Follow me on Twitter! (currently: tweeting Ezekiel)

This is just a quick reminder that I tweet. I’ve been meaning to write a post about how I’ve fallen in love with Twitter, but the short version is that if you’re not on Twitter, you should be. Among other things, I’m currently tweeting my way through Ezekiel, which is easily the most misogynistic book in [Read More...]

Pulling some devastating punches: a review of The Bible Unearthed

In his book Did Jesus Exist?, Bart Ehrman defends the claim that there was a historical Jesus… but that, contrary to what most Christians have believed throughout history, the historical Jesus was a failed apocalyptic prophet. Ehrman offers a rebuke to anyone who tries to remove Jesus’ moral teachings from their apocalyptic context, or invoke him in [Read More...]

Some quick thoughts on “humanist communities”

Since James Croft asked (on Facebook), I’m going to quickly dash off some thought in response to his post “The Argument for Humanist Communities.” [Read more...]

“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...]


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