Show 353: Easter Day Special w/ Hector Avalos and “Normal” Bob Smith

Easter Day Special w/ Hector Avalos and “Normal” Bob Smith

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John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The gruesome, protracted, torture, and killing, of god’s son is expected to be taken by all as a sign of god’s love for humankind. This might seem as if it would be an unlikely premise on which to base a religion, yet despite its contradictions Christianity is the most popular religion on Earth.

Of course to up the ante a bit, just in case the child sacrifice wasn’t inspiring enough, John 3:18 warns:

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

And if god can treat his innocent son as he did, we can just imagine what a condemned person should expect.

So how do we explain it?  Helping us to examine the origin of the crucifixion and resurrection narrative will be world renowned biblical scholar, Hector Avalos, author of the book “The End of Biblical Studies,” and the essay “Yahweh is a Moral Monster.”

We’ll also be joined live in our studio by “Normal” Bob Smith, creator of the world famous website ‘Dress Me Up,’ as we focus on the central image in Christianity – Jesus on the cross – but from a fun perspective!

And as if that wasn’t fun enough, as on many an Easter Sunday past, we’ll be featuring the classic debate between the Jesus and Easter Bunny (hint: ‘smart money’s on the bunny!’)

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