Alternative Medicine, Bible Style: Jesus’s Bizarre Approach to Medicine

Look at the different kinds of healing miracles Jesus does in the gospels. Are they any more effective than debunked alternative medicines? [Read more…]

The Limits of Open Mindedness in Debates on Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion

A Republican senator reversed himself on same-sex marriage and now supports it. What causes a change in so fundamental an issue? And how does this apply to abortion? [Read more…]

What Would it Look Like If Faith Healers Really Healed?

Faith healers claim to act as God’s intermediary, a reliable antenna that can speed your medical request heavenward. Let’s think about what faith healing would look like if it were for real and compare that with how it actually works. [Read more…]

Why Does the Bible Have No Recipe for Soap?

Soap wasn’t known to the ancients, but it’s not hard to make. Why do we find no recipe for it in the Bible? Is “God has his reasons” enough, or does this say something about the truth of the Bible? [Read more…]

Five Christian Principles Used to Give the Bible a Pass (2 of 2)

Bold claims are made about the Bible, that it has no contradictions, and that it’s both infallible and inerrant. Analyzing the Bible gets a whole lot easier when you can just declare your conclusion before you start. [Read more…]

Five Christian Principles Used to Give the Bible a Pass

“Hold on now, that’s a difficult verse! We have to take it slow.” You’ve heard this excuse. Let’s look at five principles Christians use for the Bible that they wouldn’t use for any other book. [Read more…]

Christians’ Damning Refuge in “Difficult Verses”

Have you ever discussed some unpleasantness in the Bible only to hear that we need to “let the clearer passages interpret the difficult ones” or “let the Bible clarify the Bible”? What’s to clarify? Don’t label parts of the Bible “clear” and “difficult” when you really mean “pleasing” and “displeasing”! [Read more…]

Does Secularism Have a Debt to Christianity?

A popular article argues that all of us—atheists, too—owe a great debt to Christianity. It grounds the stable Western society that we take for granted. Or does it? [Read more…]

The Election-Year Issue No One Is Talking About

The economy, terrorism, gun control, health care—Americans have a lot on their minds in this election year. But here’s a sleeping issue that should be on the agenda. [Read more…]

Yeah, but Christianity Built Universities and Hospitals! (2 of 2)

What has Christianity done for society? We’ve recently explored the claims that Christianity was behind the modern university. Let’s move on to the similar claim about modern hospitals. [Read more…]