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Probability Proves Bible Prophecy (or Not)

Silver coins from pre-Roman Lombardy. Imagine the size of the pile if there were 100,000,000,000,000,000 of them.

In which we critique a popular analysis of the probability of Jesus prophecies coming true and find nothing there. [Read more...]

Clueless John the Baptist

John the Baptist by Titian (1542)

Throughout the gospels we read snippets about John the Baptist. Put them all together, and you have a confused portrait. (Maybe the gospels shouldn’t be categorized as history.) [Read more...]

Contradictions in the Resurrection Account

How many days did Jesus teach after his resurrection? Was it 40 days as Acts says or less than one as Luke says? Matthew writes about an earthquake that opened graves and sent reanimated corpses walking around Jerusalem. Why didn’t the other gospels write about this remarkable event? These and many more contradictions make us wonder if the gospel account is history or merely legend. [Read more...]

10 Reasons the Crucifixion Story Makes No Sense

The story of the crucifixion of Jesus? Not that big a deal. Here are 10 reasons why it makes no sense. [Read more...]

Shroud of Turin: An Easter Miracle?

What are we to make of the Shroud of Turin? Is it a miracle or a fake? [Read more...]

I Never Thought About it That Way …

Sometimes a Venn diagram just cuts away the chaff and makes things much clearer. [Read more...]

Does the Christian Care About the Poor or Not?

Do Christians really care about the poor? Millions do, of course. But prosperity-gospel preachers and many conservative politicians seem to have lost touch with this constituency. TV host Stephen Colbert has a stinging response. [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Pareidolia

Pareidolia is perceiving meaning in something random—a face in a cloud, for example. Or Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich. We don’t need to imagine a supernatural explanation for these images when the natural explanation explains the evidence. [Read more...]

Jesus and Santa Claus

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...]

Pointless Parables

Some of the New Testament parables are pretty good. They make a useful point, and they add to our moral vocabulary. I explore a few of the recent apologetic parables that, unfortunately, weren’t made to the same standard. [Read more...]


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