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Word of the Day: Pareidolia

Pareidolia is perceiving meaning in something random—a face in a cloud, for example. Or Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich. We don’t need to imagine a supernatural explanation for these images when the natural explanation explains the evidence. [Read more...]

And God isn’t Good, Either

The world lost an eloquent voice with Christopher Hitchens’ death. Inspired by his book “God is Not Great,” I’d like to continue with that thought: “And God is not good, either.” Let’s take a look at the slavery, genocide, general barbarity the all-loving Creator of the universe apparently approves of. [Read more...]

It’s Launch Day for my Book, Cross Examined!

It’s launch day for “Cross Examined: An Unconventional Spiritual Journey”! This novel argues that if God exists, he made Reason to be used. There are many nonfiction books that discuss apologetics and many novels with atheist characters, but this may be the first novel that pulls in apologetic arguments both for and against Christianity, with the debate taking on the role of an additional character. [Read more...]

Give Something Thought Provoking for Christmas

What do you get those hard-to-buy-for people on your Christmas list? Let me make a shameless plug: buy my new book! It’s a novel about the Christian/atheist debate that wrestles with the most popular apologetic arguments. [Read more...]

An Atheist Ad Campaign—a Holiday Tradition!

Seattle Atheists launched a bus ad campaign for the holiday season. Several different banner ads will show ordinary people in ordinary scenes with the tag line, “1 in 4 is an atheist.” [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Poe’s Law

How do you tell the extreme Christians like Fred Phelps from the parodies? Sometimes it’s impossible. [Read more...]

Jesus and Santa Claus

Imagine two kids arguing about Santa. Defending Santa’s existence may be easier than you imagine. Indeed, rationalization can defend just about any belief, including belief in Jesus. [Read more...]

Plantinga’s Nutty Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism

Respected Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga wants to show that the idea of evolution is self-defeating. Unfortunately, he’s outside his area of expertise. His argument hasn’t convinced biologists, and it shouldn’t convince you. [Read more...]

How Science Works (and How Christianity Thinks it Wins)

Creationists like to point to discarded ideas that science has left behind—geocentrism, Piltdown Man, ether, the steady-state universe. What they don’t seem to realize is that science’s ability to change in the face of new facts is a strength, not a weakness. [Read more...]

Word of the Day: Apologetics

It’s time we define one of the most important words in our area of interest. [Read more...]


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