Category Archives: Bible Wheel

Is there “something bigger” to the Bible Wheel?

I recently received this comment in response to my post Is God Trustworthy? The Root of Religious Delusion. Hello Richard, I would like to say that your Bible Wheel creation undertakings was a brilliant example of intellect and hard work at its core and for me personally, an example of something which could only have […]

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Did Prophetic Geniuses Hide Numerical Patterns in the Bible?

I received this message from Jay in the comment stream of my article Debunking Myself: What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been. I want to thank you for publishing your research and being brave enough to follow your conscience. Independently of you, I began noticing numerical patterns in the psalms. Unlike you, I would not claim […]

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Ping Pong with a Bible Believer

As most readers of this blog have noticed, there is a user who goes by the names “bibelverse” and/or “Gnade” who is not interested in rational discourse, but rather robotically repeating Bible verses and dogmatically asserting the truth of his personal beliefs without the support of reason. Most of his comments have nothing to do […]

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Flipping Fundamentalism Off

Is there such a thing as a “former fundamentalist” or do fundamentalists simply switch sides? Is fundamentalism more about the psychology of belief than its content? Can the “fundamentalism bit” be flipped off? Former Conservatives become radical Liberals. Former alcoholics become strict teetotalers who oppose all drinking. Have I fallen into that trap? I don’t […]

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The Isaiah-Bible Coincidence Debunked

MERE COINCIDENCE is the primary “evidence” that convinces most people of the truth of such religious beliefs as “God answers prayers” and “prophecies have been fulfilled” and “God designed the Bible.” Any random coincidence that “confirms” what one wants to believe is accepted as “evidence” while everything else is ignored. Years of habitual magical thinking, […]

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Debunking Myself: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations […]

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The Bible Wheel: Patternicity on Steroids

Why do people see faces in nature, interpret window stains as human figures, hear voices in random sounds generated by electronic devices or find conspiracies in the daily news? A proximate cause is the priming effect, in which our brain and senses are prepared to interpret stimuli according to an expected model. UFOlogists see a […]

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Battle of the Bible Wheels: Catholic vs. Protestant

The spell is broken. I am awake. As discussed in yesterday’s post, Debunking Myself, I can now see, understand, and explain the psychological forces and cognitive errors that led to my false belief in the Bible Wheel. This leaves me with the informative and entertaining task of debunking all the outrageous claims I made during […]

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Debunking Myself: What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me Other times I can barely see Lately it occurs to me What a long, strange trip it’s been Truckin’, by the Grateful Dead For many years I felt “the light was all shining on me” through the patterns I saw in the Bible. They seemed so obvious and […]

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David comments on the Bible Wheel and Why I Quit Christianity

I received this comment from David in the (very long) thread under my article Why I Quit Christianity. Hi Richard, my honest and completely unsolicited opinion: I think you got burned out! The Bible Wheel patterns are unmistakable and can’t possibly be explained by cognitive bias if others independently notice them, but you may never […]

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