Esther, Mythology and Rationalism

Esther, Mythology and Rationalism

The book of Esther in the Bible was composed to explain the origin of the Jewish feast of Purim. Its historical account is, however, unreliable and it contains mythological elements incompatible with the Jewish religion. The latter aspect as well as the absence of any...
Unbelieving Clergy

Unbelieving Clergy

It comes as no surprise that with greater secularisation in the West, even those who are supposed to oppose and combat unbelief have themselves fallen victim to doubt. What is unusual, though, is the number of clergy who have lost their faith and are prepared to say...
Scientology and Communism

Scientology and Communism

It is a matter of debate whether Scientology and Communism should be regarded as religions. What is more important though, is the fact that some of the tactics used by Communists to control their followers and combat their enemies are also used by Scientologists. Why...
The Bible and the Flat Earth

The Bible and the Flat Earth

Flat earth beliefs go back to antiquity but were subsequently rejected by most people until they were reintroduced in the nineteenth century. Many believers, ancient and modern, relied on the Bible to support their contention that the earth is a plane. Although some...
Anno Domini

Anno Domini

The Western calendar that is supposed to commence with the birth of Jesus and is called Anno Domini is fatally flawed. Although the correct date of birth cannot be determined, an alternative nomenclature has solved the problem and secularized the calendar completely....