Why We Christians Always Lose Debates with Atheists–Thank God

The other day I read the recent Newsweek piece in which Rick Warren (Purpose-Driven Life—like you didn’t know) debated the eminently rational and mind-bogglingly articulate Sam Harris (The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation). In that “debate,” I thought Mr. Harris waxed the floor with Mr. Warren. For one, nobody out-rationalizes Sam Harris. The guy has a brain the size of Europe—and all of it is connected to his mouth. He also seems entirely compassionate and utterly Pro-Human,… Read more

Christians and Atheists in Communion — in Harmony, I Mean! Now What?

I don’t think it’s going too far to say that my recent posts (“An Honest Question: Atheists, How Do You Process Your Guilt?” and “What the Atheists Taught Me” ) have established utter peace and harmony between Christians and atheists around the world. Isn’t it just the greatest thing? (Um … down there, in the comments section of “What the Atheists Taught Me.” Are you trying to embarass me?) I think that what really turned the tide toward complete peace and harmony… Read more

What the Atheists Taught Me

In my last post I asked atheists to talk about their relationship to their guilt. And man, oh man, did they ever respond. Turns out atheists are quite the … cyber-communicators. It also turns out that atheists — or the many from whom I heard, anyway — care just as much as we Christians do about loving and doing right by others. Curse the atheists! Why couldn’t they be the craven sensory-hounds they’re supposed to be? Must they reject God,… Read more

Atheists: How Do You Process Your Guilt?

Hello, atheists! Thanks for reading this! As you probably know, I’m a Christian. Wait! Come back! I won’t try to convert you! Even better: I (along with my incomprehensibly vast company of Christian readers) will actually listen to you. Oh, stop it. A Christian actually listening to you isn’t that rare. Now then, here’s my Big Question to you: As a zero-tolerance-for-God sort of person, how do you process your guilt? I promise I’m not being facetious, or playing any… Read more

Oh, Boy. I’ve Been “Tagged.”

If my friend Jaime Windon hadn’t done this to me, I wouldn’t be … having this be done to me. But she did. And I am. And … so here we are. So then. First, I guess, I’m supposed to post, right here, this, which I cut and pasted from her site: So I’ve been “tagged” and it goes something like this: 1. Post these rules before you give the facts. 2. List eight (8) facts about yourself. 3. At the… Read more

From My Blog to Britney’s Eyes?

Okay, so I’ve now gotten a fair number of people asking me if I think there’s any chance Britney Spears will ever see the “open letter” I wrote her. Of course I have no idea. Seems unlikely, but anything’s possible. One thing that’s not in doubt, though, is the “six degrees of seperation” theory. Every person on earth really is connected to every other person on earth by six or fewer people.  So. Like most people, I would like to do something… Read more

An Open Letter to Britney Spears

Dear Britney, Hi! How are you? Say, I was thinking: If you can possibly afford to, you should get out of show business now. I saw your performance on last night’s MTV Music Video Awards. It wasn’t … your most electrifying performance ever. But you know that. Not like our beloved media is about to let you forget it until … well, until you do something else they can start ripping into your flesh about. Which brings me back to… Read more

My Name Is Not Pato Banton

This is Pato Banton So the other night I went to see a concert by Famous Reggae star Pato Banton. Isn’t that the coolest name ever? Pato Banton. I wish my name was Pato Banton. One of his Pato’s big hits, titled “My Opinion,” features the refrain, “My name is Pato Banton.” So even he likes saying it. He likes singing it! I would too, if I were him. I’ve been trying to replace the lyrical, sonically touching, “My name… Read more

Updating George Carlin’s 7 Words You Can’t Say On Television

Yes, George’s original seven words are Definite Cursing. But so what? You hear half those words on TV all the time. Especially since Martha Stewart got out of prison. So I think Mr. Carlin’s list needs updating. Here, then, is my personal vote for Seven Other Words No One Should Ever Be Allowed to Say On Television: 1. Insider 2. Conniption 3. Diarrhea 4. Urantia 5. Matriculating 6. Sudsy 7. Gary Coleman Read more

Why Doesn’t God Just Prove He Exists?

A young man wrote me the other day to ask why God doesn’t once and for all prove his existence. Here’s my answer to that earnest seeker. (Yo! Danny! Do good in school! And don’t take drugs! And … well, actually, that pretty much covers it.) First of all, God did prove his existence; that’s pretty much the whole point of the Bible specifically and Christianity generally. So. Massively gargantuan point. But I know that what you mean is why doesn’t God… Read more

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