Thoughts on the PRRI Religion Survey

The Public Religion Research Institute released Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion–and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back (Questionnaire). It’s depressing news for us Christians (6% of the US population was religiously unaffiliated in 1991 and that has grown to 25% in 2016) but it is worth looking at in order to understand what is…

Review of Has God Spoken? by Hank Hanegraaff

As you would expect from the title, Has God Spoken? Proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration, Hank Hanegraaff argues for the divine inspiration of Scripture. In chapters 1-6 the author summarizes reasons for believing the Bible is historically accurate and that the original wording of the Bible has been preserved. In chapters 7-11 he notes…

Review of Chapter 10 of The End of Christianity

Full disclosure: I am a universalist. This means that I believe that all people will eventually be saved and spend eternity with God in the new creation. I do not deny that sinners will be punished in the afterlife. I just believe the punishment will be for a finite duration. It is also worth noting…

Review of Chapter 5 of The End of Christianity

Chapter 5 of The End of Christianity is written by Dr. Jaco Gericke. The chapter begins by arguing that, in the Old Testament, Yahweh is depicted as one god among many gods. He contrasts the god of the philosophers, a god not belonging to a genus, with the Yahweh of the Bible, who does belong…

Review of Chapter 3 of The End of Christianity

In chapter 3 of The End of Christianity, John Loftus argues that Christianity is wildly improbable. There are many little paths I could go down in reviewing this chapter. I’ll try to address the arguments that impinge most strongly on my personal beliefs so as to keep this post a manageable length. Also, as a…