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I’m now podcasting this blog. If you prefer to listen to a podcast so you can multitask, this may be a fit for you. [Read more...]

Rationalizing Away the “Canaanite Problem” (2 of 2)

Jesus and the Canaanite woman

Let’s conclude our look at Greg Koukl’s analysis of the Problem of Evil. We’re on the same page that this is a tough problem for Christianity, but I’m not sure that his resolution is as complete as he thinks. [Read more...]

Rationalizing Away the “Canaanite Problem”

Can Christianity justify genocide?

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?

What should atheists call themselves?

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

don't use weak analogies for Jesus belief

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

Are Christians more generous than atheists?

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

Lawyer thinking vs. scientist thinking in apologetics

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

claims for God are implausible

“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

If you're determined to believe myths like Santa (or Jesus), it's not too hard to delude yourself

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

It's one thing for children to throw coins in a wishing well, but shouldn't adults know better?

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?

Explain why you reject the consensus

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.

Apostle Paul in primitive style

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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