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
Pascal’s Wager is one of the most popular defenses presented when you’re in an argument with a believer. It doesn’t really come up in formal debates, but it’s presented all the time in informal conversations, whether you’re visiting religious family or telling someone you’re an atheist for the first time. It seems to be sort … Continue reading Pascal’s Wager: What If You’re Wrong?
Believers often claim that unlike atheists, they have an objective basis for morality. They’re not working with what’s socially useful, or what’s preferable to humans; but instead, they’re operating from the unassailable, objective standard of God. The idea that our morality is grounded in God’s will is what’s known as divine command theory. But DCT … Continue reading The Euthyphro Dilemma
In spite of the progress of science and reason, the notion that prayer can change the real world has persisted into the 21st century. So we're going to look at two famous prayer studies in history: the first one ever conducted and the most scientifically rigorous one ever conducted to see what science has to … Continue reading Prayer Studies
I wanted to do an episode on prayer studies, but I thought I should do an episode about miracle claims generally first. I wasn’t very enthusiastic at first, but then I began to realize that miracles are a major pillar supporting religion. At first, I thought this episode would be largely making fun of people … Continue reading The Argument from Miracles
Ezekiel 26 is considered — unanimously, as far as I can tell — to be a fulfilled prophesy by Christian apologists. On all the websites, articles, and lists of fulfilled Biblical prophecies I could find from Christians, this one was always near the top of the list. This predicts the destruction of the city of … Continue reading Biblical Prophecies (Podcast ep. 05
Do we judge God by the same moral standards that we judge humans? In an email exchange I recently had with a Christian, he stated, "We do not hold God accountable or judge him the same way we hold accountable or judge humans because he is not a human. He is very different from a … Continue reading The Problem of Holiness (Podcast ep. 06)