Nothing Fails Like Bible History – Episode 2


When it comes to history and archaeology,
not all evidence holds equal value. For example, what would it take to demonstrably prove that
the Egyptian pharaoh, Rameses II was indeed a real person?
If we have just one written account about his life, written hundreds of years after
he died, even if it’s a full book, that’s not the best evidence. After all, we have
stories about Hercules, Odysseus, Robin Hood, Gilgamesh, King Arthur, and many others who
may or may not have even been real people. A bit better than that are contemporary accounts
– written during the life of the person in question either by them or by a scribe.
First-hand contemporary accounts are obviously more reliable than contemporary second-hand
accounts, and it gets increasingly worse the further down the game of telephone you go. It helps if the stories are based in real
locations, but again, that’s still not quite good enough. After all, while Troy and Athens
were in fact real places, the Iliad and the Odyssey are mythical stories. And the existence
of London doesn’t prove the events of Harry Potter. Statues, coins, pottery or other artifacts
dating to the time of the person in question with the names and faces of that person on
them (like coins featuring Caesar) are pretty good. “How much were you looking to get out of it?” “I need about $3.50” But still not necessarily conclusive. For
example, we have ancient Greek pots featuring the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Which
is obviously myth. Now all of these pieces of evidence can add
up to make a more compelling case for the historicity of a character or event.
But the gold standard, if we wanted to demonstrably prove the existence of someone is to find
the body. That’s not always possible, but in the case of Rameses II, we don’t just
have a tomb or skeleton, we have an entire necropolis, telling the tales of the victories
of his life, marked with his name (or cartouche), containing his preserved mummified corpse,
buried in the style of the pharaohs, dating to the time of his death. And we can even
sequence his DNA and the DNA of his ancestors and descendent’s preserved corpses to see
if they match. And on top of that, there are even contemporary
mentions of him located in foreign countries. Now, this still doesn’t mean that all of
the accounts of Rameses II’s great military campaigns are accurate. And people have a
tendency to brag and stories become embellished into legends over time.
“When he sets up his record of the Battle of Kadesh, Ramessese proves that he’s the
greatest spin-doctor of the ancient world.” “The carvings tell the story, not of an inconclusive
truce, but a clear cut victory. But there’s a reason that no respectable
historian or Egyptologist doubts the existence of Rameses II.
Let’s compare that to the story of Joshua in the Bible – arguably one of the most important
characters in Old Testament history, leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. So
just how good is the evidence for Joshua? Well, we don’t have a mummy, or a skeleton,
or even a tomb. Oh, and uh, don’t be thrown when someone shows you something like this
and says, “Look it’s Joshua’s tomb.” There are many many sites like this proposed
as Joshua’s tomb hundreds, sometimes thousands of years after his death including locations
in Turkey, Israel, the West Bank, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon – all claiming to be Joshua’s
tomb. Truth is, no one knows where he was buried, if he lived at all.
There are no contemporary artifacts mentioning Joshua (foreign or Israeli). And the only
contemporary artifact mentioning Israel itself AT ALL is the Merneptah Stele constructed
in Egypt around 1209 BCE. It is currently the oldest archaeological mention of Israel,
period, and records how Israel was utterly laid waste.
As I mentioned in my first Nothing Fails Like Bible History video, we know that during this
time period, the land of Canaan was under Egyptian control. We know this because of
remnants of Egyptian mines and fortresses in modern-day Israel that date to this time
period, as well as diplomatic correspondences from that time period and numerous contemporary
written records of battle victories in addition to the over 680 archeological objects that
you can see for yourself currently on display at the “Pharaoh in Canaan” exhibit at
the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. So, if the Biblical timeline was true, this
would directly coincide with the time period that Joshua was allegedly growing a massive
Israelite army that was pillaging and conquering the land of Canaan.
Wait, so the only evidence that we have from this time period that the people of Israel
even existed completely contradicts the Biblical narrative?
Uh oh! So there’s no body of Joshua, no tomb, no
contemporary artifacts backing up this story. And what we know about the region from archaeological
evidence runs contrary to the Biblical narrative. Do we at least have a first-person account
written by Joshua? No. Do we have any eye-witness accounts who saw the events first-hand? No.
What about the Bible itself and the Book of Joshua?
Well, we don’t know who the author of the Book of Joshua was, but they very clearly
indicate that it’s not a first-hand account. The anonymous author never says, “this is
what I witnessed or this is what I saw or did.” Instead, they recount stories second-hand,
saying things like these events took place “as it was written in the book of Jashar.”
The book of Jashar? We know absolutely nothing about the book
of Jashar! We don’t know who wrote it, we don’t know when it was written – if it was
even a first-hand account. We don’t even have a copy of it! So we have at best a second,
if not third or fourth-hand account citing a source no longer in existence, written years,
possibly centuries after the fact. The author even tells how Joshua slaughtered
the Amorite kings, threw their bodies in caves, and placed large rocks at the entrance, and
noting that “At the mouth of the cave they placed large rocks, which are there to this
day.” “To this day” – implying that a great
deal of time has passed since the story being re-told.
Even most Biblical Christian scholars agree that this story was not written by Joshua
or even by a first-hand witness, but was most likely written down sometime around the reign
of King Josiah, centuries after the fact. Centuries after the fact! Sure, the story of Joshua mentions real locations
that actually existed. But in terms of historicity, that’s about all it has going for it. But
remember, the story of King Arthur also takes place in a real location – England. But whether
or not King Arther was or was not a real person, doesn’t make the magical story of the sword
in the stone any less of an embellishment. In the same way, the Israelites may or may
not have once had a leader named Joshua. The evidence for his existence is extremely shoddy.
But even if the legends are based on a real person, that doesn’t make them true.
When Christians say, “There’s so much evidence for the stories in the Bible,” like the story
of Joshua, I think that what they may be referring to are things like this:
A sculpture made almost 3000 years after the fact.
Or this: A painting made almost 2800 years after the
fact. Yes, there’s a lot of people who talk about
this story, but no matter how many songs, books, or poems are written, movies filmed,
paintings painted, or statues carved – hundreds or even thousands of years later, based on
second or third hand translated accounts, passed down through the generations – the
fact remains the same. This is not evidence. It’s a perpetuation of mythology.
It blows my mind to see Bible-believing Christians doubt things like Sandy Hook or the moon-landing,
or who think that the earth is flat – here, in the information age, with real-time live
streaming of events. And yet without batting an eye, they will swallow whole a three-thousand-year-old
story with no corroborating evidence, written centuries after it allegedly happened by anonymous
authors based on at least second, third, or fourth, or even fifth-hand accounts. They’ll
wash it down with a hymn and call it a Sunday. And mind you, these aren’t just stories
about battles or everyday phenomena. The Book of Joshua is about utterly preposterous pseudoscientific
legends. Magically parting the Jordan river, toppling the walls of Jericho by yelling at
them, and worst of all, making the sun stand still in the sky. Which I’m going to have
to cover in my next video. But you’ve gotta face it Christians, you’ve
got a pretty low standard of evidence when it comes to the historicity of your Bible.
And this is yet another example of how nothing fails like Bible history.
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  • Josh, I think you are in Texas? If you are (or are not) have you considered going to the "Promise Keepers" shin dig that is coming up? Give us all the skinny on what the hell they are up /down too? They usually find a way to creep me the fuck OUT! I would be glad to help pony up part of the fee/cost.

  • This is a way better example than Harry Potter. https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-among-Eagles-Empire-Dragons/dp/0991887352

  • The existence of London doesn't prove that Harry Potter exists? Excuse me sir, you just committed very serious blasphemy there 😠
    😘

  • Excuse you, Veggie Tales is an accurate firsthand account. 🤣🤣🤣 (j/k obviously)
    I was forced to watch them back in christian school so many times. I can still hear them singing about that godforsaken hairbrush. 😨

  • "Stopping the sun in the sky" would mean stopping the Earth, which would kill everything on it. There would be massive earthquakes and tsunamis. Volcanic activity on a level the planet hasn't had since before life existed. Etcetera.

  • @3:50 the merneptah stele says Jezreel, not Israel.
    Seriously, there's no archeological evidence of a place called Israel or a people called Hebrews until Rome invented them. Outside of Josephus there's no archeological evidence in Israel, of Israel, until the 3rd c CE.

  • Good to see you coming out from behind graphics and into face to face. Go Josh; go.

  • Love it ..love it, absolutely love it, …keep kicking arse man. 🦖🦕🌏. 🇪🇸

  • Concerning 3:30, check this out: http://www.davidovits.info/496/error-or-forgery-on-the-stele-of-merneptah-known-as-israel-stele This further disproves any existence of any Israelites or Israel. Other than that this is another classic and great video.

  • Dunno try Quranic.

  • i did not know that not only was the Red Sea parted magically but also the Jordan river.
    According to the text, of course.

  • Wait… Hogwarts doesn't exist!
    Heathen!
    What's next … saying that Middle Earth didn't exist?

  • Wow, Jesus was right. One could LITERALLY have the Lord standing right in front of them, and STILL doubt. That "book", ie. The Bible, is the word of God, and has been proven correct through prophesy alone throughout hundreds of years, thousands of handwritten manuscripts, first hand accounts, etc, etc, ETC. Yet because it FEELS better to be one's own God, people still reject it. Just a head's up cause Jesus is my Lord: pretty soon that RFID chip will be mandatory…might want to read that Bible one more time before you allow them to inject you with it. Pretty soon, all 'religions' will be merged into one, and a guy is gonna show up who supposedly 'has all the answers'…he's gonna be REAL smooth and tell you everything you want to hear…it would be wise NOT to trust him. It's your life, your call. Heaven is not diminished by those who choose otherwise.

  • Funny how the Bible mentions Pharaohs … but never names them.

  • Yep. I deal with this shit with religious friends of mine. Biblical writers were completely clueless about their past. They had no clue modern man was already running amuck close to 200,000 thousand years before they even lifted their pens, let alone mans ancestors millions of years prior to write their bullshit fiction people still "believe" without question. Yet when you actually provide the evidence of the past with astounding accuracy they still deny it because it contradicts and debunks their fairly tale book. They say to me I follow man not god. If "Jack in the Beanstalk" was in the bible, they'd believe it.

  • This guy is obviously NOT a credible source, since he has demonstrated little to no knowlege of ancient documents and their significance and how the old testament is unique in its preservation. To start, as opposed to Ramses II records where he claims outright victories, the old testment is a record of a rebellious, stiff necked people. Not the kind of thing you would record unless you were aiming for accuracy. The old testament is unique in that it was fastidiously recorded from one copy to the next. Very few changes were found over multiple copies and most of those were to reflect contemporary changes in place names. Very few historical documents come close to the bible in accuracy and veracity. Check out what real scholars have to say about the bible: F. F. Bruce, William Albright, Nelson Glueck, John Warwick Montgomery, Merrill Unger, Miller Burrows
    Sir Frederick Kenyon says: "It is therefore legitimate to say that, in respect of that part of the Old Testament against which the disintegrating criticism of the last half of the nineteenth century was chiefly directed, the evidence of archaeology has been to re-establish its authority, and likewise to augment its value by rendering it more intelligible throiugh a fuller knowledge of its background and setting Archaeology has not yet said its last word; but the results already achieved confirm what faith would suggest, the the Bible can do nothing gut gain from an increase of knowledge." and "Archaelogy has produced an abundance of evidenct to substantiate the correctness of our Massoretic text."

  • 8:35 I love your content! But the delivery… I mean just chill out. It hurts my ears.

  • "Toppling the walls by yelling at them"
    Excuse me, but that's a shout. Thu'um, if you want to be formal.

  • WOW just Wow 104K subs. And lack of proof for the things I was taught for way too many years.

  • Joshua was written by Doug. Everyone knows that.

  • Reformation Bible College dot org was a mid-roll ad on this video! #LOLZ
    https://youtu.be/wCfKBqgPLt0

  • certainly a bit of hypocrisy in some christians' lives, my mother for instance flat refuses to use facebook messenger bc she "doesn't want her convos public" but is perfectly happy keeping contact with other catholics in China via wechat, the app totally owned and monitored by the CCP…

  • Creationists don't seem to understand historicity.

  • No Harry Potter?

  • The saddest thing about the fundamentallywrongists is their deifying a book of folk tales for the most part 'borrowed' from their neighbors. It's all fairy tales folk, both the old part and the new part. Get over it and rejoice in the fact that the very subatomic particles you're made of are almost 14 billion years old.

  • Out of curiosity do you have a source for the comparison of time periods of Egyptian rule and Josh and crews conquest of the promised land?

  • Do about Jesus… As a Historian, I get cancer every tome someone goes: "but historical Jesus". There was NO historical Jesus.

  • Bible is not a history book. It is a book of law.

  • The book of Jashar? I checked that out a while ago and never returned it… Sorry, my bad.

  • Evidence is everything

  • What makes me angry is the fact that theists still peddle this shit as if it were true.

  • I first hear the creation story when I was nine in cathechism class. Even at that age I found it far fetched.

  • Can you do a video on the Septuagint compared to today's translations?

  • Yesss!! We will help you build your project, buddy, you rock!!!!

  • The best of best.

  • You are on to something

  • This is the power of indoctrination and brainwashing that religion uses to perpetuate itself. These people have been being told this was true since they were old enough to understand what was being said to them at all. They cannot and will not 20-30 or 40 years after that say, "Okay, I guess everything I was told as a kid was wrong" .. it's core to their sense of self now. They have to believe it.

  • When people claim scientists are liars, e.g moon landing, the Bible, flat earth and such… so is every intellectual a liar?
    Geez, I’m surprised we’ve made it this far if that’s true.

  • Just goes to show you that even large cults practice cognitive dissonance

  • The other problem is that religion alleviates them of some of their biggest fears .. such as the fear of death or the fear that their lives are meaningless (because apparently you need a divine purpose for your life to have meaning, your friends, family and loved ones or passions aren't enough), and so they buy into it out of fear and if they begin admitting some of it may not be true, then they know it will unravel it all.

  • Yeah… but you can’t deny Harry Potter. Just no. He’s real. J.K is a spy in the wizarding world.

  • Ok so… your point about the only mention of Israel being that it was laid waste perfectly highlights the fact that yours are arguments based on gaps in evidence (ironic). You maintain your skeptical attitude in this case despite this evidence clearly implying that Israel must have existed in order to be laid waste… even though your point about there being no evidence of that stands. So logically, lack of evidence in an entropic universe does not mean what you would like it to mean.

    Following on from this, you of course fail to consider the actual writings of the Israelites (who use one of the most sophisticated languages in history) as being admissable evidence based again, entirely on your own bias.

    Seems legit lol. I wish everyone who likes to consider themselves genius actually were. Geniuses tend to be humble because when they face their limitations, they don't get to rely on being in the company of their groupthink buddies.

    Clue for those genuine truth-seekers: Science as a limited branch of philosophy doesn't deal in lack of evidence.

  • Ok 3 minutes in I realized this guy is just recycled dogma you usually hear from atheists

    There would be no Israel today if Joshua had not conquered the land

    This is pretty much surface hype with no depth

  • EDEN is FICTION. All the fables based on EDEN (Genesis thru Revelation) are utter absurd idiotic NONSENSE. Religion is just the marketing of ignorance and superstition. Churches are franchises vying for market share. Our culture subsidizes ignorance thru tax exemption.
    The problem with religion,because it was  sheltered from criticism for ages, it allows people to believe en mass what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation. 
    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.” Seneca (ca. 4 BC–AD 65)
    Is there an intelligent man or woman now in the world who believes in the Garden of Eden story? If you find any man who believes it, strike his forehead and you will hear an echo. Something is for rent.
    STAND FOR TRUTH 
    OR LIE WITH FABLES 
    SET YOUR MIND FREE
    IF YOU ARE ABLE

  • Wait, Veggie tales is not valid evidence?

  • Love your stuff man

  • Like always, it reminds me of George Carlin saying that, if you tell a religious person the wall has fresh paint, they will touch it to make sure… but if you tell them there is an invisible man living in the sky, they will blindly believe it.
    Funny how they love to say they have blind faith, but if you try to show them wrong, they will ask for evidence to prove God doesn't exist.

  • Whoa! So that is what you look like. I say that, because aren't you the same guy that did NonStamp Collector?

  • I've said for years, even fiction has real places mentioned in it.

  • Your getting your history mixed and timeline!

  • Bruh Harry Potter is mostly set in Scotland

  • 3 strokes in one episode, need some koolaid?

  • Did you know Vatican have untold books secrets hidden away from the world in their giant library underneath? They know the truth more than we know

  • This guy apparently fail at history!, Tuthmoses was his Egyptian name, ramses was when the account were written! Get your history correct! Your a liar!

  • Joshua didnt exist NY times. Scientists dating accuracy cant be flawed 😕
    https://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/22/world/believers-score-in-battle-over-the-battle-of-jericho.html
    ps. next video. . . prove to me Genghis Khan never existed too!
    https://youtu.be/3e8FRcOJf5E
    this dude tallks like his voice sounds!

  • I periodically hear Christian apologists say that there is at least the bedrock evidence that Jesus was crucified, and thus existed. However, the most important source, Tacitus, referred to Jesus by his followers' title, "messiah", and referred to Pilot as 'procurator' and not his official title of 'prefect'. He was clearly just repeating Christian legend, and not historical record. It's questionable whether the quote even existed prior to the 15th century. (G.A. Wells)

    The second, Josephus, has at least one completely interpolated passage referring to Jesus as a miracle worker, and another passage referring to 'James the brother of Jesus', which doesn't lend any historical credibility, given the reference is written well after the Pauline epistles and even some of the gospel manuscripts.

    That's it. That's all I know of. Can this really be considered 'bedrock' evidence of Jesus' existence?

  • The "gold standard" of evidence should be contemporary, corroborating stories from a competitor that has no reason to corroborate that story.

  • Research Hyksos capital !

  • You make atheist look ignorant!

  • Jonah. Lol. Joshua. Lol. Noah. Lol. Jesus. Lol.
    100,000 subs.
    Cool!!

  • These videos are amazing! Keep it up!

  • Can't wait to watch your video on that ''christian sun'' children story they claimed to have had happened.

  • You really remind me of Kermit The Frog. It's awesome, I like your videos because they're so informative AND hilarious because of your similarities to my favorite Muppet. Keep up the good work Holy Kool-aid

  • That’s not even weak evidence, that’s zero evidence.

  • But, Holy Koolaid Jesus came to me in a dream and told me it was true.

    Also Sansa Starrk came to me in a dream and told me GOT was real also.

  • Dude you are cute!!!

  • Soooo, what you're saying is, all this analysis and effort and pursuit of this and that… is meaningless and empty and was a waste of time. Or are you building a case for some other religion?

  • Kent hovind; " I'm not prepared for that"😉

  • Do you remember that chain email in the 90s about the supposed "NASA scientist" that discovered Joshua's missing day? A lot of Christians still try to make that claim.

  • Why do Christians believe in bible magic but not the magic of other religions?

  • Lol, evangelicals want more evidence that Barack Obama is an American citizen than they do for the existence of Joshua… or Moses, or Abraham, or David, or Jesus.

  • There are some people if we can call them people that actually believe tha king Arthur was real. I have a PHD in British history, there is not a single piece os real, clear, genuine history to even suggest Arthur was real, only BS stories based on a book fro the 1200s.

  • I just went back and saw part 1, which concludes with you asking for Patrons. I just want to let you know how much I value your channel, and so many others like it. I wish I could afford to help out, but I’m completely unable to donate even a couple dollars per month. I already have to be crazy careful to have enough for groceries every month thanks to being trapped living off of a minuscule disability check. I fucking hate it and I’d give my shitty legs to be able to help.

    I’m definitely not looking for pity, nor do I think you’d ever get upset with anyone for not donating. But I value what you do so much and wanted to let you know that. I’ll keep doing my best to upvote and comment to help with the YouTube algorithm.

  • Nothing fails like Bible History
    The Book Of Mormon: Hold my beer.

  • theres to tomb because Im still alive you idiots

  • Why are you addressing this to Christians only? aren't the Old Testament stories actually Jewish stories?

  • Do Zionism next !

  • Why i don't believe in God? It's because I'm not an idiot.

  • Could you may be do an episode on the Mummy of Ramses evaluating from the perspective of islam.. their claims and stuff..
    If you have the time..

    Great content btw👍

  • If you believe in one or more of the hundreds of man-made gods (yes yours is one of them) then you haven't done your homework.

  • Ughhh… why do you Yanks pronounce Minotaur like that?

  • Psssh, everyone knows Joshua’s Tomb is in Joshua Tree California. Duh, why else would they call it that?

  • This is one of the many reasons I left Christianity. I get pretty annoyed with the reactions I get when people realize I'm Wiccan. Either I'm an idiot who's going to Hell, think I'm Harry Potter, or being trendy. Y go for the knock off version of the holidays you celebrate when you can have the original ones? At least my religion isn't seriously trying to convince me of a Divine man and woman living in the clouds who one day decided to create other gods then eventually the universe. To us these are personifications to aid in understanding the world better.

  • Should provide a fun and engaging comments section.

  • 0:35 Hercules, Odysseus, Gilgamesh arguably were real people in the BC world and of these Gilgamesh may have been aka Nimrod.

    And King Arthur arguably was as real, though less immediately documented than Syagrius, last Roman office holder, but outside sway of legions, in what's now France – up to when the Franks became Roman office holders little later, that is.

    Note well that Syagrius is referred to as King, which would be a parallel to Arthur being referred to as a King:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syagrius

    Robin Hood may have been an amalgamate of more than one person, for instance one disagrees on (up to Howard Pyle) under which English King, but he is certainly not less than one person.

  • 0:52 "it gets increasingly worse, the further down the game of telephone you go"

    Oral tradition, even if purely oral, which is not very likely all the time, is actually not comparable to the game of telephone. There is a thing which certainly is parallel to the game of telephone. Guess what? Rumours spread about a person or event among neighbours and acquaintances and on by rapid and viral use of telephone.

  • God's come and go like farts on the wind. Christianity, and all monotheistic religions, will soon be a dead religion [yay!], only to be replaced by something more mainstream. Which with thrive for a while and in time die off as well, and the cycle repeats.

  • Stopping the sun in the sky!!! The earth stopped spinning. If this event happened within the last 6000 years we would have irrefutable evidence literally everywhere on earth, the assertion of this occurence alone definitely 100% discredits the author.

  • 1:06 "The Iliad and Odyssey are mythical stories"

    Athens doesn't actually figure in the Iliad, except as sending one ship of men, I think, and that could be retrospective flatttery, like, say, someone recording a battallion of Israeli soldiers fighting along US Army or Navy in WW-II.

    I don't exactly know what you mean by Iliad and Odyssey being "mythical" stories.

    They do figure in collections of Greek myths, very abbreviated, but that's because events humanly visible are attributed to agencies of gods humanly invisible, and in part also bc of what Odysseus would have been telling Nausicaa … it is Homer himself who says this is Odysseus telling. I don't think there is an Athena, so I don't think she helped Odysseus to shapeshift from old beggar to himself before the suitors, but suppose some people expert in masquerade and cosmetics and in rapidly shifting masks (there is such an art in China) helped him out, were worshippers of Athena and wanted to be remembered as Athena helping him, that would be one, very speculative, but still acceptable to both Christian and Atheist explanation of how he shapeshifted before the suitors.

    That said, traditionally Christians have less problem with accepting Polypheme could well have been real.

  • This dude sounds like Seinfeld on estrogen. Couldn’t finish this vid.

  • There are actually two different books of Joshua intertwined. In one the Israelites conquer Canaan, in the second they don't.

  • 1:31 "Ancient pots featuring Theseus and Minotaur, which is obviously myth"

    1) You showed a put from say … red figure pottery is from 4th C. BC typically, while Theseus and Hercules were alread dead (or at least very old forTheseus) by the Trojan War from 1189 to 1179 BC. So, not contemporary depiction.
    2) Whatever the Minotaur was, I don't see a valid reason to consider Theseus as fable.

  • 2:08 The case for Ramesses II is not "gold standard" it is exceptionally good. I think "gold standard" would typically refer to uncontroversial but still ordinary (simile is taken from money) examples of something. For anyone in 1000 BC or older, the finding of a body or tomb would not be gold standard, but exceptionally good, which is why finding no trace of Exodus in Sinai Peninsula doesn't add up to a refutation.

  • When you put text on screen (like the 1911 encyclopedia Britannica excerpt) PLEASE leave it on screen for just a teensy bit longer so that it can be paused & read easily by the viewer. I had to try like 4 times to actually pause that specific frame.

  • great argumentation. /thumbsup

  • Don't let the 43 people that currently disliked this video anywhere near a jury.

  • Why do we have to tolerate religion and the religious people? It's one thing to be courteous and polite but the law has special protection for these groups.

  • Well done.

  • The thing with "undeniable" religious (and other ideologic) "truths" is that the very moment, science proves otherwise, they immediately turn out to have always been meant as allegories, followed by "Yeah, we have to admit that we were wrong, but it doesn't matter at all, since OUR god (all the others are fake) is greater than anything, and you can't prove me wrong!".

    In my opinion, it doesn't make any sense to even try to talk with those kinds of apologists, since there is not even a common ground in terminology, but it is important to uncover the flaws in their (solely based on rethoric) unfunded claims.

    So, good job, again.

  • 7:27 if you buy into one conspiracy (religion), you're more likely to buy into more (fake moon landing, flat Earth, etc..)

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