Tweaking the “beta testing a book” project

After thinking about it a bit, I’ve decided the “force myself to post a chapter every week” strategy was not the best one. Instead, I’m simply going to things as I write them – usually by posting subsections as blog posts. These smaller posts will not generally be marked for what they are, though often [Read More...]

Angry Atheists? chapter 8: Science and Religion II: Evolution

This chapter is not finished, but should be in better shape than 2 or 3. With chapters like this, I will definitely re-post when they’re in better shape, so you can take a peek now or wait, whatever you feel like. [Read more...]

Science!

This is an excerpt from chapter 7 of the book. Stories of regrown limbs, though, don’t play a major role in Keener’s book. Here’s a more typical example of the stories in the book: [Read more...]

Angry Atheists chapter 7: Science And Religion I: Investigating the Supernatural

This chapter still has some things I want to explain in more detail, but I feel much better about it than I did yesterday. Tell me what you think! [Read more...]

Plausible-sounding criticism of Randi’s One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge?

I’m currently working on a chapter for the book on how supernatural claims can be scientifically investigated. I’m including a few paragraphs on James Randi and his One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge (link is to Wikipedia). For obvious reasons, it would be nice to include a brief response to some criticisms of the challenge, but [Read More...]

Revised version of “The threat of Hell”

This is a revision of a section of chapter 1 of the book. I was inspired to do it by a recent thread at LessWrong. And yes, it’s also a signal that I’ve gotten tired of the “blog MTWTF and only then” thing. Did anyone actually care about that? Another thing I need to address [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...]

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...]


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