The walkout on Dan Savage and “ignoring” vs. “interpreting” the Bible

So Dan Savage gave a talk at a high school journalism convention where he said “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people, the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstration, about virginity, about masturbation… [Read More...]

In the hospital

Yesterday, I was hospitalized with appendicitis. I expect to be here another two or three days. Blogging will be difficult until I get out, though I may at least be able to schedule one or two things I’ve got mostly written. Expect a return to your regularly-scheduled blogging on Thursday, though I don’t really know. [Read More...]

Discussion: What is Richard Dawkins wrong about?

I got the idea for this post a couple weeks ago, before the debate over Bart Ehrman’s book. Now it feels sort of unnecessary; in fact I’ve thought the opposite may be true. But here it goes anyway:  [Read more...]

From the archives: Dawkins, Aquinas, and Feser

I was reminded of this post, originally published February 2011, while working on another post about Dawkins that will be going up shortly. [Read more...]

Sam Harris on profiling

For a recent blog post on profiling, CFI’s John Shook accused Sam Harris of being a “bigoted hate monger.” The reaction in the rest of the atheist internets has been almost all negative, though not quite as harsh. Let’s have a look at what Harris said: [Read more...]

Could Gary Johnson make drug legalization a national issue?

I don’t know who I’m going to vote for in the 2012 presidential election (besides not Obama or Romney) but I hope Conor Fiedersdorf is right about the impact the Gary Johnson campaign could have on the drug debate (HT: Andrew Sullivan): [Read more...]

Beta testing a book: The one book that will convince you Christianity is false

As promised, I’m not making publicly available the draft of the Introduction to the book I’m working on. Subtitle, “The one book that will convince you Christianity is false. Here’s the summary: [Read more...]

Beta testing a book: Chris’ crazy idea about how to write a book in the 21st century

A long time ago I decided that when I finally finished writing my book, I would make it available as an ebook on a pay-what-you-want basis (where “pay-what-you-want” means “even $0″). There are a couple reasons for doing this. The first is purely selfish. As Cory Doctorow likes to say, most creative types suffer more [Read More...]

Talk about points of agreement more

I’ve written a quite a few posts criticizing other atheists–some of them other FTBers–lately, and somewhat to my surprise, they’ve become some of the most-read posts I’ve ever written. The most-read ones have beat out my previous high-ranking posts on William Lane Craig (though not my #1 most read post since coming to Freethought Blogs, [Read More...]