Apologetics: Preaching to the Choir

Apologetics isn’t for the lost, it’s for the already saved. Generally speaking, apologetics books and articles are written by Christians and for Christians, no matter who their authors claim are the target audience of their work. The only people who are ever impressed with the arguments therein are people who are already “within the fold.” [Read More…]

Why the Gospel Doesn’t Work on Deconverts

People like me are like flies in the ointment of evangelical theology. We did all the things they told us to do, we gave our hearts and our lives entirely over to Jesus, yet in the end we still found their belief system lacking. It’s not supposed to happen that way. Evangelists and defenders of [Read More…]

When Your Christian Friends Give You Reconversion Homework

I have several well-meaning believers in my life. These people, for good or for ill, often come to me with requests: “Will you come to church with me?” “Will you read the book of John for me?” “Will you listen to this song for me?” So far, I’ve only said no to one of these [Read More…]

What Lies Beneath the Suit of Armor

Several months ago I was asked to contribute a few paragraphs for the new Atheos app, a mobile app to help skeptics deconstruct the arguments of religious believers in order to nudge them toward a more consistent rationality. People who know me know that I’m not much for prolonged debate, even if I do succumb to an [Read More…]

Why I Am (Still) Not an Anti-Theist

I’ve considered myself an atheist for nearly seven years now and have been openly writing about it for the last three of them. In my very first “coming out” talk (video here) I made a point at the end of saying that “not all atheists are anti-theists,” and I probably got more grief for that [Read More…]

Seven Bad Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus

Well, it looks like I spoke too soon. Contrary to my previous declaration that Tim Keller was done trying to build a logical case for Christianity and had just moved on to sermonizing, it turns out the second-to-the-last chapter in his apologetics work The Reason for God really did contain one last shot at arguing [Read More…]

But Why Does There Have to Be Blood?

With only three more chapters to go in Tim Keller‘s The Reason for God, I feel I must warn the reader that by this point the pastor of Redeemer Church in Manhattan appears to have abandoned the central thesis of the book. Or perhaps we came to this reading with unrealistic expectations from the beginning. At the leading [Read More…]

Your Religion Is Special, Just Like All the Others

I remember believing that my religion was unlike all other religions in the world. I was taught growing up that Christianity was special. It had something that no other religion had, and that uniqueness spoke to its authenticity. Why uniqueness automatically indicates legitimacy I’m not exactly sure, but somehow it felt like it should. The usual [Read More…]

Everything You Do Is Wrong

Two-thirds of the way through a book entitled The Reason for God, Tim Keller openly admits on page 162 that he isn’t even going to attempt to provide evidence that God exists. Why not? Because, he says, you already know God exists. All of you. Atheists, too. He’s just trying to make you see that [Read More…]

C.S. Lewis and the Argument from Spilled Milk

I see a quote from C.S. Lewis circulated quite a bit, and I’d like to give my response to the argument it presents. Perhaps when I am done explaining what’s wrong with it, you will start to see why Lewis admitted later in life that: Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work [Read More…]