There are probably as many versions of Christianity as there are Christians. And when it comes to interpreting the Bible, Christians have endless disagreements about what it says. These disagreements can range from trivial to key issues that define who god is, what he wants from us, and who goes to heaven and who doesn’t. … Continue reading Argument From Biblical Confusion
Jordan Peterson is many things to many people. One thing he happens to be is a passionate opponent of atheism and defender of Christianity, claiming that atheism is destructive and that we need religion for civilization to continue. Oddly enough, he doesn’t really believe in god, at least not in any sense that the majority … Continue reading The God of Jordan Peterson
Of course, I couldn’t possibly talk about every terrible event that would qualify to be in this episode — every grisly act, every theological splitting of hairs that led to those acts. The truth is I didn’t even set out to make this episode. Just in reading books that involved religion, I kept coming across … Continue reading The Gruesome History of Christian Torture
Any social phenomenon is going to have several causes. If you’re going to say “The sole cause of this political trend is X,” then you’re almost certainly already wrong, no matter what you substitute for X. I think I have a reasonable grip on at least one of the causal factors of a particular social … Continue reading Why Trump is the Dream President of Evangelical Christians
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?
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