It seems that many religious people have quite a preoccupation with sex. Generally, they are very concerned about preventing people from having sex in various ways and contexts: No gay sex, no anal sex, no sex before marriage, sex is mainly for procreation, and heaven forbid that you may actually enjoy it. (Of course, sex with family members seems fine).
Oh no! The Rapture is approaching! The Rapture Index is currently 156. This is slightly down from its all time high of 182 just after the September 11 bombings.
I've been learning a bit more about Christianity recently. This is the first of a set of posts on and around the topic.
I've seen a few Christian arguments for (proof of) the resurrection of Jesus. As I've mentioned previously, most of the evidence they use comes from the bible itself. One of the articles on apologetics.com had a very interesting argument that the very existence of Christianity is proof of the resurrection of Jesus. I'll quote the whole section below before I comment on it:
This was in yesterday's Herald:
Sounds like religion to me.
-- In Visual Basic by JohnNotTheBaptist
One of the central tenets of Christianity is that Jesus was crucified for the sins of humanity and then rose from the dead three days later. Rising from the dead is a pretty spectacular stunt. In fact, many Christian apologetics site hold this up as the singular reason for believing Christianity is true. So what makes people believe that a Jewish Rabbi pulled it off 2000 years ago?
There was a very interesting reader comment today on Andrew Sullivan's blog about Atheism & Mystery. My interpretation of the situation is the exact opposite. (Go read the comment now, I'll wait).
Thus spake wikipedia. It means fear of the number 666. Obviously that particular fear originates from the Bible, where the book of Revelations clearly reveals to us the danger: