The Parable of the Professor and the Rocks

This is your Mason jar. You only get one. What will you put in it?

A little story about life’s priorities. [Read more...]

Who Cares About Darwin?

Charles Darwin, from a John Collier painting (1883)

Charles Darwin was a giant force within biology, but I don’t care what he wrote. Creationists, by contrast, do. They seem to imagine that, if they can quote him out of context, they can cast doubt on the validity of evolution. (Wow—where do you begin?) [Read more...]

Dr Johnson: Extraordinary Claims and Extraordinary Evidence


Carl Sagan popularized the aphorism, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Apologist Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason) finds that too heavy a burden to carry and wants to lower the bar. Let’s see how well he does with that project. [Read more...]

Why Map of World Religions but not World Science?

Map of world religions

A map of world religions shows that, in contrast to science, religious answers to life’s Big Questions depend on location—hardly a compelling foundation on which to build truth claims. [Read more...]

The Powerful “Like What?” Test

Elvis Presley promoting film “Jailhouse Rock”

A plausible natural explanation beats the supernatural explanation. But even when you have an implausible explanation, it can still look a lot more reasonable. [Read more...]

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...]