Claims of a “confession” to “inventing Jesus” are almost certainly bull

Oh my historical scholarship, the things that go viral… so I just saw a bunch of people in my Facebook/Twitter feeds, including Richard Dawkins of all people, sharing an article titled, “Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ.’” The instant I saw the headline, I could tell that it was almost certainly bullshit. [Read more…]

Finally: my ideological Turing test Christian round strategy

At long last, Leah Libresco has posted the answer key for this year’s ideological Turing test, so now I can finally talk about my strategy for my entry on the Christian side. When Leah suggested making the topics for this year’s polyamory and euthanasia, I begged her to do it. Which in retrospect may have [Read More…]

William Lane Craig gets something right

Let it never be said I can’t find something nice to say about anybody. Sort of. From William Lane Craig’s book On Guard, which I bought on Kindle awhile ago but only recently started reading: A person who has been raised in a culture that is sympathetic to the Christian faith will be open to [Read More…]

Guest post by Pope Francis

Not really. But it seems like everyone is talking about Pope Francis’ recent remarks on gays (and abortion and contraception), but I haven’t seen any bloggers actually post his remarks in full, so I’m going to go ahead and do that. The remarks come from a much longer interview, in response to a question specifically [Read More…]

My favorite atheist-theist debates (mostly involve William Lane Craig lying about his opponents)

Awhile ago someone asked me on Facebook for my favorite atheist-theist debates. I was pretty quick to answer “William Lane Craig’s debates with Bart Ehrman, Sam Harris, Stephen Law, and Shelley Kagan.” [Read more…]

Bravo JT

JT Eberhard, today (emphasis mine): When I came into atheism, the blogs were a great part of what pulled me in. There was so much information, so many people outraged just like me. The blogs banded us together. We didn’t all agree, but we shared a cause and we were focused. I’ve talked to so [Read More…]

Christians: Jesus’ disciples could have been lying. Stop using the resurrection as an argument.

This post is just going to be me repeating some points I’ve made before, but I’m writing it because I don’t think anyone (myself included) has made them loudly enough yet. It has to do with the standard Christian argument that Jesus’ disciples couldn’t have been lying because they were willing to die for their beliefs. [Read more…]

Reminder: I’ve got an entire book out under the Creative Commons license

Just want to remind everyone that my second book is available for free here. All chapters carry the following license: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, [Read More…]

Quick summary of the points I made on my appearance on Unbelievable

After reading a bit of feedback on my appearance on Unbelievable, I thought it might be worth giving a quick summary of the points I made on the show. Unfortunately, it was not a formal debate with closing statements, so there wasn’t a good time for me to do this during the show. [Read more…]