On Williams and Ehrman

Peter J Williams and Bart Ehrman recently conducted an exceptional discussion of the historicity of the gospels on the Unbelievable show. This article includes criticisms of either side. Against the Christian side: I think Peter was overly reluctant against granting the possibility of contradictions or errors in the gospel. In the case of the death … Read more On Williams and Ehrman

Eleven Arguments to Prefer Christianity to Islam

This article presents eight arguments over three categories to show that Christianity should be preferred over Islam. The main reason we should prefer Christianity over Islam, or Judaism, is because Christianity is true. The first category contains three arguments for the truth of the resurrection of Jesus. Many things are true, however, and not all … Read more Eleven Arguments to Prefer Christianity to Islam

Christianity Without Certainty is OK

I think it’s possible for a person to be certain in their own Christian faith, but I also think it’s reasonable for a person to identify as Christian without needing to demonstrate that Christianity is true with certainty. More generally, I think it is valid to claim that a statement is true without needing to … Read more Christianity Without Certainty is OK

On Fulfillment of the OT

A friend recently asked on social media, “How do you treat the old law?” This article goes over my answer. Some Christians will have other answers*, and in other cases I will basically be echoing what Christians have said for many years. Am I just wasting your time? What original thought do I have to … Read more On Fulfillment of the OT

Maybe They Were Just Fucking Busy?

Gresham’s Law applies to Christianity. Whenever a decent anti-Christian argument is defeated, a new, shittier, internet-born meme will rise in its place. Like a fucked up phoenix with the ability to vaporize goalposts. Example from AtheistRepublic, survivor of the recent, “unbiased” Facebook purge: There was once a decent argument that the credibility of the Bible … Read more Maybe They Were Just Fucking Busy?

Christian Falsifiability

I often hear smugly from some non-Christians that Christianity is a matter of faith and thereby non-falsifiable. This is completely incorrect. Christianity is based on historical fact and therefore it is uniquely falsifiable among religions. Here are 5 quick ways one might falsify Christianity, or otherwise show Christian belief is unwarranted or non-preferred: Show that … Read more Christian Falsifiability

On Science and Religion

This article aggregates a few talking points on the relationship between Christianity, education, religion, and science. Ecklund and Scheitle, 2017, Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think About 36 percent of evangelicals think scientists are hostile to religion, compared to 22 percent of Americans overall, according to a 2014 study released by the American … Read more On Science and Religion

The Goldilocks Diversity of Christianity

There is a meme going about which seems to attack Christianity’s credibility on the grounds of hyperdiversity: First of all, I think diversity within Christianity should be considered a strength. Ironically, secularists tend to be politically liberal, and diversity is considered a liberal value. So why would they level this as an attack? It’s hypocritical. … Read more The Goldilocks Diversity of Christianity

Religion is Not Just a Placebo

I recently wrote about empirical evidence which might identify a correct understanding of the practices of prayer and laying on hands. While researching this topic I encountered a video in which Sam Harris, a famous atheist, acknowledges some benefits of religion. This includes but is not limited to the fact that religion can act like … Read more Religion is Not Just a Placebo

Empirical Research May Back Prayer and Laying on Hands

An interesting study out of Carnegie Mellon found that hugs can “help ease the negative impact of personal setbacks like a disagreement with a friend, or being turned down for a promotion at work.” It’s also well-known that skin-to-skin contact is developmentally beneficial for infants as part of a birth plan. It seems to me that … Read more Empirical Research May Back Prayer and Laying on Hands