Brother Richard's Life Without FaithUnderstanding Newer Atheists
Almost weekly, an article or YouTube video pops up from a Christian (usually a minister) who has discovered some new-fangled revelation about those desolate and destitute whom they label “new atheists.” They assert to have uncovered some clandestine impulse that causes one to reject Christ’s love. This is often followed by a list (there’s usually [...]
Love, Joy, FeminismWhy We Give Parents Power
How do we protect children from the smaller things that are not legally considered abuse---the sort of things that result from almost unchecked absolute power---while still ensuring that parents have the tools they need to protect their children and bring them to adulthood unharmed? Unfortunately, in all to many cases the only thing we do currently is remind the child or teen that once she turns 18, she will be free.
Daylight AtheismWhy Edward Snowden Should Be Pardoned
I’ve been assembling some thoughts on the NSA leaker Edward Snowden who revealed the existence of top-secret government surveillance programs, including the PRISM project to tap into the customer data of the nation’s largest internet companies, and a court order requiring Verizon to turn over metadata on all calls in its system on an ongoing [...]
Friendly AtheistAtheist Hotline Reaches $30,000 Fundraising Goal and Is Now Ready to Accept Volunteers
A few weeks ago, I wrote about The Hotline Project, a proposed 24/7 hotline for people who were struggling with religious doubt:
The Uncredible HallqIntelligent design, creationism, and fundamentalism: a reply to Randal Rauser
Randal Rauser has posted my contribution to his "Why they don't believe" series, along with his response. Here's my response to his response:
Cross ExaminedReligion in Public Schools: What Does the First Amendment Allow?
What do you do when faced with a law that seems to be ignorant of the First Amendment? Here is a brief primer on how religious freedom applies in public schools.
What Would JT Do (WWJTD)Sorry for the lack of content…
I’ve spent the last six hours on a single blog post about the CFI hullabaloo. It’s sure to be controversial, so I’m having a few people look at it. I might post it tonight but more likely tomorrow. Patience, grasshoppah.
Camels with HammersIn Defense of Taking Offense
As predominantly pro-social animals, humans are quite often conflict averse. And innumerable forms of social pressure, all the way from authoritarian patriarchy to liberal multiculturalism, encourage people to be as polite as possible as the standard default. This is why letting loose and offending people can feel so incredibly liberating at times. Insofar as our [...]
The Secular OutpostDid Jesus Exit? – Part 4
When Bart Ehrman asserts that “Jesus existed”, he is asserting something like the following Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH): ====================== There was a flesh-and-blood person who was… 1. named ‘Jesus’, and 2. a Jewish man, and 3. living in Palestine as an adult in the 20s C.E., and 4. known to be a preacher and a [...]