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Final Thoughts on the Atheist Prayer Experiment

Ever wonder why you got no results from prayer? You weren’t doing it right!

The Experiment is over. I did have some curious experiences. Decide for yourself if they were coincidences or the voice of God. [Read more...]

Tips for Dealing with Creationists

Ray Comfort’s fabled “crocoduck”

Creationists say the craziest things. I’ll save for later a critique of the actual errors in their arguments against evolution. Let’s look instead at some of the higher-level errors they make. Consider this a dose of Creationist vaccine. [Read more...]

Imagine a Christianity Without Indoctrination

Promotional poster for the movie “Jesus Camp” (2006)

What would happen if we categorized Christianity as an adult activity? It would be like smoking, drinking, voting, driving, sex, and so on—things that you must be mature enough to handle wisely. This adults-only Christianity would die out within a few generations. What does that say about the truth of Christianity? [Read more...]

Gospels vs. the Perfect Miracle Claim

Tinker Bell

We can argue back and forth for hours about the quality of the evidence in the gospels, but to understand the evidence, let’s simplify. Drop the problematic aspects of the gospel story and ask yourself if this makes it more credible … or less. [Read more...]

Are We Just Molecules in Motion?

Diagram of water molecule

Can a mechanistic view of the human brain explain consciousness or morality? Some Christian apologists say no, but they need to see these properties as emergent phenomena. [Read more...]

Christianity 2.0: Secular Christianity

A software upgrade—Microsoft Windows 3.1

How might Christianity evolve to become a better global citizen? I propose the idea of secular Christianity. [Read more...]

Josephus: A Reliable Source?

Illuminated Latin manuscript of “Antiquities of the Jews” by Josephus, 1466 (subset)

Josephus was a Jewish historian whose first-century writings mention Jesus. Christian apologists eagerly point to two references in particular as extra-biblical evidence of the miraculous works of Jesus. We’ll investigate them both to see if they hold up. [Read more...]

The Sin of Sodom was Homosexuality … Right?

Sodom and Gomorrah small

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is often held up as clear evidence that the Bible was against homosexuality. But was homosexuality really the sin of Sodom? [Read more...]

Believers are Products of their Environment

Muslims circle the Kaaba (“Cube”) in Mecca

What fraction of Christians were not raised in a Christian environment? What fraction of Muslims were not raised in a Muslim environment? What does it say about the validity of religious claims that people typically take on the religion of their culture? [Read more...]

Saint … or Insane?

Charles Manson

Andrea Yates drowned her five children to save them from Satan, but both she and Joan of Arc heard the voice of God. Charles Manson vs. Abraham. Jim Jones vs. Joshua. Who’s the saint, and who’s insane? How do we distinguish them? [Read more...]


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