One Way to Debunk Transgender Philosophy

Have your kids ever peppered your phone’s intelligent personal assistant with random questions? Mine do all the time. It’s a lot a fun when we do it together—the kids get a kick out of it, especially when they start asking potty questions. Just last night we were having fun asking Siri a variety of questions, and I told my children to …

What Protestantism and the New Atheism Have in Common

If someone asked you, “What does the New Atheism have in common with Protestantism?” you might say, “Nothing!” It would seem that devout Bible believing Christians such as Protestants would be as far away from atheists as possible. Yet there is more to this comparison than meets the eye. Protestants may not be similar to modern atheists in the content …

Biblical Resurrection Reports are not “Hopelessly Contradictory”

Agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman says that we can’t trust the Gospels in their reports about Jesus’ resurrection. His basic argument is that the Gospels are “hopelessly contradictory” (The Historical Jesus). In his 2006 debate with William Lane Craig, Ehrman gives what I see as five discrepancies that he thinks support his claim. I will deal with each below. …

The Secret to Protecting Yourself from the Antichrist’s Deceit

Imagine that you finally get to meet your new neighbors. And at the get-to-know-each-other barbeque you discover that the husband Joe is a fallen away Catholic, and is now a staunch Protestant. As you’re having a few cold ones near the grill, Joe begins to share his love for the Bible and how he’s learning at his church’s bible study …

Is the Belief “God Exists” Meaningless?

A few months ago a caller on Catholic Answers Live said he didn’t believe that God exists because the belief cannot be proven true (verified) or false (falsified) based on empirical observation. What he meant was that there is nothing in our sense experience that can show whether the proposition “God exists” is true or false. This objection arises out …

Why Jesus’ Resurrection is Not Borrowed from Pagan Myths

Skeptics will argue that Jesus’ resurrection is just one more instance of the dying-and-rising-god motif prevalent in the religions of the ancient Near East. The Scottish social anthropologist James Frazer popularized this motif in his 1890 book The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion. The idea continued in modern skeptic circles, as the popular film Zeitgeist has shown. Skeptics …

The Consequences of Polygamy

Defenders of traditional marriage argue that redefining marriage to include same-sex unions undermines marital permanency (lifelong union) and exclusivity (only one spouse). If biological sex doesn’t matter, they argue, then why should duration and number? This is called a reductio ad absurdum argument. It attempts to show the absurd conclusions that legal recognition of same-sex marriage logically leads to, namely, …

Three Simple Ways to Show Contradictions in the Mormon Belief of God

You’re at the park playing with your kids and two conservatively dressed young men are riding their bikes nearby, and you immediately recognize they are Mormon. Thoughts start whizzing through your mind: I hope they don’t come here. If they do, what will I say? Should I engage? I’m trying to spend time with my kids! Sure enough, they approach your …

How to Refute the ‘Religion is Violent’ Myth

If you could wave a magic wand to get rid of either rape or religion, which would you choose? Popular atheist Sam Harris would choose religion. In a 2006 interview he argued, “more people are dying as a result of our religious myths than as a result of any other ideology.” This is a common charge among many New Atheists. They think …