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”
Why doesn't god do anything that proves that he exists? I’m not sure what proof would look like, exactly; but an omniscient god would know what would convince any individual, and an omnipotent god would have the means to do it. So why hasn’t he? He could settle the matter, once and for all, anytime … Continue reading Divine Hiddenness
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
After writing about prayer studies, I began to wonder, how is prayer supposed to work? In order for prayer to work, there has to be some interaction between God and the natural world. How does this interaction occur? If God is this immaterial being outside of space and time, how does he affect material within … Continue reading Prayer is Magic
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