Jeff Laird





Jeff Laird has served as a volunteer writer for Got Questions Ministries since 2004 and is active in his local church as a teacher and ministry leader. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, and certificates in statistical and manufacturing techniques from Cleveland State and Akron Universities. He is grateful for an unusually wide range of training and professional experience, including performing arts, classical violin, Biblical studies, manufacturing management, and martial arts. Jeff’s calling is to promote reason, truth, and critical thinking to promote the Gospel. His primary ministry is Christian apologetics, emphasizing issues of culture, science, and philosophy.





Is it better to be "right" or "kind"?  |  Mar 13, 2017
Is it better to say what is right or to save feelings and, in kindness, fudge the truth a little? What if the two weren't mutually exclusive?

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When Questions Become Their Own Answers  |  Feb 28, 2017
Looking for answers to deep questions is a good thing. Using nit-picky questions to delay a decision isn't. Sometimes too many questions is a sign something's wrong.

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Scripture and Skepticism  |  Feb 6, 2017
The Bible is adamant that believers and skeptics alike should challenge the Scriptures, seriously consider whether they are true. No other religion demands such examination of itself.

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Rogue One: A Movie Review  |  Dec 26, 2016
In entertainment and life, we tend to focus on the one-time hero who saved the day. Rogue One tells the story of the unsung heroes who risked much more for much less reward.

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Pulling the Lever  |  Nov 1, 2016
Much of America was caught off guard by the moral dilemma that is the 2016 presidential election. But there is a simple way to make sure we're ready next time.

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InterVarsity's LGBTQ Policy  |  Oct 10, 2016
InterVarsity has requested employees who support LGBTQ rights step down. Is this discriminatory hiring practices or freedom of religion?

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Check your Attitude Indicator  |  Oct 4, 2016
Jiminy Cricket said to "let your conscience be your guide." The Bible says our conscience isn't the most accurate attitude indicator to use.

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Show Your Work  |  Sep 6, 2016
Anyone who's taken math knows to show their work. It helps you know how you got the answer and find your mistakes. The same advice is crucial for faith, as well.

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Good Christian Sex, Bad Christian Teaching  |  Aug 29, 2016
Bromleigh McCleneghan's new book claims sex outside of marriage is healthy, necessary, and holy. Although she's a pastor, her reasoning is less biblical and more Orwellian.

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String Theory  |  Jul 18, 2016
String Theory basically says that electrons are strings and the cosmos has as many as eleven dimensions. What it doesn't — and can't — say is that God doesn't exist.

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What is the Christian response to the Orlando attack?  |  Jun 16, 2016
How should Christians react to the LGBTQ community in response to the Orlando terrorist attack? How do we help and share the Gospel with people we've been at odds with or so long?

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Reasons for Trump, Trumped by Reason  |  May 31, 2016
Are there specific, real, significant reasons for Christians to not vote for Trump? Are these reasons enough?

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Donald Trump and John Proctor  |  May 16, 2016
Should Christians vote for the "lesser of two evils" in 2016? Dare we give our assent to an evil that "isn't as bad"?

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Archaeopteryx  |  Apr 18, 2016
Some say the feathered dinosaur archaeopteryx is birds' evolutionary missing link while others say it doesn't mean anything. Is archaeopteryx proof or is this fossil for the birds?

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Pyrrhic Politics  |  Apr 11, 2016
Social change feels great - when it supports your views. But proponents of pyrrhic politics should stop and consider the inevitable result of their revolution.

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The Young Messiah: A Movie Review  |  Mar 14, 2016
The Young Messiah does a good job at showing the humanity of Mary, Joseph, and even Jesus. Unfortunately, it doesn't show Jesus as God.

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Risen: A Movie Review  |  Feb 22, 2016
There have been a glut of bad movies based on Bible events in recent years. Risen takes a different tack, showing the resurrection through the eyes of a non-biblical figure.

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Dungeons and Dragons  |  Dec 30, 2013
What is "Dungeons & Dragons"? Should Christians play the game? Are the games satanic, or harmless entertainment?

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Christians and The Walking Dead  |  Dec 2, 2013
Should Christians watch The Walking Dead? Is there anything redeeming in a show about killing massive amounts of the undead? What spiritual implications are illustrated?

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Veterans' Day - Wreaths and Remembrances  |  Nov 9, 2015
Veteran's Day is a time to look back at those who offered their lives for our freedom. And, like the Christian life, to learn to appreciate their sacrifice more every year.

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Pope Francis on the Failure of Jesus  |  Sep 29, 2015
Pope Francis said that Jesus was a failure. Setting aside the problems of Catholicism, what if he's right?

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Prayer: a Pseudo-Pseudo-Science  |  Sep 28, 2015
Controlled studies have found no measurable benefit to praying. Does this mean prayer is a useless pseudoscience?

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#ShoutYourDisgust  |  Sep 24, 2015
The hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion celebrates the horror of murdered children. Instead, shout your heartbreak, shout your anger, #ShoutYourDisgust.

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Clanging Symbols  |  Jul 13, 2015
The Confederate Flag: Where freedom in Christ meets loving others. What is the biblical response?

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Have a Slice of Pi: Drowning in the Molten Sea  |  Mar 13, 2015
It's Pi Day! In celebration: an explanation of the seeming discrepancy between the diameter and circumference of the molten sea in 2 Chronicles 4:2-5.

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Picking on Pathogens: Why doesn't the Bible say more about germs?  |  Jan 6, 2015
Germs have killed millions over the years. Why didn't God tell us about germs in the Bible so we could protect ourselves?

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The Misunderstood Bible: Not News; Just Weak  |  Dec 29, 2014
Newsweek Magazine recently published an article by Kurt Eichenwald about how Christians do not understand the Bible very well. And proves that he doesn't understand the Bible at all.

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Hang it up, already!  |  Nov 19, 2014
The "telephone game" analogy says our version of the Bible was handed down with all the accuracy of a secret told by eight fifth-graders. It's an argument atheists use when they want to phone it in.

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My "Lifeboat" Eschatology  |  Oct 21, 2014
Eschatology is a legitimate field of study. But it's more important to know where you stand with Christ than to know the details of His return.

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How the Microbe got his DNA  |  Sep 29, 2014
How did the microbe really get his DNA? Every theory of abiogenesis includes a significant episode of "it just happened...somehow," without any plausible reason to believe it actually could happen.

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You're not the boss of me! Why is blasphemy a sin?  |  Sep 9, 2014
No responsible parent would let a child speak at them with insults and vulgarities. So why do people think it's okay to use blasphemy against God?

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Evidence of Exodus  |  Sep 3, 2014
Many critics claim there is no evidence of large slave populations in Egypt — as usual, those claims have no basis in fact, and there is substantial archaeological evidence which fits nicely with the Biblical Exodus.

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NUN: #AwarenessIsNotEnough  |  Aug 20, 2014
Hashtags and profile pictures will not protect Christians and others in the Middle East from the armies of the Islamic State. You feel strongly about it; what are you going to DO about it?

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Who do you think I think you are? Why the Imposter Theory Doesn't Work  |  Aug 20, 2014
The imposter theory supposes that someone else pretended to be Jesus between His burial and ascension. Why this makes about as much sense as Mystique impersonating Rogue.

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Faithless Fairy Tales  |  May-Aug 2014
Introduction: How science pioneers relied on the Bible as much as their microscopes.
Part 1: The real story of Galileo — His faith, his science, and his relationship with the Catholic Church.
Part 2: The Scopes Trial — A smear campaign against Christianity? Or a movie about McCarthyism?
Part 3: The Crusades — Calling the Crusades a war against poor, defenseless Muslims is an insult — to the Muslims!
Part 4: The Spanish Inquisition — Not what you expected.

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Argument From Reason  |  Aug 6, 2014
Naturalists say that reason is a part of evolution. But is reason even possible for physical stuff? Or is it proof there's something more in the universe?

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Grasping the Thorns: Prosperity Theology  |  Jun 24, 2014
Is healing based on faith? Does wealth come from prayer? Jesus' call to His followers was to reject worldly things and expect hardships. How prosperity theology gets theology all wrong.

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Jesus and "Self-Fulfilling Prophecies"  |  Jun 14, 2014
Was Jesus' fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy self-fulfilling? Or is Jesus really the Messiah promised by God to the nation of Israel?

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Memorial Day  |  May 23, 2014
Memorial Day is not about barbecues, parties, days off of work, or parades. It's not about who mowed the lawn, who brought the potato salad, or who forgot the ice. Memorial Day a remembrance of the men and women who've sacrificed their lives in military service and those left behind with soldier-shaped holes in their hearts.

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The Gospel of Barnabas  |  May 22, 2014
Is the Gospel of Barnabas really over 1500 years old? Why a Muslim-friendly account, filled with cultural anachronisms, can't be the true story of Jesus.

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What were they smoking?  |  May 16, 2014
Did the apostles hallucinate Jesus' appearance after the resurrection? Or did Jesus really come back to life? Why the hallucination theory goes up in smoke.

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Without Four Legs to Stand on  |  May 7, 2014
Does Leviticus make mistakes in describing animals? Rabbits don't chew their cud. Bats aren't birds. Grasshoppers don't have four legs. Does Leviticus 11 prove the Bible is in error?

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Blood out of a (Moon) Rock  |  Apr 15, 2014
Are upcoming lunar eclipses a precursor to fulfilled prophecy? Is something significant about to happen to Israel? Or are blood moons just astronomical anomalies?

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To Serve, Or Not To Serve: Christian Business in a Political World  |  Apr 15, 2014
Across the country, the government is insisting Christian business owners act against their conscience. What should we do when the law and Christian ethics collide?

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Thanks for the Decade!  |  Apr 9, 2014
Jeff Laird looks back over ten years as a volunteer writer for Got Questions.

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Much Ado about "Nothing"  |  Apr 4, 2014
Lawrence Krauss claims the universe was created out of "nothing" — "nothing" being the exact opposite of "no-thing." Philosophy without science bears no relevance to the real world. But science with philosophy is just fairy tales.

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Shedding (Rippled) Light  |  Mar 24, 2014
The Big Bang, gravitational waves, and Lawrence Krauss: how atheists are taking old theistic arguments and re-defining "nothing."

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Joel Osteen  |  Mar 17, 2014
For the saved, Osteen's teachings are like the hollow candy shell: empty calories, better spent on something more nourishing. For the unsaved, Osteen's ministry isn't just a problem, it's a flat-out obscenity.

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The Consequences of Determinism  |  Mar 6, 2014
Determinism says that everything we do is programmed before hand. What are the consequences when we act as if we have no free will?

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Carroll vs Craig: God in Light of Modern Cosmology  |  Feb 26, 2014
William Lane Craig (philosopher-theogian) and Sean Carroll (physicist) debate the the realtionship between God and cosmology. Was God necessary for the creation of the universe?

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If I Only was a Brain  |  Feb 4, 2014
The brain gives us intellect, intelligence, and cognitive function. But it isn't the whole of who we are.

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Weighing the Worth of the Written Word  |  Jan 21, 2014
Human beings learn through many different methods, but some things are best learned, or can only be learned, through one particular method. Among the most powerful learning schemes is reading. Written words are by far the most effective way to communicate higher, more sophisticated concepts.

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Why bawl at Paul?  |  Jan 15, 2014
Many believe that Paul's theology contradicted Jesus'. Is this true? What does the Bible say?

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Be Careful What You Wish For: Phil Robertson and the Future of Free Expression  |  Dec 31, 2013
Many say the drama over Phil Robertson is about free speech. But what if it's really about freedom of religion?

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Apologetics: The Most Important Vaccine  |  Dec 20, 2013
We vaccinate our children against small pox, polio, and the flu. But how can we vaccinate them against the world's deadliest disease—false-teaching?

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Ho, ho, how ridiculous: Atheism and Santa  |  Dec 3, 2013
What do Santa and God have in common? Atheists say both are fanciful figments of our imagination. But does the Santa Claus argument really disprove the existence of God? Or does it just make people think they sound smart?

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RATED N FOR NIHILISM  |  Dec 2, 2013
When experiencing art forms in which the audience is mostly passive, such as movies, it's important to understand he philosophical background of the story. Nihilism in movies challenges the Christian worldview that there is hope and purpose in the world, but it also teaches us quite a bit about our own responses when faced with situations that appear hopeless.

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Tripping over the Trinity  |  Nov 18, 2013
How can a monotheistic God be the Trinity? How can Jesus be God if He prayed to God? How can one God live in hierarchy with Himself?

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Neuroscience and Free Will  |  Nov 11, 2013
Current neuroscience theory says all of our actions are determined by outside stimuli and we have no free will. Very few know to take this to its logical conclusion: are we responsible for our actions?

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