The loudest objection to theism nowadays is that science has come to explain things religion was originally created to make sense of. This objection assumes, however, that religion primarily speaks about natural phenomena. That is just not true. Take the Christian New Testament Bible, for example: there are very few natural phenomena even mentioned. The main instances that come to mind are the star that guided the three wise men to newborn Jesus, a storm that Jesus calmed, and an earthquake and eclipse at Jesus’ crucifixion. What is discussed far more often than lightning bolts in the Bible are subjects…


There’s a popular saying in our culture today: “I’m not a Democrat or a Republican, I just vote for the better candidate.” I understand the sentiment. Nobody wants to come off as an ideologue. And I, too, don’t consider myself a Republican or a Democrat. I do, however, consider myself a person who cares deeply about preserving the principles the Founders enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and put into practice with the Constitution. …


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Why everyone should proudly celebrate

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While it is still a minority opinion, the feeling is growing that celebrating the United States in any way is a celebration of her worst moments. On the contrary, the 4th of July is a remembrance of and reflection on the ideals America was founded on. Those ideals, as laid out in the Declaration of Independence, are summed up as the right of every person to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A country founded on such high ideals should be celebrated — as well as corrected when it fails to live up to them.

What does the 4th of July Celebrate?

Let’s look to escaped…


Does the existence of evil and suffering disprove God?

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A common stereotype about Christians is that they believe because they haven’t really thought through the arguments against Christianity. That they don’t believe based on evidence. This may be, and likely is, true for most Christians. I would be willing to grant that most Christians believe because they were raised in a Christian family. If asked, most Christians probably would not be able to answer why they believe. Opponents to Christianity, however, make a mistake when they conclude from this that Christianity itself cannot withstand certain questions and discourages its followers from asking them. On the contrary, the Bible asks…


A wealthy man announces his plan to prove mankind is selfish at its core

“Good morning all. Thank you for your attention. This will be brief.

We modern people have come so far compared to our ancestors even 100 years ago. Our technological advancements have made the quality of life astronomically higher for all of us — even some of our most poor. For example, 80% of poverty-stricken Americans have some form of air conditioning, almost 75% have a car, 31% have two or more cars, and 96% report not having hungry children. These are all beautiful statistics that should be celebrated. However, there is one aspect of our nature that we haven’t advanced…


BTW, God exists

Premise 1: Everything that exists has an explanation, either in the necessity of its own nature (i.e. it is non-contingent), or in an external explanation (i.e. it is contingent)
Premise 2: To avoid an infinite regress, contingent objects cannot be explained by other contingent objects ad infinitum and must have been instantiated by a non-contingent foundation
Premise 3: The Universe (or the multiverse) is contingent (i.e. has an external explanation for its existence)
Premise 4: Thus (from premises 1,2, and 3), the non-contingent foundation (from Premise 2) is the explanation for the existence of the Universe (or multiverse)

Premise 5…


There’s a better way to end abortion than banning it

Pro-lifers have seen victory after victory lately, as states continue to pass laws prohibiting abortions. Before pulling out the confetti and fireworks, however, we need to think about what these laws will actually do for abortion rates in America.

Why Laws Alone Will Not Stop Abortion

Of course, outlawing something horrific is a good thing, but if outlawing that thing does not lead to a reduction in the frequency with which that thing is done, what good is the outlawing it in the first place? Simply making abortion illegal will not necessarily lower abortion rates. Resources outside of law enforcement must come into play if we really…


"Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship [...] is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they…


Here is the exact point where we disagree

Let’s do a thought experiment together. For a second, drop all of the pre-packaged arguments for or against abortion that popped into your head as soon as you read the title of this piece. Now ask yourself the following question: “At what point in my life did I begin to have rights?”

Another way to phrase the question is, “when did I attain personhood?” You were a human being from the time you were conceived, as proven by your human DNA, but were you a person deserving of the same rights every other person has (or should have)?

If your…

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