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June 07, 2012
Old Testament Slavery—Not so Bad?
A recent podcast spent an hour responding to Dan Savage’s well-publicized public spanking of the...
May 31, 2012
Claims that Prayer Cures Disease
Claims that prayer actually does work aren’t hard to find. Getting a plausible, evidence-based claim...
May 29, 2012
Christians as Star Trek Fans
Christians and Star Trek fans (the kind who dress up like Vulcans and Klingons) share...
May 25, 2012
Ten Commandments have no Role in Public
Few Americans can list the Ten Commandments, but so what? What is their relevance in...
May 21, 2012
Humor (or not): God’s Plan
A cartoon with a very pointed response to Christians’ answer to the Problem of Evil
May 16, 2012
Debate: Does God Exist?
A summary of a recent local debate between a humanist and a Lutheran minister. The...
May 14, 2012
Are Churches More Like Charities or Country Clubs?
We can tell charities from country clubs by their financial statements. Charities do good works...
May 11, 2012
Pastors Speak Their Mind (and Flout the Rules)
Nonprofit status comes with strings attached, and one of those is that pastors must not...
May 09, 2012
Senator Grassley was largely ignored by six ministries when he asked for information about their...
May 07, 2012
What do Churches Have to Hide?
U.S. nonprofit organizations are required to disclose their financial information to the public. It’s a...
May 03, 2012
National Day of Actually DOING Something
Prayer is easy. Doing something is hard. Let’s be adults and realize that prayer does...
April 30, 2012
More Pointless Parables
Some of the New Testament parables are pretty good. They make a useful point, and...
April 24, 2012
The Bible’s Dark Ages
What happened during the Bible’s Dark Ages, the period from the original documents to our...
April 19, 2012
What Did the Original Books of the Bible Say? (Part 2)
What do we do with the contradictory passages in our thousands of copies of New...
April 17, 2012
What Did the Original Books of the Bible Say?
Take a trip back in time to see the hurdles we have in seeing the...
April 15, 2012
Jesus: Just One More Dying and Rising Savior
Mythology has many precedents to the story of the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s look at...
April 11, 2012
Is Christian Heaven More Real than any Other?
You’re comfortable with the concepts you’ve grown up with, but that doesn’t mean that there’s...
April 09, 2012
Contradictions in the Resurrection Account
How many days did Jesus teach after his resurrection? Was it 40 days as Acts...
April 08, 2012
Women at the Tomb? Weak Evidence for the Resurrection.
Apologists love to bring up the women at the tomb. Women weren’t reliable witnesses in...
April 06, 2012
10 Reasons the Crucifixion Story Makes No Sense
The story of the crucifixion of Jesus? Not that big a deal. Here are 10...
April 04, 2012
Shroud of Turin: An Easter Miracle?
What are we to make of the Shroud of Turin? Is it a miracle or...
March 26, 2012
Homosexuality in Nature
Is homosexuality in humans an aberration? Just another deviation from nature? No, humans have a...
March 23, 2012
Marriage—Designed for Procreation?
Marriage, many Christians want us to believe, is for procreation. Nope—not companionship, not love, not...
March 17, 2012
Humor: Religion in Other Species
Religion in other species? What would that look like?
March 16, 2012
What Does the New Testament Say about Homosexuality?
Several passages from the New Testament are often cited to condemn homosexuality, but these sources...
March 14, 2012
I’m Off to the Reason Rally
The Reason Rally is expected to be the world’s largest secular gathering … and I’ll...
March 12, 2012
Does the Old Testament Condemn Homosexuality? (2 of 2)
This post concludes our look at homosexuality in the Old Testament with some passages from...
March 09, 2012
Does the Old Testament Condemn Homosexuality?
This is the first of two posts about homosexuality in the Old Testament and focuses...
March 05, 2012
Biblical Marriage: Not a Pretty Picture
Do the Bible and the Church make a clear and unambiguous declaration that marriage is...
March 02, 2012
Homosexuality v. Christianity
Christians like to argue that same-sex marriage requires a change in the definition of marriage....
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