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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 24 2013

Deficit apologetics

One of the reasons I am no longer a Christian is what I call “deficit apologetics,” the argument for God’s existence that, if you think about it, is actually a reflection of his non-existence. A recent blog post by David French at Patheos gives us a good example of deficit apologetics in action.

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Aug 13 2013

More on the cost of religion

Via Ed’s blog comes this report of volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center lying to women. For several minutes, a CPC employee told horror stories about the dangers of being on birth control, saying she typically tries to talk women out of using it. She likened birth control to “tremendous dosages of steroids,” and belittled …

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Aug 11 2013

It’s better to believe

Some people will tell you that there’s a lot of good in religion, and even if it’s not really true, it’s a benign and harmless delusion. Meet the evidence to the contrary. A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane …

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Aug 05 2013

Pascal’s counter-wager

[Note: I've disabled comments on this post due to spam. Let me know if you'd like to have commenting turned back on again, and I'll be happy to oblige.] The interesting thing about gambling on the supernatural is that the supernatural, by definition, has no objective, reality-based constraints. As soon as you can objectively measure …

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Aug 03 2013

Christianity and polytheism

I’ve been thinking about Christianity and polytheism. Not the more obvious polytheism you find in the Trinity, but rather the many different and incompatible beings that believers worship under the polymorphic title of “God.” For example, one of the gods that believers worship is El Shaddai, the Almighty God. He’s a Biblical character, and he’s …

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Aug 01 2013

Yeah, prostitutes

I was listening to Christian talk radio on my way home last night (ok, I admit it, I do that a lot), and the topic was gay marriage, or more generally homosexuality. It was kind of bizarre. They were trying to grapple with the fact that Jesus is losing the culture wars, especially in the …

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