F-ing Magnets—How do THEY Work?

Juggalo (that is, a fan of the hip hop band Insane Clown Posse)

This meme comes from a song that celebrates wonder at the universe but also celebrates ignorance. Christians sometimes wallow in a similar ignorance when it suits them. Magnets are actually quite well understood, as is much of the rest of reality. We can thank science, not religion. [Read more...]

Limitations in Historical Analysis of the New Testament (2 of 2)

Part of P45, the oldest copy of Mark (roughly 250 CE)

The New Testament has several important disputed passages (such as the long ending of Mark). Let’s take a look at how historians have resolved these puzzles. The evidence is a little more precarious than one might hope, however. What does this tell us about the unresolved puzzles? [Read more...]

Limitations in Historical Analysis of the New Testament

John the evangelist is represented as an eagle in the Book of Kells (c. 800)

The New Testament has several important disputed passages (such as the Comma Johanneum and the story of the woman caught in adultery). Let’s take a look at how historians have resolved these puzzles. The evidence is a little more precarious than one might hope, however. What does this tell us about the unresolved puzzles? [Read more...]

The Declaration of Independence—A Christian Document?

Declaration of Independence

Many Christians like to point to the word “Creator” in the Declaration, but that word doesn’t mean what they think it does. In fact, the Declaration of Independence makes quite clear where the government’s power comes from, and it’s not God. [Read more...]

Awe: Which Has More, Science or Christianity?

Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”

Do we see more awe in reality through the lens of science or Christianity? [Read more...]

Bloggers: Want a Free Review Copy of My New Book?

A Modern Christmas Carol

In my new novella “A Modern Christmas Carol,” a televangelist gets the Scrooge treatment. I’m looking for reviewers to give the book a little public relations love. [Read more...]

20 Arguments Against Abortion, Rebutted (4 of 4)

Embryos of a mouse, a human, and a lizard. Which is which?

Here are 20 responses to my pro-choice position, with my rebuttals (part 4 of 4). [Read more...]

20 Arguments Against Abortion, Rebutted (3 of 4)

kitten cartoon small

Here are 20 responses to my pro-choice position, with my rebuttals (part 3 of 4). [Read more...]

20 Arguments Against Abortion, Rebutted (2 of 4)

Where are the most teen moms? Of course—in the most conservative states.

Here are 20 responses to my pro-choice position, with my rebuttals (part 2 of 4). [Read more...]

20 Arguments Against Abortion, Rebutted

A 6-week-old embryo is half an inch long

Here are 20 responses to my pro-choice position, with my rebuttals (part 1 of 4). [Read more...]

Combat Myth: The Curious Story of Yahweh and the Gods Who Preceded Him

Anzu, the Akkadian winged chaos monster

The Combat Myth is a story that varies by culture but has common themes of order conquering chaos. We’ll see the commonality on a thousand-year journey from Akkadian mythology, through Babylonian and Ugaritic mythology, and culminating in the story of Yahweh in the Old Testament [Read more...]

How the Bible is Like Honey Boo Boo

Makenzie, four years old (from “Toddlers and Tiaras”)

Have you ever seen a children’s beauty pageant? Does seeing four-year-olds strutting like teenagers seem weird and out of place? That’s the problem we have when reading an Iron Age book like the Bible in our own context. [Read more...]


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