Are Churches More Like Charities or Country Clubs?

Judas receives money from the Sanhedrin (painting on the ceiling of 18th century church Guanajuato, Mexico)

We can tell charities from country clubs by their financial statements. Charities do good works with most of their income; country clubs don’t. Which one is more like a typical church? [Read more...]

Church Accountability

church finances

Senator Grassley was largely ignored by six ministries when he asked for information about their operations four years ago. What are they hiding? [Read more...]

Clues that Religion is False

Religion is false

The crazy guy with the tinfoil hat? Today, he’s concerned about the NSA. Decades past, it was telepathic intrusion. Religion also changes with the times and technology, and that doesn’t suggest that it’s built on much truth. [Read more...]

What Do Churches Have to Hide?

IRS Form 990

U.S. nonprofits are required to disclose their financial information to the public. It’s a contract—the Internal Revenue Service gives them nonprofit status, and in return they prove that they’re spending that money wisely. This applies to all nonprofits except churches. Isn’t that odd? It’s almost like they have something to hide. [Read more...]

In Which I Learn From a Mistake

Christianity

Seeing our own mistakes makes it easier to sympathize when others are wrong. But how do we encourage someone to get past a big mistake, like a flawed worldview? [Read more...]

“God’s Not Dead” Fans: Be the Christian Hero Yourself

God’s Not Dead Atheism Philosophy

Here’s a Hollywood version of an evil atheist philosophy professor. Want a chance to learn from an actual atheist philosophy professor? [Read more...]

Greece v. Galloway: How This Will Play Out

Town of Greece v. Galloway atheism

The Supremes handed down a surprising decision that permits prayers city council meetings. I think we know how this will work in practice, and I think there’s cause for optimism. [Read more...]

More Pointless Parables

Little Mermaid

Some New Testament parables are pretty good. They make a useful point, and they add to our moral vocabulary. Unfortunately, modern apologetic parables don’t seem to be made to the same standard. [Read more...]

Is This a Powerful New Apologetic Argument?

Jesus apologetics atheist

A Christian blogger has a new argument for Jesus. It gets points for being novel, but take a look to see if it’s convincing. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Patheos!

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Let’s take a look back at some highlights of the Cross Examined blog on today’s Patheos anniversary. [Read more...]

MS-DOS and Objective Truth

C prompt

IBM-compatible MS-DOS PCs used to start up displaying a C-prompt (the “C:>” with a blinking cursor). We don’t conclude anything transcendent from this. Similarly, most humans have an innate sense of morality, but we can’t conclude anything transcendent from this either. [Read more...]

Innovative Responses to the Fine-Tuning Argument

Fine Tuning Christianity

Here are four rebuttals to the fine-tuning argument that don’t get enough attention. [Read more...]


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