My reply to Christians who support gay rights

A couple days ago, Hemant Mehta (aka The Friendly Atheist) had a guest post from a liberal Christian complaining about atheists allegedly making it harder for Christians to support gay rights. I left a comment in response, genuinely hoping for a response from the guest blogger, but didn’t get one (which is okay, I often [Read More...]

Problems with Plantinga’s free will defense: the way detailed version

This is the one section of chapter 6 of the book that I’m particularly confident in. The lack of agreement about much of anything is widely recognized by philosophers themselves. But sometimes, a philosopher will say, “True, we philosophers cannot agree on the big questions, like ‘is there a God?’ or ‘what is free will, [Read More...]

Angry Atheists chapter 6: Why Philosophy Doesn’t Save Religion

Feel uneasy about this chapter. It weighs in on some big philosophical debates (namely Plantinga’s free will defense and the problem of induction), but at the end it feels like a lot of work for a little payoff. Partly, I was trying to take on things that are often claimed as the end result of [Read More...]

Is religion irrational? Also, on certainty

This is the last of the excerpts from chapter 4 of the book. Does this mean I think religion is irrational? Well, “irrational” is such a strong word. And it might encourage some people to demand a theory of rationality from me. So instead here’s a quote from Sam Harris: [Read more...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 5: An Open Letter to Religious Believers on God and Evil

This chapter in the book is pretty straightforward, so I’m just going to say enjoy. [Read more...]

A god is a god is a god

This is an excerpt from a draft of chapter four of my forthcoming book, Angry Atheists?: Why the Backlash Against Dawkins, Harris, And the Rest Is Silly. As I said at the beginning of the chapter, the line of thought I’ve just sketched is one of my major reasons for not believing in “God,” or [Read More...]

I support DJ Grothe

This is probably going to be a long post. I’m going to try to keep it from getting TOO long, but that will require not explaining some things in as much detail as I’d like, so be warned of that in advance. Also, I’m going to link to a couple posts on my old blog, [Read More...]

The Outsider Test for Faith And How to Take It

What follows is an excerpt from the draft book chapter I posted yesterday In chapter 1, I wrote: “If a child, say one who’d just watched Disney’s Hercules, asked me if the Greek gods are real, I’d say ‘no’ rather than hedge my bets by saying I lack a belief in them. And I don’t [Read More...]

Beta testing a book: Chapter 4: This Is What Your Religion Looks Like to Me

Here’s the link to this week’s chapter of the book I’m working on, Angry Atheists?: Why the Blacklash Against Dawkins, Harris, and the Rest Is Silly. In this chapter: How to refute your religion in three easy steps Mormonism: racism, archaeology, goofy beliefs, and more! Why you should leave the Catholic church Avoiding philosophy [Read more...]


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