Episode 56 | The New Priests

The most persuasive people are the ones who make us laugh. Louis C.K.’s new Netflix special has erupted in controversy.  His observations spark laughter over “killing babies.”  Pro-choice advocates like it less than the Pro-life advocates.  And yet, the routine is decidedly in favor of abortion.  Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss the the…

Episode 55 | Dead Man Walking Pt. 2

The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is well documented and undeniable.  But is that claim credible?  Scholars of all stripes agree on 5 bedrock facts.  What explanation best accounts for all of those facts?  It’s not enough to submit a theory.  You must support it with evidence.  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson…

Episode 54 | Dead Man Walking Pt. 1

Richard Dawkins claims that Jesus rotted in a grave, like everyone else.  And, any claim otherwise is no better attested than a children’s fable.  But what about all of New Testament scholars who say differently? What about non-Christian historical documents that address Jesus and the resurrection? Even agnostic, New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman disagrees with…

QOTW

Presumably what happened to Jesus was what happens to all of us when we die. We decompose. Accounts of Jesus’s resurrection and ascension are about as well-documented as Jack and the Beanstalk. –Richard Dawkins More than emotion or intuition—do you know why you either agree or disagree with this statement?

Episode 51 | Shell Game Pt. 2

Disillusionment.  A crisis of faith.  Uncertainty.  These are common, maybe even healthy experiences in every worldview.  Do these feelings and thoughts mean that it’s time to abandon beliefs?  Should we repress doubts?  What is the way forward? How are we supposed to be a good friend when talking with someone who is believer in public,…

Episode 50 | Shell Game Pt. 1

What do you do when see yourself playing a shell game?  On the outside you still wear the mask of a believer, but on the inside—you know you’re really a doubter. There are many different approaches to common experience.  The answers can’t be, “Just have more faith.”  Or, “fake it till you make it.”  Is…

Episode 44 | Greater Than Nothing

Atheism is a belief system, and we can prove it! Everyone and every view is united by the same BIG questions. We’re just divided by the answers. Whether you’re a strong atheist or a passive disbeliever–we all are responsible to explain why people have dignity or why rape is wrong. Saying, “everyone knows it” is not…

QOTW

I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing. –Allan Sandage What’s your answer to life’s biggest question? Allan Sandage (b. 1926), winner…

Episode 40 | Trumped Up Virtue

Millions are marching and more are passionately expressing their values.  Among all the disagreement, there is surprising unity: compassion is good, racism is bad, evil should be resisted.  Can we validate these values without a belief in God?  On the Late Show, with Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais laughs off the idea God.  He claims science…

Episode 33 | God of Silence

Martin Scorsese directed and released Silence, a film starting Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.  More than a stellar movie, it tells the story of brutally persecuted Jesuit priests and Japanese Christians in 17th century Japan.  The film compels the viewer to ask the question, where is God in our pain and suffering?  Why…

Why I’m Not An Atheist | Part 1

This is the first post in a four part series.  A second, multi-post series, Why I Am  A Christian, will be published next.   I think we are all united by some fundamental questions, important questions. Where we start to distant ourselves lies with the answers. Origin: where did it all come from/why is there something…