The (A) theist Podcast

I'm currently contributing to a weekly podcast, The (A) theist Podcast.  Its focus isn't atheism as the title might suggest, but more so religious and spiritual in general. I'm the resident Christian with the other hosts who are Atheists. It's only in the third episode, which you can find … [Read more...]

Can the Bible be impeached solely because it’s religious?

'I can understand the frustration of the skeptic when he encounters a Christian defending his convictions by merely citing the Bible with no quantification.  It frustrates me too. Why would the Christian expect the skeptic to grant the Bible the same level of authority as does the Christian?  … [Read more...]

There is no default position

In any serious discussion, everyone needs to participate.  All people bring an opinion into every discussion and everyone needs to support it.  Most people understand this, but sometimes someone comes to the table under the impression that their view is correct by default. Some people like their … [Read more...]

Where are the secular accounts of the life and miracles of Jesus?

When making an argument for Jesus’ reported miracles and resurrection the first place most people will turn is the Gospel accounts.  These documents contain the majority of information we have on the person of Jesus though certain details can be found elsewhere.  Often when citing the Gospel … [Read more...]

Is the Bible really that difficult to understand?

That's the question I offer to skeptics who blame God for the number of professing Christian denominations.  "God", they say, "is a terrible communicator if no one can agree on what it says.  After all, God should have made it unconfusable".  To this complaint I always request a citation for a … [Read more...]

‘Jesus Wife’ papyri discovered to be a hoax…no kidding

Not long ago, professor Karen King had made an announcement that she was in possession of a fragment of ancient papyri containing reference to Jesus' wife.  Much of the Christian world was immediately skeptical, including myself.  Some Christians' skepticism stems from a concern or fear that a newly … [Read more...]

What about Good Friday?

Today is the day when Christians believe Jesus was crucified by the Romans at the behest of the Jewish authorities for blasphemy. To my Christian readers, how do you discuss this particular Christian issue with non-Christians? Non-believing readers, what could compel you to concede that Jesus' … [Read more...]

Why do people go to hell?

It’s not right that people would go to hell just for not believing in the right God.  We all know a good and moral God would't condemn people to hell just for not believing in him, would he?  I hear this a lot, and it demonstrates a  misunderstanding of the reason people are condemned in the first … [Read more...]

Christian exclusivism

Is it petty of God that he would condemn people to eternal punishment for the mere crime of not believing in the right God or adhering to the right set of religious doctrines?  Now, I don’t lay all the blame on critics wgo think this is the case, per se, but it seems to be a common complaint … [Read more...]

Have you ever doubted your convictions?

Having been writing this blog for so long, and coming into contact with so many people who question and challenge my beliefs, I sometimes do an "audit" so to speak, to gauge the strength of my conviction that Christianity is true.  Whether such an exercise has any substantial benefit, I'm not sure.  … [Read more...]

Disagreement Doesn’t Require Hostility

Young Earth Creationists take much flak for their interpretation of Genesis, which places the Earth at around 6,000-years-old. John and I firmly believe the best interpretation supports the opposite view, an Old Earth view, clearly displayed in the comment section of Do you hold a literal view of … [Read more...]

Baptism: Necessary?

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Infant Baptism is an issue of contention among Christians. Some believe baptism is “the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” a necessary step to entering God's Kingdom. It washes away “original sin” so one may be “born again” free of sin. Both Lutherans & Catholics believe in … [Read more...]

Do you hold a literal view of Genesis?

Ok, I literally hate when people ask the question, "do you believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?"  I think there is an ingrained tendency to narrow one's focus too much, to the point where you develop tunnel vision and either refuse, or fail to accept that there is more than one way take a … [Read more...]

Discussing Reformed Theology: responding to objections to Unconditional Election

Editor's Note: This is a continuation in a series of posts between Adam Robles and John Barron on the doctrines of Reformed Theology.  This is not debate per se, and we are not following a particular format.  Because of this, as new posts are published they may seem incomplete. You should read the … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Jesus

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With all the complaints Atheists have against religion accusing most believers of having a gullible blind faith, you’d think Christians would be less willing to provide examples of exactly that. (AZCentral) -- A Scottsdale family on Wednesday said their cheesecake is a Christmas miracle. When they … [Read more...]

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas

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  To all my readers, I wish you a wonderous and safe Christmas.  Thank you for the time you spend with me to discuss my thoughts.  You are all much appreciated. … [Read more...]

Misdirected Christian outrage

The up-stir created by Phil Robertson's GQ interview is both good news and disappointing. It's great to see millions of people, including Christians feel called to action in his support.  In just 24 hours social media support pages accumulated more than a million followers.  Just one problem.  Where … [Read more...]

Discussing Reformed Theology: Is Election Unconditional?

This is a follow up to Adam Robles' original post discussing whether the doctrine of Unconditional Election is taught in the Bible.  These posts discussing Reformed Theology are not debates, per se, rather they are discussions.  Because they are less formal, the posts back and forth will read more … [Read more...]

A&E: Not “Happy, Happy”

Star of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, has been suspended indefinitely by A&E for “offensive comments” during a GQ interview. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus...That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to … [Read more...]

Discussing Reformed Theology: Does Jesus Teach Unconditional Election?

First, a quick introduction: My name is Adam Robles but when I engage in theology discussions I go by AD Robles, because everyone knows the best theologians only go by their first two initials! I live in New York, am 31 years old, and have a wonderful wife of 2 years. I have been walking with the … [Read more...]