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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Please check your facts – the biblical account of Noah was derived from the Babylonian myth of Utanapishtim. Your mythical God didn’t 'inspire' it.

As with the question about pagan myths and the New Testament, obviously the author of Genesis rejected the Epic of Gilgamesh, from which the character of Utanapishtim is taken. Though it is possible that the style and literary character of Genesis may have been patterned after other writings, this...


Sorry Christians, but the creation account in Genesis is borrowed -- it is based on the Enuma Elish.

See prior question on Noah.


Christian claims are not credible! Wouldn’t we expect SOME evidence of the exodus from Egypt, if it took place? 2.5 million people wandering around for 40 years in a specific geographic location...and NOTHING!

Though there is indeed impressive evidence for the exodus from Egypt (to be detailed later), the assumptions of the question are flawed: the absence of evidence only constitutes evidence of absence when (1) We have reason to think evidence would be discovered, were a thorough investigation to be...


So Adam and Eve lived for 900+ years and Methuselah celebrated 930 years. Is it just me, or do these claims not strain credulity beyond its limits?

Actually, it does not. Either the people of that time were living roughly as long Genesis describes, or they weren’t. If they were, then there is obviously no problem. If they weren’t, then obviously nobody reading Genesis at the time would have believed it either (since it would have been...


Job is described as “righteous” and “blameless.” Can these descriptions be taken seriously if the Bible is said to teach the universal sinfulness of mankind?

This question can be answered by way of considering a similar problem in the New Testament. How is it that the Corinthian Church, for example, can be addressed as “saints” and as “carnal” in the same letter? Such language becomes intelligible once the distinction is made between one’s status as...


The God of the Old Testament a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, and a homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

Richard Dawkins (from whom the above is taken) certainly writes with the vigor and forthrightness one can appreciate, his forays into the realm of theology and philosophy leave much to be desired. The central issue in a question like the above is whether God has the inherent right to take life....


To accept the story of the Noah’s Flood AS FACT flies in the face of practically all of the archaeological, historical, literary, meteorological, and geological research EVER conducted to say nothing of good old common sense. It's a non-starter for me.

The primary logistical obstacles to an account such as the one found in Genesis have concerned the mechanics of accounting for every species.  However, given the reality of speciation (Christians need object only to theories of common ancestry, which is a logically distinct body of hypotheses...


Should we really be stoning homosexuals, disobedient children, adulterers and witches, as the Old Testament commands? What an all-loving god you serve, Christians!

Romans 2:12-15 indicates that the Gentiles were not in possession of the law of Moses, and were not judged on that basis (instead, they were judged on how they responded to the dictates of conscience, or what is sometimes called “natural law”). In virtue of this, one may infer that Gentiles in...


If a father ever killed his own son he would—all things being equal—be rightly judged immoral. But according to Genesis 22, God told Abraham to kill his own son, and was judged righteous for his WILLINGNESS to do so. So God ordains child murder, huh?

Technically, it does not seem correct to say Abraham was judged righteous for his willingness to kill his son. Abraham is deemed righteous in virtue of his willingness to trust God—how he was asked to do that is actually beside the point. The real source of the difficulty seems to come out when...


If your Biblical Yahweh God is so ALL-good-fantastic, how could Satan fall if he was with God and had the chance to witness his existence? God made Satan too, right? Seems God shares a bit of the blame for MAKING Satan prideful, yes?

The questioner seems to be wondering how it is that one who knows God’s existence and goodness could ever rebel against him. While perhaps not being able to explain how this occurs, one can at least show that it poses no logical problem simply in virtue of the fact that Christians who are firmly...