Guest Post: The Resurrection and Alternative Facts

Consider two curious events claimed in Matthew to have happened at the time of the crucifixion. Do scholars back up Christians’ claims about them? And how does that empower us to stand up to “alternative facts” in Christian apologetics? [Read more…]

Dating Advice: the FIRST Thing to Figure Out in a Relationship

Read the strange story of the girlfriend who wasn’t there, and see how Christians can be similarly fooled. [Read more…]

A Convincing Holy Book? Not Possible.

Here’s a thought experiment. I doubt it would convince a Christian to change his religion … but shouldn’t it? [Read more…]

25,000 New Testament Manuscripts? Big Deal.

When the conversation turns to the reliability of the New Testament, the number of manuscript copies is likely to enter the conversation. 25,000 copies. That is indeed a lot, but it’s irrelevant. [Read more…]

Limitations in Historical Analysis of the New Testament (2 of 2)

The New Testament has several important disputed passages. We’ll look at the long ending of Mark here. While historians have some clever tools for deciding between two traditions, the evidence is a little more precarious than one might hope. [Read more…]

Why is God Hidden? (2 of 2)

Let’s revisit the question of God’s hiddenness. A popular Christian apologist has some new ideas that need a response. [Read more…]

Limitations in Historical Analysis of the New Testament

The New Testament has several important disputed passages, such as the Comma Johanneum and the story of the woman caught in adultery. Let’s take a look at how historians have resolved these puzzles. The evidence is a little more precarious than one might hope. What does this tell us about the unresolved puzzles? [Read more…]

Why is God Hidden?

Let’s revisit the question of God’s hiddenness. A popular Christian apologist has some new ideas that need a response. [Read more…]

Do We Get More Awe from Christianity or from Science?

Do we see more awe in reality through the lens of science or Christianity? [Read more…]

Combat Myth: The Curious Story of Yahweh and the Gods Who Preceded Him

The Combat Myth is a myth that varies by culture but has common themes of order conquering chaos. We’ll see the commonality on a thousand-year journey from Akkadian mythology, through Babylonian and Ugaritic mythology, and culminating in the story of Yahweh in the Old Testament [Read more…]