Sobering poll on Millenials’ attitudes towards atheism

Hemant has a poll showing that the religiously unaffiliated (who don’t necessarily identify as atheists or agnostics) overwhelmingly support Democrats politically, to almost the same degree that Evangelicals support Republicans. This prompts Hemant to ask, “Why aren’t the Democrats reaching out to secular Americans?” (if secular Americans are so supportive of Democrats?) [Read more...]

Quick thoughts on the debate

I heard a lot of buzz on the blogs about how Obama supposedly lost Wednesday’s presidential debate. As a blogger, I felt kinda compelled to watch it, so I went on YouTube and had a look. Unfortunately, most of Obama’s first two minutes was inaudible on the recording, but I could hear the end bit and it [Read More...]

William Lane Craig uses pseudoscience to deal with the problem of animal suffering

Somehow, I missed this when I watched Craig’s debate with Stephen Law–I guess I tuned it out, because I think the standard problem of evils suffered by humans is devastating and the theistic responses suck, so I don’t find the problem of animal suffering very interesting–but in the debate, Craig claimed that: [Read more...]

William Lane Craig on being “the apologist who defends genocide”

I’m sure most of you are aware of this abomination by William Lane Craig, the article where he states his belief that if God tells you to slaughter women and children, then by gosh that makes it morally right. But Craig also has a follow-up piece that I never read (or looked closely at, I’m [Read More...]

Why I ♥ the New Revised Standard Version

A week or two ago I tweeted in excitement on finding a non-ugly online version of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV). This puzzled at least one of my friends on Facebook: why would an atheist be excited about a Bible translation? [Read more...]

Bart Ehrman on being perceived as inflamatory

I was digging through the archives of Bart Ehrman’s blog (most of which is behind a paywall, sadly) and I came across this gem: [Read more...]

The space between charitable and uncharitable

Judging from the reactions to my “Read the dead uncharitably” post, including Leah Libresco’s, I think that post may have suffered from a poor choice of words. When I talk about “uncharitable” reading, all I mean is making no special effort to read charitably. But Leah’s post talks about the problems with reading “antagonistically,” and [Read More...]

Problem with Wikipedia article on the Book of Acts

Some time ago, someone recommended I read the Wikipedia article “Historical reliability of the Acts of the Apostles.” Taking a look at it, it was immediately obvious that the article had issues, to say the least. Among other things, an early paragraph had a sentence referring to a “Christian view,” which gave it the feel [Read More...]

Figuring out what reality is really like is not a game whose rules have to be fair

Shortly after moving to Patheos, I noticed the blog of Dwight Longenecker, with a post about how the presidential race is neck and neck because half the country believes in God and half doesn’t. (I wonder, did Romney’s “47%” remarks cause people to become atheists?) I didn’t have time to comment at the time, but I [Read More...]


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