A proposal for all future debates with William Lane Craig

reword it

Richard Dawkins has written quite a bit on why he refuses to debate William Lane Craig. I think you could take his arguments further to argue that atheists should stop agreeing to debate Craig period. But if atheists are going to keep debating Craig, I have a proposal for all those debates from now on. [Read more...]

What should I call my book?

A couple weeks ago, I got this comment on one of the posts in my beta testing a book series: [Read more...]

But do the tactics of popular atheism work?

atheist-evangelists

The following is an excerpt from chapter 3 of the book. [Read more...]

A few more notes on the gospels

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel, Daniel through Malachi, Matthew, Mark. [Read more...]

Argument works

The following is an excerpt from chapter 3 of the book. [Read more...]

Hirsch numbers for… err… various people

This post was originally going to be titled “Hirsch numbers for theologians,” but I got a little carried away checking Hirsch numbers for people in different fields and now it’s just “Hirsch numbers for various people.” The original intent, though, was to check something that’s been bugging me about chapter two of the book: are the theologians [Read More...]

Currently reading: Thomas L. Thompson’s The Mythic Past

I’ve previously discussed Silberman and Finkelstein’s book The Bible Unearthed, a popular-level book on Old Testament scholarship which argues that nothing in the Old Testament prior to the stories of David and Solomon has any basis in history, that David and Solomon probably only barely have a basis in history, and that key parts (namely most of [Read More...]

The substantive issue in the evolutionary psychology debate: innate difference between men and women

Well, not the only substantive issue, but possibly the main one raised by Rebecca Watson’s Skepticon 5 talk. Ed Clint’s post actually did a good job of concisely summarizing the issue, but it’s to paragraphs in a long post so let me pull them out: [Read more...]

More on Watson’s talk and evolutionary psychology

In just the past two days, Rebecca Watson’s Skepticon 5 talk and Ed Clint’s critique (and to a lesser extent my post) have generated a lot of online discussion. In no particular order: John Wilkins has weighed in here and also tweeted this post; both strike me as worth reading (which isn’t to say I agree with [Read More...]


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