How to Invent a Plausible God

Chair balancing

Religions walk a fine line between promising too little and promising too much. Too little and no one cares; too much and you get found out. But there’s a surprising advantage to contradictions in your religion’s story. [Read more...]

Why Pretend That There Is a Soul?

Neuroscience, brain, mind, and soul

Research from neuroscience and physics show that there is no good reason to imagine that souls actually exist. We’ll start with the guy in the photo. A blasting accident shot an iron rod through his head, but he survived to give science early evidence of the mind/brain connection. [Read more...]

National Day of Actually DOING Something

National Day of Prayer

Prayer is easy. Doing something is hard. Let’s be adults and realize that prayer does nothing more than make people feel good. Wouldn’t a National Day of Actually DOING Something be more effective than a National Day of Prayer? [Read more...]

Does Prayer Actually, Y’know, WORK?

Sand drains through fingers (like time)

The National Day of Prayer approacheth, which means that it’s a good time to critique the value of prayer. [Read more...]

Ever Want to Take a Philosophy Class?

“A Philosopher” (1635), inset

Dan Fincke, philosopher and atheist blogger, is offering private philosophy classes. [Read more...]

Televangelists Show Prayer is Useless

Linus gullibly awaits the Great Pumpkin (yet again)

Televangelists always ask for your prayers, but they always ask for lots of cash as well. What does this tell us about what supports their show? Maybe they’re a lot smarter than they seem. [Read more...]

New Commenting System!

Tim the Enchanter, from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

Comments on the new commenting system for Patheos blogs. [Read more...]

God ♥ Genocide

William Lane Craig plays chess

The Bible makes clear what God thinks of genocide. Apologist William Lane Craig attempts a rearguard action, but his defense of God is pretty weak. [Read more...]

Do Atheists Borrow From the Christian Worldview?

Maxwell's Equations

We’re told, “The atheist borrows from the Christian worldview!” But dig into this claim, and you’ll see there’s nothing there. Here’s a parable that illustrates the issue. [Read more...]

Interview an Atheist at Church Day, May 5

Promotional poster for Interview an Atheist at Church Day

Do you seek out conversations with people who don’t share your religious views? Here’s a proposal to formalize that process. [Read more...]