I saw an article on Patheos a while back called Ten Things Christians Accidentally Tell Me About Themselves. The author pointed out that Christians often project in the Freudian sense and he gave examples of Christians essentially saying “No, you are.” So I took a few of his and added a few of my own that … Continue reading No, You Are: When Christians Project
We haven't really talked about how this group became the world’s largest religion, and the rise of Christianity is something I remember from being a Christian that myself and others would fall back on. In response to arguments like the ones we’ve talked about the last few episodes, Christians always have this safety net. Wasn’t … Continue reading The Spread of Christianity
Christians claim that eleven of the twelve the disciples, who were eyewitnesses, were martyred for their belief in the resurrection. They were tortured and killed in horrible ways, supposedly for their beliefs. And who would go through that for a lie? Of course, all kinds of people will die for a lie, and not just … Continue reading Who Would Die for a Lie?
The Christian apologist C.S. Lewis laid out in his book Mere Christianity an argument that would come to be known as the Trilemma. He claims that if Jesus wasn’t actually God, he must either be a liar or a lunatic. The three options Lewis gives us — lunatic, liar, or Lord — are obviously not … Continue reading The Trilemma: Lunatic, Liar, or Lord
Hundreds of millions of people in modern societies will gather to celebrate human sacrifice next week. And as bizarre as it may seem, acknowledging this is a bit of a taboo. I know it’s not a mystery to any of you, but the social institution of religion is how an absurdity like the celebration of … Continue reading The Easter Story — The Resurrection of Jesus
Once we get past the bloody and bizarre Old Testament, it’s all “Love thy neighbor” and “Help the poor” from there, isn’t it? We’re expected to accept that Jesus was a wise moral teacher and that the New Testament is a valuable document of morals, even if we aren’t believers ourselves. But the goodness of … Continue reading “The New Testament is Better”
If there is no god, why do so many people believe in one? What is it about human psychology that has made belief in god, in one form or another, the default position for the majority of human beings? You may be tempted to attribute all religious beliefs to human irrationality, constant social reinforcement, the … Continue reading The Byproduct Theory of Religion: Why We Believe in Gods