Heaven is for Suckers: A Review of Todd Burpo’s “Heaven is for Real”

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” ~ […]

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Movie Review: God’s Not Dead

“You’re traveling through another dimension . . . A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: God’s Not Dead.” The fantastical and awkwardly overextended premise of God’s Not Dead, the latest ham-fisted offering from Pure Flix Entertainment, is one that has been revisited over and over again in […]

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The Ark Encounter: A Deserted Theme Park in the Making

On February 27, 2014, Ken Ham announced to the press that he has raised just enough money to begin construction on a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark. This ark is to be the main attraction of the Ark Encounter, a creationist theme park he has long wanted to build in Williamstown, Kentucky at an estimated cost of $73 million. The […]

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How Religion Kills: The Fatal Exorcism in Maryland

One of the most prevailing questions directed toward scientific skeptics who criticize religion, paranormal beliefs, and pseudoscientific quackery is “What’s the harm in allowing people to believe in what they want, even if their beliefs are not evidently true?” This question is often asked rhetorically by believers or those who sympathize with the believers’ cause. But when expressed honestly, the […]

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Ken Ham’s Lucrative Shipwreck

Stormy weather is on the horizon for Ken Ham, president of the non-profit young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis. It turns out that his particular deity is not powerful enough to keep his religiously-motivated ark-building project afloat. However, as we will see, Ham is wearing a lifejacket made of greenbacks that will preserve him financially at the expense of all […]

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Ken Ham’s Sinking Boat

“Those people who wait in these times for the numerically impressive organizations of American religion to coalesce into a powerful redemptive force are bound to find the present circumstances profoundly unsatisfying.” ~ R. Laurence Moore, Selling God: American Religion in the Marketplace of Culture (1994) In the last few years, the building of life-sized replicas of the biblical ark of […]

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