The point Christians defending KY clerk are missing

Kentucky city clerk Kim Davis is receiving notoriety for standing up for her sincerely held religious convictions by abstaining from issuing same sex marriage lisences. As a result she has since been jailed. This morning I awoke to social media thick with people coming to her defense. I get it. The … [Read more...]

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...]

You’re not an atheist for lack of evidence

Just a quick thought. It occurred to me that the atheist who claims to be such due to lack of evidence isn't looking deeply within himself hard enough. What I mean is, we all believe many things to be true without [sufficient] evidence to justify the belief. Now, what they might suggest is the … [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...]

It’s not my fault you’re an Atheist

I wish I had a nickel for every time I interacted with an Atheist who who seems to be desperate to latch on to the idea that atheism is best defined as a lack of belief .  It seems that they will relentlessly argue for that loose definition to no end.  Moreover, these same Atheists will rarely if … [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...]

I’m the reason you’re not a Christian?

'Why don't you believe God exists?' is asked of professing Atheists all the time.  One of the answers I hear most: no one has given me a good enough reason/enough evidence to believe in God.  This answer seems vacant to me, and should be to the Atheist who offers it, especially a philosophically … [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...]

Do you understand the Hobby Lobby controversy?

Hobby Lobby

I ask because many people don't.  They don't because most media outlets are contorting Hobby Lobby's actual position.  Abortion activists and Progressive talkers are trying to make the story one which paints the crafting retailer as being anti-birth control.  However, Hobby Lobby's already-offered … [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...]

Atheist group demand Governor keep his religion to himself, whining ensues

ffrf letter

If it's not protesting memorial crosses on the sides of the highway, Christmas displays, or twisted pieces of metal that resemble a cross, they're whining that some pol said a religious thing. FFRF -- "I can do all things through Christ" sounds like a threat to them?  Hearing a bible quote is … [Read more...]

Reason 346 to bust teacher unions: Special consideration given to “Non-Christians” in contract

ferndale

When an opening for promotion arises in the Ferndale public school system, special preference is given to non-Christians, among others. From page 22 of the Ferndale Michigan Public School teacher's union contract: … [Read more...]

Morality: Social compact or discovered truth?

The subject of morality is always a contentious subject among those who debate it.  Understandably, no one likes it very much when those with differing views on what is or isn’t moral is seen as trying to force 'their version' of morality on you or society as a whole.  Whether a person or a group’s … [Read more...]

Defending traditional marriage = hate?

Debating with activist-minded people is nearly impossible.  With them, disagreeing with their cause is the same as hating those whom they claim to defend.  Take Stanford University’s Anscombe Society's scheduled conference called "Communicating Values: Marriage, Family & the Media".  The event … [Read more...]

Eavesdropping in on social media conversations

escalated quickly

We all come across conversations while scanning our social media.  Much of which can make us shake our heads in somewhat disbelief.  The above is from a semi-ongoing discussion on Facebook.  At first blush, I see a few things going on and have some questions. Was the Occupy movement started for … [Read more...]

Atheist bible literacy fail

atheist bible fail

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...]

Do you censor yourself on social media?

The advent of social media outlets have made a small world even smaller.  Friends of yesteryear and family rarely seen or heard from have been brought back together via Facebook, Twitter and other internet social mediums.  In addition to reconnecting with family and friends, people voice their views … [Read more...]

Why don’t Atheists believe in the resurrection?

Atheists, or more specifically Naturalists, by and large will not accept that Jesus rose from the dead.  Dead people don't just come back to life!  Add to that the seeming lack of sufficient evidence makes this fantastic claim all the more unbelievable, right?  Testimony isn't enough to believe such … [Read more...]