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...]

God and little green men

Whenever it is thought that an Earth - like planet has been discovered, speculation of the presence of life there is also part of the discussion. With the thought of life on other planets comes the ramifications this might have on religion. My experience is that skeptics and Atheists are under the … [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...]

How should we interpret Holy Writ?

Regardless of the subject matter, all communication needs to be interpreted.  Someone with my convictions, how I should be going about interpreting the Bible is vitally important.  Let me explain what I mean since it might not be evident.  I'm not talking about what a particular passage means, as … [Read more...]

Why should choose a particular church?

The last two weekends my oldest daughter has accompanied her friend's family to their church. She returned home and declared, "I'm going to their church from now on, it's so fun!". So she thinks. We will continue to attend our regular church. Her attitude regarding why she wants to attend that … [Read more...]

Atheist bible literacy fail

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Here's a graphic I spotted on social media.  I know the Christians know what's amiss, but do Atheists? I begrudgingly agree there are a good many Christians and Christian churches who shun the idea of intellectualism.  They seem to think that if they embrace philosophy, logic, and reason they've … [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...]

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...]

Is the Bible automatically disqualified?

'Because the Bible says so, that's why!'  I can sympathize with the frustration the skeptic must feel when he encounters a Christian defending his convictions in this fashion.  It frustrates me too. Why would the Christian expect the skeptic to grant the Bible the same level of authority as … [Read more...]

Does God ‘love the sinner but hate the sin’?

God loves the sinner but hates the sin is a common expression in many Christian circles.  But is it true?  Where does this saying come from?  Though anyone is welcome to add their two cents in on this, it is primarily an in-house discussion.  It might be more fun for skeptics to watch us Christians … [Read more...]

Why Christians accuse Atheists of not having read the Bible explained in one internet meme

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Anyone who has read a Bible would know that it's not Satan who punishes evildoers (in Hell presumably).  The point isn't that the Bible is right or wrong about anything, only that it doesn't say what is being implied it says. I realize it is a popular cultural misconception that Satan is in charge … [Read more...]

Does the Bible forbid Christians from “judging”?

The oft quoted and ever misinterpreted Matthew 7:1, the infamous "judge not" passage is arguably the most recognizable passage in the Bible save John 3:16.  And right behind that is 'remove the log from your own eye before addressing the speck in someone else's'.  I can understand why non-Christians … [Read more...]

Jesus said: I was hungry and you didn’t give me food stamps…or something

The following clip is as sad as it is funny, _____________________________________________________ Let me help Ed Shultz's faith leader on this one.  It's 2 Thessalonians 3:10 "For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to … [Read more...]

Is the Christian doctrine of inerrancy derived from circular reasoning?

I pondered this quite some time ago and have no shame is presenting my own uncertainties to an audience.  Inerrancy as I understand it can be summed up as: everything the Bible asserts to be true, is true.  Of course this gets to the heart of the post.  Inerrancy, at least on the surface, appears to … [Read more...]