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How Decades of Oral Tradition Produced the Gospels

We delude ourselves when we imagine that the Jesus story was transferred from person to person in pre-scientific Palestine any more reliably than stories travel orally today. The transmission of the gospel was more like gossip than Homer. [Read more...]

Is Mark an Eyewitness Account?

How do we know that Mark wrote Mark? Why believe the claims that Mark documented eyewitness testimony? Or that any of the gospels do? There is evidence, but it’s pretty flimsy. Here’s how apologists justify those claims. [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Atheist’s Wager

Pascal’s Wager is a popular apologetic. Let’s turn that on its head to see if the atheist position might actually be the more logical wager. [Read more...]

Infinity—Nothing to Trifle With (2 of 2)

Some apologists toss around the idea of infinity easily and comfortably. If they understood some of the complexities, perhaps they wouldn’t be so comfortable. (Second of a 2-part post.) [Read more...]

Infinity—Nothing to Trifle With

Some apologists toss around the idea of infinity easily and comfortably. If they understood some of the complexities, perhaps they wouldn’t be so comfortable. [Read more...]

Gay Marriage Inevitable?

Same-sex marriage seems inevitable. If we assume that, how should the church respond? (And how do you think the church will rewrite history 20 years from now when same-sex marriage is commonplace and unquestioned?) [Read more...]

The Truth of the Bible

The Bible has far more manuscript copies than any book from history, and Christians claim that it holds hundreds of instances of fulfilled prophecy. But how reliable is it? Is it history or just mythology? [Read more...]

God is Nonexistent

Can science say that anything doesn’t exist? Sure—unicorns, dragons, wizards. It doesn’t say this with certainty but with confidence. By the same logic, God doesn’t exist. [Read more...]

God is as Believable as Unicorns

How do we handle claims of unicorns and other fanciful beasts? These don’t perplex us; we know what to do with them. Similarly, we know what to do with god claims. [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Shibboleth

This interesting Hebrew word means “torrent of water.” But that’s not what it really means. [Read more...]


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