From the archives: In defense of free will and experimental philosophy

This is another post I’m moving over so I can refer to it in a new post. It’s a response to a post by Jerry Coyne about free will, written before Sam Harris’ book had everyone talking about it. Jerry Coyne is unhappy with a Eddy Nahmias’ defense of free will, published on the NYT opinionator blog. Here’s Nahmias: [Read more...]

Kuwait is considering instituting the death penalty for blasphemy

Reuters: Kuwaiti lawmakers voted in favour of a legal amendment on Thursday which could make insulting God and the Prophet Mohammad punishable by death, after a case of suspected blasphemy on Twitter caused an uproar in the Gulf Arab state. [Read more...]

Dale Allison quote on the apocalyptic Jesus

I managed to dig up a quote from biblical scholar Dale Allison’s book Resurrecting Jesus that strikes me as highly relevant to last week’s discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book: [Read more...]

Atheist memes make it on to posters at Fort Jackson

You can go to Justin’s blog for the backstory, but I think these images speak for themselves: [Read more...]

Threatened blasphemy prosecution for debunking “miracle” statue

Ugh: look at what’s happening in India (HT: Ophelia): [Read more...]

Questions for Bart Ehrman/Ehrman sort-of defends Christianity

So in my previous post I mentioned that Bart Ehrman’s view, which I share, is that Jesus’ earliest followers didn’t think he was God, and on top of that Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher who went around saying that God was going to establish a literal Kingdom of Heaven on earth very soon. Since Jesus [Read More...]

From the archives: Bart Ehrman’s misleading piece on the history of Christian Fundamentalism

Haven’t done a “From the archives” post yet this week, and I realized I needed to link this post while writing a separate post I’m working on, which will appear shortly. [Read more...]

Taslima Nasreen on the 72 virgins thing

Okay this is old news, but I just discovered, and retweeted, a tweet by Taslima on the “Muslim men get 72 virgins in heaven” thing: “Muslim women deserve to have sex with 72 virgin men on the earth as they won’t get these things in heaven. #compensation” That is awesome. Makes me feel so much [Read More...]

Review: Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist?

I’ve decided to write two posts on agnostic Biblical scholar Bart Ehrman’s new book. This is the main review, which discusses Ehrman’s main theses and arguments. The other post will be about issues of interest to people involved in atheist-Christian debates, but which are secondary issues within the book itself. [Read more...]


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