Limitations in Historical Analysis of the New Testament

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. What does this tell us about the unresolved puzzles? [Read more…]

Why is God Hidden?

Let’s revisit the question of God’s hiddenness. A popular Christian apologist has some new ideas that need a response. [Read more…]

Bad Atheist Arguments: “History Is Unreliable”

We’re finally at the last chapter in a book by a Christian writer that promised to illustrate the dreadful consequences of bad atheist arguments. (Part 11) [Read more…]

Do We Get More Awe from Christianity or from Science?

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

Bad Atheist Arguments: “Atheists Have No Use for Faith”

A Christian writer promises to illustrate the dreadful consequences of bad atheist arguments. Read on to see if any of your arguments are dreadfully bad. (Part 10) [Read more…]

Bad Atheist Arguments: “Atheists Don’t Need God for Meaningful Lives”

A Christian writer promises to illustrate the dreadful consequences of bad atheist arguments. Read on to see if any of your arguments are dreadfully bad. (Part 9) [Read more…]

Bad Atheist Arguments: “Morality Doesn’t Come From God”

A Christian writer promises to illustrate the dreadful consequences of bad atheist arguments. Read on to see if any of your arguments are dreadfully bad. (Part 8) [Read more…]

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

The Combat Myth is a myth 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…]

If Pro-Lifers Got into the Car Business

Imagine pro-life thinking applied to the car business (a fable). [Read more…]

Where Complaints About Christian Persecution Fall Flat

Let’s skewer some claims of Christian persecution and see how the outrage can be redirected in a way that works better for all of us, Christian and atheist. [Read more…]

Human Memory: Vivid Doesn’t Mean Accurate

Surely you remember where you were on 9/11. Apologists argue that the remarkable nature of the gospel story meant that it was recorded correctly. But an example shows the dramatic difference between a vivid memory and an accurate one. [Read more…]

Jesus and Vampires and Werewolves and Time Travel

How does time travel work? How do vampires interact with sunlight? Different stories have different answers, just like different religions. [Read more…]