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You Amaze Me (What is an Atheist?)
by Edward T. Babinski and Sharon S.

From: Ed Babinski
To: Sharon S.
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: You Amaze Me

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for those kind words below. Perhaps you are right.

Ed

P.S. Funny, I don't recall having been an atheist. Surely I should recall such a thing if it were true, but then, your definition of atheist probably includes Job and other questioners of God, as well as anyone who doubts the Bible or Christian doctrines. By the way, you should read Dever's new book, he's a major editor at Biblical Archeology magazine (google it up on the web). Even his moderate approach to ancient Near Eastern scholarship shows that the ancient Israelites were primarily descendants of the Canaanites! In fact Hebrew is just a dialect of the Canaanite tongue.


From: Sharon S.
To: Edward T. Babinski
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 12:02 AM
Subject: You Amaze Me

Mr. Babinski:

Your claim and anyone else who claims to being an atheist, I find quite halarious.

After all, if you say you don't believe in God, how can you possibly be against something that does not exist??

If I am against smoking, than in order to be against it, than smoking must exist.

Therefore, you must really believe that God does exist.

As I see it, you DO believe in God, you just don't want to follow that path.


Questions to Ed
by Angella

From: a_banks
To: ed.babinski
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 12:16 PM
Subject: A comment/question for Ed - from Angella

Hi Ed,

The look on your face says a lot (ie the picture on your web-site- ie you look troubled and dissatisfied with life). You're sadly a deluded, bitter, lost soul who has been deceived and battered from pillar to post. And, being the 'intellect' I'm sure you think you are, your pride just can't handle the fact that your mere brain can't work it out.

So what does one do in those circumstances?? Attack the truth because accepting it causes too much upheavel in your life.

Mr Babinski, I will pray for you because I can assure you, on your death bed your PhD will not help you in the spirit-realm.

By the way, if you're so sure christianity is false do you think anything exists beyond your flesh? I don't see you mocking hare christnas, muslims, scientology, hindus etc...etc...? Why not?

sincerely,

Angella.


From: webmaster
To: "a_banks"
Cc: "ed babinski"
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2003 2:37 AM
Subject: Re: A comment/question for Ed - from Angella

Hi Angella,

I just thought it was interesting what you said about how Ed looks in his photo?

He looks about as good in his photograph, as Mother Teresa looks in her's.

Mother T. vs Ed
Mother T
Ed B

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(On second thought, Ed looks a whole lot better.)


From: "ed babinski"
Cc: "a_banks"
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2003 3:50 PM
Subject: Re: A comment/question for Ed - from Angella

Hi Ed,

The look on your face says a lot (ie the picture on your web-site- ie you look troubled and dissatisfied with life). You're sadly a deluded, bitter, lost soul who has been deceived and battered from pillar to post.

ED: Nice to meet you too Angela. I see your faith has made you sinister.


And, being the 'intellect' I'm sure you think you are, your pride just can't handle the fact that your mere brain can't work it out.

So what does one do in those circumstances?? Attack the truth because accepting it causes too much upheavel in your life.

Mr Babinski, I will pray for you because I can assure you, on your death bed your PhD will not help you in the spirit-realm.

By the way, if you're so sure christianity is false do you think anything exists beyond your flesh? I don't see you mocking hare christnas, muslims, scientology, hindus etc...etc...? Why not?

sincerely,

Angella.


Hope You Burn in Hell Ed

From: David Palm
To: ed.babinski
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2003 11:22 AM
Subject: Idiot!

Ed -

It is interesting to see that there is still an ample supply of idiots in the world as evidenced by your website and book! In my opinion, you were never good enough to be a Christian or a fundamentalist! You obviously have your head so far up your ass that your brain has atropied! Fortunately, you are working at a liberal university where brain dead liberals go when all else fails! Hope you burn in Hell along with all of your other deconverts!!!

Angry American


From: Ed Babinski
To: davepalm
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 10:17 AM
Subject: Dear Dave

Pleased to make your acquaintance, Dave.

There are other books you might want to look into as well as mine, written by evangelical Christians, such as When Christian Kids Leave the Fold (which contains a heart rending story of a former Christian best friend of the author).

Actually, it isn't atheists or agnostics, but people who compose emails such as the one you sent below (in the mold of a Calvin, a Luther, or a Pope) who make most people want to leave the fold.

Ed


Is Ed Babinski an anti-christian?
by Edward T. Babinski

if Ed *sincerely* believes he is not an anti-Christian, then he is simply self-deluded.


ED: In my own "self-deluded" eyes (as you see them), I remain a truth seeker, rather than simply an "anti-Christian." Christianity was indeed a truth-seeking test case for me (personally, emotionally, and intellectually), involving more variables than you presently even seem aware of. I was a born-again orthodox Christian and prayerful worshipper of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and met and prayed with, and studied with, Christians of a wide variety, from fundametalists to charismatics and even very conservative Reformed Christians. Today I still pray on occasion and address both words and thoughts to a higher power, but I do not believe the things I formerly did about the Bible being inerrant (nor do I find reason enough to accept the inerrancy of any of its countless multitudes of interpreters and commentators -- be they conservative, moderate, or liberal).

Also keep in mind that I am not "anti-Christian" about many things that I have found within Christian thought and culture that I applaud. For instance, Christianity's most universal ethical teachings are among the loftiest found anywhere. Christianity's emphasis on writing (i.e., on a book that was "THE" book), helped, rather than hindered, the development of books and of reading, of literary/scholarly appreciation (over mere barbarism), though for a while the Roman Christian Empire did deny the "philosophers" and downgraded all writings other than those of Christian apologists. Lastly, the multitude of debates and conflicts in the theologico-political sphere, i.e., between Christians, lead indirectly to the development of the Enlightenment and the modern western notion of "religious freedom." Not to mention my appreciation of universalist Christian humanitarians like Florence Nightingale, and Clara Barton (the founder of the American Red Cross).

Neither have I stated anywhere that all forms of Christianity need to be abolished in favor of atheism.

Neither have I stated that history disproves Christianity. My articles merely raise questions as to how it (history) can be used to "prove" miracles (like for instance the resurrection), or how history can be used to demonstrate claims of the inherent supernatural superiority of Christianity.

Also, "Anti-Christianity" is a relative term, since both you and I have critiqued "young-earth" creationism, literally understood, and young-earth creationists believe that anyone who interprets the Bible in a more "liberal" fashion, which includes both you and I, are at the very least, "deluded." The same goes for a variety of Christians who now hold (or who have held in the past) divisive Biblical interpretations concerning one matter or another, and who are certain that those who hold interpretations contrary to theirs, are "deluded."

What I am in an absolute sense is a truth-seeker, and I give that benefit of a doubt to anyone else who wishes to discuss what they believe.

And since I never was a member of other religions, and since I live in the "Bible Belt," rather than the "Buddhist Belt," I feel no desire to get into it with Buddhists or Muslims or Hindus. Though I have read about ex-Muslims who do "get into it" with dogmatic Muslims. See the book of testimonies, WHY I AM NOT A MUSLIM. Of course conservative Muslims probably are keen to label such folks not as simply "ex-Muslims," but as "anti-Muslims," instead of allowing that an ex-Muslim could very well be a truth seeker and that their search for truth led them away from the doctrines and dogmas of Islam that they once took for granted.

I also have a keen interest in philosophy, especially the problem of consciousness, and have found that even Christian philosophers of religion lay on different sides of major questions, including the question of "eternal hell" and the question of "mind-body dualism versus monism," to name just two such questions. See for instance Section 3, "Issues Within Religion" of the following book, published by the Society of Christian Philosophers:

Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Religion
by Michael Peterson, Raymond Vanarragon
Paperback Dec. 2003

Synopsis: This book comes highly recommended based on the reputation of the principal editor, Michael Peterson, as managing editor of the journal Faith and Philosophy, published by the Society of Christian Philosophers. [Part I deals with Attacks on Religion, but Part III deals with unresolved philosophical Issues Within Religion.]

Part III: Issues within Religion:

7. Can Only One Religion Be True?
How to Sink in Cognitive Quicksand: Nuancing Religious Pluralism:
Keith E. Yandell (University of Wisconsin)
It Is Not Reasonable to Believer that Only One Religion is True:
Peter Byrne (King's College, University of London)
Reply to Byrne
Reply to Yandell

8. Does God Take Risks in Governing the World?
God Takes Risks: William Hasker (Huntington College)
God Does Not Take Risks: Paul Helm (Regent College)
Reply to Helm
Reply to Hasker

9. Does God Respond to Petitionary Prayer?
God Responds to Prayer: Michael J. Murray (Franklin and Marshall College)
God Does Not Necessarily Respond to Prayer: David Basinger (Roberts Wesleyan College)
Reply to Basinger
Reply to Murray

10. Is Eternal Damnation Compatible with the Christian Concept of God?
Eternal Hell and the Christian Concept of God: Jerry Walls (Asbury Theological Seminary)
No Hell: Thomas Talbott (Willamette University)
Reply to Talbott
Reply to Walls

11. Is Morality Based on God's Commands?
Divine Commands Are the Foundation of Morality: Janine Marie Idziak (Loras College)
Ethics Is Based on Natural Law: Craig A. Boyd (Greenville College)
and Raymond J. VanArragon (Asbury College)
Reply to Boyd and VanArragon
Reply to Idziak

12. Should a Christian Be a Mind-Body Dualist?
Christians Should Affirm Mind-Body Dualism: Dean W. Zimmerman
(Rutgers University)
Christians Should Reject Mind-Body Dualism: Lynne Rudder Baker
(University of Massachusetts)
Reply to Baker
Reply to Zimmerman


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Ed Falsely Accused of Murdering Jesus
Somebody wrote falsely accusing Ed of murdering Jesus. Ed didn't kill him, Ed wasn't alive 2000 years ago. Besides there's no hard evidence that Jesus even lived.

From: Bill
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Subject: deconversion

Hi Ed

I read your site dedicated to your rejection of Christianity, you have certainly worked hard! I too have rejected institutional Christianity but not the Faith itself. One thing I find objectionable on your acount is that you shamelessly use the deaths of the heretics as martyrs for your athiest cause whilst aknowledging the depth of their Christian Faith don't you find this a bit hypocritical? Its a bit like if you got run down by a truck and I started revising history and reworking you into a martyr for the protestant heretic cause. How could I word it? Ah yes after years of enslavement to ruthless athiest delusions and tyranny that drove him to his death Ed stands as a witness as to why we should consider our souls and his life is a witness against atheism and unbelief throughout the ages. How can atheism live with itself to know it was resposible for Ed being run down by that truck and countless other atheists like him. Ok I am guilty of sarcasm but those heretics died for explicit reasons regarding their beliefs that they would not recant on they were the victims and the persecuters, that includes the world and the institutional antichrist churches have no right to bathe in thier blood to revel in their evil war against the God those people died for, - have you know fear of judgement? You killed Christ and his saints, yes and their blood rests on you, repent or perish.

Bill

CHOSEN and Predestined to the election and salvation of God by his GRACE from the FOUNDATION of the world.

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From: Edward T. Babinski
To: Bill
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:38 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: deconversion

Bill, I had no idea that I was an "atheist" nor do I have any idea what you are saying above.

Best, Ed


Chuck Colson
Edward T. Babinski and Harry N.

From: Bill
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Subject: deconversion

From: Harry N.
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:35 PM
Subject: one quick comment re:Chuck Colson

Hi Ed!

Seeing you had a commentary about a book by Colson I thought I'd share one experience with you. You're probably aware of all the fuss about the James' ossuary. Well in May of this year in an article by Chuck at the Christian Times ( www.christiantimes.com ) he was falling all over himself about how this this find helped to vindicate the bible etc etc. Well it wasn't long after that, that the Israeli authority for antiquities declared the whole thing a fraud. So I wrote the folks there asking if Chuck was now going to print a retraction. Here I am, still waiting for "hell to freeze over" :-) I guess once a liar (for Nixon) always a liar (now for religion). I see a lot of similarities between Chuck and the apostle Paul, they're both consummate salesmen......................cheers.............Harry


From: Ed Babinski

To: Harry N.
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: one quick comment re:Chuck Colson

Hi Harry,

I first met Chuck back when I was a Christian and he was addressing a crowd at Princeton, a campus Christian society had asked him to speak about his new bestselling book, BORN AGAIN, the story of his conversion. He's been a Christian media darling ever since. He used to have a sign above his desk during his Tricky Dicky years at the White House that said, "Grab them by the balls, their hearts will follow." He's been taking no prisoners ever since. Or should I say, trying to grab prisoners by the balls for Christ, ever since? (I'm speaking of his Prison Ministries, which by the way counts its successes only by its successes, for instance, if a prisoner takes Chuck's Jesus course in prison and gets out and lands a job he's considered as a "graduate" of Chuck Colson's prison course. But if the prisoner takes the course, gets out of prison and doesn't land himself a job, he's considered a "non-graduate" of the course. So of course, their rate of "graduates" who get jobs in the outside world is higher than that of most other prison organizations that try to change people for the better. But that's only because they discount everyone who doesn't succeed at getting a job as a "non-graduate" of their course! Interestingly, if you count everyone who TAKES the course in prison, not just the folks who get jobs afterwards, their success rate is LOWER than the average recidivism rate! So honestly speaking, Chuck's prison course is not a success at all, rate wise, it's a failure. If the prisoners spent more time with job education and education in general than with Bible classes they'd do better when they got out. Heck, TM and Scientology boast even lower recidivism records than Chuck's prison Christian ministries, check out their claims on the web.


Invitation to read the Bible

Ed,

You are entitled to your "I believe", but what does that prove? I don't know if you have read the bible or not but I would if I were you, just so you know what is in it, you can't see it coming true if you don't know what it says is going to happen, this is a purely logical thought, right?

All I know is what has happened in my life, and I hope it happens in yours, and it is all good!

Sincerely,

J. Robbins


From: Ed Babinski
To: J. Robbins
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: creation vs evolution

Dear Mr. Robbins,

Thank you for the invitation to read the Bible (I have, in several translations -- I was a conservative born again Christian in high school and throughout college and for several years after college), and for the invitation to "see it coming true," and to share the "good' that happened in your life. Since we both have read the Bible, and since I do not intend to argue how "good or badly" you perceive your own life to be, the only topic left for us to discuss is the matter of "seeing the Bible coming true," and I don't see the need for me to discuss that with you since there are plenty of Preterist Christians on the internet who do not believe that today's politics has anything to do with the Bible's predictions. So you can argue such matters with fellow Christians, and you should, since otherwise you may think I am being contrary simply because our beliefs differ.

You may of course read my replies at my website to someone else who asked me about the Bible's end times prophecies and history: Prophetic Passages

And read my online article, "The Lowdown on God's Showdown"

Cheers,

Ed


Another Deconversion Testimony
by Edward T. Babinski and Jason M.

From: Jason M.
To: mail
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 7:08 AM
Subject: deconversion testimony

Hi Ed,

I'm an old correspondent of yours. :-) I just thought you'd like this deconversion story I found: Ken and Charlene Testimony

Based from this homepage: Ken Testimony

Ken's deconversion testimony is probably the most captivating, sincere, detailed, and dramatic I've read. He even mentions reading your book too! If you ever write a second edition for your book, Ken's would make an awesome addition.

Take care,

Jason


Thanks a lot Jason!

Steve Locks over at LEAVING CHRISTIANITY, also collects detailed deconversion testimonies.

Thanks again!

Ed


From England with Kudos
by Julia and Edward T. Babinski

From: julia
To: ed.babinski
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 4:47 PM
Subject: site

Dear Ed,

Congratulations on your informative and frequently hilarious site (or rather web ring).

Like many English people I once assumed that religion was a dead letter in this country, a faintly embarrassing leftover from the past which appealed mainly to middle-aged, middle-class Conservative matrons of the hanging and flogging persuasion. This was in the days before our glorious leader Tony Blair, a man whose determination to make Britain the 51st state of the Union, eagerness to get on his knees in prayer with President Bush and enthusiasm for "faith-based" education has shaken me out of my complacency. It seems very appropriate that Mrs Blair is not only a practicing Catholic but a believer in any New Age junk that, to quote "This Is Spinal Tap", wafts through her transom - truly our First Couple have everything for the new Age of Unreason...

A few comments on some of the subjects you mention:

The ghastly Mother Teresa: she accepted a million dollar donation from Savings and Loans conman Charles Keating which both she and her successor refused to discuss, let alone pay back. I wonder how many well-meaning people who donated toys to her order knew that she disapproved of such things because the infant Jesus had no toys to play with (wouldn't you think his stepfather Joseph might have made him some wooden ones?!) Apparently donated toys were sold to local shops and markets. Mother Teresa fits perfectly into the unsavoury gang of fruitcakes, fanatics and fascists which the present Pope deems worthy of sainthood and beatification.

"Lauren Stratford" of Satanic abuse fame: this lady recently resurfaced in the guise of an Auschwitz survivor. She obviously needs psychiatric help, not the attention from a credulous media and public she so obviously craves. No doubt it's only a matter of time before she tries to pose as an alien abductee, or perhaps that's a bit passe nowadays.

I could go on but I won't. Keep up the good work!

Best wishes,

Julia, York, England


From: "ed babinski"
To: Julia
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 6:08 PM
Subject: Thanks for the kudos!

Dear Julia,

Thanks for the kudos on the edwardtbabinski.us sites!

And thanks for the heads up on Lauren Stratford's last incarnation, as a "child holocaust survivor."

Best, Edward T. Babinski


Go Read "When Skeptics Ask" by Norman Geisler
Edward T. Babinski and Joey

From: [ mailto:jjm.... ]Joe
To: [ mailto:sharon@]
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2003 1:23 AM
Subject: Answers

Go to Amazon.com and look up, then buy, When Skeptics Ask by Norman Geisler.............If you have read anything that Till has written about Geisler, don't believe it.

Have a good day! From just another person whom Christ died for ~


ED BABINSKI:

Joey,

I've read Geisler, even his Theological Word Book in which he tries to argue that the Hebrew "raquia" (firmament) was not solid (he cites all the verses that depict it as a solid object and its root which means "to pound and flatten, used of metal and earth" but he rejects the conclusion of all other commentators and scholars in favor of his own more "evangelical and true" non-solid interpretation).

Joey, once you have read dozens of books by scholars from all branches of Christendom, then you will learn how narrow your fundamentalist worldview and fundamentalist scholarship really is.

Best, Edward T. Babinski (former born again fundamentalist Christian)
check the links page


Leaving the Fold
by Harry N.

From: "Harry N."
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 9:20 AM
Subject: re: Leaving the Fold

Hi!

I recently got my hands on a used copy of your book "Leaving the Fold" and have to say it is really an outstanding collection of the experiences of the individual authors. It's also a big plus reading the experiences of people who have spent years studying Christianity and the Bible from all angles and being able to tap into their knowledge. As I've come to learn over the last many months doing my own "seeking", it can be a daunting task to review the historical context of the time, the competing mystery religions etc etc. I think Farell Till said it best in one his debates on the secular web, when he said the average guy in the pew has no idea how his religion came about.

Upon reflection I also thought it highly bizarre that decades and centuries later, many Christians willingly died for their beliefs, yet the apostles all abandoned Jesus at the time of his arrest. I mean, if I had hung out with someone for three years who could perform real miracles like raising the dead, that person would have my unswerving loyalty to the end. Heck, we know of people who have died for their cult leaders throughout time, yet the accomplishments of these cult leaders aren't even in the same league as the "biblical Jesus".

Anyways thanks for a great book..............best regards.............Harry


Reading Your Book: Leaving the Fold
Edward T. Babinski and Jennifer

"Jennifer" writes:
Hi Ed,
I'm a former fundamental (emphasis on "mental") christian

ED: "Young-earth creationist" kind of "mental?"

and I am loving your book.

ED: Thanks for the kind words. Yes, it's chicken soup for the damned soul (maybe "spicy hot chili" would be a better analogy?).

Are you in regular dialogue with Christians?

ED: Just a few.

Have you been successful in helping some actually study the bible objectively therefore reaching the same reasonable conclusion?

ED: No one likes being told what to read or how to think. (Just look at Iraq.)
But I do try to point fundies toward broadening their reading lists. There are lots of moderate Christian scholars who fit inbetween the fundies and liberals. Anything more moderate seems to make more sense, but I am aware of how crazy people can get for their hobbies, or the things, or music, or people, whom they love. Nothing like that emotional rush, is there?

I cannot believe, as the further I get away from my Southern Baptist beliefs, that millions upon millions of intelleget people still believe this stuff and believe it with fierce devotion. I scream in my mind "HOW?!"

ED: I'll tell you how, Death is frightening, and absolute truth is intoxicating.

If you are ever in the Tampa area speaking, or if there is an organization you recommend joining, or any symposiums to attend, I would be delighted to receive info.

ED: I do not travel. I work at a university library in Greenville, S.C. Though I have a website, so I travel mentally. www.edwardtbabinski.us

Also check out a site called, "Leaving Christianity" (easy to remember and google up), run by former fundie Steve Locks who collects web addresses of the latest former fundie testimonies and dialogues with fundie apologists.

Jennifer


Leaving the Fold
by John G.

Forwarded by JG/LA/UCO on 11/10/2003 11:20 AM

From: John George
To: Ed Babiniski
11/10/2003 11:11AM

Just read your LEAVING THE FOLD in paperback and am much impressed.

We have a mutual friend, Everette Hatcher, who tries harder than most to get the facts straight. Such people are to be appreciated. I was interested that you seem to find some validity in the life after life stuff. Are you aware that Eliz. Kubler Ross, during the last 2 or so years of her life, decried it all and said she was sorry she had caused so many to believe in it? There are also a number of articles and a couple of books which give a scientific explanation of the phenomenon.

It's possible that you would find a couple of books I coauthored of interest: AMERICAN EXTREMISTS: MILITIAS, SUPREMACISTS, KLANSMEN, COMMUNISTS, AND OTHERS; THEY NEVER SAID IT: A BOOK OF FAKE QUOTES; and BE REASONABLE: SELECTED QUOTATIONS FOR INQUIRING MINDS.

I'm a retired Prof of Political Science & Sociology...
Hope all is going well for you and look forward to your next publication.

Best, John George


Kathleen and Christianity
Edward T. Babinski and Kathleen

From: Kathleen

To: ed.babinski
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 2:32 PM
Subject: your site

I enjoyed looking at your site. I would probably identify more with Christianity than any other religion in the world, but am far from a "Christian". I was raised Catholic and while I do share some of the beliefs of other Catholics, there are many that I cannot accept. I don't pray or attend church. I think it's a shame that Jesus's teachings(and other religious leaders) have been twisted around to justify murder, child abuse, war, ignorance, and human rights abuses. Anyway, thanks for the resources!! Kathleen

From: Ed Babinski
To: Kathleen
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: your site

Thanks very much Kathleen, I think that every year more folks are beginning to feel the way that you do.
Best, Ed


My interpretation of the prophecies of Jesus
by William John G

William John G. writes:

Hello Ed Babinski. I was just reading your testimony and I thought I could give my interpretation of the prophecies of Jesus.

I understand that God, could if he existed, make all the world believe in him. Far from it he does nothing of the kind to make anyone believe in him. When someone says a bad word against he does not kill that person outright. The reason is not because is unable, but according to the NT because he 'loves his enemies' and causes the rain to come upon 'the good and the bad'. God never did anything to ever make anyone believe in him. Deists must agree that God, the unknown God never did anything to make people believe in him, despite him clearly being able. Deists might offer the solution that God made the universe and simply observes it. In any case, it is no so unreasonable to assume that God could make our universe and being a personal God, simply observe it.

As to the prophecies of the NT, when one reads the Old Testament one is struck by the ridiculous statements. Far from being an accurate account of history it is a very biased, very personal, inaccurate account of something that might approximate what went on. So you should not take some various things as being falsifiers for God. God never made any attempt, no, not one, during the Old Testament, and he made no attempts during the New Testament to make it accurate. In other words, God just let the bible makers do their work and only made it inspired in a very general direction. If I was to see an ordinary pattern on the grass, and if I squinted my eyes very much, I could just make out a 'horse'. If I look at the bible and I strained as much I could, I could just make out the basics of what might have gone on. That might not be a very perfect metaphor.

God is obssessed with calling people who are of the 'truth' to hear him. The only requirement according to God for someone coming to him in one passage is that he be of the 'truth'. How can someone who can believe in the old testament be of the 'truth'. He means that someone can look at a completely false picture and understand what the artist was trying to convey. Someone who can transcend inability in someone's language to understand what they really mean. God doesn't write, if his prophets or of any indication, like Martin Amis, or C.S. Lewis. His text is confused, jumbled almost irrelevant in places. He goes all over the place. (I understand this email may be a little bit long winded. I apologise.)

What God is really doing is something similar to what I do. When I am with my parents, I sometimes talk to them as if I am really of lower intelligence than I am. Now this is not for amusement, or for me to secretly laugh at them. This is not even so they can understand what I am saying because they are stupid (which they aren't, they are both intelligent people!) What this is is a want to express myself as a stupid person because what I want to express is better expressed in a stupid way. Or perhaps sometimes I don't even know why I do it but the desire is there. What God does in the old testament is expresses himself in a stupid way, because he wants to convey himself in that way for that reason which I can't quite have a word for, I just hope you can get the gist of what it is. God could dazzle the world with his brilliance, but being a God of love, and I know if I was intelligent as God I would write articles for Something Awful! but being a God of love he chooses to express himself confusedly, idiotically, so no one can be in any mistake that what he is writing is simply human, it is actually even, less than human as a human would make sure to be a little less incomprehensible!

There is the question of the prophecies, and I have to say that they are not bulletproof examples of the Christian God. If they were, then what would God be doing? Wouldn't he be providing people completely unanswerable evidence for his existence. He may as well cause a giant monument to appear in New York City with the word's GOD EXISTS because if they were bulletproof then no atheist would be able to deny them. This would even go against Jesus character, who says that he speaks in parables so the multitude should not believe in him. He wants to be confusing, non-understandable (and as my mom said, many of the parables seem pretty irrelevant when you read them w/out explanations.) Why should this God be any different from the character of Jesus?

However you mustn't look at them as bulletproof examples against God, because they aren't. Thomas Paine unwisely proclaims that God cannot be the author of such a mess of deceit. You have to know that God had one of objective throughout the old testament, apart from making it highly complex. (You know, I sometimes wonder how beings billions of years more intelligent than us would interpret the old testament prophets. To them it might be examples of an incredible intelligence.) God knows the complete future. So when he instructed his prophet to say such and such he knew that the Christian writers would use these words in their testament. He could have chosen those exact words. If I were God, and wanted to hide my existence, I would have made my gospel out of the old testament, too, but because I wanted to hide my existence I wouldn't have made them bulletproof. They want be comments, snippets from other passages, stuff spoken in the present that referred to things in the future now. But I knew all the time that hundreds of years later, I would make sure that these things would be picked up by the authors of my testaments.

Oh well it's taken a while to write and I hope I'm not making a complete fool of myself by writing too you. I just wanted to show you that you were already in doubt, otherwise reading Thomas Paine could not have pushed you over the edge, and you incorrectly assumed like many atheists that inaccurate original prophecies = no God. God hid the meaning of those prophecies for many centuries to come.

--

ED: Thanks for writing, William!

However, speculation is just that, speculation.

You know so much about God, who told you?

And if you're right, then why isn't agnosticism accepted by God? It would be the most honest outcome of your speculations above.

Best, Ed


Near Death Experience
by Edward T. Babinski and Harry N.

From: Harry N.
To: ed.babinski
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 8:52 AM
Subject: NDE's

Hi Ed!

I remember in one of your writings how a friend of yours had a very intense NDE and subsequently became a minister. If you had been in his shoes how do you think such an experience would have affected you and do you think it would have changed your theological perspective in any way?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and have a good day! ....................Harry

From: Edward T. Babinski

To: Harry
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004
Subject: Re: Fw: NDE's

The friend I mentioned was "Howard Storm," and you can google his name and find his testimony on the internet.

Yes, he had an intensive NDE, though it wasn't on an operating table and nobody declared him dead. He was sick in France in a hospital bed. Nobody noticed him "die" or his heart stop. But he had an intense visionary experience akin to an NDE.

He was in "hell," cried out to God/Jesus and a being of light rescued him and he got to speak with other beings of light, he still cries remembering the whole thing. He asked them what's the best religion and they simply said, whichever one brings you closer to God. He became a Church of Christ minister, that's a liberal Christian denomination. He says he's a Christian in the sense that it's the tradition he's most acquainted with, but he does not down other people or their religions. In that sense, if I had had such an experience, I would be basically where I am at today. I do feel that if there is a spiritual realm, it's of a more universalistic sort than today's evangelical's preach it to be. In fact, universalism was defended by Christians as early as Origin and as late as some of today's evangelicals. Universalism was bigger among evangelicals of the past two centuries than today.

Ed


Dr. Hugh Ross and Neanderthals
by Edward T. Babinski

Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 1:02 PM
Subject: Dr. Hugh Ross

What do you think of Dr. Hugh Ross' ministry? Are humans related to Neandertal or not or do you care? What percentage of the Bible is accurate or historical?

ED: Yes, humans and neanderthals are related if you go back far enough. And some interbreeding appears to have continued between the two species down the ages. As for "what percentage" of the Bible is true or historical, I don't think that's as reasonable as asking whether or not I believe specific portions of the Bible are true or historical, like the Genesis creation account, or the resurrection. No to both. That doesn't necessarily make me an atheist by the way, just not a "Bible" believer.

Glenn Morton has written a lot of articles on Hugh Ross and his view of neanderthals. All you have to do is go to "Best of the Web" Creation vs. Evolution Search Engine and scroll down to "Creation Evolution" and type in "Hugh Ross" in the search box, and search those selected websites.


Information on Pentecostal Religion

Date: 7/04/2004 12:22:22 -0400
From: "-jacob- w."
To: ed.babinski
Subject: info about pentecostal

Dear M.Babinski,

My name is Jacob and i have a few question about the pentecostal religion because i'm searching religion in the protestant way that loves god and jesus christ and because there are no methodist church's near my house then i saw a pentecostal church and i didnt know what it was and then i search on the internet and i found your email and you looked like a person who know's about this religion because i am thinking of converting to this religion but i was asking my self is a pentecostal church like a methodist church like singing joyful songs of god and jesus christ a bit like gospel or is it like a catholic church where for me it's not as fun as a church where people sing like in a methodist churh. So is a pentecostal church like a methodist church or like a catholic hurch please answer me back before the next worshipment on sunday morning

Yours sincerly

jacob w.

From: "Ed Babinski"
To: Jacob
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 10:23 AM
Subject: Re: feedback

Dear Jacob,
Go and see. Even the same denomination can feature different hymns and songs and accompaniment. For instance, I can't tell in advance whether the Methodist, Catholic or Pentecostal church in your neighborhood has a big bubbling church service that includes trumpets and electric guitars at services or not.

Ed


Jesus
by Steve D. and Edward T. Babinski

From: Steve D.
To: ed.babinski

Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 2:09 AM
Subject: Jesus

Hey Ed,

Just wanted to send you a quick message after looking over some of your website. That message is Jesus loves you. Search your heart before attempting to lead people away from the Savior. You'll be in my prayers tonight.

Thanks,

Steve D

From: Ed Babinski
To: Steve D.
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004

Subject: Re: Fw: Jesus

Thanks Steve.

I've never ceased searching both my heart and my head.

Ed


Proof of Life after Death?

From: "ed babinski"
To: Western@...com
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:56 PM
Subject: Proof of life after death?

Western@...com wrote:
I was looking for an argument to prove that there is life after death...any information you could give me or help me with would be great.
Peter

ED: I'm looking too. So far only have some Near Death Experience anecdotes to go on. I agree it would be great to know for sure.

We're thrown into life not knowing anything before the day we are born. And most of our lives is kept busy just doing a job to make money to continue living and sleeping. And then there's distractions, disease, miscommunications, unrequited love, uncertainties, just waiting in line at the supermarket, not to mention the differences between the sexes (not all bad, those). I think the thing to do is live like a Zen master. One master was asked about life after death and responded that he didn't know, he hadn't died yet. Another master was asked about how to live one's life, and said, "When you're hungry, eat, when tired, sleep." But a line in the Koran always tickles my heart, "He deserves paradise who can make his companions laugh."


Religion
by Thomas C. and Edward T. Babinski

"Thomas C." writes:

Ed,
I just read some of your stuff online. I have been in contact with Steve Locks too.

ED: Small e-world. Thank you for "finding" me and confiding so much.

My problem is that my wife is deep into a fundamentalist, Baptist church.
It has caused great stress on our relationship. We have two children and leaving or splitting up isn't an option.

ED: Since you are speaking with me and Steve, I wonder whom she is speaking with about this matter and what they are telling her? Maybe if you could find a neutral counselor of some sort that you both could speak with? But your wife might not think there is any neutral ground anymore, kind of like "What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?" Or, "He who is not with me is against me?" (Though you could remind her of the other saying, also attributed to Jesus, "He who is not against me is FOR me.") My own suggestion would be to try and get her to read books on Christian Universalism. I can send you some stuff, I have evangelical friends who thanked me for having spoken to them about Christian universlaism in the end.

I was wondering if you could give me the best book that I could give my wife to read? It has to be easy to understand and follow. She is super smart but not into intellectual things like philosophy. She has agreed to read some anti-christian writings.

ED: That's just it, Christian universalism isn't "anti-Christian."

I know that her thought is that nothing will dissaude her from her truth. Maybe this won't work, but since she is willing to read, I would like to go for it.

At any rate my hope is to at least keep her questioning alive. She has pretty much stopped questioning her new found faith. She has gotten all the great answers from her Pastor and the pastor's wife. It's strange, becuse I got the same answers and they never added up for me.

ED: I have one book in print, Leaving the Fold (a third of the book contains the first-hand testimonies of former fundamentalists who became more moderate or liberal Christians), and am working on a 700 page manuscript right now, a collection of quotations on nearly every Christian topic imaginable, The Damned say the Damndest Things. It's informative and funny. Contains a good bit about Christian history too, from quotations from scholars. I don't know if your computer accepts large attachments, you would have to print it out. Some of the former fundamentalists at the exitfundyism group at yahoo groups enjoyed the portions I have shared with them immensely so. But in the end, it's your call what to share with her or not share with her.

Thank you for any help/advice you can give me.

Thomas C.


Scott's Personal Testimony to Former Fundamentalism
by Ed Babinski and Scott

From: sise@...
To: edwardtbabinski.us
Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2003 7:11 AM
Subject: Cool site

I wish I’d found out about you before you wrote your book. I would have enjoyed being interviewed for it, or contributing a reminiscence. I was raised in the Evangelical Free Church in Iowa—my father helped found the town’s “E-v Free” congregation from among a group of people who had left a local Presbyterian Church after it decided to ordain a woman as an elder.

ED: Glad to meet you, Scott. Your testimony would have fit in with the moderate to liberals in the first third of the testimonies in the book. I wonder how your parents took your leaving fundamentalist dispensationalism behind? You should still write down your testimony for others to read and post it at your site as well as submitting it to any number of sites that collect the testimonies of former fundamentalists. See the listing at "leaving Christianity" (I know you haven't actually left Christianity, but that website features a long list of links to sites that do collect former fundamentalist testimonies. Also see Bishop Spong's new website.)

Myself? I went from Dispensationalist Fundamentalism to broad Evangelicalism to neo-Calvinism to Anglicanism to Anglo-Catholicism to my present faith, which I define as…Jeffersonian.

I’m working on a website—mostly political—but it will have a favorite links page. I’ll add yours to it, for sure.

ED: Thanks for linking up!

Are you a member of the National Center for Science Education? If not, you should join.
http://www.natcenscied.org/

ED: I was a member of NCSE, but they don't produce quite as many articles that directly reply to creationists like they used to. They used to produce a journal filled with such articles. Later, they combined their newsletter and journal into NCSE Reports, and it's a bit too newsy for me, though I do visit their site and read essential articles and reviews that they post there. They were also kind enough to advertise my first self-published zine from the mid 1980s, Theistic Evolutionists' Forum.

Scott
NYC, NY


Lesbian Speaks About Freedom from Organized Religion
by Edward T. Babinski and "Shadow"

From: Shadow
To: edwardtbabinski.us
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 3:48 AM
Subject: religious fanaticism: you can fool most of the people most of the time

Having experienced life from the other side of the tracks for as long as I can remember, ( I'm a lesbian ) I can wholeheartedly immerse myself in the notion that organized religion has done far more harm than good. What is it about ourselves that we doubt so much; that brings us to grasp so desperately at any solution that casts aside self reliance and an innate sense that we know what is best for us. Thank you for writing this book. We haven't ever met but, I suspect that your'e far happier now than you ever thought you were entitled to be. I believe perhaps, I may have stumbled upon the essence of the problem, food for thought?.

From: Ed Babinski
To: Shadow
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 5:47 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: religious fanaticism: you can fool most of the people most of the time

Thanks very much for your email, "Shadow," I agree with what you have written below concerning how people tend to grasp at dogmatic one-size-fits-all answers from outside themselves rather than looking honestly within themselves and learning to rely on their own better judgment built up via a lifetime of learning and personal experience, and how they want to make things easiest by relying on a single ("holy") book or a single "church" instead of seeking out the best in every person and every book, etc.

As for the question of "happiness," that is a relative matter. I'm sure some believers in dogmatic religions or even some people raised in primitive nature-religions are happier than those of us who don't follow either course. But then, what does it matter? After all, some drunks appear to be happier than some sober people, and some people who idolize any number of things either profane or religious, seem happier for their obsessions, be they Trekkies or Rennaisance Fair performers. *smile* Happiness is not the judge of all truth. But yes, as the testimonies in my book show, many folks who left fundamentalism felt more alive after doing so, their sense of curiosity and learning widened. But also, with that new found joy may also come some resentment, once you realize how many years you spent in the fold, taking other people's word for things that you are now certain they had far less knowledge of than you formerly supposed they did. *smile* But the pendulum usually swings back away from resentment once that person discovers their own reasons to live, their own new friends, new interests, etc., until an equilibrium is eventually reached.

Best, Ed


Absolutes in Christianity/Atheism vs. Agnosticism and Deism
by Edward T. Babinski

From: Sharon
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 10:22 AM

A Christian Wrote: " .. Atheists ask why we dont worship Budha, or the hindu God, and do we know that our God is just another God like amen Ra and Mithra. ... "

--

Question for atheists -- (I am a Deist, I wouldn't know).

1) "Atheists ask why Christians don't worship Buddha, or the Hindu God"... It's very apparent that Atheists don't worship God... because they've never seen him, but Atheists do know of a man named Buddha who lived --- so, since it was a real, living man -- can atheists worship say -- Buddha ? Or, is non-worship universal for Atheists?

2) Next question for atheists -- are your beliefs as biased as Christians? -- the thought occurred to me, Atheists and Theists, are the only two groups of people who hold 'absolute' beliefs (either, "God is and if you don't believe, I pray God breaks your kneecaps and forces you to repent to me" or, atheists who would say "There is NO God you FOOL.")

Agnostics and Deists are somewhere down the middle of the two extremes.

Date: 5/24/2004 10:55:28 -0400
From: Ed Babinski
To: sharon

In response to your email.

Hard-line conservative Christians love atheists. Those types of Christians are always congratulating atheists for being so "honest" in seeing that there are only two options, God or no God. Of course the Christian assumes that if there is a god it's undoubtedly his. Such Christians imagine there is no god, nor any true dogmas about god, except theirs. That's what makes them fanatics. While there are atheists who understand theistic arguments and want there to be a god and afterlife, but they are not convinced by such arguments.

Personally, I think each side knows less than they suppose. We all do.
The limitations of each person's knowledge is quite obvious. We are each influenced right from birth by more factors than we have conscious awareness of, and the mind is a net that links so many things together, even if one argument fails to impress us or support our view, we simply shift our focus or faith on another argument that seems more central and stronger -- in order to maintain the status quo of whatever we have come to believe.

I personally believe and hope for love and life everlasting. I think that's a basic hope that drives us all, and makes life happier. But I am not so optimistic about my personal hope to fervently deny the possibility of man's extinction. I recognize that things do not always turn out as planned (just take the zillions of Christians who have falsely predicted Christ's return over the centuries, beginning with the N.T. writers -- or consider the many ways life on this planet could cease to exist in this wide open cosmos).


I am a Believer... and I love your Site!
by R. Bundy and Carey w/comments by Ed

R. Bundy writes:

Yo Ed.

You might be right (I don't think so) but what if you are wrong.

Eternity in hell isn't worth it. I am 67 years of age. I accepted Jesus Christ in my youth. I haven't always lived as I know Jesus would have but today I know my sins are covered by his blood that he shed for me.
I praise Him and want to only serve him. God be merciful to you.

ED: What do you think I am right or wrong about? All I'm doing is asking questions that seem obvious to me. Neither would I care to take away anyone's faith, least of all someone who has believed that same things since their youth. I don't expect people to change, I only hold out the obvious questions I myself faced when I left the fold, for people who care to read them.

____________________________

carey writes:

Thanks for your site!!

We went to a "Pentecostal-type" church Sunday. We had been trying to help a friend get his "ministry" started. I figured it was non-denominational so probably pretty liberal (wrong!!). His wife went into this strange "trance" and began mumbling "mmmababa zop bam boom" or whatever and went around basically telling "fortunes." It was the freakiest show I have ever seen in my life. The fact that people believe in this garbage ( along with the corresponding fundamentalist beliefs) is beyond me. My husband and I had some great giggles over it, though. He keeps asking me to cast out his demons when he has a headache.

The funny part is that I had been reading Garrison Keillor Saturday night and had just read the part about Uncle Louie speaking in tongues.

Anyway, thanks for your website and I plan on reading your book soon.
Carey W.

Thanks for the "tongue's up," Carey!

Edward T. Babinski


Google Whacked

Date: 7/7/2004 13:20:46 +0100
From: chrisr
To: ed.babinski
Subject: Googlewhacked!

Hi Ed,

You don't know me, but I visited your site today in my course to find a googlewhack.
see www.googlewhack.com ...

I thought you might like to know your site
Resurrected Saints

contains a googlewhack in the form of "ferrets harmonistic".

I thought this might brighten up your day!

Kind regards,
Chris R.


From: "ed babinski"
To: Chris R.
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 3:42 PM
Subject: google whacked

Thanks for sharing, Chris,
There's nothing quite like those "harmonistic ferrets" like N.T. Wright who try to harmonize their belief in the absolute truth of the dogmas of orthodox Christianity with the shifting probabilities of historical criticism of the Bible.

Cheers,
Ed


Whale Evolution Question Answered
by Edward T. Babinski and Mighells

Date: 10/18/2003
From: "Mighells"
Subject: Whale/Evolution

Hi Ed,
So what is the diffinative answer ?
Whales to sea, or whales to land ?
Mighells

From: Ed Babinski
To: Mighells
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 11:45 AM
Subject: whale question answered

Dear Mighells,

Ed Babinski here. Your questions, below, appear to relate to the fact that some modern day cetaceans continue to be born with rudimentary hind limbs; and so you are wondering whether modern day whales are going to return to the land anytime soon. No, I don't think so. Rather, such "hind limb rudiments" appear to provide corresponding evidence along with the fossil record that the ancestors of cetaceans were land dwellers with legs. Hence, modern day cetaceans still sprout rear limb buds in the womb, and some still retain hind limb rudiments even as adults.

Best, Ed Babinski