Do Ethical Values of Religious People and Atheists Vary? An Answer from the #WVS

I downloaded data from the 7th and most recent wave of the World Values Surveys today and analyzed items using the SPSS statistical package. I wondered whether any statistically significant variations were present between religious people and atheists on a variety of ethical values and norms. I isolated the United States, New Zealand, Japan, and …

4 Kingdoms of Daniel and the Movement to Kill the Church

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a dream around 600 years before the appearance of Jesus, which he struggled to interpret. He summoned the help of magicians, sorcerers, astrologers, and enchanters, expecting them to interpret his dream without giving them any details about it. They protested, telling him that no one could ever interpret a dream …

“Fishers of People” or “Fishers of Men?” Problems with the Gender-Neutral NRSV Bible.

In 1989, a group of academics and church leaders decided to rewrite and update English translations of the Bible with the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). According to the National Council of Churches, this translation is a revision of the 1971 “Revised Standard Version,” which is a revision of the 1901 “American Standard Version,” which …

Bible Contradiction Refuted: Time Reckoning in the Gospels

Different versions of the English Bible refer to the time reference in varying ways. In the NIV, more specific time references are given than in other versions, which refer to the third, sixth, or ninth hours. Jewish people didn’t have watches as we do, so they divided 12-hour days into 4 “hours” or quadrants and …

A Football Analogy for the Euthyphro Dilemma and the Divine Source of our Morality

The Euthyphro Dilemma Socrates and Plato once discovered what they determined to be a dilemma, which some have used to try to crack holes in the moral position that God is the grounding of our objective morality. They wondered whether someone is loved by the gods because he is pious or whether it is because …

How the Parable of the Talents is Applicable in Today’s Pandemic and Protests

In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus shared a story of a man who gave his servants five talents, two talents, and one talent, each according to his abilities. The servant with five talents traded with them, making five more talents. The servant with two talents did the same. But the one who …

Problems with the Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution

Flawed argument: “Evolution is a fact.” Ever since Richard Dawkins penned "The God Delusion," in which he posited that unguided evolution replaces the need for God, it seems a bandwagon of cheering atheists and agnostics have burst into the streets to declare themselves free from our Creator, His moral accountability, and the purpose and meaning …