How Decades of Oral Tradition Corrupted the Gospels

We delude ourselves if we imagine that the Jesus story was transferred from person to person in pre-scientific Palestine any more reliably than stories travel orally today. The transmission of the gospel was more like gossip than Homer. [Read more…]

I’ve Seen the Future of the Church

A few months ago, I visited a remarkable church. Let me tell you about it. [Read more…]

When Christianity Was in Charge, This Is What We Got

We’ve given Christianity a chance. It dominated Europe for over a thousand years. Christianity talks a good story about the supernatural, but here’s what happens when they talk about things that can be tested. [Read more…]

Witch Hunts, Sex Scandals, and the Atheist Community

Charges of sexual irresponsibility swirl around atheist conferences and leaders. Though an outsider to this controversy, I find a recent sex abuse case instructive. [Read more…]

Having Lost the Same-Sex Marriage Fight, What Will Opponents Do Now? (2 of 2)

America has embraced same-sex marriage, but opponents aren’t done screwing with society. They’re happy to see Christians discriminate against same-sex couples, but have they considered the consequences of that policy? [Read more…]

Having Lost the Same-Sex Marriage Fight, What Will Opponents Do Now?

In an abrupt about-face, America has embraced same-sex marriage. It’s clear how this social issue will play out. But consider what conservative opponents may try next. [Read more…]

The Truth of the Bible (Fiction)

The Bible has far more manuscript copies than any book from history, and Christians claim that it holds hundreds of instances of fulfilled prophecy. But how reliable is it? Is it history or just mythology? [Read more…]

God Belief as a Logic Puzzle

Should God’s existence be as obvious to us as the screen you’re viewing now? Or does it make sense for understanding God’s existence to be a mind-bending logic puzzle? [Read more…]

25 Stupid Arguments Christians Should Avoid (Part 7)

Christians, do us and Christendom a favor and avoid these arguments (part 7, conclusion). [Read more…]

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Cottingley Fairies

Though close to a century old, this hoax has lessons that remain valid today. [Read more…]