Front Loading with Lee Strobel

Our old friend Geds the Accidental Historian is making his triumphant return to the internet with a spiffy new Wordpress blog. To celebrate, he'll be submitting some guest posts for our enjoyment. Enjoy, and definitely check out his new blog.Vorjack brought up the concept of evangelists front-loading their arguments in a couple of recent posts. Front-loading as a technique is difficult to counter, not because it makes the arguments better but because it allows the evangelist to cheat. The … [Read more...]

Piper and Pangloss

Stephanie Drury recently dug up an interview with John Piper where he was asked, "Why was it right for God to slaughter women and children in the Old Testament? How can that ever be right?"'s part of the response from the transcript:It's right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they die.God is taking life every day. He will … [Read more...]

Christians, Christians Everywhere

Recently a commenter named B.A. Worldchanger chimed in to the discussion in the Why I Deny the Virgin Birth post. His argument for Christianity starts like so:... Christ says that "This gospel will be preached as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." That day is approaching. Most people aren't fully aware that Christianity, up until the late 1800's, was centralize in Europe. Now, not a single continent on earth can lay claim to that title, as the gospel has literally … [Read more...]


So Kirk Cameron is trying to tackle the Problem of Evil. This should be ... interesting. Here's the trailer, which consists mainly of Cameron over-emoting and trying to look dramatic, spliced with pictures of a funeral. Minus points for gratuitous banjo. Nightmares has discovered some of the source material that Cameron is working from:While I have no more skin in the game, I'm always open to discussions of the problem of … [Read more...]

Liar, Lunatic or … Look, Just Put Down the Knife

So you're walking down the street and you see a man up ahead who looks a little sketchy. He's dirty, bearded and wearing an overcoat. He looks a little wild about the eyes. You decide to steer clear.Suddenly he reaches into his coat and pulls out a machete. As you watch, he starts grabbing handfuls of his own hair and hacking them off with the blade. He does the same with his beard. He shoves each handful of hair or whiskers into a pocket as he goes. Before you know it, he's messily … [Read more...]