Several months ago, I received a letter from a childhood friend whom I haven't heard from in a very long time. She and I were both raised in the same fundamentalist branch of Christianity (Church of Christ), and our parents are still very close. Her preacher recently did a series of sermons on evidences for… Continue reading Letter to a Friend
The Big Picture
We live in a world where it’s possible to question the very existence of God, even the supernatural altogether. Our world also contains many religions that, more often than not, tend to break out along ethnic and cultural boundaries. Most of these religions claim to be the one true way to win the “game” of… Continue reading The Big Picture
New Book About Hitchens Claims Too Much
Here in Birmingham, there's a writer and Christian apologist named Larry Taunton who has a new book called The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist. I know. Just the title itself is enough to get your blood boiling. Taunton actually knew Hitchens personally, as the two engaged in… Continue reading New Book About Hitchens Claims Too Much
Family Ties: Nebuchadnezzar, Nabonidus, Belshazzar, and Nitocris
Regular readers of this blog may know that one of the first lines of evidence that caused me to begin questioning my Christian faith had to do with the Book of Daniel. There are a number of issues within the book that have led the majority of scholars to conclude that it was not written… Continue reading Family Ties: Nebuchadnezzar, Nabonidus, Belshazzar, and Nitocris
A Modern-Day Abraham
Well, it's no longer a scenario we have to imagine. I'm sad to say that there's a case currently underway not far from where I live concerning a man who murdered his daughter because "Yahweh" told him to. You can read the full story here. Stephon Lindsay killed his 20-month old daughter Maliyah in March… Continue reading A Modern-Day Abraham
Jewish Disciples Wouldn’t Have Created the Idea of the Resurrection, So It Must Have Really Happened… Right?
If you've discussed the resurrection with Christians before, then you're probably familiar with the above argument. Since first century Jews didn't believe in a bodily resurrection like Jesus's, then they're no way the disciples would have believed it without actually witnessing it for themselves. William Lane Craig has used this argument several times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpSEZV2EER8#t=7m49s He… Continue reading Jewish Disciples Wouldn’t Have Created the Idea of the Resurrection, So It Must Have Really Happened… Right?
Does This Make Any Sense At All?
The Book of Job: Serious or Satire?
I'll let you know up front that this is a longer than normal post, but there was no good way to break it up. Hopefully, you'll find the time it takes to read it well spent. I'm a big fan of Seth Andrews and his podcast The Thinking Atheist. A week or two ago, I… Continue reading The Book of Job: Serious or Satire?
Is Belief in an Afterlife Pragmatic?
I thought the following comment from Dave (whose blog you should definitely check out) deserved its own discussion thread: I’m almost finished reading a book called Joker One and part way through the book the author (a former marine lieutenant who served in Iraq) starts to talk about God. He is recounting his time in… Continue reading Is Belief in an Afterlife Pragmatic?
Saw this today on Facebook and my blood started to boil. First of all, it was "liked" by one of my family members -- a person who won't discuss our differences. It really ticks me off to see her "like" a statement about truth, when she won't defend that same statement. Secondly, the quote says… Continue reading So Stupid