<

Who Would Die for a Lie? (2 of 2)

Roberto Benigni in the film “Pinocchio” (2002)

This is the second part of a dissection of the apologetic “Who would die for a lie?” that argues that the apostles’ deaths are strong evidence that the Jesus story is true. Not only is there scant historical evidence for their martyrdoms, but other elements of the argument smell fishy. [Read more...]

Who Would Die for a Lie? (1 of 2)

Apologists like to point to the deaths of the apostles and ask, “Who would die for a lie?” What doesn’t get enough attention is the more fundamental question: “Why think that any of the apostles were martyred in the first place?” The evidence that they were is quite flimsy. [Read more...]

Post #1

Bob Seidensticker

I’m Bob Seidensticker, the blogger behind Cross Examined, and I’d like to introduce myself to the Patheos community. [Read more...]

God’s Diminishing Power

Is it just me, or have demonstrations of God’s power waned over time? From creating the world, he’s been reduced to appearing on toast. [Read more...]

OK, Smart Guy—YOU Tell Us What Happened

I don’t find the Christian story compelling. That the gospel story is literally true is far too big a claim with far too little evidence to support it. But instead of attacking the Christian claims this time, it’s time to explain my view. This is what, to me, explains the facts best. [Read more...]

The Evolving Jesus Story

The gospel story grew with time, and the New Testament books themselves record this evolution. [Read more...]

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...]

Project Reason Video Contest

Project Reason’s annual video contest has six short, pithy videos. Here’s my favorite. [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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X