Episode 79: The Historicity of Jesus

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Greg Christensen, Ian Macaulay, and Gem Newman discuss whether the character of Jesus Christ as portrayed in the Christian Bible is actually based on an historical figure, and Greg gives us a review of Bill O’Reilly’s new book along the way.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Historicity of Jesus (Wikipedia) | Christ myth theory (Wikipedia) | Carrier and Ehrman disagree on the historicity of Jesus | David Fitzgerald responds to criticism of Nailed | LUEE Episode 72: The War on Christmas (A Brief History) | Irreligiosophy: The One True Podcast (Website, iTunes) | The Bible Geek Show (Website, iTunes) | Josephus on Jesus | Tacitus on Christ | Criterion of Embarrassment | Acharya S (Wikipedia)

Books: Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard | Nailed, by David Fitzgerald | Proving History, by Richard Carrier | The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, by Robert Price | Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, by Bart Ehrman

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Episode 72: The War on Christmas: A Brief History

Episode 72: The War on Christmas: A Brief History

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman discusses the nativity story and the way we celebrate Christmas with Richelle McCullough, Jeffrey Olsson, and Ian Leung, then hosts a rousing game of Santa Fact or Santa Fiction! Special thanks to Mat André, who helped Ian with our music this week.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba | Calgary Secular Church | Chris Hadfield | Discrepancies in the Nativity Accounts (Matthew 1:18–2:23, Luke 1:26–2:40, Wikipedia, Errancy.org) | Herod the Great | Census of Quirinius | Celebrating Christmas in Canada: A Public Opinion Study | Don’t Fall For the Salvation Army’s PR Spin! They’re Still Super Antigay | Focus on the Family’s 2008 Christmas-Friendly Shopping Guide | The War on Christmas (Time Magazine, Wikipedia) | Jul (Yule) | Saturnalia | Sol Invictus

Santa Fact or Santa Fiction! Sources: The Claus That Refreshes | 12 Weird Christmas Traditions | Christmas Tree Production | Spiders and Their Webs Are Not Showed the Door on Ukrainian Christmas | Switzerland’s ‘World’s Best Father Christmas’ Competition | Black Peter | El Caganer

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Judgement Day, in Winnipeg!

It’s coming! Run for your lives!

If you didn’t know, there is a group called Family Radio that have been putting billboards up all over the world touting May 21st 2011 as Judgement Day; the day Christ will return to Earth, bring forth the Rapture and save the believers. And then 5 months later on Oct 21, 2011, the end of the world will come.   

A lot has already been written about them, and in fact the Ask and Atheist radio show has put up the website “We Can’t Know“, in response to Family Radio’s “We Can Know“, website, so I won’t address their claims in this post, other than to say I am skeptical that Jesus is coming back on May 21, after he didn’t come back all of  these other predicted times as well.

I was very excited to see a billboard of theirs right here in Winnipeg! On the corner of Pembina and Grant, facing south, is this billboard.

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Pretty isn’t it? Go on down, take a look at it, take your picture in front of it, and prepare for the end! The Bible guarantees it, and the Bible has shown itselft to be a reliable document after all…