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
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