What Do Churches Have to Hide?

IRS Form 990

U.S. nonprofits are required to disclose their financial information to the public. It’s a contract—the Internal Revenue Service gives them nonprofit status, and in return they prove that they’re spending that money wisely. This applies to all nonprofits except churches. Isn’t that odd? It’s almost like they have something to hide. [Read more...]

Greece v. Galloway: How This Will Play Out

Town of Greece v. Galloway atheism

The Supremes handed down a surprising decision that permits prayers city council meetings. I think we know how this will work in practice, and I think there’s cause for optimism. [Read more...]

Homosexuality in Nature

2 chimps

Is homosexuality in humans an aberration? A deviation from nature? No, humans have a lot of company in this department. [Read more...]

Biblical Marriage: Not a Pretty Picture

same-sex biblical marriage

Do the Bible and the Church make a clear and unambiguous declaration that marriage is between a man and a woman? Nope. Our view of marriage is recent, and the Bible has some pretty crazy stuff about marriage. [Read more...]

Marriage—Designed for Procreation?

Heracles and Omphale

Marriage, many Christians want us to believe, is for procreation. That’s right—not companionship, not love, not even financial support. (I wonder if they know that babies don’t come from marriage but sex.) [Read more...]

What Does the New Testament Say about Homosexuality?

Heaven and Hell

Several passages from the New Testament are often cited to condemn homosexuality, but these sources undercut their own credibility. [Read more...]

Does the Old Testament Condemn Homosexuality? (2 of 2)

Last Judgment inset

This post concludes our look at homosexuality in the Old Testament with some passages from Leviticus. At first glance, they’re pretty harsh. When properly understood, however, they don’t provide much ammunition to the Christian eager to condemn homosexuality. [Read more...]

Does the Old Testament Condemn Homosexuality?

Old Testament homosexuality

Take a look at the Old Testament story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It doesn’t say as much about homosexuality in modern society as many Christians imagine. [Read more...]

Spectrum Argument for Abortion, Revisited

spectrum abortion

The spectrum argument is my primary contribution to the discussion on abortion. It gives a useful perspective on what the unborn is. But a blogger—a secular one at that—objects. Take a look at his analysis of the spectrum argument. [Read more...]

Dismantling Irreducible Complexity

Roman arch

A system is irreducibly complex when every part is necessary. Remove any part, and the system breaks, so how could such a system have been built, piece by piece, by nature? Any precursor would have been useless and therefore selected against by evolution. But an example with which we’re all familiar undercuts this argument. [Read more...]


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