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Jerry Coyne vs. Ross Douthat: Why the Bible Persuades So Many (Even as Atheist Arguments Against It Don’t)

In thinking about the dust-up between Jerry Coyne and Ross Douthat over whether the miraculous stories in the Bible actually happened, and whether it matters (Coyne says yes, Douthat says no), it occurs to me that both of them are … Continue reading

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Was Jesus the Only One to Rise from the Dead on Easter Weekend?

Not if you believe 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 … Continue reading

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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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“A Parable for Thomas”: a poem by Santi Tafarella

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 . Beauty is noticing the lonely Boulder on yonder hill casting                                                                                                                                                                                                                               . In your way a long black Tongue declaring that, yes,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                . The sun is rising, and you Need not ascend yourself                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 . The hill, nor touch … 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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Alien Abductions, Epistemology, and Eyewitness Testimony

If you believe in, say, the resurrection of Jesus or the historic existence of Cleopatra based on eyewitness testimony, why don’t you believe what these apparently sincere folks are saying as well? What makes some forms of eyewitness testimony more credible … Continue reading

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UFOs 101: “Out of the Blue” on DVD is Stimulating, Especially if You’re a Skeptic

As promised at this blog last week, as a UFO skeptic I said I’d get the supposedly best DVD out there on UFOs, watch it, and give it a brief review. Well, I did. Out of the Blue  is a … Continue reading

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Do You Believe That Jesus’s Resurrection Really Happened? Are You Open Minded?

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