Alternatives to the word “stupid”

After my post semi-defending the use of the word “stupid” in arguments, I feel obligated to say that after thinking about it a bit more, I think “silly,” “absurd,” and “ridiculous” can mostly do the work of “stupid,” without the unfortunate baggage. I’m not promising to absolutely never use the word “stupid” in arguments again, [Read More...]

What’s the best way to record Skype calls?

I feel very silly for not asking this questions two weeks ago, but what’s the best way to record Skype calls? I’m especially interested in answers from people who have experience making podcasts. From Google, it looks like there are a lot of options out there, and I’d be happy with anything free as long [Read More...]

How to criticize Islam: Russell Blackford and David Silverman

Given recent discussions at Freethought Blogs about civility (latest contribution by Ophelia) I think this quote from Russell Blackford’sĀ Freedom of Religion and the Secular StateĀ is worth discussing: [Read more...]

Heina Dadabhoy’s “A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam” Kickstarter

I’ve never contributed to a Kickstarter project before, but I just decided to go ahead and contribute to Heina Dadabhoy’s “A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam” project. Heina is an ex-Muslim who writes for Skepchick and explains her project thus: [Read more...]

Condescending Wonka on “hate the sin, but not the sinner”

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“No different from fundamentalists/ a cult”

It’s one thing to accuse atheists of making their atheism like a religion, or accuse a particular group of atheists of being cult-like. In my experience there’s never anything behind those accusations, but in theory you could have a conversation about them by asking, “in what ways?” and so on. But whenever I hear accusations [Read More...]

“Stupid”

In the discussion of his comment policy, Dan Fincke made a comment which gave me pause (thanks to Ophelia for bringing it to my attention): [Read more...]

Yeah, the Bible is not for children

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Weekend recap: my series on William Lane Craig is finished!

Wee! So I’m now completely done with my series on William Lane Craig, and also with the bigger series I began at the start of the month on arguments for the existence of God. Here’s the complete series on Craig: [Read more...]


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