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Setting the Record Straight on Eternal Life

“Basic instructions before leaving Earth” is a popular way to characterize the Bible among Christians. It’s cute and clever, but it’s also ironic and misleading for several reasons. The particular reason concerning us here is that, for a collection of … Continue reading

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The Promised Land … of Confusion

No, That’s Not Christianity: Part 1 The word “heaven” shows up roughly 700-800 times in the Bible, depending on the translation. Incidentally, the reason for that wide variance is that the two words from which the word “heaven” is translated … Continue reading

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The Trinity: A Necessity to Monotheism

Depending on whom you ask, the concept of the Trinity is either the absolute worst offense that can exist in the sight of God, or it’s God’s all-important self-revelation upon which all existence and life and salvation depend. There’s a … Continue reading

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The Prime Radiant: A Simple Argument for the Resurrection

Contrary to popular misconception, Christianity is eminently and easily provable by simple logic and straightforward reference to a few basic, minimal and uncontroversial facts of history and reality. I call this argument the “Prime Radiant,” after the central equation of … Continue reading

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Our Delinquent Messiah (Part II)

By now, the enormous contrast between what we read about the Church in the New Testament and in the early centuries of Christian history and what we see and experience of it in the 21st century should be shockingly conspicuous. … Continue reading

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Our Delinquent Messiah (Part I)

When you think of the word “messiah,” what comes to mind? Most people have a basic sense of the concept. Our culture provides plenty of examples, since messiahs are among the most oft-used character types in all of fiction, so … Continue reading

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The False Gospel of the American Church

I don’t think most churchgoers actually know what the gospel is. At the risk of sounding like an uppity, presumptuous layman blinded by the Dunning-Kruger effect (yes – I know how this looks), I’m pretty well convinced that the majority … Continue reading

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The American Church is Apostate

I thought about entitling this “The Upside-Down Tripod of Faith,” but that just doesn’t have the same hook or punching power. I didn’t pick this title just for its click-bait appeal, though. I sincerely believe we are apostate. “Christianity” as we … Continue reading

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Get ready to have your mind blown

I think I might have figured out UFOs. I’m not offering this with any degree of dogmatism or certainty. It’s just a hypothesis. So if you like it, enjoy. If you don’t, ignore it. My hypothesis is based on three main pillars … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Ben Irwin:
Fifteen years ago, I landed my dream job. Well, OK… my dream internship, anyway. I was working for a conservative Christian lobbying group in DC. We were located just eight blocks from the White House,…

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