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…]

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…]

John Piper and the Art of Not Answering a Question

Anyone who has wrestled seriously with the Bible’s claim that we will all be judged after we die has at some point asked, “But what about those who will never hear of our religion?” Granted, some are so egocentric that they assume everyone everywhere has heard their religion’s spiel. But most reasonable people realize this is [Read More…]

Changing Gods In Midstream

Halfway through his book The Reason for God, Presbyterian minister Tim Keller pauses for an “intermission” in which he pivots from his previous misrepresentation deconstruction of “the seven biggest objections…people in our culture have about the Christian faith” to lay the groundwork for part two of his book, the part in which he finally gives [Read More…]

Why Atheists Like Me Keep Talking About God

Earlier this week, a member of a relatively liberal Christian Facebook group to which I belong asked why the atheists in the group feel the need to insert themselves into discussions about religion when they aren’t believers themselves.  If we don’t believe in God, why do we talk about him so much? Whenever someone asks why [Read More…]

Evangelical Christianity and Low Self-Esteem

Like most swimmers, I try to get in some laps almost every day, but there is only one health club with a pool within decent driving distance from where I live. It doesn’t call itself a Christian gym, but it plays primarily Christian music overhead, holds prayer meetings and Bible studies, and incidentally it also [Read More…]

The God of the Bible Is Not Above Performing Party Tricks

The God of the Bible is not above performing party tricks. I feel this needs to be pointed out because so many of my devout friends seem to think they can have it both ways.  They insist that the biblical God performed miracle after miracle in order to validate himself—at times upon very specific demand from [Read More…]

How Can Atheists Have Morals? (part two)

For those who would genuinely like to know how atheists can have morals, I’d like to attempt to offer my best explanation.  I’m no career philosopher or ethicist, so I’m sure this could be done better by someone else,1 but I’ll give it my best shot.  One problem is that the term “atheist” isn’t descriptive [Read More…]

Nim’s Island and the Reason For God

This weekend my girls and I watched Nim’s Island, and I was struck by something.  I’ll admit that it doesn’t come across as a very deep or serious movie.  In fact, it’s meant to be light and fluffy, ideal for children who scare easily (perfect for my girls, come to think of it).  The piratey [Read More…]

God Does Exist

A couple of summers ago I spent entirely too much time in online discussion groups arguing with people about whether or not gods exist. I say “gods” because there were several being debated. Of course, where I live, everyone safely assumes that only one particular deity is even on the table for discussion. But the [Read More…]