NDEs (Near-Death Experiences) pt. I

Dr. Raymond Moody coined the term "near-death experience" in his 1975 book, "Life After Life." Many credit (or blame) Moody's work for bringing th­e concept of the near-death experience to the mainstream, but reports of such experiences have occurred throughout history. Even Plato mentioned a soldier who had an NDE in which he floated outside … Continue reading NDEs (Near-Death Experiences) pt. I

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Flat Earth Creationism

There seems to be significant overlap between the flat earth and young earth creationist communities. One explanation for this is that those with poor judgement and underdeveloped critical faculties are drawn into multiple conspiracies, hoaxes, and pseudoscientific beliefs. However, the connection between flat-eartherism and young-eartherism runs much deeper than that.  The notion of a flat … Continue reading Flat Earth Creationism

Separation of Church and State

The United States Constitution deals with religion in the First Amendment, the same one that deals with freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” There are two religious liberties guaranteed here. The Establishment Clause, “no law respecting an establishment … Continue reading Separation of Church and State

“Love the sinner – hate the sin.”

"Love the sinner; hate the sin," isn’t found in the Bible explicitly, though it can be found in one of Augustine’s letters from the 5th century. His words roughly translate to “With love for mankind and hatred of sins.” “Hate the sin and not the sinner” also appeared in Gandhi’s 1929 autobiography, but he said … Continue reading “Love the sinner – hate the sin.”

“It’s not a religion – it’s a relationship.”

If this idea -- it's not a religion; it's a relationship -- is so central to Christianity, as many Christians insist, then why is there absolutely no mention of it anywhere in the Bible? The phrase ‘personal relationship’ is found nowhere, nor is there any analogue to the phrase in the Old or New Testament. … Continue reading “It’s not a religion – it’s a relationship.”

“You were never a real Christian.”

So how many ways can I say “No True Scotsman”?  Let me read from yourfallacyis dot com. No True Scotsman is to make “an appeal to purity as a way to dismiss relevant criticisms or flaws of your argument. In this form of faulty reasoning one's belief is rendered unfalsifiable because no matter how compelling … Continue reading “You were never a real Christian.”

Darwin Devolves: Debunking Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design

[You can listen to the podcast Counter Apologetics if slogging through a 10,000 word blog post isn't your cup of tea.] Michael Behe recently published a new book attacking evolution and promoting intelligent design: Darwin Devolves. Behe also authored Darwin’s Black Box (a creationist favorite), coined the phrase “irreducible complexity,” and was a key part … Continue reading Darwin Devolves: Debunking Michael Behe’s Case for Intelligent Design