How Do We Know the Moon ISN’T Made of Green Cheese?

The full moon does look rather like a wheel of cheese, doesn’t it?

We all know that the moon isn’t made of green cheese. But is this knowledge justified? And what can this process tell us about more provocative claims such as “Jesus rose from the dead”? [Read more...]

The Leaky Noah’s Ark Tale (2 of 2)

Enoch rises into heaven (subset of 1728 illustration)

Some concluding thoughts about the Noah story: the original protagonist (it wasn’t Noah), a critique of God’s omniscience, what the rainbow really means, and the real reason why God launched the flood. [Read more...]

The Leaky Noah’s Ark Tale

Noah action figure (drowning people sold separately)

Put aside your skepticism and take the Noah’s flood story seriously, as most Americans do. How well does it hold up? [Read more...]

Seven Billion People and Counting

The odometer rolls over

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 childish thinking? [Read more...]

Illogic of the Garden of Eden Story (2 of 2)


Let’s wrap up our look at the Garden of Eden story by looking at the internal consistency of the story. Do the implications of the story fit with both reality and the rest of Christianity? [Read more...]

Illogic of the Garden of Eden Story

Fumbling for his recline button, Ted unwittingly instigates disaster (Far Side)

Far more Americans take the Garden of Eden story as history than you might imagine. Given that, let’s critique the story. Does it hold up? Where did it come from? [Read more...]

Tribulations of Leaving Religion

Cathars (members of a Christian sect) expelled from Carcassonne, France in 1209

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...]

Religion in Public Schools: What Does the First Amendment Allow?

Lemon Sherbert—oddly relevant to questions about the First Amendment

What do you do when faced with a law that seems to be ignorant of the First Amendment? Here is a brief primer on how religious freedom applies in public schools. [Read more...]

Bible Reading in Schools: Illegal for 50 Years

Madalyn Murray O’Hair, participant in landmark Supreme Court case

Bible reading in public schools was declared illegal 50 years ago today. But we can’t rest on our laurels. Consider just one ongoing attack, a new Mississippi law that permits religious speech in schools. [Read more...]

Bible Contradictions to the Trinity

Shell + yolk + white = egg

The definition of the Trinity is clear about the equality in majesty of the three persons of the Trinity. But does the Bible agree? Consider a number of verses that call this equality into question. [Read more...]