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I’m sure many of you will have seen this claim in online discussions with Creationists. Estimates on the age of the universe based on biblical sources were prevant during the heyday of the Atheist-Creationist conflict. Of course, this is no new thing, but old as Christianity itself.

From early on some Church Father realized that the Bible contained dates and clues that oculd be used to estimate the age of the world. It was the Byzantine Empire that enshrined one of these estimates by law and used the Creation in September 1st of 5509 B.C. as a basis for its calendar. It sounds funny, but this Anno Mundi Calendar was used for many centuries. It first appeared in the 7th century and started getting replaced in the Orthodox World by “A.D.” and “B.C.” just in the 16th century (in Russia it was changed by Peter the Great in the 1700s).

This is also the source of the well-known image from the website of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has been amply mocked by the greek atheist community.

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Κατ’αρχάς, χρόνια πολλά, καλή χρονιά!! Kαι για να μη χαλάσω το έθιμο, ο Αντίχριστος δεν ήρθε ούτε το 2014. First things first: Happy New Year!! And to keep with my blogging tradition, the Antichrist didn’t come in 2014 either.
Ναι, ξέρω ότι αυτή είναι η Κοντσίτα Βουρστ, η νικήτρια της περσινής Eurovision, αλλά κάποιοι τη θεωρούν σημάδι του Αντίχριστου. Τι να κάνουμε; Yes, I know that that’s Conchita Wurst, the winner of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but some people consider her a sign of the coming Antichrist. Whatcha gonna do?
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Και τώρα ώρα για τον πρωτοχρονιά-τικο μπουναμά! And now it’s time for your new year’s present!
Ναι, ναι, το ξέρω, καθυστέρησα λιγάκι παραπάνω από ό,τι θα ήθελα, αλλά επιτέλους τέλος. Μπορώ με περισσή υπερηφάνεια να σας παρουσιάσω, όπως υποσχέθηκα, το Γενεαλογικό Δένδρο του Χριστιανισμού. Yes, yes, I know, I took my sweet time with this project, but it’s finally done. I can proudly present the Family Tree of Christianity, as promised.

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UPDATE 06.01.2015:

The final version of the diagram has been uploaded here for online viewing or printing.


4 years ago (has it been that long already?) I created a poster with the Family Tree of Christianity. Since then I’ve noticed several errors that demanded the poster be redesigned and I also had some new ideas; so I decided to start over.

I’ve been working on this for several months now, on and off, whenever I can find the time. This a first draft, necessarily broken down in pieces because of the size for public scrutiny. Pick whichever piece you want (click to enlarge) and let me know of errors and suggestions. These files are large enough to be read on screen, but the final product will be a poster about 100 x 150 cm approximately, which I plant to release free of charge for anyone who cares to download and/or print it.

I’ve already gone through a first review phase with the greek atheist community, but the feedback was minimal, so I decided to turn to the greater, world-wide atheist community. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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The article was originally written in Greek and its translation is posted today, on the day the Orthodox Church celebrates the birth of John the Baptist.

 

  A few months back I saw this YouTube video by John Armstrong (aka Deist Paladin) and author of the book “God vs The Bible”) where he discusses the conflicting reports of the evangelists about the life of Jesus and how they are contradicted by modern historical findings.

As I was watching it, I thought that some points he made seemed a bit off and I decided to do my own research on the subject. This article can, in a sense, be considered an appendix to Adam Lee’s article “Choking of the Camel” and I also recommend that after you’re done reading this piece, head over at Infidels.org and read an article by Richard Carrier (entitled “The Date of the Nativity in Luke”) that counters common apologetic attempts to rescue the historicity of Luke.

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Just a couple of minutes after I posted my article condensing the various news reports about yesternight’s incident caused by fundamentalists and nationalists in downtown Athens (“Corpus Christi” – Censorship attempts escalate), my good friend “Aorati Melani” (i.e. Invisible Ink) posted a wonderfully eloquent article in Greek about the things she experienced outside the theatre, when she attempted to see the play and support the actors’ freedom of expression, along with some other friends from the “Atheist Union of Greece”.

If you can read Greek, head on to the greek article; it’s excellent and disturbing at once. If you cannot, Toomanytribbles and I joined forces to quickly translate the article in English for those of you who cannot speak Greek (and let’s face it; Google translate generally sucks). I’ll mirror the text here as well for archivial purposes (as it has been edited by Aorati Melani herself) but I’ll keep the comments closed here so the conversation doesn’t get broken up.

Head over to Aorati Melani’s blog to discuss her harrowing experience.

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Updated 01.11.2012

Last time (04.10.2012) the people protesting the “blasphemous” play “Corpus Christi” promised to return with more support (some claimed that they would be complemented by Golden Dawn members; Greece’s resident ultranationalistic, if not fascist party). Yesterday afternoon they made good on their promise.

News agencies speak of a crowd of around 50-100 people gathering outside the theatre; among them the Golden Dawn MPs Elias Panayotaros and Christos Pappas (the same one who brought the Elder Pastitsios issue to Parliament). The reports speak of 4 MPs of Golden Dawn, but the other two are not mentioned by name and I didn’t see any of them in the videos.

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Heavily edited on 08.10.2012

Today we have the latest chapter in the rekindling of religious censorship in Greece, after the incident with Elder Pastitsios. You may remember this piece of news. It happened a couple of months ago, in June, when several actors that took part in the “Corpus Christi” play were arrested on charges of blasphemy. Well, there have been developments.

According to TVXS.gr yesterday (04.10.2012) the accused appeared before a court to defend the play, since the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece didn’t think their remorseful press release was enough and finally filed for a restraining order on the grouds of blaspheming against Christ and demanding the play be cancelled.

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