by Caitlin Johnstone, Contributor Waking Times The word “halitosis” is a household term which everyone knows means bad breath. But did you know that the word has been around for less than a hundred years, and was invented not by the medical field, but by advertisers? Back in the 1920s, people didn’t worry about body odor as much as they do now. They didn’t bathe nearly as often, they didn’t wear deodorant, and some bodily smells weren’t necessarily considered socially catastrophic. A family antiseptic company called Listerine was able to increase its revenue from $115,000 to $8 million over the course of seven … Continue reading SIN IS A MADE-UP RELIGIOUS MARKETING SCHEME
Carvings thought to depict Terra Mater (Mother Earth) decorate the Ara Pacis Augustae, built in honour of the military successes and political reforms of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Greco-Roman gods had no interest in the poor nor was organised charity a religious duty. How was Christianity different? Pieter van der Horst is a scholar specialising in New Testament studies, Early Christian literature and the Jewish and Hellenistic context of Early Christianity. He is professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and is the author of many books, including Studies in Ancient Judaism … Continue reading How the poor became blessed
A small stele, probably used as a home altar, depicts Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti with their three eldest daughters. Aten is represented as a sun-disc with the Sun’s rays ending in hands proffering Ankh signs to the royal couple. Amarna period, c1340 BCE. Courtesy the Neues Museum, Berlin Out of the many gods of ancient Egypt an inspired Pharaoh created a monotheistic faith. What was Atenism and why did it fail? by James K Hoffmeier is professor of Old Testament and ancient near Eastern history and archaeology at Trinity International University in Illinois. His latest book is Genesis: History, Fiction, Or Neither? Three … Continue reading The first God
The COSMIC truth: Ten revelations that prove Democrats are DEMON-infested creatures pretending to be human by: Mike Adams (Natural News) When you interact with top-level Democrats, never make the mistake of thinking you’re dealing with human beings. The cosmic truth of the matter is that high-level “DEMONcrats” are quite literally demon-infested creatures who are pretending to be human. This is not a metaphor. It is literal. This is what allows Democrats to now legalize infanticide — the medical mass murder of children. States like New York, Virginia, Maryland and others have either already legalized the murder of children or are rapidly pursuing laws to legalize … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?
Illustration by Ray Zim We need a less theological—and more spiritual—defense of religious diversity. By Rita M. Gross To tell the truth, I have no idea which element of my hyphenated identity as a Buddhist practitioner and a scholar of comparative religions is more prominent in my conviction that religious diversity, which also includes indifference to organized religions, is simply a normal, natural aspect of life. Yet I was brought up to think that it was a huge problem. At some point, fairly early in my life, it just became ludicrous to me to think that of all the people on … Continue reading The “Problem” of Religious Diversity
Image: Shutterstock; Composition: Motherboard Will bioengineering become the hot new teen trend? By Daniel Oberhaus A French high schooler has allegedly bioengineered DNA based on verses from the Bible and Quran and injected it into his own leg. Adrien Locatelli, 16, from Grenoble, France, posted a short paper to the Open Science Framework preprint server in which he claimed to produce strands of DNA that corresponded to verses from the Bible and the Quran. According to Locatelli, he then injected the DNA containing the Bible verses into his left thigh, and the DNA with the Quranic verses into his right thigh. “I did this … Continue reading This Teen Translated a Bible Verse Into DNA and Injected It Into Himself
by: JD Heyes (Natural News) American Leftists are loathe to admit it because they are busy doing all they can to destroy our heritage and culture, but the United States was founded by followers of the Christian religion. That’s not even debatable. What’s also not debatable is that those same Christian founders were well aware that not all humans believed in the same set of theological principles or the same god, and that is reflected in the First Amendment, which specifically prohibits local, state, and federal governments from establishing a monolithic official religion. But that constitutional prohibition doesn’t seem to be … Continue reading Amazon, Google and other tech giants now protecting radical Islam while censoring Christianity