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October 15, 2012
Prayer Doesn’t Work as Advertised
Here’s an excerpt from my book where two characters discuss prayer. What does the Bible...
October 08, 2012
The Prayer Experiment Critiques Itself
The philosophical paper which was the inspiration for the 40-day Atheist Prayer Experiment has some...
October 07, 2012
Getting off Mount Atheism
Here’s an interesting analogy that gives a new perspective on different worldviews and how we...
October 05, 2012
How Could an Atheist Convert to Christianity?
I’ve argued that well-informed atheists can’t be moved by intellectual arguments for religion. Let’s test...
October 03, 2012
“I Used to be an Atheist, Just Like You”
I can believe that you used to be an atheist. It’s the “just like you”...
October 01, 2012
Friend Request from Jesus?
Let me update you on the Atheist Prayer Experiment, week 2. Is the Problem of...
September 28, 2012
Don’t Move the Goalposts, Again
About the puzzling questions at the limits of science, apologists often say, “If you can’t...
September 26, 2012
Public Challenge: Show Me a Miracle
Miracle claims are a little out of vogue. Where they’re made, they’re rarely splashed across...
September 24, 2012
The Prayer Experiment, Week 1
What’s happened after my first week of daily prayer?
September 22, 2012
A tiny papyrus scrap, “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” has been making the news. What...
September 21, 2012
Historians Reject the Bible Story
You never find the story of Jesus in a history book, like you would for...
September 19, 2012
Where is the Islamic Renaissance?
Contrast the recent violence in the Middle East over perceived insults to Islam with a...
September 17, 2012
The Atheist Prayer Experiment Begins
The 40-day atheist prayer experiment begins today. I'll kick this off with a critique of...
September 14, 2012
Finding Jesus Through Board Games
Let’s explore an interesting twist on a popular board game. The resulting game has the...
September 12, 2012
Failed Prophecy: Isaiah 53
Like our earlier analysis of Psalm 22, only by selecting individual phrases of Isaiah 53...
September 10, 2012
Should an Atheist Pray?
A worldwide experiment will start in a week in which atheists pray for God to...
September 05, 2012
Failed Prophecy: Psalm 22
Apologists claim hundreds of prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus, and this psalm is...
September 03, 2012
What Makes a Good Prophecy (and Why Bible Prophecies Aren’t)
What makes a good prophecy? We all have a decent idea and are not taken...
August 29, 2012
Probability Proves Bible Prophecy (or Not)
In which we critique a popular analysis of the probability of Jesus prophecies coming true...
August 27, 2012
Clueless John the Baptist
Throughout the gospels we read snippets about John the Baptist. Put them all together, and...
August 24, 2012
Christianity’s Bogus Claims to Answer Life’s Big Questions
Religion claims to be able to answer life’s big questions, but Science does as well....
August 17, 2012
Why Map of World Religions but not World Science?
A map of world religions shows that, in contrast to science, religious answers to life’s...
August 15, 2012
The Powerful “Like What?” Test
A plausible natural explanation beats the supernatural explanation. But even when you have an implausible...
August 10, 2012
Who Would Die for a Lie? (2 of 2)
This is the second part of a dissection of the apologetic “Who would die for...
August 08, 2012
Who Would Die for a Lie? (1 of 2)
Apologists like to point to the deaths of the apostles and ask, “Who would die...
August 07, 2012
I'm Bob Seidensticker, the blogger behind Cross Examined, and I'd like to introduce myself to...
August 04, 2012
God’s Diminishing Power
Is it just me, or have demonstrations of God’s power waned over time? From creating...
July 30, 2012
OK, Smart Guy—YOU Tell Us What Happened
I don’t find the Christian story compelling. That the gospel story is literally true is...
July 27, 2012
The Evolving Jesus Story
The gospel story grew with time, and the New Testament books themselves record this evolution.
July 23, 2012
How Decades of Oral Tradition Produced the Gospels
We delude ourselves when we imagine that the Jesus story was transferred from person to...
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