Rationalizing Away the “Canaanite Problem”

A popular fundamentalist Christian wrestles with the Problem of Evil. He’s confident that he’s got this persistent problem under control. Take a look and see if that optimism is well placed. [Read more…]

Why Worry About a God That Isn’t There?

You don’t call yourself an a-unicornist. Or an a-Santaist. Why should people without a god belief call themselves a-theists? [Read more…]

Weak Analogies Don’t Prove God

How do you describe the relationship between you and Jesus? It’s similar to an ordinary person-to-person relationship … or so goes the popular analogy. Think about it for a moment, however, and this analogy falls apart. [Read more…]

Top Religion Story of 2012

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue enjoys getting agitated about this or that perceived insult against his religion, but he’s delighted with a new study showing the religious to be more generous. A little research uncovers a different story, however. [Read more…]

Lawyer Thinking, Revisited

A podcaster has pushed back against my recent “Scientist Thinking vs. Lawyer Thinking” post. Let’s give him a hearing and see what that does to my argument. [Read more…]

Exponentially Increasing Claims and Christianity

“God exists” is an easy claim to make, but how likely is it? Consider a series of increasingly unlikely categories of claims to see where the Christian claim fits in. [Read more…]

Jesus and Santa

Imagine two kids arguing about Santa. Defending Santa’s existence may be easier than you imagine. Indeed, rationalization can defend just about any belief, including belief in Jesus. [Read more…]

Christianity Infantilizes Adults

Christians often reshape their view of life’s events to fit and bolster their Christian worldview, but give it a little thought. The simple Christian explanation of God’s hand at work often leads to a bizarre conclusion. [Read more…]

Reject the Scientific Consensus? How Do You Justify THAT?

Is a scientific consensus inconvenient? Then just handwave a reason to reject it! Though this is a popular response to unwanted scientific conclusions, it is intellectually indefensible. [Read more…]

What Did Paul Know About Jesus? Not Much.

Sift through Paul’s writings, and you get very little of the biography of Jesus. What does this say about how the Jesus story grew over time? [Read more…]


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