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Atheists on Morality: Jumping out of the Bottomless Pit

Atheists have a problem.  Ok, they have lots of problems.  🙂  But this one is a big one:  how to explain morality.

Now, for some reason atheists remained confused on some basic aspects of the issue.   It is common to hear from their camp something to the effect, “We do not need God to be moral.”

Indeed, the professional atheists have been churning out attempts to show that they can be moral without God.   This seriously misses the point.   The argument is not, “You are an immoral and evil clout because you reject theism.”  Nor is the theistic argument, “I … continue reading...

Tips that Atheists can use for Understanding the Bible

When I was a high school religion teacher I ran into a bit of trouble because, for the final exam, I expected the students to be able to recall facts from the Bible that we had covered that semester.  Yes, I know.  If it had been chemistry class, recalling chemistry facts covered in the semester would have been an obvious thing to have on the exam.  I think the reason there was resistance to requiring that students know biblical facts is because a lot of people- even parents of kids in Christian schools- don’t actually think the Bible is true.  … continue reading...

Atheism as ‘Gateway Drug’ to Drifting Away

As of this writing, I am facilitating a course/discussion regarding the decline of Christianity in America.  Someone made a point in the discussion that is similar to one I’ve made previously… but I can’t find where I made it so I’m making it anew.  🙂

The question begins with a look at the measured increase in self-identified ‘religious nones’ in America since around 1990.  (This data can be found linked to here.)  In 1990, some 8% of Americans identified themselves as having no religion.  Today, that figure has doubled.  In the meantime, there has been a drop in … continue reading...

Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy is enrolling now.  It is almost too late to enroll in the “Introduction to basic Biblical Greek” course but it can be downloaded as an e-book in expanded fashion from here.  (Good for home schoolers, self-study, small groups, Bible study groups, etc)

Beginning on Nov. 3 is the course on “The Reliability of the New Testament Documents.”  This course is useful for those who want to understand why we believe the books we have in the New Testament are what was really written.

Beginning on Nov. 17 is the follow up course, “The Formation … continue reading...

God Created Your Brain: Fall 2008 Online Apologetics Academy Enrolling

Many people are intimidated by the pompous declarations of those like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  Many people think that becoming a Christian means checking your brain at the door.  Some think that it would take endless study to be able to stand up to the challenges against Christianity.  Let us be clear:  it does take some work, but it need not be all at once and you can do a little at a time.  The Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy offers short modules that do not require massive amounts of your time.  At the same time, you’ll gain resources to … continue reading...

What is Christianity? Why should we Study Atheism? Who cares how the Bible was Formed?

Beginning on April 30th, 2008, Athanatos Online Academy’s course “Studies in Atheism” will begin. This three week course will give a brief history of atheism through the centuries and then leap to a discussion of more modern atheists such as Bertrand Russell, Antony Flew, and the so-called ‘New’ atheists: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and so on.

Why should anyone care? Why should Christians care? Trends in atheism are as discernible as trends in anything else and many agree (even ‘moderate’ atheists will sometimes agree) that the current trends are ominous. Moreover, if Christians want to reach out … continue reading...

Understanding the Atheistic Mind and the New Atheists and why they Must be Confronted

Someone sent me a link to this ‘blog’ entry titled “10 Questions Every Intelligent Christian Must Answer”. Now, I definitely don’t agree with the premise. I don’t think we are obliged to answer most of the questions, springing as they do out of sheer ignorance and contempt. What I found most telling about this entry with 850 kudos and 5,000 comments and applauded by Sam Harris himself is the rationale that follows his list:

When you use your brain, and when you think logically about your religious faith, you can reach only one possible conclusion: the “god” that you

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