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Frank Zindler

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  • Frank Zindler Located in Columbus, OH
  • Editor of American Atheist Press
  • Linguist
  • Spent twenty years as a teacher and professor of biology, psychobiology, and geology
  • Outstanding debater and public speaker

"Mr. Zindler is the author of numerous articles and several books on Atheism and related history, including a special annotated edition of Part Three of The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. His book, "The Jesus the Jews Never Knew" shows that the ancient Jews never heard of Jesus of Nazareth, in fact they never heard of Nazareth itself. He is a member of several learned societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Science, Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research. Mr. Zindler is also a nationally recognized figure in the ongoing debate over creationist pseudoscience and evolution." - AA Website

In the spring of 2011 Zindler published a four-volume collection of his short works, including essays, magazine articles, lectures, debates, songs, and poems. Entitled THROUGH ATHEIST EYES: Scenes From a World That Won't Reason, the work comprises Volume I: Religions & Scriptures; Volume II: Science & Pseudoscience; Volume III: Debates; Volume IV: Omnium-Gatherum.
In the spring of 2013, along with Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, D.M. Murdock, Earl Doherty, David Fitzgerald, and Rene Salm, Zindler published ' Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth', a rejoinder to the book 'Did Jesus Exist?' written by the famous New Testament Scholar Bart D. Ehrman.

Frank is prepared to lecture on the following topics:

(1) Ethics Without Gods

"After a brief discussion of the impossibility of a suitable
ethic WITH gods, I summarize the evolution of human social behavior and
the origins of morals. Then I discuss the principle of 'Enlightened
Self-Interest' as a possible basis for creation of an ethical system."

(2) How Jesus Got a Life

"After summarizing the 'evidence' adduced to show that Jesus of
Nazareth was an historical figure, I show that none of the evidence can
survive critical scrutiny and that Jesus almost certainly is a mythical
figure like Mithra or Osiris. Then I propose an astrological
mystery-cult origin of the Jesus character catalyzed by the movement of
the vernal equinox from the zodiacal sign of Aries (the lamb or ram)
into the sign of Pisces (the fishes). I end with a sketch of how the
Jesus biography came to be assembled."

(3) Where Jesus Never Walked
"Much of the geography of the Greek New Testament is actually
fictional. The sites now known as Nazareth and Bethlehem in Judea can be
shown not to have been inhabited during the 'Herodian Period' when Jesus
is supposed to have been living there. Moreover, important Gospel sites
such as Capernaum (despite all the falsely impressive archaeological
excavations at the site now called Kfar Nachum), Bethany, Bethpage,
Enon, and others are actually unknown to scientific archaeology and can
be shown to have been of symbolic import and were created ex nihilo by
the gospel writers. (Enon, however, appears to have been the result not
of design but was invented due to the fact that one of the authors of
the Gospel of John was dyslexic.) Gospel geography is rendered further
problematic by the fact that most of the real places of Galilee that
Jesus would have had to have reacted to are not mentioned in the
gospels."

(4) The REAL Bible: Who's Got It?

"The Samaritan bible has fewer books in it than does the Jewish
bible. It in turn has fewer books in it than does the bible of
Protestant Christians. The Roman Catholic bible has more books than does
the Protestant one, but many fewer than were in the bibles of ancient
Christians. The Ethiopic Church, however, probably has even more books
than did the ancient Christians. Why is this? In trying to determine
which bible is 'the REAL Bible,' believers have to deal with three
problems: (1) How do we know which books should be in THE Bible? (2) How
do we decide which manuscript(s) of each book has THE authentic content
and wording? and (3) How do we in the 21st century know precisely what
the words in those manuscripts meant to their authors? Clearly, there
can be no such thing as THE Christian bible. When people argue that
such-and-such fact or sentiment is 'in the Bible,' they have no
reasonable basis for their claim."

(5) Questions Creationists Can't Answer
"Because creationism (and its bastard-child "Intelligent Design")
is religion, not science, it can 'explain' the natural world only by
recourse to magic. Virtually no specific circumstance of geology or
genetics can be explained realistically in terms of a supposed
intelligent design, whether such design was realized in flesh six
thousand years ago or six million years ago. Virtually no specific
circumstance of geology or genetics can be explained without magic if
Noah's Flood destroyed the world in the year 2,348 BCE as one biblical
chronology would require. The Green River Shale contains six million
years-worth of thin, annual layers of rock called rhythmites or varves.
These could not have been formed during the single year of Noah's Flood
without the deceptive employment of magic. The fact that humans and
chimpanzees are 98.5% the same in their DNA sequences is impossible to
explain if they are not related by descent but rather are special
creations. Moreover, both species share PSEUDOGENES -- unintelligent
design element that are even packaged the same way in the chromosomes of
the two species. (Pseudogenes are genetic elements that code for a known
protein but are never activated due to defective control sequences; they
just 'go along for the ride' without being of use to the individual who
carries them.) Cannel coal, coral atolls, Antarctic ice cores, and
magnetic stripes on the Atlantic ocean floor are just a few more things
creationists cannot explain without recourse to magic."

(6) The Historical Jesus Dispute
"Styling ourselves "mythicists," a growing number of scholars have argued that Jesus of Nazareth never existed as an historical figure. In recent years, it has been discovered that Nazareth and Bethlehem in Judea were not inhabited at the time Jesus and the Holy Family should have been living there. Recently our books and blogs have come under serious criticism by the famous New Testament scholar and New York Times best-selling author Bart Ehrman. In his recent book "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth," Ehrman offers arguments against Zindler and other mythicists and seeks to prove the historicity of Jesus and the habitation of Nazareth at the required time. This lecture examines the logic and evidence of Ehrman's book and finds them inadequate."

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