Christianity, fear of death, and quality of gospel writings

My friend Einzige, a contributor to The Lippard Blog as well as writing at his own, Die Eigenheit, has posted a critical commentary on John 3:16 and on the gospels in general. … [Read more...]

Trilemma Revisited

My old friend J. P. Holding thinks I have committed a category mistake and provides a counter-argument of his own:Peter claims that Jesus was God incarnate. He makes this claim based upon what he considers to be justifiable evidence. Jesus told him that He was God incarnate. Further, Jesus has fond memories of being God and when asked, His mother supports Jesus's claim. Jesus even passes a lie-detector test when asked whether or not He is God. Peter is also convinced that Jesus is a sane person … [Read more...]

God and Values

Jim posted on Lya Kahlo's fascinating experiment in which she visited Christian forums as an open atheist. Check it out if you haven’t done so already. She was asked, "If you don't believe in God, why care about anything?" a total of 17 times. Some of us have been tempted to switch into full rant mode when naïve questions like these pop up. But I think it’s important for us nonbelievers to understand the motivation behind this question.First, in my experience to “believe in God” typically conflat … [Read more...]

16% nonbelievers?

I was trying out the Center for Inquiry's new podcast, Point of Inquiry. Pretty decent programs, actually. Well worth listening to.One thing, however, rubbed me the wrong way. They used this by now infamous "according to blah blah poll, 16% of Americans are nonreligious" statement, with the implication that this 16% were nonbelievers, almost-humanists, whatever. No. That poll is pretty well known, and it doesn't show this at all. Most of these 16% have strong supernatural beliefs, either … [Read more...]

Hurricanes and God

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," says New Orleans mayor. That's one theory. Another, as studied by the scientists at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, is that global warming is to blame. Perhaps this is a good time to remind ourselves of Occam's Razor? … [Read more...]

ACLU Defending Christians

Ed Brayton has written an interesting piece that contains links to several summaries of the ACLU's efforts to defend the religious freedom of Christians. … [Read more...]

An atheist visits Christian forums

Lya Kahlo did an informal study of Christian forums, visiting them and openly announcing her atheism to see what would happen. She visited 35 different forums. 7 banned her because she was an atheist, 28 continued to welcome her. She was accused of trying to corrupt the young and repeatedly asked "if you don't believe in God, why care about anything?" (17 times).She lists the ten most common misconceptions about atheists at the forums she visited:1. Atheists hate god/are jealous of theists2. … [Read more...]

Moreland: Christians are biased, but less biased than naturalists

According to Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland (as paraphrased by Melinda Penner), Christians are biased, but they are less biased than naturalists. In Melinda's own words:when a Christian deals with issues like science and faith, or the historicity of the Gospels, it's fair to say that he's biased in that he has a point of view, like everyone else. But a Christian's bias doesn't inform his conclusions in the same way that biases inform the conclusions of a naturalistic scientist--like Carl … [Read more...]


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