When you ask most Christians living today what happens when a baby dies, they will regularly reply that they are whisked straight to heaven. And why wouldn't they be? Have they really done anything culpable, or had an opportunity to respond to the Christian message? No. Luckily for the child, they will essentially have their … Continue reading Is Free Will Really That Valuable?
In my experience, people who have been lifelong skeptics don't always understand how difficult it can be for religious people to truly question their faith. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to overly dismissive behavior towards believers - like meeting them with open hostility rather than with a willingness to have a spirited exchange. In this … Continue reading Why Don’t More Religious People Question Their Faith?
William Lane Craig generally uses the same five types of arguments in every debate he has - he starts with a cosmological, fine-tuning, and moral argument while closing with a historical argument and an appeal to religious experience. Is his case any good? I would suggest that it's not nearly as convincing as many Christians … Continue reading A Few Thoughts On Craig’s Case
When people leave the Christian faith, one of the factors that is sometimes cited is the behavior of believers. There are a range of experiences that might lead to this: Perhaps someone was a first-hand witness to abusive individuals and/or communities, or maybe after a long period of involvement and examination they came to the … Continue reading Believers Behaving Badly
Have you ever been lying awake at night and suddenly wondered - What if there's an all-powerful deity working towards our ultimate misery? Probably not. Even if you have, I doubt that you've lost a second of sleep over it because the idea sounds so outlandish. Though life can be a vale of tears, isn't … Continue reading The Evil God Challenge
Recently I wrote a post about why some Christians tend to be blind to Bible contradictions. While that's all well and good, it's also necessary to discuss the details rather than keeping everything in the abstract. So, what are some examples of Bible contradictions? Are they really as troublesome as they seem, or are the … Continue reading Btw, The Bible Contains Contradictions – Here Are Some Examples
When one begins to look out over the religious landscape, they will see some perplexing patterns of behavior - sweeping claims are made about the nature of reality, and those who profess to believe them often live just like everyone else. Why is that? Since actions speak louder than words, I would suggest that many … Continue reading Do Religious People Really Believe Their Own Claims?
Before deconverting I was heavily involved in the Church, had preached many times, taught Sunday school, and helped lead more than one youth group over the years. Here's a very short sermon clip from one of the messages I delivered when I was 23, and looking back now (29 today) it's hard to describe what … Continue reading Blast From The Past: A 5 Minute Sermon Clip
Have you ever had a really agitating song stuck in your head? How about having a splinter that you can't quite get out, or stubbing your toe more than once in a single day? The frustration felt during these instances is analogous to the exasperation I sometimes feel when I hear certain Christians make the … Continue reading 4 Things Christians Should Stop Doing
If you tell Christians that the Bible contains contradictions, don't be surprised if some of them look at you like you've just kicked a puppy. For those particular believers, the Bible has to be God's "perfect" book - and suggesting otherwise can be seen as sacrilegious. Whether or not the Bible contains contradictions is certainly … Continue reading Why Some Christians Are Blind To Bible Contradictions