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Sources for “Where the Gospels Came From”

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Someone on Facebook asked for a footnoted version of my satire, “Where the Gospels Came From. Here it is. The links I’ve placed in here are representative of many, for these beliefs are widespread. I doubt you could find one single atheist source that makes all these claims about the source of the gospels, but they’re all floating freely “out there” on the atheist Internet. RS is shorthand for representative source material.

Back in the Bronze Age the world was naive. People knew nothing …


Chemistry, Not Character, and Why Is No One Suing Ohio Over This?

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Driving on I-75 in Cincinnati the other day I passed a billboard telling people with a gambling problem, “It’s not your character, it’s your chemistry.” The web link on the billboard took me to a site put up by the state of Ohio that leads after a couple clicks to the same slogan.

And the Freedom from Religion Foundation hasn’t sued the state for it.

This saying isn’t unique to Ohio or specific only to gambling. Christian pastor Rick Warren has gone on record …


Turek-Shermer Debate: Does a Christian Have the Right to Finish a Sentence?

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A couple years ago Eric Chabot and I were talking with students and giving away copies of True Reason on the Oval at Ohio State University. Eric is the Ratio Christi chapter director there, and I was with him as a friend and as editor of the book.

Most of our conversations that day were cordial, respectful, and enjoyable. One stands out in contrast, though. A red-headed student came up with metaphorical guns blazing, angry at Christians for standing in the way of gay …

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Atheists’ Skepticism as Better Explanation?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Atheists’ Explanations

There are many ironies in the list of “better explanations” atheists graciously provided in response to a recent blog post here, but perhaps none greater than atheists’ skepticism:

I figure if there’s an atheist worldview it might be the same as the scientific worldview, which means questioning things and looking for physical evidence, unlike the religious worldview which means trusting and submitting to authority.

There’s a sentiment in there that’s echoed in …

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Atheists: “Our Worldviews Explain These Things Better”

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Atheists’ Explanations

A couple days ago I asked atheists to let us know what their worldviews explained better than Christianity. (I did not say atheism was a worldview. See that post for more on that.)

I’ve processed the answers through a Mac program called “The Brain.” It’s pretty interesting what it can do. See the outline and interconnections here. It looks like this (though larger), but click on any of the outline points there, …

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Atheists: What Does Your Worldview Explain Better Than Christianity?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Atheists’ Explanations

I have a question for atheists. What does your worldview explain better than Christianity?

Notice that I asked, “what does your worldview explain better than Christianity?” I know you don’t think atheism is a belief system. I think you have a worldview regardless, and whatever else may be true of your worldview, if you’re an atheist, it’s probably something like an atheistic worldview.

By “Christianity,” I mean historic, creedal Christianity, as reflected in …

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Book Review: How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test for Faith, by David Marshall

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Book Review

How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story by David Marshall.

(Full disclosure: David Marshall is a friend and a contributor to True Reason, in which he wrote an early, brief form of part of the argument in How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test. This review is based on a draft David sent me before final editing, so I will not be quoting much from it.)

In the earliest days of the church there was a skeptic named Celsus whose …


Conversations with Tim McGrew About Peter Boghossian

Friday, January 16th, 2015

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Peter Boghossian Audio and Video!

Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists, published late in 2013, caught my attention for being one of the more strategically influential approaches New Atheism has brought to the table. Last week I had a conversation with my friend Dr. Tim McGrew about Peter Boghossian, in a plenary session at Defend the Faith, a week-long apologetics conference in New Orleans.

It wasn’t the first time we had done this—see the video below …

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Swing and A Miss? (Jeffery Jay Lowder, Secular Outpost)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

I’m confused.

According to Jeffery Jay Lowder of the Secular Outpost, I failed to refute Schellenberg’s argument on divine hiddenness; in fact, I failed so badly I didn’t even address Schellenberg’s argument. What worse failure could there be?!

I can tell I let you down, Mr. Lowder. I’m not sure, though, how I set you up for that disappointment. After all, I didn’t actually say the blog post was intended as a refutation of Schellenberg. There are three clues that might have indicated …

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