Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Birthday

One year ago today I started this blog, enjoy some cake while I indulge myself a little bit looking back on the last year.

My first post was simply an explanation of why I started the blog, I basically wanted to read the bible and see what is in there for myself, cutting through what other people said about it. It was important to me to be as fair as possible, I know that my bias is not in the bible's favor, so I try to give it the benefit of the doubt whenever I can. I think I generally succeed in this, although I'm sure I've been overly harsh at times.

My first bible post was on the same day. I've had fun looking back at this, it's interesting to see how I have tweaked the formatting. One of the simplest ones that took me way too long to think of was to put a link to the verses in question after each section. 

One of the things that I would like to point out on that first bible post is there are comments from JKerber. Huge thanks to him from reading the blog and keeping up with it from the very beginning. If I hadn't known that someone was reading it and even providing good discussion, I might have lost interest in the first few months. The continued existence of the blog is in no small part due to him. As long as I'm in this area, I would also like to thank Grundy and Reason Being, who found the blog fairly early on and became regular commenters ever since. Again, knowing you guys were reading gave me a lot of motivation, and still does today.

Somewhere along the way I decided that instead of just reading it myself, and criticizing the things I don't like, I would also find some bible commentaries from Christians and see if they have any answers for what I have come across. This has probably been the best addition to the blog, as it gives a perspective that is very difficult for me to give. There have definitely been a few times where I have thought something was crazy, but the Christian commentary provided a reasonable explanation that I hadn't thought of. Although I would say much more often than that, they don't provide an answer, or worse yet prove my point while trying to argue theirs. It's they justify some of the terrible things I come across.

Apart from improving the formatting, I've also done some expanding. The first was about a month and a half in when I did a weekend post on apologetics, which quickly just turned into posting whatever I feel like on the weekend. I really like this way this turned out, I get to post often enough that I am able to say everything I really want to say, but it's not so often that I have trouble coming up with content.

Of course, somewhere along the way I started the podcast. The idea for the podcast started with me reading the bible out loud to myself as I was preparing the blog one day. I came across something objectionable and was ranting to myself about it and the thought crossed my mind that I could record it. I quickly dismissed the idea figuring that no one would be interested in that, but shortly thereafter I stumbled across thomas and the bible, given that I enjoyed his podcast, I figured other people might like a similar type thing from me.

And recently, I started drawing comics to go along with the bible reading and a few days ago it became it's own separate thing. As with pretty much everything else I have done on this blog. It basically started as an afterthought which I had fun with and let it grow naturally.

Finally, what is on the horizon? Well, I'm scheduled to finish the new testament early next month (I think if you had come up to me at almost any time in my life and told me that at some point I will have read every word of the new testament I would have just laughed in your face, life is funny). Anyway, once I finish the new testament I have a week or so of posts planned looking back at what we have seen in the past year. After that I will start digging into genesis.

Thanks everyone for reading, and for indulging me in this (longer than expected) post.


  1. Congrats on the milestone! It's been fun reading along. :-)

  2. Has it been a year already?! Congrats! I have enjoyed the new formatting with the apologists' explanations since it gives an insight. Most have been pretty unsatisfying, but there were a few that made me rethink and change my notes in my Bible. It is also nice that you've got all of this discussion on a blog forum. Its open for discussion and anyone can pipe in and give their two cents. Even when I disagree with someone, its interesting to see how they think. I think the only time I got super frustrated was the post where I went in circles with a guy telling him that his argument was begging the question. After a few dozen back and forth messages he "gave in" but still said the argument was valid but would not elaborate.

    1. Yeah, I love the discussions we get into from time to time. It's the best part of doing this. As far as the discussions that go round and round, Now I typically just argue until we get to a point we have already both said, and I drop it. Once we've already each said our peace, there isn't much point in continuing. I figure the goal is to exchange ideas, and that has already happened. Convincing people to change their mind is nice and happens every once in a while, but that can't be the goal of each interaction, we'll drive ourselves nuts.

  3. I bow to your superior intellect.

    Genesis should be fun. Loving the comics!

    1. I don't know about superior, let's say to the side :)

      And yeah, I'm having fun with the comics, glad you are enjoying them.


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