A Whirlwind of Inconsistencies

In the wake of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, a number of people have drawn attention to John Piper’s tweet of Job 1:19. Far from this verse indicating the notion that God is judging Oklahoma (which is what some have come to expect to hear from spokespeople for conservative Christian viewpoints), in context the verse [Read More...]

Worse Than Losing Your Faith?

The vigor with which some people defend their beliefs online – refusing to do basic research, offering completely unpersuasive off-the-cuff arguments, and denigrating their opponents – has long puzzled me. Losing your faith (or, if you are an atheist, losing your lack of faith) can seem like a terrifying prospect, to be avoided at all [Read More...]

Data Collection Fail, Money Collection Win

This image came to my attention via God on Facebook. It features a homeless man with a sign that asks “Which religion cares the most about the homeless?” And then multiple receptacles for money labeled with different religious identities. This doesn't work as a way of demonstrating something. Is the photo a set up or [Read More...]

Like Shooting Feet in a Barrel

I sometimes wonder whether the key promoters of young-earth creationism are atheists trying to make Christians look foolish, and the key promoters of Jesus-mythicism are Christians trying to make atheists look foolish. If not, then there are a lot of people happy to shoot themselves and their stance in the foot. Examples abound… [Read more...]

Like and Share if Jesus is in your Lungs

Someone shared the post below on Facebook. It is a real Facebook post, but the account itself may be set up by an atheist to poke fun at Christians. Be that as it may, the fact that it has become impossible to tell the difference between genuine ignorance among Christians, and atheist parodies of Christians [Read More...]

Dawkins vs. Denialism

Michael Bird shared this Mitchell and Webb video about an imagined conversation between Richard Dawkins and his publisher. It actually gets at a really good point, which connects with an issue I often blog about, namely the embracing of Jesus-mythicism and other such fringe ideas among atheists. There is something enjoyable in denying what others [Read More...]

A Personal Relationship With Reality

Someone I am connected with on Facebook shared this recently: When I saw the image, I at once had two reactions. The first was to think, yes, of course, the idea that one is the focus of the universe and everything revolves around you is a problematic one, which has more to do with modern [Read More...]

Jesus of Gallifrey?

Libby Anne wrote an interesting post recently about the experience of her child encountering the New Testament stories against the background of both other classic children’s mythology as well as more recent stories. And so the child came up with not only the angel Gabriel as “Mary’s fairy godmother” but also (with prompting after some [Read More...]

The Sinister Tentacles of Young-Earth Creationism

This cartoon from Answers in Genesis, shared on Facebook by Ken Ham and drawn to my attention by a friend, gets things precisely backwards in an important sense.   While it is true that what one thinks and considers outside of church will impact what happens inside it, that is neither surprising nor to be [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Andrew Brown)

Myths have a power that should never be ignored and no one is more helpless against them than the man who supposes he has overcome them with reason. — Andrew Brown, “Sam Harris's dangerous faith in guns” in The Guardian.   [Read more...]

The Meaning of Christmas

For a great many conservative Christians and their atheist counterparts, Christmas is about believing that angels really told shepherds about the birth of a baby, and that a star did the same for Persian astrologers – and the annual seasonal activity of fighting over the literal truthfulness or falsehood of those stories. For some, Christmas [Read More...]


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