Finding Good Without God

This weekend after watching one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with me, my daughter turned to me and asked, “How does that compass work, anyway? I mean, what does it DO?” I explained to her that it works by leading you, not in a cardinal direction, but by showing you the way to whatever [Read More…]

Maybe Fighting God Isn’t the Point

Not every development in human evolution serves to perpetuate the species. Not every variation benefits us in more ways than it harms us. There ultimately is no rhyme or reason to what happens from moment to moment—there is only order in what remains over the long haul because only those things beneficial to the preservation and [Read More…]

Note From a Pastor: Finding Meaning in Our Myths

This past weekend I got an email from a Presbyterian pastor (PCUSA) asking some really good questions, and I’d like to share them with you here in abbreviated form (with permission, of course). I think they’re good appetizers for a better-than-usual discussion about how faith and religion function in the world, and about the consequences [Read More…]

Are We All Born Atheists?

During an interview last night for an upcoming documentary on atheism in America, I was asked to tell the story of my deconversion. I get that question a lot, so I’m pretty accustomed to explaining how I got here. Only this time there was a bit of a polemical twist to the wording of the [Read More…]

Please Go See Arrival So I Can Talk About It

I’ve seen a lot of movies this year, and most of them promised far more than they delivered. Nowadays the trailers give away most of the key details, anyway, which makes the whole cinematic experience a bit of a disappointment. Not so with the movie Arrival. I did not know that I would love this [Read More…]

Are Human Beings Fundamentally Wicked?

This morning I saw a man on his morning jog stopping to pick up a broken beer bottle off the side of the street along with several other tiny pieces of glass that had broken off. It wasn’t even in his own yard, but he interrupted his run anyway in order to grab the sharp [Read More…]

FAQ: Errors in the Bible, Freewill and the Problem of Evil

This week a new friend wrote me about his own deconversion, and he asked me a few questions that I thought I should share for the benefit of any other readers thinking about the same things. After I’m done answering, I’d like to hear more suggestions from you: I’m wondering if there are any resources you [Read More…]

A Conversation with My Younger Christian Self

Yesterday I frustrated a whole lot of readers by posting a guest post that started out well but took a nose dive before it even got halfway through. It was, quite frankly, terrible; and not so much because it was poorly written. What made it so awful was how much of it was written from [Read More…]

The “Reasonable-ness” of the Christian Faith

I asked a friend of mine who is a Christian to answer the question “Is the Christian faith a reasonable story to believe?”  What follows is his answer to that question. I invite you to interact with what he wrote, giving your responses in the comments below. Tomorrow we will revisit this piece and I [Read More…]

Tim Keller and the Argument from Morality

Reformed pastor Tim Keller devotes Chapter 9 of The Reason for God to regurgitating the “Argument from Morality,” which essentially states that without a belief in a Supreme Being, there can be no basis for moral restraint among human beings. This argument usually goes in one of two directions: Argument 1: People who don’t profess faith in [Read More…]