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...]

Friend Request from Jesus?

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Let me update you on the Atheist Prayer Experiment, week 2. Is the Problem of Divine Hiddenness Christianity’s toughest problem? [Read more...]

Don’t Move the Goalposts, Again

Students take goalposts after football victory

About the puzzling questions at the limits of science, apologists often say, “If you can’t answer them, we can!” For the old questions (such as “What causes disease?” or “What causes drought?”) this claim is now laughable. Why is Christianity’s claim to answer the new questions any less so? [Read more...]

Public Challenge: Show Me a Miracle

Click for Atheist Pig cartoon “Proof is a Burden”

Miracle claims are a little out of vogue. Where they’re made, they’re rarely splashed across the front pages but remain within their small religious community. Let’s investigate a particular bold claim to see if it holds up. [Read more...]

The Prayer Experiment, Week 1

“St Dominic in Prayer” (subset) by El Greco, 1586–90

What’s happened after my first week of daily prayer? [Read more...]

Mrs. Jesus

Jesus and Mary—more than just friends?

A tiny papyrus scrap, “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” has been making the news. What do we make of the manuscript? And what of Christians’ reactions to it? [Read more...]

Historians Reject the Bible Story

“People look in wonder at the star”—the depiction of Halley’s comet in the Bayeaux tapestry

You never find the story of Jesus in a history book, like you would for Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great. Why is that? Why is the Bible not cataloged in the library in the History section? [Read more...]

Where is the Islamic Renaissance?

Commodore Perry’s 1854 fleet of “black ships”

Contrast the recent violence in the Middle East over perceived insults to Islam with a couple of historical examples (Japan a century ago and the Islamic Golden Age). Has the Islamic world missed an opportunity? [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...]