All posts tagged afterlife

Are we doomed?

The Apologetics 315 blog quotes William Lane Craig: If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means […]

YOLO? You really think so?

I know, I know, the whole internet has mocked this “YOLO” thing to death by now. I’m sick of it too. But one of the recent snarky criticisms I saw got me thinking of another kind of snarky criticism I haven’t actually seen anyone make yet … which, of course, is where I come in! […]

Review: Love Wins

I read Rob Bell’s Love Wins back in October, but I just uncovered my notes about it — so it’s time for a much-overdue book review! If you’re the sort of person who reads blogs about religion and atheism, you probably remember the controversy surrounding Bell’s book in March 2011. A quick refresher for those […]

A strong delusion

I have yet to hear a compelling explanation of why these words appear in 2 Thessalonians 2 (verses 7-14). Emphasis, of course, is mine: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will […]

Bible dealbreakers: Inconsistent teachings

I’m doing a series on what I’d like to call “Bible dealbreakers,” reasons why I reject the Bible’s authority and therefore reject Christianity. This is part five of six. Some of the contradictory statements in the Bible, rather than being about basic facts of the sort I discussed in Thursday’s post, are actually about the […]

God’s important plans

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona several days ago. I don’t have much to add to the more eloquent words of others, but I do want to call your attention to one related response in particular. Martin at The Atheist Experience wrote a spot-on reaction to Congressman Mike […]

I’ll make tiny changes

I saw this music video over at Skepchick and loved it. The group is called Frightened Rabbit and the song is “Head Falls Off.” Lyrics here.   When it’s all gone, something carries on And it’s not morbid at all Just when nature’s had enough of you When my blood stops, someone else’s will not […]

Hell, or a loving God?

An alert reader emailed me a link to a recording of pastor and theologian R.C. Sproul explaining some of his thoughts on hell and the nature of God’s judgment. She told me that a Christian friend of hers, who is studying to be a minister, sent her this link as a response to her contention […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses on hell

The Jehovah’s Witnesses at our door the other day tried to tell us that they weren’t “knocking” any other religion. I should have responded by saying simply, “Of course you are; you think they offer the wrong teachings, don’t you?” That would have been sufficient to make the point. They were coming to tell us […]

Christians disagree on hell

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but I thought it was a particularly vivid example. It’s next to impossible to generalize about “what Christians believe,” because they disagree on so many seeming points of fact. Justin Taylor recently asked, “What is the worst thing about hell?” and quoted Calvinist theologian R.C. Sproul to answer. […]