A Fourth Compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a fourth compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s best arguments and comebacks. (You can see previous videos here, here, and here.)



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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 79: John W. Loftus, Debunking Christianity

Our latest podcast guest is John W. Loftus, the atheist author of How to Defend the Christian Faith.

You would think Loftus should be a Christian. After all, he attended and graduated from Great Lakes Christian College, Lincoln Christian University, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he learned under apologist William Lane Craig.

But he’s spent the last several years debunking the faith.

His books include Why I Rejected Christianity, Why I Became an Atheist, and The Outsider Test for Faith.

I spoke with John about the worst argument Christian apologists use, how learning the Bible caused him to leave the faith, and whether rejecting Christianity is the same thing as becoming an atheist.

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Six Years After Escaping the Exclusive Brethren Cult, Craig Hoyle Reflects on His Past

I sometimes post stories about the religious “bubble,” where you’re not allowed to have any significant contact with people outside the faith — especially those who have left the faith. In some cases, like with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if you leave, even your parents will cease having a relationship with you.

The Exclusive Brethren, an evangelical Christian sect, are even worse. You only attend church schools, you work for church members, and spend your free time in church. You don’t watch TV or listen to radio, and even the Internet is limited to pre-approved websites.

They’re “exclusive” for a reason. And yet, six years ago, Craig Hoyle escaped:



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Christian Apologists Have a Heavy Workload and It’s All God’s Fault

John W. Loftus usually debunks religious arguments in his books, but his latest one gives Christians tips on how they can make a better case for their beliefs. (It’s not as weird as it sounds, I promise.)

That book is called How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Loftus explains how Christian apologists have a lot of work to do because God left them with such an incredible burden:

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Religion Doesn’t Help Make Our Society Less Violent, Says Professor

Phil Zuckerman, professor of secular studies at Pitzer College and author, most recently, of Living the Secular Life, has a great piece in the Los Angeles Times all about how turning to religion to stop violence doesn’t work.



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