Mythicism isn’t Skepticism

Josh Rosenau wrote a piece for NCSE, “Standing up for Skepticism.” Much of what it addresses in relation to climate change works equally well for mythicism and other forms of denialism. For instance, he quotes Genie Scott as saying the following: “The term “skeptic” has for several decades meant someone who applies critical thinking and [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...]

Skepticism Quote

Steve Douglas took some words of mine in a recent post and turned them into an image, and so I’ve shared it above. [Read more...]

Skeptics of a Feather

I happened across a document reflecting mythicist claims and views recently, and was struck when I noticed where it was hosted. The blog is “Citizen for 9/11 Truth.” It is not a coincidence that fundamentalist Christians often accept conspiracy theories about the government and uncritically accept as “news” things that could be easily debunked with a [Read More...]

Skepticism, Science, and Scholarship

P. Z. Myers has seen the dark side of skepticism, the fact that its tools can be applied not just to fringe bunk but to anything and everything. And so he has written in an effort to distinguish science and skepticism. Here is an excerpt from his recent post on the topic: A short while [Read More...]

Consensus Radio

Greg Brahe, host of Inspiring Doubt, is going to have Richard Carrier on his show today, with the aim of telling him that he is wrong! The show will be broadcast live on YouTube at 6pm today (Eastern Time, I believe). Here is the blurb for it: I invited Dr Carrier to appear on Inspiring Doubt to [Read More...]

Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

I saw someone use the phrase “pics or it didn’t happen” on Facebook recently. It seems to me that, in our era of Photoshop, simply asking for pictures or other such evidence is not enough. One has to be able to discern the truth in a manner that takes into account the fact that photographs [Read More...]

Blinding Belief and Skepticism

IO9 had an article about the way prior assumptions and beliefs affect our perception. If you are prone to believe that the world is filled with miracles, you may believe you have experienced them. But conversely, if you are persuaded in advance that there is no such thing as the supernatural, that too can distort [Read More...]

Taking Easter Seriously

From Jericho Brisance. HT Hemant Mehta. Brisance gives an account of how his views have changed on various subjects, including the following observation: I consider that I may never have actually believed in Jesus. Perhaps no one for 19 centuries has. There is something in the way: he did not leave us any writings of [Read More...]

Testing Faith

I came across the quote above from Adrian Rodgers. I suspect that he was referring to a faith that passes through challenging experiences in life. But I think it has a wider applicability. A faith that cannot withstand critical examination, questioning, and scrutiny cannot be trusted either. So much of the conversations (if we can [Read More...]

Quelle Erat Demonstrandum

The Jesus Blog has a poll, asking “Do You Q?” Please click through and vote! I'd also be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject here. Mark Goodacre also discussed Q skepticism in the context of the academy on his blog recently. It also came up in discussion of another post here, whether the [Read More...]


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