Religion was our first attempt at philosophy, just as alchemy was our first attempt at chemistry and astrology our first attempt to make sense of the movements of the heavens. -Christipher Hithens, from “The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever”
There was a time when God was kind When his voice was soft And his words inviting There was a time my love was blind And the church was a song And the song was exciting There was a time Then the light came on I woke from a dream and said goodbye Then […]
C. S. Lewis tapped into my imagination like no one else could. He gave me a magical portal through which I could escape from my own troubles and enter into a fantastic new world. It was a mere wardrobe. Yet this closet was an armoire without boundaries or limits. It was a gateway. The wardrobe […]
Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, and author of Reason for God, believes Christianity rises or falls on the historicity of Adam and Eve: [Paul] most definitely wanted to teach us that Adam and Eve were real historical figures. When you refuse to take a biblical author literally when he clearly wants […]
There is no need to invoke God to explain the things we see in the natural world. There are perfectly natural explanations. The faithful argue that God is at least necessary to explain the mysterious unknown, but appeals to the supernatural are unnecessary even then. A mystery is a discovery waiting on evidence. A lack […]
Naturalism comes in many varieties, but the entry-level union card—the famous empiricist David Hume is our hero—expresses solidarity with this motto: “Just say no to the supernatural.” Rebirths, heavens, hells, creator gods, teams of gods, village demons, miracles, and divine retribution in the form of plagues, earthquakes, and tsunamis are things naturalists don’t believe in. […]
It’s not easy being the lone objector in a sea of believers.