That’s Not (De)conversion

If someone moves from fundamentalist religion to fundamentalist atheism, or vice versa, they haven’t actually converted or deconverted. It is only when you move from fundamentalism to a more mature and balanced view that you’ve actually undergone a fundamental change. I wrote the above words when sharing Allan Bevere’s tips for diagnosing and curing unreformed [Read More...]

What Would It Take To Get You To Read Richard Carrier’s Book?

A commenter on this blog mentioned how useful it would be if scholars in Classics, ancient Jewish history, or Roman history were to read and give their impressions of Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. The truth is that, just as I am perhaps going to [Read More...]

News Flash: Right-Wing Fundamentalists Don’t Understand Islam

Hemant Mehta drew attention to angry outbursts on Twitter, from conservatives who are upset that president Obama did not mention God in his 4th of July address. These two particularly baffle me: @BlissTabitha He’s an atheist with Muslim tendencies. — Troy Ellison (@blayne_troy) July 4, 2015 [ Military ] Open Question : Obama removes God from [Read More...]

The Tuning Station

I had the chance to endorse Chris Crawford‘s novel, The Tuning Station, and since today is its official release date, I want to share what I wrote about it here, and to recommend it to readers of this blog. There have been plenty of debates between a Christian and an atheist in fiction. But only [Read More...]

Religion and Death

Hemant Mehta drew attention to a statement by Larry King, to the effect that religion is entirely a response to fear of death. Here is the most relevant quote: I think the only reason for religion is death. If you didn’t die, there’d be no religion. I have to disagree, since in the case of [Read More...]

Where Can I Find Killing Jesus?

OK, so I found this cartoon funny, even before I learned that it was based on a real life occurrence, which I think makes it even funnier. The cartoon is by Tracey Moody and came to my attention via Hemant Mehta. I’ve avoided reading Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus up until now. Should I watch [Read More...]

Embarrassed by Mythicism/Antievolutionism

Have you ever wondered why the two New Testament scholars to write books directly tackling mythicist claims are Bart Ehrman and Maurice Casey, both of whom happen to be atheists? I don’t think it is a coincidence. As atheists, Ehrman and Casey have the most to be embarrassed about when fellow atheists uncritically embrace views that [Read More...]

Was Religion a Factor in the Chapel Hill Shootings?

The above cartoon came to my attention via Facebook. I actually had a very interesting discussion about religion and violence in my “Speaking About Religion” class yesterday. We discussed the Chapel Hill incident as well as the one in Copenhagen. We did some Googling to see what the internet had to say about which ideology was [Read More...]

Atheism Isn’t Skepticism

A recent IO9 article indicated that more people in Britain believe in ghosts and aliens than in God. IO9 also highlighted a science experiment that might offer an explanation of why people see/feel ghosts (which Smithsonian also reported on), talked about spirituality and pseudoscience in science fiction, and shared an infographic of misconceptions which are widespread, [Read More...]

Neil Carter on the Historicity of Jesus

Neil Carter is concerned about the widespread rejection of a mainstream academic field by fellow atheists. Here is an excerpt from his post on the subject: It feels like here lately a growing number of fellow freethinkers are jumping on the bandwagon of an intellectual position that hasn’t yet earned credibility. Rather than concluding that the [Read More...]

Better Commandments

Via John Loftus, I became aware of this list of ten commandments which Valerie Tarico offered as better than the more famous ten. What do you think of them? This above all shall ye take as my first command: Thou shalt treat living beings as they want to be treated. And the second commandment is [Read More...]