Hector Avalos to Debate a Young-Earth Creationist

If you haven’t had your fill of debates about creationism, Hector Avalos (a scholar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament who happens to be an atheist) will be debating someone named Juan Valdez on the topic “Is Genesis 1-3 a scientifically reasonable account of the origin of our world?” The debate will take place on February 16th, [Read More...]

How Do You Know That?

Jerry Coyne has written an incredibly lengthy complaint about a book he has not read. His rant suggests that deep down he knows that there is something wrong with the picture, but that doesn’t manage to stop him from simply plowing ahead. He begins by pointing out something that theologians have been saying long before [Read More...]

Advice for a Young (Un)Believer

I had a question from someone I know mostly via the blog and Facebook, and asked permission to share it. Here is their question, followed by my answer. How would you respond to them? I wonder if I could pick your brain a bit? Perhaps you might have a helpful perspective. My daughter is 9. [Read More...]

Can my idea of God “live long and prosper”?

My post on mystics and atheists got a lot of attention. Dale Tuggy has responded (and the ending of his post inspired the title of this one). In response to his last question, I like Hans Küng’s way of putting it – that God ought to be thought of as “at least personal” rather than impersonal, but [Read More...]

Ken Ham Continues Winning Souls for Atheism

Jeri Lofland shared her testimony about the impact of Ken Ham on her life, and how it led to her current atheism, on the blog Heresy in the Heartland, in a post with the title “Ken Ham: The Evolution of a Bully.” It was since picked up by the blog Homeschoolers Anonymous. UPDATE: The above [Read More...]

Historical Jesus, Mythicism, and Miracles around the Blogosphere

Hemant Mehta explains his view on the historical Jesus, miracles, and what the implications are for atheism: Interestingly, even Neil Godfrey agrees with Mehta on one point, that if you aren’t an expert in the field of historical Jesus studies, then it is better to be agnostic about it rather than hold firmly to a [Read More...]

Horus Trolls the Atheists Again

A colleague of mine shared this bit of internet nonsense on Facebook: I am disappointed when anyone repeats bogus information without fact-checking it, but I am even more disappointed when it is an educator. I sometimes think that young-earth creationists might be atheists pretending to be delusional and dishonest Christians in order to make Christianity [Read More...]

Angels vs. Atheists

Hemant Mehta highlighted this fascinating new comic book. In a manner that is typical of much supposedly secularist or atheistic science fiction, the story has people rebelling and fighting against “gods” and other such “outside actors,” but in the process, makes them literally exist as well. Here’s an example: It’s a theme I’ve explored before, [Read More...]

Mass Murder is Never of God

Hemant Mehta shared the above church sign, asking for captions. Mine as a liberal Christian would be something like, “I love it when Christians have enough faith, courage, and moral conviction to disagree with the Bible.”   [Read more...]

Obama’s Faith

Hemant Mehta asked in a recent video whether president Obama is an atheist. TL; DR “No” I appreciate Mehta’s treatment of this topic, on the whole. My biggest disagreement is with his statement that president Obama supports marriage equality in spite of his faith and not because of it. I see no reason to accept [Read More...]

The Gnu Atheist Song

A commenter drew my attention to the existence of a parody song, “The New Gnu,” by musician Jon Garvey (based on “The Gnu Song”), about the so-called “Gnu Atheists.” Click through to listen (just have your computer’s sound on and it should play automatically, but there are controls at the very bottom of the page). [Read More...]


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