the best defense of the Christian faith is . . .

I’m not a big fan of Christian apologetics. Nothing personal, and I know some smart people who engage in it. It’s just not for me. I’ve never seen an argument for why Christianity is true that can’t be met by some alternative argument. And I am not interested in whether Christianity is “reasonable”–a lot of things [Read More...]

what biblicism is and why it makes baby Jesus cry

Here is my definition of “biblicism.” Biblicism is the tendency to appeal to individual biblical verses, or collections of (apparently) uniform verses from various parts of the Bible, to give the appearance of clear, authoritative, and final resolutions to what are in fact complex interpretive and theological issues generated by the fact that we have a complex and diverse Bible. Put [Read More...]

10 reasons why roughly 300,000,000 Americans are wrong

Dear Americans, I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day. But I digress. Shockingly, according to my calculations, roughly 300,000,000 of you have not bought my book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.  It’s been out since September. I’m not sure what the problem is, folks, but for those of [Read More...]

stories work for “skeptical believers”

I just came across Daniel Taylor’s 2013 book The Skeptical Believer: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist. Many of you are likely familiar with Taylor’s The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & the Risk of Commitment, first published in 1986. Anyway, I haven’t read all of The Skeptical Believer. For my tastes it’s a bit long (almost [Read More...]

one big reason why so many young people are giving up on the Bible–and their faith

This one comes from the heart. I’m speaking from my experience here–no polls or surveys, though I know what I say here lines up with those I’ve seen over the years. As is well known, the trend among young people raised in conservative churches is to leave their Bible, and often their faith, behind. In my [Read More...]


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