According to William Lane Craig, there are “four established facts” about the resurrection that any reasonable person must deal with. 1. Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in the tomb. 2. On the Sunday following his crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of his women followers. 3. On different occasions … Continue reading William Lane Craig’s Four Facts about the Resurrection
I want to run through a list of ten contradictions in the Bible that appear to be unresolvable. I don’t just mean factual inaccuracies like "The earth and entire universe are less than 10,000 years old," or “Rabbits chew their cud,” or “Pi is equal to three,” but examples where you don’t even need to … Continue reading Ten Contradictions in the Bible
Note: A couple years ago, we discussed Mother Teresa and her unearned reputation. I recently rewrote the episode and have posted the new version here. Mother Teresa is a cultural symbol of compassion, love for the poor, and dedication to a greater purpose. If you read almost anything written about her, you’ll … Continue reading The Mother Teresa Myth
What is philosophy? The Greek philosophia means “love of wisdom.” I think philosophy is about the love of and pursuit of wisdom and truth. Can philosophy make progress? We can get closer to the truth and inspire more love for the search for it, so yes. It might be hard to know when we’re closer … Continue reading Five Questions for Philosophers
Karl Marx penned one of the most famous anti-religious statements of all time: “[Religion] is the opium of the people.” Everyone’s heard that line, but much like Nietzsche’s “God is dead,” people have a tendency to take it at face value and are happy to reduce it to a slogan without looking much into the … Continue reading Is Religion the Opium of the People?
It’s often claimed that there’s no sorrow in heaven. Every tear will be dried, etc. But if this is true, it has at least one implication that starkly contradicts a belief that’s a central pillar of the Christian narrative. When we talk about the existence of suffering in the context of the problem of evil, … Continue reading Heaven
When surveying the howling wilderness of religious epistemology, it’s hard to miss the Argument from Personal Experience as a conspicuous monument to its shortcomings. In its essential form, it’s simply the assertion that the subjective certainty felt by a person regarding an experience they had means that they’re right about some claim they’re making. Whether … Continue reading Argument From Personal Experience