7 Things Christians Can’t Prove Aren’t True

(Sorry, brain running on idle so far this morning. I swear the following has nothing to do with drugs. This is a sort of sideways answer to those who say you can’t prove there’s no God.)1) In Heaven, everybody has delicious Thomas’s English muffins for breakfast, and they come already toasted and slathered with real butter. Plus, they’re served by obsequious angelic beings who look exactly like Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards.   … [Read more...]

Go List for Unbelievers

Looking for reader contributions here.Say there are two or three levels of atheism – like Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, or maybe Novice, Intermediate, Advanced. Or possibly Apprentice,  Journeyman, Master.And say there were some things you should probably do at each level in order to qualify – in your own mind if nowhere else.What would those things be?Here’s my tentative list for the Novice Class: … [Read more...]

Jesus by Mail! (email, anyway)

Sigh.One of my good, old friends from Texas sent me an email. If you’ve ever gotten one of those multiply-forwarded Christian thingies, you know what it looks like. Letters half and inch high on my screen. Every paragraph a different color. Comic Sans typeface. Yeah, like this: … [Read more...]

Interjection, With Tears

I've shied away from gushing at length about my Dad's death here. Mainly I think of my own "guy" reaction to other people's family-death turmoils. It's a personal thing, or should be, and you shouldn't go flashing it around in public too much.But I also feel that I owe all of you something. Periodic updates, I guess. Those of you who donated to make possible my visit to his side at the hospital, I want you to know ... well, that a very human thing happened, and continues to happen, and it's … [Read more...]

Nothing To Do With Atheism, Everything To Do With Coolness

Brian Dettmer does art. I saw something like this a few years ago — I guess it must have been his work — and I love it.  … [Read more...]

Free Will … Maybe – Part 1

Despite the fact that Daniel Fincke and I once, a long time back, mutually challenged each other to debate it, I’ve been putting off this post, or any post on the subject, for some time. And I’ll tell you why:Mainly, I’ve just realized, it’s because I’m afraid of it.For someone like Sam Harris to say explicitly that free will is an illusion, or for Daniel Fincke, whom I respect, to assert the same thing, disturbs me greatly.Because ... no free will? That’s like saying “You’re not real, you’ … [Read more...]


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