Thinking Out Loud

Why heaven could be hell

If there is eternal life and you sign up for it, you’ve signed a contract with no termination clause. No matter what happens to you, there is no way out. You can’t change your mind. Your c...

Say goodbye to Christianity in 2019

If you are a Christian, there is a lot that you have to take on faith; was Jesus born of a virgin? Did Jesus die and resurrect? Did Jesus ascend to heaven? Is Jesus alive today? You have no way of kno...

How myths destroy gods

It is uncontroversial that the Sumerians invented their pantheon of gods and their elegant myth explaining the creation of the world. They believed the goddess Nammu gave birth to her husband Anki. Th...

How to keep your kids thinking straight

You want your kids to grow up sensible, right? You’re educated and have experience of the world, and this has led you to choose the best political party. You know better than your five-year-old ...

How a clown-god fails Christians

Let’s be honest, God is not a star when it comes to the brains department. Apparently, within days of creation, he was outwitted by a crafty snake. Soon everything went pear-shaped and he regret...

Is slavery wrong?

Recently a Muslim asked me, “Why is it bad to own slaves?” It’s a good question and it needs an answer. What religions tell us Both Christians and Muslims can answer this question fr...

Six awkward questions on Biblical morality

Religious people tell me atheists have no basis for morality–all we have are opinions and no one’s opinion is more valid than anyone else’s. Instead, they point me to a book they say...

Ten bad reasons to be an atheist (and one good one)

I am an atheist but I often find myself disagreeing with other atheists. There are good reasons to be an atheist and there are bad reasons. Here are ten commonly heard bad reasons: “My mum got s...

Why Christianity’s most important story is 100% wrong

Christianity’s most important story set in the Garden of Eden, tells us that God left innocent humans, who had no knowledge of good and evil, in the company of a crafty serpent. God told the hum...

How we know Genesis is the work of men

God is immaterial—made of nothing, indivisible and everywhere at the same time. He doesn’t eat, sleep or get sick. He knows everything and is more intelligent than we can ever imagine. God had n...

Six things wrong with God

It’s a pity you can’t get a Ph.D. in Inventing Gods. Those who have done it in the past have not always done a great job. So after much research, I have distilled the six key things the He...

Christ’s missing witnesses

Being a witness is an easy position to explain—it means someone who can stand in front of us and tell us what they saw, in a ‘witness box’ if necessary. We shouldn’t have any confusion understanding t...

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