The Bible's Human Origins: Parts 1 - 7

By Steve Pryde

Christadelphians believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and free of errors or contradictions. But is this belief justified? If we look objectively at the Bible, does it hold up as a reliable source of information? Can it be trusted? In this outstanding series of articles Ex-Christadelphian Steve Pryde provides an overview of the entire Bible and highlights many serious objections to the Christadelphian position.

Click here for part 1     Genesis 1
Click here for part 2     Genesis 1 - 11
Click here for part 3     Genesis continued
Click here for part 4     The Exodus
Click here for part 5     Kings and prophets
Click here for part 6/1  The Gospels part 1
Click here for part 6/2  The Gospels part 2
Click here for part 7     Acts and Paul's letters

Evolution in decades

University of Oregon biologist Bill Cresko discusses his lab's discovery that threespine stickleback, a small fish native to seawater, were able to quickly evolve, both genetically and phenotypically (external traits), to survive their being isolated in small freshwater ponds following the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. Cresko's team suggests other organisms may have this ability to survive sudden environmental change.

Following Jesus: What did Jesus actually do?

Steve Pryde
By Steve Pryde
Recently I came across a comment from a Christadelphian who argued that: "...many of us are just trying to do our best to live in the example Christ set for us to follow.....is that a bad thing? To love your enemy, to care for your neighbours, the sick, the poor etc?"

That got me thinking a bit. Did Jesus actually set that example? Or is this an assumption made by believers who read the Bible and then fill in the gaps according to what they were taught from when they were young? To find out, I decided to scan through all four gospels and find every actual action that Jesus was said to have performed. That's when things got interesting. Here is what I found...  Click here to read the rest of this article.

Crazy Old Ezekiel

By Joseph Strong

With the current situation in Syria causing excitement among many Christadelphians, it would be easy to slip into thinking that their crackpot ideas need to be taken seriously. As a child in the 1970's, I, like many other kids read Erich Von Daniken's "chariots of the gods", in which the author thought that chapter one of Ezekiel described an extra-terrestrial visitation. Josef. F. Blumrichthought the same, It's all good fun, and does not need to be taken seriously either!

Thoughts from a doubting Christadelphian

Dare to doubt
By "Doubter"

John: I thought you might want to publish this. If not, it was still useful writing down the thoughts that have been running through my head for a long time. Yours, "Doubter"


Why I Doubted

This blog seems aimed at intellectuals.  It presents a balanced diet of intellectual reasons for unbelief, counters to intellectual reasons for belief, and good, old-fashioned ridicule.  That was how I interacted with it.
  
When Corky was running it, I used to occasionally stop by and correct bias and misreadings of scripture. John Bedson was the same: one hole, one wrong assumption, and I could dismiss the entire argument without touching my faith. I could have argued the apologetics all day without needing to change my mind.

So what changed?  

The flawed methodology behind Christadelphian interpretation of Bible Prophecy

By Steve Pryde

Bible Prophecy was always at the forefront of the Christadelphian message while I was growing up. It was often cited in public lectures, and youth group talks, as one of the reasons we could be confident that the Bible was the inspired word of God, and therefore that we could trust everything it said to be accurate. But is it as reliable as they say? Let's find out. Click here to read the rest of this article.

Videos: 'First Peoples' Season 1 Episodes 1 - 4



See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

The book of Genetics, not the book of Genesis, is the true account of human origins. Forget everything that the Christadelphians have ever told you and discover the real truth about how we got here.

The psychology of belief

This video series on the psychology of belief is fantastic. Each video in the series is full of information on why people believe things without good evidence, and the videos are backed by scientific studies.


Creating God in your own image

From scienceblogs.com

For many religious people, the popular question “What would Jesus do?” is essentially the same as “What would I do?” That’s the message from an intriguing and controversial new study by Nicholas Epley from the University of Chicago. Through a combination of surveys, psychological manipulation and brain-scanning, he has found that when religious Americans try to infer the will of God, they mainly draw on their own personal beliefs.

Winning the lottery of life

By Steve Pryde



In a world where the total population is above 7 billion people (that's a 7 followed by nine zeros), what are the odds of being a Christadelphian?

Do you believe that only Christadelphians (or those with similar beliefs) will be saved?

Do you believe that God will justly and fairly reward the faithful in the future?
Are your parents Christadelphians?

The vast majority of Christadelphians are simply born into the religion. They adopt the beliefs of their parents, more or less, and continue on in the same religion.

What did you personally do to become a Christadelphian? Anything at all?
On what basis can God reward you for being a Christadelphian?

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How many Christadelphians are there?

By Credo Quia Absurdum

It turns out that there are not as many as you might think – or at least not as many as Wikipedia thinks.

Archaeologists dig holes in the Bible


Archaeologists are discovering that
much of what's in the Bible is not true
By Steve Pryde

During my time as a Christadelphian, Archaeology was often portrayed as one of the pillars of evidence supporting the reliability of the Bible. It was (and still is) taken for granted by many Christadelphians that the Old Testament in particular was on solid grounds as a historically accurate text, backed by a wealth of evidence from Archaeology. But what does Archaeology actually tell us about the Bible today?

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Chemists claim to have solved riddle of how life began on Earth

A team of chemists working at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, at Cambridge in the UK believes they have solved the mystery of how it was possible for life to begin on Earth over four billion years ago.

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Noah's Flood - Fact or Fiction?

By Steve Pryde

Do you believe in Noah's flood as a historical event? Do you believe the flood was global, or local? Have you considered the evidence from all sides of the question? Perhaps there is a viewpoint you haven't considered. Today I'm going to look at some of the evidence for the various viewpoints and hopefully give you plenty to think about.
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Why don't you accept evolution?

Steve Pryde
By Steve Pryde

Over 99% of the world's biologists accept evolution as fact, and there has been no change in that consensus for well over 100 years.

And yet the vast majority of Christadelphians seem to be confident that evolution is false. I wonder how many of them are actually qualified to make that assessment. I also wonder how many of them actually understand it well enough to refute it.

What about you? Do you understand evolution?
If not, here is your chance to tell me why...

Video: The Big Bang explained

By: Dr. Christopher D. Impey, Distinguished Professor, Astronomy/Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona

The scientific story of creation begins 13.7 billion years ago in a circumstance of incredible temperature and density, when all matter and radiation was contained in a region smaller than an atom. The big bang is now a mature theory, with a web of observational evidence supporting it. This talk will tell the story of how an iota of space-time turned into a vast cold universe of 100 billion galaxies. This is an account of real creation, for which we have empirical evidence; not the two different and contradictory pagan inspired creation myths of Genesis chapters 1 & 2.


A brief introduction to atheism

Steve Pryde
By Steve Pryde

There has long been a stigma attached to the word "atheist" among religious people. It is considered a dirty word, and atheism is often perceived as something to be avoided at all costs. This article aims to provide a brief introduction to some aspects of atheism you may not be aware of, and hopefully dispel some of the myths.

Click here to read the full article on ECVOR.

Podcasts: Dave Burke explains the need for critical thinking about religion

Dave Burke
By Dave Burke
Dave Burke is a Christadelphian Theist, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT support or condone the Atheist position of this website.

Instructing & Teaching with Wisdom
Click the links below and wait a short while for the podcasts to download and play

The Decline and Fall of Christadelphian Exegesis and the The Rise of the Anti-Intellectuals

By Dave Burke
Dave Burke is a Christadelphian Theist, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT support or condone the Atheist position of this website.

Abstract: Our Christadelphian community was founded on a high respect for God’s Word, and a deep desire to study it with the best tools available. Early Christadelphian commentators applied sophisticated methods of Bible study, following and using relevant mainstream Biblical scholarship.

Are Atheists "without excuse" ?

Steve Pryde
By Steve Pryde

What do you see when you look out at the world? Do you see the wonder of nature? Perhaps you see the hand of God everywhere? Whatever your view of the world, we can all agree on many things. For example, there is a great deal of complexity in the natural world. Although scientists study nature in many different fields, there is still a lot we do not know and a lot we do not understand.

It is common for Christadelphians to cite Romans 1:20 to assert that atheists are "without excuse" because God has supposedly provided all of the evidence that anyone could ever need, and it's all right before our eyes. So am I without excuse?


Click here to read the rest of this article on Steve's website

Video: Bill Nye on Creationism and Evolution


Steven Fry On God

Steven Fry On RTE ONE's "meaning of life." - Contributed by Mark Colston



Why an increasing number of Christadelphians are accepting Evolution

By Ken Gilmore

(Ken Gilmore is a Christadelphian Theist, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT support or condone the Atheist position of this website.)

Two more from Ken Gilmore


The evidence for multiple ice ages in the last 1.5 million years from speleothem growth patterns

The first archaic Homo from Taiwan - more problems for YECs
(Ken Gilmore is a Christadelphian, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT support or condone the Atheist position of this website.)

My reasons for leaving the Christadelphians

By Anthony Burgess
 
My first contact with Christadelphians was in the late 1970s, when world events seemed to confirm what they had been saying for many years. There was an Islamic Revolution in Iran and the USSR invaded Afghanistan. Then Mrs. Thatcher came to power in the UK, followed by Ronald Reagan in the USA.

Why does life exist?

Jeremy England,
a 31-year-old physicist at MIT,
 thinks he has found the underlying
physics driving the origin of life.
By: Natalie Wolchover
Source

Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.”


The illusion of free-will proves that God cannot exist

Free-will is a powerful cognitive  illusion. But if humans do not possess free-will, God cannot reward or punish them for their actions. Therefore there cannot be a God. Professor Brian Greene explains in sixty seconds why free-will is an illusion.
 


Click below for more on the illusion of free-will

Video: 'What was the Exodus' - By William H.C. Propp

William H.C. Propp, professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of California, San Diego, explains why he does not believe that the Exodus story is true. 

Theistic Creation or THE CERTAINTY OF EVOLUTION

Ex-Christadelphian
Credo Quia
By Credo Quia Absurdum

Australian Christadelphians seem to be getting increasingly active in combating what they see as the heresy of theistic evolution in their midst.  A recent video posted on the Christadelphian Video channel on YouTube addresses the dilemma:


A 19th Century religion that looks ridiculous in the 21st Century

By Joseph Strong

Follow the pictures and the video and then sit back and think about it....


Debunking a creationist meme on human evolution

By Ken Gilmore (Ken Gilmore is a Christadelphian, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT support or condone the Atheist position of this website.)

By now, I am sure most people would have seen this anti-evolution meme which has been circulating on Facebook and e-mail for some months:

Robert Roberts predicted that humans would never fly!

 "The air can be navigated..... But by what kind of machinery? Here is the secret. It requires living machinery of a most complex and subdivided character, and all under the command, to its minutest fibre, of a will acting with lightning speed and with knowledge of the motions wanted. This can never be done by lifeless mechanism. Air ships are a dream."

Robert Roberts, ‘A Voyage to Australia, New Zealand, and other Lands’, The Christadelphian (32.377.413), 1895.

A critique of Kel Hammond’s 'The Testimony' magazine article “The Bible, science, evolution and creation”

The Ken-Cat
By Ken Gilmore
(Ken Gilmore is a Christadelphian, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT condone the Atheist position of this website.) 

I’ve previously referred to the regrettable fact that in response to the growing acceptance in our community of the fact of evolution, magazines such as The Christadelphian and The Testimony are doubling down on their attempts to defend the indefensible. Kel Hammond is the latest author recruited by The Testimony in their desperate attempt to rebut evolution.[1]

Still haunted by Christadelphian memories

Dear Ex-Christadelphians

I have only just come across your website. I was a cdn for over a great many years and resigned xxx years ago. I have never doubted that my resignation was the right option. My question is that after all these years, I am still haunted by the memories of those times, and have never been able to completely move on. I still see a couple of cdns from time to time, it might help if I ended all such associations. But are you aware of other ex-cdns who have had issues like this? If so can you give me any information on how others have coped with this.

Thank you
Anthony Burges

Video: Ken Miller on Intelligent Design


 
Editor's Note: Ken Miller is a Catholic Theist who rejects Intelligent Design and Special Creationism.


Video: Science Faith and Religion Discussion

Bill Blakemore hosts scientists Lawrence Krauss, Ken Miller, Guy Consolmagno, and philosopher Colin McGinn in a fascinating conversation on faith and science. Insights from psychology, philosophy, biology and physics make this a memorable and thought provoking discussion. To cut out the long and tedious introduction start watching at 17m.45s.

The Dark Side of Christadelphianism


By Steve Pryde

Click here for a great new article

Scientific evidence against a global flood

The Ken-Cat
By Ken Gilmore
(Ken Gilmore is an in-fellowship Christadelphian, NOT an Ex-Christadelphian. He DOES NOT support or condone the Atheist position of this website.) 

Claims by YECs that there is considerable evidence for a global flood are completely without support.

Friedrich Nietzsche on religion

Friedrich Nietzsche
1844 - 1900
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
 
Friedrich Nietzsche