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Prayer Doesn’t Work as Advertised

“Praying Hands” by Albrecht Dürer (1508)

Here’s an excerpt from my book where two characters discuss prayer. What does the Bible claim about prayer? Does it deliver on those claims? Is prayer redundant if God already knows everything? How do we explain unanswered prayer? [Read more...]

Getting off Mount Atheism

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Here’s an interesting analogy that gives a new perspective on different worldviews and how we move from one to another, trying to find the one that explains reality best. [Read more...]

How Could an Atheist Convert to Christianity?

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I’ve argued that well-informed atheists can’t be moved by intellectual arguments for religion. Let’s test that by examining three high-profile ex-atheists. What made them convert, and what does that say about my hypothesis? [Read more...]

“I Used to be an Atheist, Just Like You”

A gravity potential. Once you fall in, it’s hard to get out.

I can believe that you used to be an atheist. It’s the “just like you” part that I’m having a problem with. If you’d been just like me, you wouldn’t make apologetic arguments to which I have an easy rebuttal. [Read more...]

The Atheist Prayer Experiment Begins

“The Last Prayer” by Samuel Hirszenberg (1897)

The 40-day atheist prayer experiment begins today. I’ll kick this off with a critique of the article behind the project, “Praying to Stop Being an Atheist.” [Read more...]

Finding Jesus Through Board Games

Monopoly? Well, not quite.

Let’s explore an interesting twist on a popular board game. The resulting game has the motivation of the game completely disconnected with the actions within the game, so it looks like it won’t sell too well. But this broken game parallels Christianity very closely. [Read more...]

Failed Prophecy: Isaiah 53

This sad vehicle isn’t going anywhere

Like our earlier analysis of Psalm 22, only by selecting individual phrases of Isaiah 53 out of context can we imagine that we have a prophecy. Honestly examine the entire chapter, and the “prophecy” vanishes. [Read more...]

Should an Atheist Pray?

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A worldwide experiment will start in a week in which atheists pray for God to reveal himself. I’ve decided to participate, but does it make any sense for an atheist to pray? (If I’m making a mistake, talk me out of it!) [Read more...]

Do We REALLY Trust in God?

Do Christians really trust in God, like it says on the money?

Is it really true that “In God we trust”? With what do we trust him? It might indeed make Christians feel warm and fuzzy to see that motto on U.S. money, but do they actually believe it? [Read more...]

Clueless John the Baptist

John the Baptist by Titian (1542)

Throughout the gospels we read snippets about John the Baptist. Put them all together, and you have a confused portrait. (Maybe the gospels shouldn’t be categorized as history.) [Read more...]


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