What’s the Most Difficult Biblical Contradiction for Christian Apologists to Reconcile?

That’s it. That’s the question I’m trying to answer. We know there are a *ton* of contradictions in the Bible and Christian apologists love to rationalize them all away… but some of them have to be harder than others.

So which contradictions are the most difficult to reconcile?

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Pastor Mark Driscoll Wins the Hearts and Minds of Atheists with a Single Tweet

Yesterday, Pastor Mark Driscoll tweeted this:


In the pantheon of things that make atheists convert to Christianity, telling us we’re going to Hell ranks just below quoting Bible passages and just above visiting the Creation Museum.

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‘Curiosity’ Book Giveaway: Here Are the Winning Entries, Including the Grossest Maggot Story We’ve Ever Published*

Curiosity is a wonderful monograph by British science writer Philip Ball. He chronicles how, many centuries ago, under the influence of religion, curiosity became a shameful characteristic, a twin to arrogance (mostly because being curious signaled you weren’t content to merely gawp in gratitude at God’s creation). Eventually, to humankind’s credit, curiosity morphed into a trait celebrated for its role in scientific progress.

At my request, Ball’s U.S. publisher, the University of Chicago Press, sent me three hardcover copies to give away to readers of this blog.**

To make it interesting, I asked you to share your favorite autobiographical story involving curiosity, and you did!

Here are, in my highly subjective opinion, the three best submissions, in no particular order.

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Book Giveaway: Curiosity – Once Maligned, Now Celebrated – Gets Its Own Biography. It’s Free to Three of Our Readers

Curiosity, as we all know, killed the cat. It is also responsible for humankind’s fall from paradise (thanks, Eve), for the spread of evil all over the world (great job, Pandora), and for the humiliations suffered by Goethe’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Our culture and vernacular are full of ancient warnings against inquisitiveness, but most of us no longer believe in them. On the contrary: Over the past few hundred years, curiosity has gone from an affliction born, supposedly, of vanity and lack of piousness, to a virtue that is celebrated in everything from space exploration to family movies (Hotel Transylvania, The Croods).

British author Philip Ball chronicles this journey of liberation in his 2013 book, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything.



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The Redemption (and Apostasy) of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness

James Zimmerman grew up as the kind of Jehovah’s Witness who might have knocked on your door. Devout and fervent, he knew what the consequences were for apostates. And yet he found a way to break free.

His new memoir detailing his upbringing — and how his questioning of the faith eventually led him away from it — is called Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness (Freethought House, 2013):

In the excerpt below, Zimmerman briefs us on how serious his beliefs were growing up:

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