Archives for April 2012

Can legally knowledgeable people explain the Zimmerman case to me?

I initially gave a small cheer inside when I heard that George Zimmerman (the man who shot Trayvon Martin) had been arrested. But after reading this piece by Radley Balko I’m having second thoughts. Balko quotes a number of legal bloggers saying that, whatever else you might say about the case, the affidavit of probable [Read More…]

Bizarre flap between Bart Ehrman and Robert M. Price

So in the comments yesterday, Steven Carr repeated a claim from Robert M. Price in this episode of Price’s podcast that Ehrman doesn’t read the books he criticizes, he has graduate students do it for him. Then Zak pointed me towards Ehrman’s responses here and here. Here’s Ehrman’s first response: [Read more…]

From the archives: William Lane Craig tries to equivocate, ends up just plain lying

In yesterday’s post on Sam Harris and free will, I mentioned William Lane Craig’s lies. This post, from November of last year, was my “I’m fed up with being nice about this subject” post. It gives specific examples of lies Craig has told about Stephen Law and Dale Allison. One of the many entertaining historical [Read More…]

Sam Harris, free will, and blaming believers for the things they say

Last week, I read Sam Harris’ new book Free Will. Until now I’ve liked everything I’ve read of Harris’, but I can’t recommend this book. The problem is that Harris argues against the notion of free will without ever putting much effort into figuring out what people mean by “free will.” Russell Blackford has been [Read More…]

From the archives: In defense of free will and experimental philosophy

This is another post I’m moving over so I can refer to it in a new post. It’s a response to a post by Jerry Coyne about free will, written before Sam Harris’ book had everyone talking about it. Jerry Coyne is unhappy with a Eddy Nahmias’ defense of free will, published on the NYT opinionator blog. Here’s Nahmias: [Read more…]

Kuwait is considering instituting the death penalty for blasphemy

Reuters: Kuwaiti lawmakers voted in favour of a legal amendment on Thursday which could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammad punishable by death, after a case of suspected blasphemy on Twitter caused an uproar in the Gulf Arab state. [Read more…]

Dale Allison quote on the apocalyptic Jesus

I managed to dig up a quote from biblical scholar Dale Allison’s book Resurrecting Jesus that strikes me as highly relevant to last week’s discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book: [Read more…]

Atheist memes make it on to posters at Fort Jackson

You can go to Justin’s blog for the backstory, but I think these images speak for themselves: [Read more…]

Threatened blasphemy prosecution for debunking “miracle” statue

Ugh: look at what’s happening in India (HT: Ophelia): [Read more…]