Mike

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Date registered: March 9, 2010

Latest posts

  1. Free Will and Meaning — April 28, 2015
  2. Jesus was not a Christian — February 23, 2015
  3. Brief Comments on the Resurrection — February 20, 2015
  4. Christian and Atheist Round Table Discussion and Q&A: Morality – Part 1 — February 25, 2014
  5. Christian and Atheist Round Table Discussion and Q&A: Morality – Part 2 — October 25, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Is everything in the Bible true? — 80 comments
  2. Free Will and Evil — 77 comments
  3. Intention in Eden — 49 comments
  4. On Absurdity: William Lane Craig and Actual Infinites — 36 comments
  5. Gospel Truth: Important Contradictions — 28 comments

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Aug 02

Gospel Truth: A Christmas Story(ies)

This is my third post in a series on the New Testament Gospels. The purpose of this series is to introduce in a very general way the findings of New Testament scholars using the historical-critical method. Thus far, I have covered whether the gospels were written by eyewitnesses and discussed a few general contradictions that …

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Jul 29

Atheist vs. Agnostic

I am an atheist. Let me be clear. I don’t believe in any gods or goddesses. I don’t believe in ghosts or ESP. I don’t believe in anything you might associate with the supernatural. Period. Yet, there is a move often made by theists. It goes a little something like this: Theist: Can you prove …

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Jul 26

What makes a being great?

There is an argument I’ve floated in a few comment threads, but I thought it deserved a formal presentation. This argument, if correct, would show that our existence disproves a greatest possible being. It’s an ambitious claim, but here goes: 1. Given two options, a greatest possible being would only do the better thing in every given situation. 2. …

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Jul 20

Fine Tuning and a Beginningless Past

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One of the most popular arguments for theism is the Fine Tuning Argument (FTA). The FTA is generally formulated something like this: The “constants” of the universe either arrived by chance or design The chance is overwhelmingly small Therefore, they must have arrived by design There are a lot of things we could discuss about the …

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Jul 13

The Paradox of the Ravens and Hypothesis Testing

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Generally speaking, when an atheist views the world, they tend to do so with a respect for hypothesis testing. We find something admirable in the notion that you can come up with predictions, test them in the real world, and the end results affect your view. Since very few things are certain, these outcomes generally …

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Jul 06

Biblical Inerrancy is Not Probable

Whenever you attack someone on the inconsistencies in the Bible, they will often retreat to the realm of possibility. But the point I always make is “Why should we care about possibility?” It’s possible that you are reading a blog post typed by a large, green rodent. It’s possible that you will wake up tomorrow …

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Jun 29

Human Sacrifice

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Imagine a village in ancient times. This village is inhabited by a culture that is quite primitive when viewed through the lens of today. They don’t know much about how the world works. In good times, they are thankful to their local god for the bounty. In hard times, they feel they must have wronged …

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Jun 09

Catching Up

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I’ve been travelling lately, so I’m sorry if I haven’t kept up with the site over the past week or two. I did have some interesting site-related things happen, though. – I received a review copy of Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith. I wanted to complete my review …

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May 26

Francisco Ayala on Intelligent Design

The implication of Intelligent Design is that God is a very, very bad engineer. I mean, an engineer that we have design an eye with the optic nerve having to cross the retina would be fired. An engineer that would have designed the human jaw would be fired; I mean, our jaw is not big enough for all our …

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May 19

Interview with a Pastor – Allen Atzbi, Element Church

This is the first part in a series of interviews with pastors. I’ve asked questions I thought an atheist audience would want to know, but I’m open to suggestions for different questions. Feel free to comment and let me know. For these posts, I will limit myself to only asking the questions. I want the …

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