God Doesn’t Exist: Historians Reject the Bible Story

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...]

Burden of Proof

The idea of the burden of proof is fundamental to the “Does God exist?” question. And it’s an idea that we comfortably use every day to separate sensible from nutty claims. [Read more...]

A National Registry of Atheists? Y’know–Like Sex Offenders.

Who wants a national registry of atheists? [Read more...]

We Have an Admirer!

Matt Slick of the CARM apologetics blog responded to one of my posts. This encouraged me to tweak the argument in the “Science Answers the Big Questions” post. [Read more...]

Science Answers the Big Questions

Religion claims to be able to answer life’s big questions, but Science does as well. The thing is, Science’s answers are a lot more credible. [Read more...]

Map of the History of Religion

I made an interesting discovery a few years ago. Not an especially unique discovery, I’ll admit, and rather obvious in hindsight. But here goes. The Eastern Mediterranean spawned three great religions: Judaism, then Christianity, and then Islam. With Christianity dominant in the US, it’s easy to focus only on this region. But northern India also [Read More...]

Map of World Religions

A map of world religions is a convenient way to show 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...]

Principle of Analogy

I recently found the name for a simple and common sense idea that is often abused in apologetics circles, the Principle of Analogy. Bob Price described it this way: We don’t know that things have always happened the way they do now.  But unless we assume that, we can’t infer anything about the past.  If [Read More...]

Weak Argument for Abstinence

Texas governor Rick Perry was recently interviewed by the Texas Tribune (3:00 video), and he was asked about the value of abstinence-only sex education.  The interviewer said that Texas has the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. Perry’s response: “Abstinence works.” Let’s make a distinction between abstinence (that is, actually abstaining from sex) and [Read More...]

John Lennox Responds to Stephen Hawking

Dr. John Lennox, a math professor at the University of Oxford, visited Seattle recently to respond to Stephen Hawking’s recent The Grand Design (co-written with Leonard Mlodinow).  I’ll give a brief summary of the main points Lennox made with a few comments. In his book, Hawking says: Because there is a law such as gravity, [Read More...]