Thirty years ago, Bob Collins was a fundamentalist Christian studying at a seminary when things didn’t add up.
According to Collins, it was the “Thou Shalt Not Kill” commandment in the Bible that brought him up short. Not killing was fine and all, but the Bible was otherwise filled with God’s exhortations to do just that. The contradiction led Collins to quit the seminary and to ultimately become an atheist.
Collins is now a computer programmer in Birmingham, Alabama, and a devotee of the Freethought movement. He’s currently working on his book 100 Bible Math Mistakes and will be discussing his findings Sunday at an event hosted by the Memphis Freethought Alliance.
Collins says he’s found way more than 100 errors so far and that the book will focus on the most egregious errors. One example: Jesus rising from the dead in three days and three nights. Collins counts out Friday and Saturday and notes that Sunday was when Jesus was resurrected and that’s two nights max.
Collins isn’t trying to convert anybody. Instead, he says his work is a sort of Consumer Reports for religion. “I help people be better informed,” he says, “and not just take someone’s word as fact.” — Susan Ellis