Tag Archives: John Macarthur

Matthew 27:51-53: The Bible’s “Night of the Living Dead” Passage

Matthew 27:51-53. Have you ever noticed what it says? Immediately after Jesus’s death, Matthew has this very, very strange Night of the Living Dead story that he includes in his gospel. Matthew says that there was, immediately following Jesus’s death, an … Continue reading

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Are Luke 24:6 and Mark 16:6-7 in Contradiction?

Have you ever noticed the change that Luke 24:6 makes on Mark 16:6-7? Below are the two passages (in the King James Version). See if you can catch what Luke has done to the words spoken by the angel to the women … Continue reading

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Three Pretty Good Reasons to Doubt the Resurrection of Jesus

Below are three pretty good reasons to doubt the resurrection of Jesus: First, no agnostic or atheist needs to prove a negative. Burdens of proof fall upon those making a spectacular claim. If someone claims, for example, that an intelligent … Continue reading

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Messianic prophecy, Jesus, and an inconvenient fact

Am I impressed that the Hebrew Bible (the “Old Testament”) has numerous chapters and passages that seem to foreshadow Jesus’s ministry and death? No. Why? Because their predictive value is vastly diminished by an inconvenient fact: THE WRITERS OF THE NEW … Continue reading

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Today’s question: in the Bible, why didn’t God make critical thinking important?

If God exists, and really wrote the Bible, why didn’t He set critical thinking front and center in, say, the teachings of Moses or Jesus? Why, in other words, is God’s emphasis in the Bible upon the pragmatics of faith and obedience—but … Continue reading

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Do fundamentalists own the Bible?

No. No more than Republicans own the American flag. And this is something that annoys me about the post-9-11 New Atheists: they are happy to cede biblical interpretation to fundamentalists. It is as if, in Japan and China, there was … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Chick Tracts: Totalitarianism On Earth As It Is In Heaven

I think it’s curious how closely the judgment day narrative in Chick tracts (such as in “This Was Your Life“) follows the narrative arc of secular totalitarian terror. First, notice that death tends to arrive as an arrest without warning, out of the … Continue reading

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Matthew Arnold, in 1883, on the Bible’s Hold upon the Public Imagination

In what sounds as if it could have been written yesterday, here is the 19th century literary critic and poet, Matthew Arnold, from the preface of his book Literature and Dogma, on the cultural state of play of Bible-based religion in … Continue reading

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Gay Execution in Uganda: Pastor Rick Warren Tries to Walk His Fellow Evangelicals Back from a Precipice

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The Latest Barack Obama Assassination Meme: Psalm 109:8 (“Let His Days Be Few”)

This is infuriating, but there are Christians—Christians!—distributing a bumper sticker that says, “Pray for Obama—Psalm 109:8”. This sounds innocuous until you actually go and read the verse, and those verses following it: 8 Let his days be few; and let another … Continue reading

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The Lake of Fire: Why Hell, If It Exists, Must Ruin Heaven

One reason I do not believe in hell is, were it to exist, it would make heaven impossible. In other words, the very pleasures of heaven would be rendered ridiculous by the concurrent knowledge that the torturing of vast multitudes was occurring at the … Continue reading

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Gay Teen Exorcism in Connecticut

Pinch me. We are living in the 21st century, right?

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Does the Honest Application of Skepticism and Critical Thought Lead One Inevitably to Atheism?

Over at The Barefoot Bum, Larry Hamelin chides me for saying that: “Atheist and agnostic evangelism can be Diet Coke misleading if we pretend that atheism and agnosticism aren’t real divorces from vital sources of hope in human beings.” Hamelin … Continue reading

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A Pronouncement

Be ye Ayatollah or Maharishi, Pope or Protestant clergy, should you pronounce from behind your guru gown, prepare to meet the skeptic’s frown:

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Religious Fundamentalism will Devour You: A Lesson from Saudi Arabia for Republicans?

Is the Republican Party becoming a metaphorical Saudi Arabia? Here’s religious scholar, Reza Aslan, on some lessons that he has drawn from studying Saudi Arabia’s experience with religious fundamentalism: I think that Resa Atlan’s observations here should be sobering for any … Continue reading

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Can You Say SENATOR Al Franken?

You might be soon. According to Time magazine today, Norm Coleman’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court appears to be facing a stiff headwind, not just from the judges generally, but specifically from a Tim Pawlenty appointed justice: The judges’ … Continue reading

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Not Out of Mesopotamia: The New York Times Today Reports that Scientists Contradict the Bible, and Locate the “Garden of Eden” in Either West or East Africa

The Bible’s book of Genesis puts the first man and the first woman (Adam and Eve) in a garden called Eden, and claims that this garden was located along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). But the New York Times … Continue reading

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We Don’t Cuss! (But We Sometimes Torture)

I prefer someone who sometimes cusses, but doesn’t torture, to someone who sometimes tortures, but doesn’t cuss, don’t you? Apparently, not all religious believers would agree.

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Who Would Jesus Torture? Evangelical Christian Profession Highly Correlates with Support for Torture

A new Pew poll correlates Evangelical Christian profession with support for the torture of “suspected terrorists.” That correlation is 79%. See the poll results here. And see here and here for dissection of the poll. In other words, eight in … Continue reading

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Torture Investigations and Prosecutions? Conservative Republican David Broder Says NO

Conservative Republican David Broder, writing in the Washington Post, wants to whisk it all under the rug. No investigations of Bush era officials. Nothing. Broder just wants to move on. Here’s his advice to Obama:  If ever there were a time … Continue reading

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