A change of pace on religious craziness

Personally, after a while I get bored reading about religious believers saying crazy things about evolution and homosexuality, so I like it when they throw some variety my way and say crazy things about other topics, like global warming. Here’s from an interview with U.S. Senator James Inhofe (via Jerry Coyne):  [Read more…]

From the archives: Re-reading Sam Harris’ The End of Faith

I linked to this post the other day. It inspired a good discussion thread when originally posted; here’s hoping it does so again. PS my comment about Seoul is really weird to re-read now that I live a half-hour’s drive from the city. Sam Harris seems to catch a special kind of flak among atheists. [Read More…]

Arguments we shouldn’t be having

So a few days ago Natalie Reed wrote this great post titled “God Does Not Love Trans People.” Then our friend Be Scofield posted a totally missing the point response. I’m going to start by quoting the paragraph from Natalie that Scofield quoted from, only quoting the entire thing rather than just part of it. [Read More…]

Not So Different, part 3

Part 1, Part 2 Now I want to deal with a handful of loose ends and questions that have been raised by what I’ve said so far. First of all, in case you’re wondering, I don’t give a damn about Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs. As I said in chapter 2, most religious believers compartmentalize a [Read More…]

Not So Different, part 2

Part 1. Now all of this is been pretty abstract. So to drive the point I’ve been making home, I’m going to give you a little lesson in Mormonism 101. I decided to pick Mormonism as my main example in this chapter because of a combination of factors. On the one hand, Mormonism (also known [Read More…]

Not So Different, part 1

This post is the first part of a draft of a chapter for my upcoming book. It’s the big post I promised yesterday–except that I realized anything this long should be broken up into multiple posts. Enjoy. This is the chapter where I explain what’s wrong with maybe 90%, if not more, of the defenses [Read More…]

Coming out as gay, coming out as atheist

One really good point that got raised in yesterday’s discussion was that when you deconvert, and tell other people about it, you risk being rejected by friends and family. I’m not quite sure what to say to this worry, though it’s worth noting the similarity the the problems associated with coming out as gay. And [Read More…]

Discussion: what do believers lose when they lose their faith, and how do we reassure them about it?

Exactly what it says on the tin: I want your input on what believers lose when they lose their faith, and how we can reassure them about it. I want to say right off that there are some things that no one has to lose to deconversion, like happiness. If a believer is afraid of [Read More…]

From the archives: How William Lane Craig misleads his followers

Ever since going to the Harris-Craig debate, Craig has been on my mind an awful lot. There’s one thing I’ve alluded to here and here,and meant to do a post on, but kept putting off: the fact that Craig works very hard to give his followers a false impression of the facts on key issues. [Read More…]