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World Premiere: The Magician’s Twin

Clive Staples Lewis

I attended the premiere of the Discovery Institute’s new video about C.S. Lewis and science. Though well produced, the agenda showed through. [Read more...]

Dr Johnson: Abiogenesis and Panspermia

An asteroid impacts a planet. (Might it have a living payload?)

Richard Dawkins has been lampooned in Creationist circles for his reference to panspermia as a possible origin of life on earth, but it solves more problems than the Creationists realize. [Read more...]

Who Would Die for a Lie? (2 of 2)

Roberto Benigni in the film “Pinocchio” (2002)

This is the second part of a dissection of the apologetic “Who would die for a lie?” that argues that the apostles’ deaths are strong evidence that the Jesus story is true. Not only is there scant historical evidence for their martyrdoms, but other elements of the argument smell fishy. [Read more...]

Who Would Die for a Lie? (1 of 2)

Apologists like to point to the deaths of the apostles and ask, “Who would die for a lie?” What doesn’t get enough attention is the more fundamental question: “Why think that any of the apostles were martyred in the first place?” The evidence that they were is quite flimsy. [Read more...]

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Bob Seidensticker

I’m Bob Seidensticker, the blogger behind Cross Examined, and I’d like to introduce myself to the Patheos community. [Read more...]

God’s Diminishing Power

Is it just me, or have demonstrations of God’s power waned over time? From creating the world, he’s been reduced to appearing on toast. [Read more...]

Dr Johnson: Legend, Myth, and More

How are legend and myth different? Doctrine and dogma? Religion and superstition? Let’s try to clarify some of these fundamental terms. [Read more...]

OK, Smart Guy—YOU Tell Us What Happened

I don’t find the Christian story compelling. That the gospel story is literally true is far too big a claim with far too little evidence to support it. But instead of attacking the Christian claims this time, it’s time to explain my view. This is what, to me, explains the facts best. [Read more...]

The Evolving Jesus Story

The gospel story grew with time, and the New Testament books themselves record this evolution. [Read more...]

Dr Johnson: The Angel of Mons

Sure, legend can creep into a story—William Tell, King Arthur, and Robin Hood might have legendary elements. These stories happened long ago, so it’s hard to tell. But that never happens in the modern era, to modern people, right? Think again: the supernatural can indeed corrupt modern history. [Read more...]


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