers how Adam could be held responsible for his sin if he had no choice in the matter?" - Anonymous

WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE BIBLE NOW?

John Hi,

What's your take on the Bible now... do you believe it at all?? Or just don't take it literally??

Just curious as I was brought up a Christadelphian so we have a bit in common....Regards...........Derek and Julie


HOLY BIBLE NOVEL REVIEWED IN AN AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER

At last we have an independent review of the controversial new novel HOLY BIBLE by Vanessa Russel. It was published in THE AGE newspaper 3 July 2013.

There is also an interview with Vanessa.

It's not much of a review and I'm left with the impression that the reviewer did not read the novel and merely asked Vanessa a few questions about the plot. For example the review does not mention the humour in the book, which is the primary feature of its attraction.

RESIGNED


I have resigned as admin from Christadelphian Escape.

Now the website is solely run by Christadelphian Atheist teenagers for Christadelphian youngsters.

Paul Davis is the new editor. He can overrule my two children, Amanda and Jeremy Bedson who are also admins of the site. They are looking for more admins and writers under the age of twenty. 

Please encourage your children to visit the new website.http://christadelphianescape.blogspot.com.au/

Why I stopped believing - By a Christadelphian fourteen year old

Editors' Note: To protect Paul's identity from his relatives, we have disguised all details about him including his picture; but not his age. This amazing kid was only fourteen when he wrote this! He is an example of courage and intelligence to other Christadelphian young people.


A COMMENT OF THE WEEK STOLEN FROM A CHRISTADELPHIAN THEIST WEBSITE!

Editor's Note: This great reader's comment is taken (without permission) from Ken Gilmore's "Evolutionary Creationism - A Christadelphian Perspective" website.
 
Written by: Bob's Chilli 30 June 2013 00:35 Why do you still believe in God? What scrap of evidence is there that proves God exists and that he exists in the way that you believe he exists?

COMMENT OF THE WEEK: HOW TO LEAVE THE CHRISTADELPHIANS

Hi John

Most of the folks who have left Christadelphia on the Ex-Christadelphian Facebook group had wanted to leave for years before they finally did exit the cult.

I say "cult" because it is only cults that ostracize ex-members from family and former friends in the cult. Suddenly, the exiting member becomes a pariah to be avoided by trusted friends and family - all the while pretending they are shunning them because they love them and want them to return to the fold. 


A THREE DIMENSIONAL GOD IN OUR FOUR DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSE IS IMPOSSIBLE

The Bible's three dimensional God can't operate
in our four dimensional Universe. The Bible
was mistaken. Its God simply can't exist!

Editor's Note: The main part of this article is the discussion that it provoked in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

This article and discussion deal with Special and General Relativity. (Four dimensions). When this discussion runs out, I will add a new article on Superstring Theory (Eleven dimensions) that disproves the existence of God even more emphatically.

PUTTING FAITH IN ITS PLACE


ANCIENT HUMAN TIME PITS DISCOVERED IN SCOTTISH FIELD DATED 4,000 YEARS BEFORE BIBLICAL ADAM

Prof Vince Gaffney led the project
to analyse the pits at Warren Field
The theories of Christadelphian Young Earth Creationist/Evolution Deniers have been dealt yet another blow by the discovery by British Archaeologists of the world's oldest known lunar "calendar" in an Aberdeenshire field. It shows that highly intelligent humans were there 10,000 years ago - 4,000 years before the Bible says that God created the entire Universe!

Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months.

BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION REJECTED BY THE LOGOS ECCLESIAS


Contributed by Corky
 
Editor's Note:
 
The following quotation is from the "Christadelphian Statement of Faith: Doctrines to be Rejected" as unilaterally amended by the Logos affiliated Ecclesias without consulting the rest of the Christadelphian Community on their action:

"37. We reject that the Bible account of creation is figurative,

JOHN BEDSON IS WRONG!

John has been put
in his rightful place
by Arthur Simpson!
Contributed by Arthur Simpson

I've been reading John since the start of this year and I have noted that he has often challenged Christadelphians to write an article demonstrating where he is wrong. To date no one has taken him up on his challenge. I think that it is time that one of us put him in his place and that is what I propose to do right now. John has kindly agreed to publish my article unedited. I invite your comments on what I am about to write and I encourage others to take John up on his offer and blitz this website with the Truth.