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September 26th, 2011
04:41 PM ET

Google makes 5 Dead Sea Scrolls searchable

By Kevin Flower and Izzy Lemberg, CNN

Jerusalem (CNN) – In a perfect blending of 21st-century advances with the cutting-edge technology of an earlier age, starting this week internet users can, for the first time, use Google search and scanning technology to examine five manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Google and the Israel Museum unveiled the project Monday in Jerusalem with the launch of a museum website that allows users to interact with the ancient texts in a way impossible just a few years ago.

"You have the capability with high-resolution definition to look at the scrolls in a comfortable setting - to enlarge them, to magnify them, to translate them into English and to search for words, phrases or verses that you want to find on your own," said James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum. "It really allows for your own interactive research with the material."

Made up of 30,000 fragments from 900 manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered by many historians to be one of the most important archaeological finds ever made.

The ancient manuscripts, made of leather, papyrus and copper, were first discovered in 1947 by a nomadic shepherd in a cave near the Dead Sea. In the years that followed, more scroll fragments were located.

Dating back over 2,000 years, the scrolls reveal details about the development of Judaism during the Hellenistic period and shed light on the relationship between early Christian and Jewish religious traditions.

The Israel Museum is home to eight of the manuscripts that are considered to be among the most complete and best preserved. Snyder said the museum and Google began working on the project six months ago.

"It's becoming a much more simple process than it used to be," Snyder explained. "With camera technology today, to do this kind of high-resolution imagery is not that difficult."

The most important of the museum's manuscripts, known as the Great Isaiah Scroll, contains the oldest known written text of the Bible. On the new museum internet site users can search the scroll with keywords. Clicking on the Hebrew text pulls up English translations of every verse.

Snyder said he hopes putting the collection online will attract more visitors to the museum and make the concepts in important texts more accessible.

"It shortens the formidable distance between an individual out there in the world and an object of such unique significance," he said.

For Google it is not the company's first foray into bringing its technology to bear on historic artifacts. A year ago the company announced collaboration with the Israeli Antiquities Authority to scan and catalog its collection of thousands of Dead Sea Scroll fragments, and the company has worked with Israel's Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, to put its photo collection online.

Yossi Matias, Google's head of research and development in Israel, says projects like these are in keeping with the company's mission.

"Our bigger goal is to take all heritage cultural information and make it available online," he said. "We are connecting people worldwide to the scrolls. ... In a way, you get engagement between people (today) and the people who wrote these scrolls over 2,000 years ago."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Israel • Technology

soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. Betty

    So where is the link to see the Scrolls??

    September 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/

      September 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  2. Leroy

    Love this now I can do my personal research using the Dead Sea Scrolls, beautiful.

    September 29, 2011 at 4:49 am |
    • Betty

      So where is the link to see the Scrolls?

      September 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      You can click on sections of Isaiah and there is a translation (not the other sections yet). Isaiah is a keystone prophet who predicts a Messiah 700 years before Jesus is born. Jesus birth and life fulfill so many of Isaiah's prophecies that it is the basic bible citing behind Handel's Messiah (oh how beautiful that is!). (Daniels 72 weeks are also very important .. but were not in the scrolls). Isaiah is complete. Leviticus and Deuteronomy important (the law) regarding witnesses. There is a long section on witnesses in the gospel of John. The four gospels and acts are central writings. I do not hang my hat on St.Paul too much. (Revelations is entertainment but non-essential). The synoptic gospels cross corroborate. Wonderful readings .. tremendous.

      September 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  3. RightTurnClyde

    Very few Christians are the doing things that atheists posters call "typical." They are trying to create stereotypes which is a malignant form of prejudice - call ALL Christians violent, stupid, cultish. In fact MOST Christians value and pursue education, read and communicate very well, do not engage in violent acts and do not use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or drugs. Most Christians are respectful and loving of their wives, children, parents and siblings. Most are very had working and well represented in the professions (medicine, law, dentistry, vision, business, sciences and engineering. Most Christians do their military duty and honor their neighbors and their community. Few Christians blindly read the bible and accept word-for-word applicability. Over the centuries Christians have had councils to examine doctrinal questions and to refine their beliefs. For the most part Christians in Europe spearheaded the Renaissance, the age of exploration, the industrial revolution, wrote the classical music, wrote the plays and excellent literature. They have had some flops too. Christians are not sterotypic nor a blacks or Hispanics or indigenous Americans. We are all unique and all community.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      It's easier for them to justify their hate and fear if they can make crazy stereotypes about a group they don't like.

      September 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Most of us are not Christian by "accident." When we grew up and studied our faith we renewed it. Born again. Most of the Christians I know (myself included) lived a richer and fuller life because we appreciate our families (perhaps more) and our American way of life. We thank God (we appreciate His kindness). We expect to live in the next world in His Kingdom. We value our Christian culture (prayer, communion, hymns, holidays and celebrations, marriage, baptisms). We tend to avoid alcohol and addictive behaviors (drugs, cigarettes, gambling, habitual drinking) .. not all of us but many. We do gather familially and communally on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and we often being them with prayer or church services. We often begin our day with a prayer of thanks (This is the Day the Lord Hath Made). It is a nicer way to live... a richer life and a meaningful life. (none of those negative things that atheists and liberals like to throw at anyone who is not like them)

      September 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  4. The Pope

    I notice in paragraph 12 of page 3, line 2 and it says, " But seriously, gays are ok. don't be haters bro."

    MY LIFE IS A LIE!!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Of course anyone that has any idea what the Dead Sea Scroll are, will know that they are not just what is referred to as the OT.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Try telling that bs to the" men"of Sodom.(Sodom and the other destroyed cities were located not far from where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found).God bless

      September 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  5. Bradly

    This is to HERE YA GO. this topic is about god and you smear it with your dirty words and how do get away with it like a litte kids, change your ways before it's too late because HELL IT A REAL PLACE. are there good words you can show people ? try it and find a path which you feel good to follow.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Scott - other

      Idiot! The article is not about god. It’s about some old books. Just another problem with most Christians, they love to try and scare people with their stories of hell; but, not having any evidence their god exists, I suppose it’s the best they can do

      October 7, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  6. gupsphoo

    The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls only proves that the BS spewed by Judaism had been around for a long time, and absolutely nothing else.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Even the Copper Scroll? You aren't making the mistake of as*suming that the scroll sare nothing but copies of the Tanakh are you?

      September 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  7. test

    dreck

    September 28, 2011 at 3:53 am |
    • Yogesh

      / TJ, I feel u on that. The Writing's On The Wall was Destiny's Child's best album, hands down. But Survivor ushered in a whole new era. The era of the innenepdedt women. I think they did things on that album that a lot of girl groups are STILL trying to emulate, even in the simplest sense of making a single anthem. This album had a few. And I agree, Dangerously In Love should've made the cut. sammy I could see adding Elephunk, that was a dope album. The Black album to me didn't live up to the hype. I'd put Dangerously In Love up before I add B'Day. Late Registration over College Dropout though? Hmmmm that's a good one .

      October 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  8. Reality

    A summary for posting on your refrigerator doors:

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
    THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    September 28, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      If you believe something never existed why is it important to argue it at the drop of a hat? Are you equally motivated to prove Dorothy and Todo never existed or Cinderella or Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill? Are you upset about Zeus or Isis or Mars? Where do you go to complain about Oden? Do you beech about the Great Spirit? Aman Ra, Aton? Do you try to stop Hawaiians from throwing virgins into a volcano? Why are just SOME of what you do not believe troubling you? I am pretty sure you would find very few Christian places where you'd be welcomed with open arms. (I am Christian and unwelcome in MOST Christian groups). What do you care?

      September 28, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • Free

      RightTurnClyde
      "Are you equally motivated to prove Dorothy and Todo never existed"
      If people started walking into tornados because they believed it would take them to OZ then I guarantee you'd hear atheists and other skeptics, likely including many Christians, criticize such behavior. If the people who believe that black cats are bad luck marched against pet owner's rights to keep these animals legally then we'd likely speak out against this too. Point is, none of your examples are things that people are crazy enough to actually do anymore, which is why it isn't necessary for anyone to speak out against them.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  9. Sounds of Silence

    It never ceases to amaze me, how those who cry out for tolerance are so intolerant of the Christian faith. Why don't you practice what you preach and leave us to worship in any way that we choose? Tolerate our right to believe in Jesus and maybe you will find us more tolerant of your rights to deny Him! You want us to allow you to choose abortion and the right to take a baby's life. Well then, tolerate our right to choose life and quit slamming us because we disagree with your choice! So all of you who keep slamming the Christians, stop your intolerance!

    September 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Anon

      The difference is we advocate education, not violence. Reason is the enemy of your faith.

      September 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Harley

      Read my post, and tell me that baby, had a life.

      September 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Phil

      Because we're tired of seeing it around us all the time. We're tired of hearing about it all the time.

      Christian puts up a billboard. Says "JESUS" - no one says a word.

      Atheist puts up a billboard. Says "Don't believe in god? You're not alone." - christians pitch a fit and demand it be taken down.

      We are atheists. We are free thinkers.

      Tell you what... You pray for me. I'll think for you.

      September 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      This is all not factual at all. Christians do not advocate violence. Atheists do not insist upon education. In fact it was Christians who insisted upon literacy (schools) before 1890 (public schools began AFTER the turn of the century and only in cities). It is not true that Christians insist that atheists take signs down but atheists insist that Christian take Ten Commandments down and Christmas Mangers. It is not true that all Christians are literalists and not true that Christians push their views at anyone (mainly because iwe know you cannot understand them) ... your allegations are not true.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      It is not true that atheists are free thinkers. They are very much in lock step and on this BLOG most of the atheists are trying to impress their peers with how well they spout the party line ..; they are practically dogmatic in the way they react to comments.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Free

      RightTurnClyde
      "They (atheists) are very much in lock step and on this BLOG"
      For the same reason why you won't find many people who still insist that the Earth is flat, or that it's the center of the universe. The evidence is the same for everyone who views it objectively, so why would you expect a whole lot of variation in our conclusions? Most of us, I suspect, were once people of faith, but because we were freer thinkers than our religious peers we were not afraid to question the indoctrinated dogma. You seen to be merely transferring your own Christian experience with spouting the party line with this.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Free

      RightTurnClyde
      "It is not true that Christians insist that atheists take signs down"

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE0UjrUT4UQ&w=640&h=390]

      September 28, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Atheists are no different than Christians...or vice versa. In that they take what is in front of them and add some reason and faith to it and what they have is their faith. Most Christians don't research enough into their faith. Most atheists do not either in what they believe in.
      As*sumptions are made by the opposing side which are generally inaccurate. Some atheists say Christians are against science and reason, which is a lie. Some Christians say atheists have no moral core, which is a lie.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Free

      Uncouth Swain
      Some Christians are against some science, the science they see as being a challenge to their literal reading of scripture, but seem perfectly OK with all other science. What this implies is that they have no problem with science pre se, but they do have a problem with accepting some of it's conclusions, which appears to be more than just a little bit hypocritical.

      Because science and logical thinking usually yields correct and predictable results we have confidence in them. This is not the same thing as having faith, which often asks people to trust results without proof of accuracy.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "Because science and logical thinking usually yields correct and pred_ictable results we have confidence in them. This is not the same thing as having faith, which often asks people to trust results without proof of accuracy."

      It's usually not the science that yields correct or pred_ictable results that ppl of faith has problems with. It's the type of science that exist in theory but cannot be proven through experience that most ppl of faith have problems with.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • HellBent

      "It's the type of science that exist in theory but cannot be proven through experience that most ppl of faith have problems with."

      Care to provide examples?

      September 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Big Ban Theory would be one. Unless you have a universe just waiting to burst forth in your pocket...all we can do is study what is before us. No matter how thorough our observation of the present, the (unobserved) past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.

      September 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • HellBent

      The big bang theory is a valid scientific model. As with all models, it is continually subject to revision. The theory postulates certain currently observable phenomenon which have been studied and observed. If you want to say that the only valid science is that science which can be measured and observed directly, then you can probably throw most science out the window – such as anything concerning a geological scale. Most planets outside of our solar system are only observed indirectly – is this invalid science? Plate tectonics cannot be observed to the extent that continents move on a grand scale – such theories are developed through indirect methods – they cannot be directly observed. Are you suggesting that we throw all of this science out?

      If the faithful really have a problem with any science that cannot be directly observed, then the faithful don't know what science is.

      September 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Tess

      Intolerant? Why do Christians always think Athiests are intolerant of their faith? We do not beleive any of it so why would we be intolerant. Seems the other way around. Why would you even care?????? We dont.......

      September 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Free

      Uncouth Swain
      In what way does the Big Bang theory not produce predictable results? Every new astronomical discovery predictably fits neatly in with, and supports that theory of the universe's origin. Could it still be wrong? Sure, there is a very remote chance of that, but it still remains the answer that best matches the evidence at hand. Believing in any other explanation, including any of the creation stories, is just tossing aside common sense and is what, in fact, requires faith.

      September 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "Are you suggesting that we throw all of this science out?"

      Easy there..don't get bent out of shape..lol. You don't need to risk slipping over to a ad hominem fallacy. All I was saying is that science that cannot be directly observed can be a sticking point with some ppl of faith. Just as those who do not believe in God have a problem with not having a directly observable event to see.

      I am for science...always have been.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Free

      Uncouth Swain
      Choosing to reject the Big Bang theory, because it is the best explanation that matches the evidence, requires faith, but I forgot to point out that this is only the first level of faith involved. Next comes choosing the Genesis story over all the other creation stories. They are all equally likely, and equally unsupported by the evidence, so to choose one over the others also requires much faith. Then there comes the decision of what 'meaning' to place upon the Genesis story, so yet another level of faith, and so on. For a believer, that's a lot of blind leaping whereas all that the rational person need do is accept the answer that presents itself as best, with the option of changing their minds should new evidence present itself.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Free- "In what way does the Big Bang theory not produce predictable results? Every new astronomical discovery predictably fits neatly in with, and supports that theory of the universe's origin."

      Even dark energy?

      My comment from above wasn't an attack on the Big Bang, so it serves to purpose to question me on it as if i don't believe it. The point of my comment was to show that certain sciences that cannot be directly experienced or observed can pose a problem. Yes we can see the outcome of the Big Bang. However, the event itself cannot be tested or observed as of yet.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "For a believer, that's a lot of blind leaping whereas all that the rational person need do is accept the answer that presents itself as best, with the option of changing their minds should new evidence present itself."

      I don't know about "blind" leaping. Certainly there are those that do follow faith blindly, but there are those that do not. I've never been a fan of creating a group stereotype and applying it to the individual.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • fred

      Free
      “choosing the Genesis story over all the other creation stories. They are all equally likely, and equally unsupported by the evidence,”
      Not really, Genesis describes the location of the creation of man. It fits what 3800 years latter we find to be the cradle of civilization. God separated the light and darkness. Today we know dark matter is the base of our universe and the big bang projected outward at the speed of light separating the light and the dark. Need I go on?

      September 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • AGuest9

      fred, I'm not sure how the writer of Genesis arrived at the "cradle of civilization" being located in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers region when 195,000 year old human remains were located in Eastern Africa, and over 5,000 year old agricultural remains have been found in other areas of the Mediterranean. .

      Actually, the inflationary phase of the Big Bang was many times the speed of light.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • fred

      AGuest9
      There remains some argument as to the cranial capacity of the 195000 year old finds capability of language. Adam of the Bible was given the gift to converse with God and had "soul". Either way Moses referred to the area known as cradel of civilization about the time of Adam / Eve family which had agricultural and farming skills. Moses recorded the family line of the chosen ones beginning with Adam. Since Cain was about 8,000 – 12,000 BC (could be earlier if some older bronze age fragments are ever discovered) based on reference to bronze tools. Could be latter if Moses recorded the entire family line vs just the important ones. Adam would have been a few hundred years before that time.

      September 30, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Scott - other

      I don’t know any atheists that object to what Christians worship. Do whatever you want in your own place, on your own time, with your own money. The “intolerance” arises from Christians trying to stick their religion in everybody else’s business. Of course we are intolerant of Christians trying to force ID into public school science classes. I’d like to see how tolerant Christians would be if atheists tried to pass laws forcing evolution to be taught in church

      October 7, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  10. Harley

    I asked some "Christian" friends of mine if they believed everything in the Bible and they all said yes. I then asked them if they would kill there child, to prove there Faith in God. They all started saying diferent things, about all kinds of symbolism and how it doesn't apply now, as it did back then. I wonder why God quit testing people like that. I also wonder why this God who has all the power and knowledge, would let a 5 month old baby suffer, for 41/2 month in pain, getting only 1 to 2 hrs. sleep because of a rare brain disease, and then die. Who's faith was he testing there? CRUELTY does not make me a Believer.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Anon

      Sorry for your loss. As an ex-tian now atheist the answers you'll probably get from believers is the usual nonsense that god was testing your faith, if you had more faith then god would've helped, god need another angel, god had a reason and etc.It boggles the mind the millions are suckered into this crap.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Well suppose that they did not believe every word in the bible? Suppose they did not believe everything the pope says or even everything that St. Paul said. Suppose they did not even read the bible? Suppose Jesus never told anyone to kill anybody else? Suppose Jesus even saved a woman who was about to be stoned to death? Suppose all of that killing and maiming had been forgiven? Suppose all of us COULD be forgiven? Suppose you did not have to hate Christians? There are many many possibilities .. it's not just one way and not actually the way you see it (at all)....

      September 28, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Stella

      Prior drug use most likely will not efefct a pregnancy later on in life. the life of the unborn baby can only depend on its mother and how she goes about her pregnancy. one more thing the only thing that might carry on to that baby is the chance for addiction to run through her genes. However you can not go through life worrying about what ifs or maybes think of it as God's special gift to her and also the world and enjoy every minute of it. Good luck with everything!

      August 1, 2012 at 5:12 am |
  11. Anon

    Christianity is just an ancient game of telephone gone way out of control.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  12. Newo

    too cool, can't wait to google it

    September 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      It's great! I have been going through Isaiah. Absolutely stoked. Isaiah (son of Amos) 700 BC p.1030 KJV. Remarkable prophet .. still coming true today. Incredible writer. Excellent thoughts. The main source of Handel's Messiah. A literary treasure and we have the original writing. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus for 70+ years for my education, for wonderful children, for being born American, for full faculty, for freedom to believe and practice, for the Jesuit education system. Thank your for the many people who study and teach the bible, the creed, the way. Thank you for the Gregorian chants, for Aquinas, for Augustine, for Wycliffe, for Luther, for King James, for Moody Bible, for Wm Jennings Bryan, for Billy Graham, for Rev. Schuler. (for Gene Scott)(and Melissa Scott),

      September 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Free

      RightTurnClyde
      However little Isaiah has changed since the Dead Sea Scrolls, it still takes an enormous leap of faith to read the coming of Jesus as a divine messiah in it's pages.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  13. RightTurnClyde

    T h e . .t h e o l o g y . .o f . .C h r i s t i a n i t y . .w e n t . .t h r o u g h . .a . .l o t . .o f . .d i f f i c u l t y . .d e c a d e s . . . . .S o m e . .e a r l y . .C h r i s t i a n s . .b e l i e v e d . .t h a t . .J e s u s . .b e c a m e . .G o d . .a n d . .d i d . .n o t . .t h i n k . .t h e . .H o l y . .S p i r i t . .w a s . .G o d . . . .W e . .c a n n o t . .u n d e r s t a n d . .t h r e e . .b e i n g s . .i n . .o n e . . .I t . .i s . .o u t s i d e . .o f . .o u r . .p h y s i c a l . .e x p e r i e n c e . .S o . .m a n y . .p r i e s t s . .a n d . .b i s h o p s . .g o t . .i n t o . .t h e o l o g i c a l . .d i f f i c u l t i e s . .a n d . .c o u n c i l s . .h a d . .t o . .b e . .c a l l e d . .t o . .e x a m i n e . .w h a t . .T R U E . .d o c t r i n e . .i s . .. . . .i t . .w a s . .n t o . .e a s y . . .M a n y . .e a r l y . .C h r i s t i a n s . .t h o u g h t . . . .t h e y . .w o u l d . .n o t . .( c o u l d . .n o t ) . .d i e . .a . .m o r t a l . .d e a t h . .a n d . .t h a t . .J e s u s . .w e a s . .a b o u t . .t o . .a p p e a r . .a n y . .d a y . .a n d . .t h e y . .w o u l d . .g o . .i m m e d i a t e l y . .t o . .h e a v e n . . . . . . .S e v e r a l . .o f . .t h e . .A p o s t l e s . .b e l i e v e d . .t h i s . .a n d . .t a u g h t . .i t . . A . .R o m a n . .E m p e r o r . .g o t . .c a u g h t . .u p . .i n . .t h e . .A r i a n . .h e r e s y . . .i n . .l a t e r . .c e n t u r i e s . .c h u r c h . .m e n . .w o u l d . .b e . .s e l l i n g . .a b s o l u t i o n , . .a p p o i n t m e n t s , . .r e – c o m m u n i c a t i o n , . .p r i v i l e g e s . .( f o r . .m o n e y ) . .( w e l l . .t h a t ' s . .n o t . .C h r i s i t a n ) . . . .T o d a y . .m a n y . .p e o p l e . .s a y . . I . .a m . .C h r i s t i a n . .a n d . .d o . .n o t . .u n d e r s t a n d . .i t . . .M o s t . .n o n – C h r i s t i a n s . .d o . .n o t . .u n d e r s t a n d . .i t . .( e s p e c a i l l y . .t h e . .i v y – t o w e r . .c o l l e g e s . .t h a t . .s t u d y . .c o m p a r a t i v e . .r e l i g o n ) . . . .I t . .i s . .n o t . .a . .1 – 2 – 3 . .k i n d . .o f . .t h i n g . .. . . .r e a d . .t h e . .b o o k . .a n d . .t h e n . .d o . .i t . . .( m a y b e . .R E I . .h a s . .s o m e . .r e a d – i t – t h e n – d o – i t . .b o o k s ) ( O u t w a r d . .B o u n d . .t o o ) . . .S o . .t o d a y . .t h e r e . .i s . .g r e a t . .c o n f u s i o n . .a m o n g . .c l e r g y . .e s p e c i a l l y . . .M a n y . .C h r i s t i a n . .c l e r g y . .a r e . .n o t . .C h r i s t i a n . .( e i t h e r ) . .. .t h e y . .o n l y . .t h i n k . .t h e y . .a r e . . .b u t . .t h e y . .c a n ' t . .b e . .s i n c e . .t h e . .b e h a v e . .a s . .p a g a n s . . .S o . .l e t s . .n o t . .t r y . .t o . .c c o n v e r t . .o t h e r s . .o t h e r s . .b u t . .j u s t . .t o . .l e a r n . .i t . .f o r . .o u r . .s e l f . . .

    September 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  14. Anon

    Comparative religion can bring out more atheists.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  15. Redemption

    For those that say they don't believe the Bible or in God. I have but one question? Have you ever read it? I find all this drivel about the truth of the Bible being false, malicious, but yet not one person has given me a reason why. Archeology and yes, Science continue to authentic is accuracy and yet you people continue to condemn it. It's funny how you try to find flaws in it's scripture, but make no mention of the flaws in your one of your own "Gods". For example, einstein's cosmological constant. The truth of the matter is this, Jesus testifies to this worlds evil ways. I know that your empty inside, lonely, and generally depressed, but the blaming of God for this just helps you deal with the reality of your sad, pathetic, little lives.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Anon

      Yes I've read it and did comparative religion research. Up yours too.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      T h e . .B i b l e . .i s . .a n . .e x c e l l e n t . .b o o k . .a n d . .i n d e e d . .f o u n d a t i o n a l . .( b u t . .n o t . .a b s o l u t e l y . .n e c e s s a r y ) . .t o . .b e l i e v e . .i n . .t h e . .T r i n i t y . . .N o r . .d o e s . .r e a d i n g . .i t . .m e a n . .t h a t . .s o m e o n e . .a c t u a l l y . .u n d e r s t a n d s . .i t . . . . .S o . .v e r y . .m a n y . .p e o p l e . .w h o . .s a y . .t h e y . .a r e . .C h r i s t i a n . .D O . .N O T . .u n d e r s t a n d . .J e s u s , . .C h r i s t i a n i t y . .O R . .t h e . .B i b l e . .( a n d . .t h e y . .a r e . .n o t . .C h r i s t i a n ) .

      September 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      .S o . .t h o s e . .w h o . .o b j e c t . .h a v e . .v a l i d . .p o i n t s . .( t h e . .b i b l e . .d o e s . .n o t . .c a l l . .o n . .b e l i e v e r s . .t o . .d e f y . .t h e . .l a w l a w . .a n d . .h a r m .d o c t o r s . .o r . .p a t i e n t s . .o r . .r i o t . .o r . .a n y . .o f . .t h o s e . .t h i n g s . . . . .I t . .I S . . . .a . .m a n – w r i t t e n . .d o c u m e n t . .a n d . .n o t . .b y . .o n e . .a u t h o r . .. . . .b y . .m a n . .( a . .c o m p e n d i u m ) . .o f . .6 6 . .b o o k s . .o v e r . .p e r h a p s . .5 0 0 0 . .y e a r s . . .S o . .c a l l i n g . .t h e . .b i b l e . . G o d ' s . .w o r d . .i s . .t o . .v i o l a t e . .t h e . .f i r s t . .c o m m a n d m e n t . . . .I t . .c r e a t e s . .s o m e t h i n g . .s o m e t h i n g . .o u t . .o f . .t h e . .b i b l e . .t h a t . .i s . .n o t . .t r u e . .a n d . .t h a t . .i s . .d e i t i c . . . . .I t s . .l i k e . .s t a t u e s . .a n d . .i c o n s . . . . .I t . .i s . .W R O N G . . . . . .S o . .w e . .h a v e . .p l e n t y . .t o . .l e a r n . .a n d . .n e e d . .t o . .s p e n d . .o u r . .t i m e . .l e a r n i n g . .a n d . .n o t . .a r g u i n g

      September 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Here Ya Go

      RightTurnClyde,

      doc.ument

      Cripes - if you are not savvy enough to figure out the filter's trigger words (after having been presented with lists of them umpteen times), I'm afraid that you are not savvy enough to have your opinion considered.

      One could go blind, or at least get a terrible headache trying to read your cr@p.

      ONE MORE TIME:

      Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
      ---
      ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
      co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
      co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
      cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
      cu-nt.....as in Scu-ntthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
      ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
      ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, etc.
      ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      nip-ple
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      p-orn… as in p-ornography
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
      ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
      se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
      sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
      sl-ut
      sn-atch
      sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Free

      Redemption
      "Archeology and yes, Science continue to authentic is accuracy"
      Which archeology and science are you referring to? The earliest thing we have is a mention of the House of David, not him,but only his decedents, and his 'kingdom' then has to be downgraded quite considerably from the impression that the Bible gives of it. What evidence do we have of Moses, Abraham, or Noah?

      Have we read it? Of course, but we just didn't stop reading there. Many of us have read other scriptures, ancient writings, 'histories' and mythologies to have something to compare it too, because forming a judgment about something without placing it side-by-side with similar examples just doesn't make sense. It'd be like declaring football as the best sport without ever even seeing any other kind of game, right? Know what? The Bible is no different from any of these other ancient writings. The Aeneid is just as much a mythologizing of Roman history as the OT is of Jewish. The Buddha and Confucius said things as wise as Jesus. The idea that the Bible is somehow way better, or in a category apart from any of these is just a dogmatic one that Christians are taught, nothing more. Sorry!

      September 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      the bible is littered with contradictions

      why do we know this

      because we research it

      thats what happens when you read the bible

      you stop believing in it after youve found just how wrong it is

      about nearly everything

      September 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Redemption Most atheists are former believers and studied a lot harder than those who blindly follow.

      @All I ran afoul of the word filter for using the word stri-pper. And no, I can't recall why I was referencing stri-ppers!

      September 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • sybaris

      Here's a very simple example of the flaws in your Bible...............and it's a critical one.

      In Matthew Jesus speaks of Noah and the global flood.

      We can find evidence of floods, glaciers, seas, lakes, volcano's, earthquakes and fire that occurred millions of years ago on this and other planets but there is not one single shred of evidence to support the flood spoken of in the bible.

      Your "omniscient" jesus man could only speak of what he read or was told otherwise in his omniscience he would have known there was no flood.

      Simply, the alleged Jesus was the David Koresh of his day.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Sounds like he was referencing a story that the ppl would be familiar with to make a theological point on a subject.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Phil

      W h a t ' s w r o n g w i t h y o u r k e y b o a r d ?

      I t t a k e s t o o d a m n l o n g t o t y p e l i k e t h i s .

      September 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • Anon

      ^ Dyslexia?

      September 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • test

      strip
      stripp
      stri-pper

      September 28, 2011 at 3:45 am |
    • test

      poop

      September 28, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • test

      nasty

      September 28, 2011 at 3:49 am |
    • John Richardson

      Oh, I remember now. It was a response to the post about the Arizona church that had some issues with prost-itution, specifically in response to someone else posting about a "youth group" that had 14 yr old stri-ppers.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      John Richardson,

      Re: strip-per

      Thanks, I'll add that to the list that I've saved.

      September 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @Redemption

      The reason no one goes on about Einstein' or other's errors is because the scientific method is open and self-correcting, unlike religious dogma, not to mention that Einstein 'fessed up to his error.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
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