Category Archives: Christianity

The Questionable Reliability of Religious Experience

There are two distinct but related ideas the religious sometimes put forward to explain why some atheists have walked away from belief in a god. The first idea is that the god rejected by these atheists is that of a particularly fundamentalist variety, and so it’s no real surprise that they’ve not just abandoned that

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pagan origins of christmas

The Pagan Origins of Christmas

Break out the lights and the mistletoe – it’s the Christmas season once more! As in years passed, families are decorating trees and preparing for the holiday, retail stores are stocking the shelves with festive goods, and churches throughout the world are planning their Christmas services. Though easily forgotten amidst all the Santas, trees, and

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Did a Miracle Occur at Fatima?

According to many believing Catholics, a strange and miraculous event occurred on October 13th, 1917 near the town of Fatima in Portugal.1 In the months before the purported miracle, three children named Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco had allegedly received visions of an apparition of the virgin Mary. One of three predictions made by the children

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Why the Resurrection is Historically Improbable

Generally, the resurrection is taken as an article of faith, perhaps the central most tenet of Christianity. According to some scholars, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 contains an early Christian creed professing belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the apostle Paul, “the message of the cross is foolishness” that he nevertheless delighted to believe in

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Origins of the New Testament

The New Testament is one of the most important documents in the history of humankind. It has shaped Western civilization as we know it, serving as the backbone of the Roman Catholic and Protestant faiths, which together account for the most prominent religion in the world.1 The New Testament writings also opened the doors of

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Origins of the Old Testament

Accept the truth from whatever source it comes. -Maimonides The Hebrew scriptures tell the epic story of the ancient Israelite people. Many of the tales are already familiar to us, having been imprinted on Western culture over the centuries. There is the garden of Eden, with the first man and woman, the forbidden fruit, and

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Is the Bible historically reliable?

The Historical Errancy of the Bible

In 1868, a German businessman named Heinrich Schliemann published a book arguing for a historical Troy, located at a place called Hissarlik (in modern Turkey). As a boy, Schliemann was greatly fascinated by the epic tales of the ancient Greeks, particularly Homer’s classic writings, The Iliad and The Odyssey, and when he had made enough

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Psalm 22 – Now With Less Jesus!

Alongside Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 is one of the favorite and best known Old Testament passages for Christian apologists. According to Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and many others, Psalm 22 prophesied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ before crucifixion as a torture method had even been invented. Christians often point to the mention of pierced hands

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