Most often the religious debate between Christians and Muslims revolves around each claiming to have the holy book from God/Allah, and it just depends on your faith as to which you will believe is the trustworthy book. What if it were shown that one of the books showed signs of not being inspired by God/Allah? Wouldn’t that help the discussion be decided by something more objective than simply which beliefs one holds? The more one studies the Quran, the more one comes to realize that many of the stories found within it are echoes from other eras, cultures, and religions. The evidence seems to bring the Quran further away from the category of divine inspiration, and closer to a situation where Muhammad created the Quran from a pool of oral traditions from many varying sources. If this is true, it would seem as though, instead of being a word from Allah, the Quran was simply an amalgamation of oral traditions molded into a common theme, for the purpose of creating a new religion out of the old ones.
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Is God prideful? Is He arrogant and vain for wanting us to worship Him? Does His anger and jealousy make Him petty? Continue reading God’s Vanity and Pettiness
With news of the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay marriage is now a right every American has, Facebook newsfeeds have exploded with rainbow display pictures, and just about every other post seems to be about the news. A Facebook friend of mine made a post about how he found it amazing that there were Christians out there, who were educated in philosophy (a field he respects), who are still capable of being against the redefinition of marriage. One of the first comments Continue reading Why Christians Think Homosexuality is a Sin
I had my faith challenged in college for the first time. I had never had anyone give me a real reason why Christianity was wrong. When I was given an argument against my faith, it sent me on a journey for answers. In this video I give my story and the answers that it led me to.
Central Community Church made a short film called “Reborn.” It was a film that gave a fresh new way of looking at what Jesus Christ accomplished with His life. I had the opportunity to create my own short film for the church, which covers the material and production of the Reborn film.
In all the conversations I’ve had with atheists, and all the material I’ve read on atheism, I consider the issue or morality in atheism to be one of the most interesting, and one of the most harmful to atheism. In this video I deal with the direction an atheist’s beliefs about morality must go if they are to be true to their atheistic views.
Love Wins by Rob Bell created quite a stir in the Christian world. He was accused of being a heretic, a universalist, and that he was polluting what the Gospel means. In this video I give a review of the book, and present a logical critique of what he wrote.
When Rob Bell came out with his controversial book Love Wins, many Christians spoke and wrote quite condemning, and many other Christians strongly opposed this condemnation. The mindset of today’s culture is that everyone can do/say whatever they want, and this is justified by verses like “judge not lest ye be judged.” In this video I talk about whether or not Christians should condemn Rob Bell.
Religions are usually all lumped together as a code of ethics, with beliefs about where we all came from. A common view is that religions answer questions that we aren’t capable of answering. It’s starting to become the opinion of the majority that all religions are basically the same, and that as long as you’re a good person, in the end, everything will work out, no matter what religion you hold. A wrench is thrown into this philosophical machine when a person is told that Christianity isn’t merely a code of ethics, or answers to impossible questions, but rather, is based on historical facts. Continue reading New Testament Reliability and Truthfulness