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Failed Prophecy: Psalm 22

Jesus baptized by John, with the dove of the Holy Spirit (painting by Francesco Alban, 1600s)

Apologists claim hundreds of prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus, and this psalm is one of the most popular. With a little poking, however, the claim that it predicted the crucifixion unravels. [Read more...]

What Makes a Good Prophecy (and Why Bible Prophecies Aren’t)

Stacked rocks, like arguments for prophecy, can be pretty unstable

What makes a good prophecy? We all have a decent idea and are not taken in by the predictions of psychics. So why not apply that same skepticism to claims of biblical prophecy? [Read more...]

Probability Proves Bible Prophecy (or Not)

Silver coins from pre-Roman Lombardy. Imagine the size of the pile if there were 100,000,000,000,000,000 of them.

In which we critique a popular analysis of the probability of Jesus prophecies coming true and find nothing there. [Read more...]

Clueless John the Baptist

John the Baptist by Titian (1542)

Throughout the gospels we read snippets about John the Baptist. Put them all together, and you have a confused portrait. (Maybe the gospels shouldn’t be categorized as history.) [Read more...]

Christianity’s Bogus Claims to Answer Life’s Big Questions

Lightning rod failure caused this building fire

Religion claims to be able to answer life’s big questions, but Science does as well. The thing is, Science’s answers are a lot more credible. [Read more...]

Why Map of World Religions but not World Science?

Map of world religions

A map of world religions shows that, in contrast to science, religious answers to life’s Big Questions depend on location—hardly a compelling foundation on which to build truth claims. [Read more...]

The Powerful “Like What?” Test

Elvis Presley promoting film “Jailhouse Rock”

A plausible natural explanation beats the supernatural explanation. But even when you have an implausible explanation, it can still look a lot more reasonable. [Read more...]

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...]

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Bob Seidensticker

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


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