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A tiny course in miracles

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you believe one miracle, you have accepted the premise and have no excuse for not believing all miracles. But let’s get a few things straight right off the bat. A miracle is a supernatural interruption of the natural course of things that cannot be explained by natural causes. All religions, except highly rational versions […]

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Grading Evangelists’ Evidence (With Jessica Walter GIFs)

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! The never-ending fever-dream of 2021 continues apace. This past week, the world lost a comic genius when Jessica Walter passed away at 80 years of age. The actress long ago embedded herself in America’s consciousness with her iconic turns in Arrested Development and the animated series Archer — playing a classy, strong-willed, patently-dishonest, beyond-irreverent, […]

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The Big Coincidences Build in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #152, Ch. 33-34)

Reading Time: 10 minutes Hi and welcome back! Now, let’s turn our attention to the finale gaining steam in Frank Peretti’s 1986 Christian pipe dream, This Present Darkness. In this installment, all of our main and secondary characters come together at last in preparation for the confrontation to come. Also, Edith Duster makes a surprise return! Y’all, these chapters have […]

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A Repulsive Urban Legend Retold in ‘This Present Darkness’ (LSP #125, Ch. 14)

Reading Time: 10 minutes Hello and welcome back to our off-topic chat series, Lord Snow Presides! Today, we return to our examination of Frank Peretti’s brain-melting 1986 fantasy book This Present Darkness. In today’s installment, we discover that Jesus Power can totally prevent rape! Who’d’a guessed? Today, Lord Snow Presides over one of the worst, most repulsive urban legends Christians have […]

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Somebody DIED, Pat Robertson

Reading Time: 13 minutes Pat Robertson’s latest stunt merits our special attention and scorn. Dude accidentally revealed just how ineffective his magic spells are. But it gets worse.  He also revealed just how little his religion has done to make him into a decent human being.

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The Thai Cave Rescue Is Inspirational Precisely Because It’s NOT Miraculous

Reading Time: 11 minutes A dramatic rescue unfolded in Thailand this past month. Now, with its successful conclusion, people begin to bandy about words like miracle to describe what happened. Because I’m very helpful that way, I want to gently point out that the rescue is indeed very inspirational. It shines as a testament to human ingenuity, bravery, and resolve. But it is not a miracle, for those exact reasons.

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Lydia McGrew’s Argument from Miracles, and How It Fails

Reading Time: 10 minutes I recently ran across an essay by Lydia McGrew. She claims to be making a no-fail argument for Christianity’s validity. As we’ll see shortly, however, it is neither unique nor successful. Today I’ll show you her weird take on the logical fallacy called the Argument from Miracles, and also how it fails on an almost comical scale.

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