Skeptics say “You’re only a Christian because you grew up in America. If you were born in Iran, you’d be a Muslim.” While this is wrong, it should make us think.

“How thoughtful of God to arrange matters so that, wherever you happen to be born, your local religion turns out to be the true one.” Richard Dawkins How are you so sure your faith is the right one? Isn’t religion only a reflection of culture? Some might say that you’re just a Christian as an accident of birth. If you were born in Thailand, you’d be a Buddhist!  If you’ve noticed, Atheists and other skeptics of religion bring this up a lot. As if the same type of reasoning doesn’t apply to them. What’s sauce for the goose… Think about it for a second. In the West, Christianity is predominant. But not completely so. Not … Read more

Looking for God in all the wrong places: Does neuroscience really prove that there is no God?

Note: I wrote this originally like 8 years ago, but I figured it was well worth reviving since this is one of those zombie objections that just keeps coming back.  Recently the  L.A.Times ran an op-ed piece written by two atheists who use neuroscience to show us that God is a human invention. Cutting edge stuff, I know. In recent years scientists specializing in the mind have begun to unravel religion’s “DNA.” They have produced robust theories, backed by empirical evidence (including “imaging” studies of the brain at work), that support the conclusion that it was humans who created God, not the other way around. And the better we understand the science, the closer we can come … Read more

Are you defining faith the same way Richard Dawkins does or the way Jesus does?

There’s this really annoying thing that I see many atheists do. Not to overgeneralize, but I’ve heard it far too often. And it’s that they will persist in defining faith as belief without evidence. Here are some notable examples: “Faith is pretending to know what you don’t know” – Peter Boghossian “Faith is belief without evidence and reason; coincidentally that’s also the definition of delusion.” — Richard Dawkins “Faith is generally nothing more than the permission religious people give one another to believe things strongly without evidence.” – Sam Harris   There’s also this thing annoying thing I see Christians do. And it’s that they’ll basically agree with the atheist. The famous reformer Martin Luther … Read more

A Response to I Stopped Believing In God After Pastoring A Megachurch

There’s a video that has been trending on YouTube from Buzzfeed that’s called “I Stopped Believing in God After Pastoring a Megachurch”. It’s like a testimony service but in reverse; something of an altar call to atheism, and it raises some interesting questions. Here’s the video: What do we say in response to something like this? What’s going on here? There’s a couple of things that really stand out. A wrong view of God She talks about how she had this mistaken “transactional” view of God, where if she lived a moral and good life that she was then owed by God a good life in return. This was challenged when she struggled to conceive a … Read more

“That’s Just Your Opinion” Should not be a Conversation Stopper.

Scene: Jesus Quintana is traipsing around the bowling alley, brimming with confidence. He tells Walter and The Dude — in not-so-nice terms — how he’s going to mop up the floor with them. The Dude replies with that now-famous mother of all comebacks “well, that’s just like, your opinion man”. Disclaimer: I’m on the conscientious side these days, so my virgin ears wouldn’t sit through The Big Lebowski. Go ahead, make fun of me. Besides, O Brother Where Art Thou? is actually my favorite Coen Brothers movie (don’t @ me). OK, disclaimer and unpopular take aside, let’s talk about opinions. Let’s say you’re in a debate with someone. You’re dropping science. You’re citing credible sources. You have logic, reason, and evidence … Read more

The Christian and the Euthyphro Dilemma

One of the arguments raised against God being the basis for morality is the age-old Euthyphro Dilemma. Socrates, in Plato’s dialogue, asks Euthyphro: “Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?” The modern adaptation raised against theism goes something like this: “Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?” The Catch-22 for the theist is this: God could command any arbitrary thing that popped into his head – like killing kittens – and we’d be obligated to obey and call it good because God says … Read more