October 31, 2011

Today, the world gets its seven billionth citizen. The Quiverfull movement, popular among some Christian groups, urges Christians to “let God decide” how many children they will have. In the 21st century, we have this kind of irresponsible thinking? It’s as if people don’t know where babies come from or the impact that population has on the world’s finite resources. Read more

October 30, 2011

Harold Camping’s Family Radio has scrubbed its web site of any reference to its humiliating end-of-the-world failure. In what other industry could such a catastrophic failure be ignored so completely? Read more

October 29, 2011

Cartoon: Genetics meets the Adam ‘n Eve story, and it’s like salt on a slug. Read more

October 28, 2011

I’ve figured out why prayer doesn’t work! The clues are all within a single book of the Bible. Read more

October 26, 2011

You can leave a company with two weeks’ notice. You can leave a club by not paying dues. But leaving Christianity often brings consequences. How will your fellow parishioners interpret your departure, and how will they respond? Read more

October 24, 2011

God commands a lot of genocide in the Bible. Apparently feeling compelled to justify the savagery of his favorite deity, apologist William Lane Craig actually argues that the slaughter was justified and righteous. Read more

October 22, 2011

A computer science pioneer makes a point about simplicity in software that also applies to apologetics arguments: some arguments succeed because they’re plainly correct, but others succeed only because they’re confusing. Read more

October 21, 2011

I’ve enjoyed it, but this is the last day for this blog. That’s because this is the last day for everything. Yes, today is another in a long list of dates for the end of the world. But remember: celebrate sensibly! (Because tomorrow just might come after all …) Read more

October 19, 2011

Americans are famously religious when compared to other countries in the West. But new studies have peeked behind the curtain to determine how religious Americans really are. It turns out that they’re not as religious as we thought, and that raises a new question. Read more

October 17, 2011

How many days did Jesus teach after his resurrection? Was it 40 days as Acts says or less than one as Luke says? Matthew writes about an earthquake that opened graves and sent reanimated corpses walking around Jerusalem. Why didn’t the other gospels write about this remarkable event? These and many more contradictions make us wonder if the gospel account is history or merely legend. Read more

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