“Deontology” and why our jargon for ethical theories is a mess

I keep meaning to reply to Yvain’s reply to my recent post on abortion, but there’s one preliminary I need to get out of the way first: Yvain asks if I’m  “a deontologist (ie you believe things are wrong not because of their consequences, but because they fit into predetermined Categories of Wrong Things).” [Read more...]

A year of blasphemy

Ken at Popehat has responded to calls to let “other values” trump free speech in the case of blasphemy laws by simply rounding up a years worth of blasphemy-related news stories. I could quote his conclusion, but instead, I’ll just quote the first month’s worth of stories: [Read more...]

Why abortion really seriously isn’t murder, and you shouldn’t get too excited about identifying logical fallacies

Yvain–a writer who I mostly really like (see his blog)–has a post on LessWrong about what he’s decided to call “the noncentral fallacy,” which nominates as a candidate for “the worst argument in the world. I think the post is about 15% brilliant and 85% disastrously wrong. [Read more...]

Welcome James Croft!

James Croft has recently joined the atheism portal at Patheos! Go yea to his blog and give him a warm “hello”! His most recent post is a podcast of a radio debate he had with a Christian apologist, which looks really interesting (though I haven’t gotten to listen to it yet). [Read more...]

Readers of Patheos: give me your blog recommendations

I’m in this weird funk where I’m not quite as enthusiastic about reading my old favorite blogs as I used to be. Dunno if I’ve changed or the blogs have changed, but in any case: I want your blog recommendations. (The last time I asked my readers to recommend blogs for me to read, I [Read More...]

Finally! An update on my “beta testing a book” project!

After a long period of not working on my book project, I took the time to make some revisions to chapter two, which you can download in PDF form here. It’s titled “The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included),” and some of it may help explain the annoyance I’ve been expressing with liberal Christians [Read More...]

Fred Clark agrees: the Bible commands slavery

Given my previous two posts, I should give credit where credit is due: Fred Clark has put up a post where, in the first two sentences, he states bluntly that: “The Bible contains many texts that permit, condone, and even command slavery.” (He’s right.) [Read more...]

Reply to James McGrath

I guess I wasn’t clear enough in my previous post. I don’t merely think that the claim “fundamentalists really assert that they’re infallible” fails as an absolutely universal generalization. I don’t merely think you can find a few exceptions. I think it’s utter nonsense through and through, with no basis in reality whatsoever. [Read more...]

Liberal Christians’ awful arguments against fundamentalism

A pet peeve of mine is liberal Christians who make ridiculous accusations against fundamentalists. For example, this quote from Fred Clarke, posted a few days ago by James McGrath: [Read more...]


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