I moderate comments

I recently wrote a post where I explained why I moderate comments lightly. I do, however, have some rules (which I linked to in the post about moderating comments lightly). Here is an example of a comment I banned someone for last month: [Read more...]

Sam Harris on the Bible

No surprise that he doesn’t think much of it, but Harris has a number of eloquent bits on the Bible. Here’s one of them (via Facebook): [Read more...]

Lies, damned lies, and material conditionals

William Lane Craig claims that atheists agree with him that, “if the universe has an explanation of its existence, that explanation is God.” It seems to me a pretty clear example of Craig’s tendency to falsely claim his opponents agree with him, but there’s one way of defending Craig’s claim that I know occurred independently to both [Read More...]

Discussion: what’s the best way to deal with apologetics-spouting evangelists?

I got a question in a previous thread, typed out a quick response, and then realized this would be a good question to dedicate a thread to. First, the question: [Read more...]

There are no good arguments for the existence of God (complete)

So I’m doing this project where I’m writing a book, and when I finish a draft of a chapter, I post it for anyone to read for free using Google Docs. I’ve just finished putting together the chapter titled “There are no good arguments for the existence of God.” (I had previously posted an incomplete [Read More...]

Mid-vacation recap: now also an open thread!

Well, I seem to have gotten a decent amount of blogging done on this vacation of mine. I unfortunately haven’t gotten any book-writing done, which I will try to remedy next week. So you may see less of me next week. Or you may see more of me next week, as I’ll be spending my [Read More...]

A quick thought on the definition and usefulness of “philosophy”

One way to define philosophy is simply as what philosophers do. And “philosophers,” in a modern context, generally means philosophy professors. This is in some ways a nice definition, because it rules out the possibility of making the absurd-sounding discovery that much of what philosophers do is not philosophy. [Read more...]

Why I moderate comments lightly

One aspect of the civility issue, which I said quite a bit about last week, is the issue of how to moderate comments. A lot of people have had things to say about this, generally on the side of moderating comments more (even PZ’s in on that). I had previously ignored this facet of the [Read More...]

Petition to support Indonesian Atheist needs 18,000 more signatures this week

I had been vaguely aware of the story of Indonesian atheist Alexander Ann being sentenced to prison for “blasphemy” because of a fracking Facebook post expressing his doubts about the existence of God. What I didn’t know until today is that the petition to the White House to help him needs 18,000 more signatures this week [Read More...]


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