The Great Escapes

Deconversion:



More playlists about biblical errors and contradictions:
Bart Ehrman - 2007 lecture at Stanford
Misquoting Jesus - Edited Edition
>Transcription Errors in a Total Invention

holysinecure
Search for Truth about the Bible

More videos and playlists about deconversion
Another Great Escape : a series of videos by a Brit.
Dissonant Discomfort : a very good video that examines, within the framework of theoretical psychology, the emotional stages of deconversion.

Pulling the Rug ...


... out from under theistic fallacies of imagination:




Who Invented the Bible?

This playlist includes 11 of 12 parts of a BBC program examining the authorship of the Bible. An academic theologian examines some of the evidence. The revelations are marred only by the fact that apologists are given the opportunity to rationalize the evidence away. Balanced reporting would have permitted atheists to point out the glaring errors in their denials and excuses.

Ah well, at least the program discusses the fact that the Bible is a flawed human invention! Archaeology falsifies the historicity of the OT. Biblical scholars agree that authorship is not as it is presented (except some Pauline letters and James). The program does briefly mention that the Gospels contradict one another.

Much about biblical errors was omitted — accidental and deliberate transcription inaccuracies, widespread contradictions, and additions to the Bible that were made as late as the early 17th century. That is without even mentioning the alternate versions of Christianity that were practically erased from history by the victorious version of biblical fiction.

However, the program only runs less than 2 hours, and a complete exposé of all the problems would probably take weeks.

Another Great Escape

Deconversion - deconverts



More deconversion playlists:
The Great Escapes

Videos about deconversion:
Dissonant Discomfort : a very good video that examines, within the framework of theoretical psychology, the emotional stages of deconversion.

Worse than reported?


I have posted very little on this blog recently because I, along with a great many people, spend time on the atheist-religionist battleground on YouTube.

Numerous studies demonstrate an inverse or negative correlation between religiosity and:
intelligence
educational level
education in science
liberal moral attitudes
acceptance of the fact of biological evolution

My observation of discussions between atheists and religionists on YT suggests that the inverse correlation between intelligence and religiosity is considerably more pronounced than is reported*. That is, based on level of performance in discussions, creationists and religionists are collectively much less educated and logical than atheists. This observation could, of course, be skewed by the possibility that those who make religious videos, or who visit atheist and science videos in order to fight for religion and creationism, might not be a representative sample. Intelligent theists could be watching entirely different types of videos, or not bothering to engage in discussion.
* "Of 43 studies carried out since 1927 on the relationship between religious belief and one's intelligence and/or educational level, all but four found an inverse connection. That is, the higher one's intelligence or education level, the less one is likely to be religious or hold "beliefs" of any kind." ~ Bell, Paul. "Would you believe it?" Mensa Magazine, Feb. 2002, pp. 12–13
My recollection could be faulty, but a summary of these studies was once available on the internet. As I recall, most of those studies in Bell's meta-analysis were based on results for American college students. This would confine the results to that section of the population that is already intelligent enough to attend college^. This could blur the distinctions between the two populations, perhaps moreso because such a small percentage of the American population is atheistic. The pertinent question would be what proportion of theists versus atheists actually complete high school and attend college.

Obviously, the results could be skewed in an opposite direction to that reported by Bell — the differences might be less than reported. However, this possibility is confounded by the fact that scientists, particularly eminent scientists, are much more likely to be atheistic than religious.

"In 1998, most members of the National Academy of Sciences rejected the notion of God, with the highest rate of disbelief noted amongst biological scientists." Table. ~ Larson, Edward J.; Larry Witham (1998). "Leading scientists still reject God". Nature 394 (6691): 313. Available at StephenJayGould.org, Stephen Jay Gould archive.
None of this should be taken as denial of the undoubted fact that many theists are intelligent, or that some atheists are unintelligent and/or poorly educated. Instead, the populations overlap in both level of education and native abilities.

Fundamentalist Christian families in the US take pains to ensure that their children are indoctrinated into literalist beliefs. Mainstream Christian families encourage indoctrination into more moderate beliefs. Both sets of "converts" necessarily include intelligent children.

However, intelligent, rational indoctrinees seem to be the more likely to deconvert. My impression is that fundamentalism loses more indoctrinees than mainstream religion, but this might be a false impression that results from the resentment towards religion that many fundamentalist escapees feel. Deconversion can be very painful and protracted for fundamentalists, and can result in alienation from family and friends. Resentment and a desire to help others through deconversion is understandable.


^ For comparision: sometime in the 80s, it was reported that the average IQ of college graduates was 110, whereas the average IQ of graduates of Harvard Medical School was 135.