New Hitchens Interview

But not a word about his illness. It is a series of rapid fire questions and answers on a range of topics, with little elaboration. Here are a few interesting bits: Several chapters are devoted to your Trotskyist youth. What attracted you to the left? The name. It was the left opposition to Stalinism, capitalism, [Read More...]

Why Progressive Interpretations Of The Old Testament Still Do Not Justify Its God Morally

In reply to this video on various immoral things outright commanded in what is supposed to be God’s law in the Old Testament, Loyal writes: Militaristic non-Christians often seize upon the many difficult passages where God is condoning morally repugnant acts. I am glad you admit that they are morally repugnant acts and neither morally [Read More...]

I Am Not Militaristic.

In reply to this video on various immoral things outright commanded in what is supposed to be God’s law in the Old Testament, Loyal writes: Militaristic non-Christians often seize upon the many difficult passages where God is condoning morally repugnant acts. The use of the word “militaristic” to characterize all who “seize upon the many [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: Permission Slip

I have been hearing numerous appalling stories of late of public school districts incorporating field trips to churches into their activities.  On Facebook, in reply to my friend Jessica’s anxiety about what to do about a proposed trip for her own son, another friend, Glynis pointed to an e-mail exchange presenting one approach for dealing [Read More...]

65 Million Years With A Creationist

I love a long story whose point doesn’t cinch until the very last three words at the very end. Don’t skip ahead!!! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Why I Think Theistic Religion’s Psychological Grip Can Be Weakened Or Broken

In a recent comments section, Gregory Wahl argued to me that religion is so deeply rooted in psychological needs, specifically the longing for immortality, that there is an inherent limitation to the ability of all my philosophical arguments to dissuade the faithful.  As this line of reasoning goes, they do not believe for intellectual reasons [Read More...]

Penn Jillette On Magic, Atheism, And Libertarianism

A really enjoyable video, especially for his remarks on magic, other magicians, and why magic on TV isn’t real magic. And I really appreciated his stress on the importance of having “out” atheists to identify with. In his case he discusses being joyed, inspired, loved, and comforted by having famous atheists like Martin Mull, Randy [Read More...]

30 Preposterous Things You Need To Believe To Be A Christian

John W. Loftus, the former minister turned atheist, author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity, and the primary blogger at Debunking Christianity (whose updates you can follow daily in our blogroll feed) has a terrific summation of 30 extraordinarily unlikely ideas, at least most of which most Christians would have to [Read More...]

Do New Atheists Unjustifiably Shirk Their Burden For Evidence?

Michael Antony has an interesting but problematic article in Philosophy Now exploring whether “New Atheism” holds itself to a double standard when it comes to rules of evidence. He argues that New Atheists dismiss religious belief explicitly on “evidentialist” epistemic criteria whereby we must always proportion our belief to evidence, but at the same time, [Read More...]


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