Christian Magic Power Doesn’t Work if You Don’t Believe It

Christian Magic Power

Several martial arts masters claim to be able to defeat opponents without punches but with some sort of energy. Problem is, if you don’t believe it, it doesn’t work. This is like many Christian arguments—they’re effective only if you already believe. To the rest of us, they’re like the make-believe martial arts energy. [Read more...]

Maybe it Works Better in German


In an homage to a mock-German sign that I remember from the early personal computer days, this is a stern demand (in a very stern font) that people keep their meddling hands off the First Amendment. [Read more...]

Christians: Why You Need an Atheist Speaker at Your Next Conference

Truth fish wins again!

Christian conferences are often an echo chamber of reassurance and elementary arguments. Do they effectively train Christian apologists? Here’s one missing ingredient. [Read more...]

Forget the Cambrian Explosion—Here’s a SERIOUS Biodiversity Event


Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute recently launched a book about Charles Darwin and the rapid development of phyla during the Cambrian explosion. Yes, the Cambrian explosion was remarkable, but it’s not the anomaly that Intelligent Design advocates want to believe. [Read more...]

Dismantling Irreducible Complexity

Roman arch

A system is irreducibly complex when every part is necessary. Remove any part, and the system breaks, so how could such a system have been built, piece by piece, by nature? Any precursor would have been useless and therefore selected against by evolution. But an example with which we’re all familiar undercuts this argument. [Read more...]

Morality’s Ruby Slippers

The great and powerful Wizard of Oz

Christianity makes a grand show of giving us morality, meaning, and purpose. But it simply gives us back what had always been ours. [Read more...]

Does Christianity Lead to a Better Society?


Dismiss God by condoning homosexuality and abortion, and he’ll punish society. How often have we heard that a Christian society is a better society? But this is a claim that we can test. [Read more...]

Why is it Always Men Advancing the Pro-Life Position?

Pregnant man

Isn’t it a little too convenient that the group that’s not directly inconvenienced by pregnancy is the one insisting on it? [Read more...]

Interloper (Fiction)

Atheist fiction

I’m starting the new year with something a little different, a short story about a man who finds himself where he least expects to be. [Read more...]

Oral Tradition and the Game of Telephone: A.N. Sherwin-White’s Famous Quote

Telephone and the gospels

The Jesus story spread widely in the decades after his death, and only then was it written down. How much was it changed by the accretion of legend? William Lane Craig assures us that this is not a problem, but his bold claim that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. [Read more...]

Faith Shows the Emperor has No Clothes

Emperor's new clothes

Defending an invisible God and celebrating faith is exactly what Christians would do if their religion were manmade. Faith is always the last resort. If there were convincing evidence, Christians would be celebrating that, not faith. [Read more...]

Why is Starbucks Taking the Christ out of Croissants?

Starbucks Croissant

Wait a minute—a square croissant? What kind of outrage is this, and what does it have to do with Jesus and his birthday? [Read more...]