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Unintended Consequences of the Prodigal Son Story

Why can't God follow the example of the prodigal son parable?

I gotta admit—the Prodigal Son story is one of the good ones. The love and compassion shown by the father sets the bar for the rest of us very high. But if that’s the Bible’s standard for forgiveness, why doesn’t God follow it? [Read more...]

Jesus: Just One More Dying and Rising Savior

Odin sacrificed himself to himself (the highest god) by hanging from a tree. Illustration by Lorenz Frølich (1895).

Mythology has many precedents to the story of the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s look at some of these gods and see if they stand up to the challenge. [Read more...]

Women at the Tomb Are Weak Evidence for the Resurrection

Women discover the tomb empty

Apologists love to bring up the women at the tomb. Women weren’t reliable witnesses in Jewish culture at the time, so why would the gospel authors place them there if the story weren’t true? However, a little scrutiny unravels this story. [Read more...]

Magic vs. Technology

Promotional poster for Thurston the magician (1915)

Jesus performs miracles in the Bible, but are they really all that impressive? Compare them to what we can do with boring old technology, and they may not stand up. [Read more...]

Contradictions in the Resurrection Account

A Swiss Army knife with dozens of crazy "blades"

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...]

Religion is to Science as Homeopathy is to Medicine

How reliable are the medicine or cures in the Bible Jesus New Testament

Look at the different healing miracles Jesus does in the gospels. Are they any more effective than debunked alternative medicines? [Read more...]

Gay Marriage, Abortion, and Open Mindedness

Abortion and gay marriage

A Republican senator reversed himself on same-sex marriage and now supports it. What causes a change in so fundamental an issue? And how does this apply to abortion? [Read more...]

10 Reasons the Crucifixion Story Makes No Sense

Close-up from Matthias Grünewald’s 1506 painting of the crucifixion of Jesus, “Isenheim Altarpiece”

The crucifixion story? Not that big a deal. Here are 10 reasons why it makes no sense. [Read more...]

Why Does the Bible Have No Recipe for Soap?

Why does the Bible not have a recipe for soap?

Soap wasn’t known to the ancients, but it’s not hard to make. Why no recipe for it in the Bible? Can we stop with “God has his reasons,” or does this say something about the truth of the Bible? [Read more...]

A Debt to Christianity?

Does Christianity give us much? Do atheists or secularists owe it a debt?

A popular article argues that all of us—atheists, too—owe a great debt to Christianity. It grounds the stable Western society that we take for granted. (Or does it?) [Read more...]


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