Divine Hiddenness

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


The Euthyphro Dilemma

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

Prayer Studies

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

The Satanic Panic

The Satanic Panic is a comical, but tragic, example of what can go wrong when you take Christianity seriously. We should be familiar with this case because I’m not so sure we actually learned our lesson from it, or the lesson has been applied too narrowly. This moral panic occurred because mythology was taken to … Continue reading The Satanic Panic

Satan (Podcast ep. 11)

There are so many views of Satan that it doesn’t make sense to speak of the Christian view of Satan, though he also exists in the minds of many Muslims, Jews, and people of other faiths who have very different conceptions of him. But just within the Christian tradition, there have been countless interpretations of … Continue reading Satan (Podcast ep. 11)

The Old Testament Doesn’t Count (Podcast ep. 10)

Often when you bring up terrible things in the Bible, you get the response, "But that's the Old Testament!" Christians expend significant energy trying to distance themselves from the the OT and its contents by arguing that it’s sort of less instructional and less relevant to today than the NT. At least, the bad stuff … Continue reading The Old Testament Doesn’t Count (Podcast ep. 10)