A Crazy Natural Explanation Or a Supernatural One: Which One Wins?

Christian podcaster Jason Rennie, in an interview with John Loftus, gives an example that he hopes will stretch the natural vs. supernatural distinction to the breaking point. Just how long will atheists cling to the natural explanation? It’s all the fault of Elvis He proposes a deliberately ridiculous natural explanation for the gospel story: time-traveling insurance salesmen led by a clone of Elvis go back in time to manufacture the idea of Jesus to get the concept of “Act of God”... Read more

The Great Commission and How It Doesn’t Apply to You

Christianity continues to change with the times—it has 42,000 denominations and counting—and I nurture the hope that it will adapt to become more civilized, at least in the West. Maybe a strain could simply be cultural Christianity, a philosophy or way of life with no supernatural baggage. Millions of practicing “Christians” don’t actually believe, and they deserve to keep the good things of Christianity while discarding the unsupportable claims. One thing holding Christianity back is the Great Commission. This was... Read more

C. S. Lewis on Science

A couple of years ago, I attended the premiere of the Discovery Institute’s video The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. The Discovery Institute is a Seattle-based think tank whose Center for Science and Culture (CSC) is dedicated to undermining public support for evolution. Though evolution wasn’t a main theme for this video, rejection of evolution and a positive case for Intelligent Design are the goals in two subsequent videos. Discovery Institute Before I review the film, take a... Read more

Turning the Tables on Same-Sex Marriage? Not with THIS Argument (2 of 2).

In part 1, we reviewed an inept attempt to prove the hypocrisy of same-sex marriage proponents. You say it’s wrong for a Christian baker to refuse to bake a gay wedding cake? Let’s see how you like it when the tables are turned! So they surveyed pro-gay bakers and asked them to bake a wedding cake for a straight wedding. Kidding! There’d be no story in that case, because the bakers would’ve all been happy for the business. And why... Read more

Turning the Tables on Same-Sex Marriage? Not with THIS Argument.

A Christian blogger wanted to demonstrate the hypocrisy of gay couples asking Christian bakers for wedding cakes. So it’s not okay for Christian bakers to refuse? Let’s see how gay bakers like it when the tables are turned. Freedom Outpost asked 13 gay or pro-gay bakers for a cake that said, “Gay Marriage is Wrong.” Each baker turned him down. If anyone who objects our request for the cake was hateful, this is exactly the type of thing the homosexual... Read more

Who Would Die for a Lie? (Another Weak Christian Argument) (2 of 2)

The “Who would die for a lie?” apologetic lies in tatters at our feet. The claim that almost all of the apostles died as martyrs is too weakly attested in history to support much of anything. Not only can no historical consensus emerge from the blizzard of contradicting claims about how they died, we have scant evidence—even if the apostles were executed or murdered—that these were martyrdoms. (See Part 1 for more.) And on this, apologists want to support what may be the biggest... Read more

20 Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage, Rebutted (Part 6)

This is the concluding post looking at popular arguments against same-sex marriage. Conservative radio host Frank Turek provides most of them. (Part 1 here.) 17. Christians are obliged to reject same-sex marriage! Frank gives society the tough love it needs. If we celebrate harmful behavior we are being unloving. Love requires we tell people the truth, even if it upsets them. We’ve already established that homosexuality is no more inherently harmful than heterosexuality (see argument 15). You can imagine that... Read more

20 Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage, Rebutted (Part 5)

We’re looking at popular arguments against same-sex marriage (and a few that are just anti-gay). Conservative radio host Frank Turek provides most of the arguments. (Part 1 here.) 12. It’s a slippery slope! Today same-sex marriage; tomorrow, who knows what?! Why are [homosexual activists] so “bigoted” to rule out groups and other arrangements they disapprove of? The same logic that seeks to justify same sex marriage—“I should be able to marry whomever I love”—can be used to justify any preferred... Read more

Who Would Die for a Lie? (Another Weak Christian Argument)

Almost all of the original apostles of Jesus died martyr’s deaths. If they knew that Jesus was just a regular guy and that the resurrection story was fiction, why would they go to their deaths supporting it? Lee Strobel said that though people may die defending their beliefs, “People will not die for their religious beliefs if they know that their religious beliefs are false.” While people have died for lies—the 9/11 hijackers, for example, or the Heaven’s Gate cult—they... Read more

20 Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage, Rebutted (Part 4)

We’re looking at popular arguments against same-sex marriage (and a few that are just anti-gay). Conservative radio host Frank Turek provides most of the arguments. (Part 1 here.) 9. Human rights are God-given rights! Rights are not based on human opinion, but on an unchangeable authoritative standard beyond human opinion. That’s why human rights cannot exist unless God exists. Without God everything is simply a matter of personal preference…. Human laws can only recognize God-given rights. Frank needs to study... Read more
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