US politics in the next couple decades: the most plausible prediction I’ve seen

A couple days ago, Ed Brayton blogged about about something I’ve been thinking about for awhile, doing a really good job of expressing why American politics is so weird right now. Then one of his readers chimed in with a pretty convincing account of what happens next. First, Ed: [Read more...]

Dear Richard, please admit you screwed up with your review of Bart Ehrman’s latest book

So… before I get into the meat of this post, I want to say that for a long time, I was quite eager to read Richard Carrier’s books on the historicity of Jesus (actually I’ve just ordered the first one; the second one isn’t out yet). I hadn’t been impressed with most of the “mythicist” [Read More...]

Randal Rauser explains the problems with C. S. Lewis’ view of Hell

The popularity of C. S. Lewis among fundagelicals is a bit puzzling, because he was, relative to them, a liberal. One thing he does for them, though, is give them an orthodox-sounding way to make the doctrine of Hell less odious. Lewis, you see, thought Hell was something people inflict on themselves by rejecting God. But [Read More...]

Ross Douthat promotes myth about religious basis of morality

Ross Douthat, who inexplicably has job as a columnist at the New York Times, is doing an exchange with William Saletan at Slate that looks to be full ‘o all kinds of fail, but this entry (HT: Julian Sanchez) especially caught my eye: [Read more...]

I called my lawmakers to oppose CISPA, and you should too (updated and redated)

I haven’t done it, but only because I’d be paying for international long-distance. I did, however, send them an e-mail. UPDATE 2: I remembered that I have Skype, which is cheap even for long distance, so I went ahead and called all three. Calling will have a bigger impact than e-mailing, because so few people [Read More...]

On Carrier on Ehrman’s HuffPo piece

I’m not sure what to make of Richard Carrier’s rebuttals to Bart Ehrman on the existence of Jesus (both the reply to Ehrman’s HuffPo article last month, and the review of Ehrman’s book itself). If you cut out about half of what Carrier has written, the remaining half would look like a pretty damning critique [Read More...]

The right to say vile things

Since Taner Edis asked, I want to say that yes, I’m appalled by the Tarek Mehanna case, where a man is facing 17 years in prison for expressing sympathy with Al Qaeda and translating some Al Qaeda documents into English. Andrew Sullivan has linked to the following defense of the prosecution, which relies on citing [Read More...]

“Would you want your daughter to be a prostitute?”

Corry Doctorow links to a defense of legalizing prostitution that, among other things, addresses the “Would you want your daughter to be a prostitute?” question: [Read more...]

Bart Ehrman’s “blog for charity” concept

I was very happy to learn that Bart Ehrman has just recently started blogging. However, it’s a very unusual blog in that most of it will be behind a paywall, and proceeds will go to charity. It’s great that Ehrman is trying to raise more money for charity (he says he already donates a fair [Read More...]


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