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Mrs. Jesus

Jesus and Mary—more than just friends?

A tiny papyrus scrap, “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” has been making the news. What do we make of the manuscript? And what of Christians’ reactions to it? [Read more...]

Historians Reject the Bible Story

“People look in wonder at the star”—the depiction of Halley’s comet in the Bayeaux tapestry

You never find the story of Jesus in a history book, like you would for Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great. Why is that? Why is the Bible not cataloged in the library in the History section? [Read more...]

Where is the Islamic Renaissance?

Commodore Perry’s 1854 fleet of “black ships”

Contrast the recent violence in the Middle East over perceived insults to Islam with a couple of historical examples (Japan a century ago and the Islamic Golden Age). Has the Islamic world missed an opportunity? [Read more...]

The Atheist Prayer Experiment Begins

“The Last Prayer” by Samuel Hirszenberg (1897)

The 40-day atheist prayer experiment begins today. I’ll kick this off with a critique of the article behind the project, “Praying to Stop Being an Atheist.” [Read more...]

Finding Jesus Through Board Games

Monopoly? Well, not quite.

Let’s explore an interesting twist on a popular board game. The resulting game has the motivation of the game completely disconnected with the actions within the game, so it looks like it won’t sell too well. But this broken game parallels Christianity very closely. [Read more...]

Failed Prophecy: Isaiah 53

This sad vehicle isn’t going anywhere

Like our earlier analysis of Psalm 22, only by selecting individual phrases of Isaiah 53 out of context can we imagine that we have a prophecy. Honestly examine the entire chapter, and the “prophecy” vanishes. [Read more...]

Should an Atheist Pray?

Praying person

A worldwide experiment will start in a week in which atheists pray for God to reveal himself. I’ve decided to participate, but does it make any sense for an atheist to pray? (If I’m making a mistake, talk me out of it!) [Read more...]

Dr Johnson: Non-Overlapping Magisteria (NOMA)

“Rocks of Ages,” by Stephen Jay Gould (1999)

Stephen Jay Gould proposed the idea of Non-Overlapping Magisteria to calm the warring camps of Science and Religion. Well … it was a nice try. [Read more...]

Nazi Soldiers Indoctrinated with Darwin? Yeah, Right.

Koukl apologetics evolution

Why were the Nazis so disagreeable? Because they were force-fed evolution, of course! (Or maybe not.) [Read more...]

Failed Prophecy: Psalm 22

Jesus baptized by John, with the dove of the Holy Spirit (painting by Francesco Alban, 1600s)

Apologists claim hundreds of prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus, and this psalm is one of the most popular. With a little poking, however, the claim that it predicted the crucifixion unravels. [Read more...]


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