A challenge for William Lane Craig’s defenders

This post is sort-of repeating the point I made here, but I got thinking about it again reading some of the Christian responses to this post. Many Christian defenders of William Lane Craig seem unable to wrap their heads around the idea that Craig might “win” (an ambiguous word that I prefer to avoid) his [Read More...]

Why they should really rename the second half of the Middle Ages

So a couple of my friends on Facebook shared a Cracked.com article titled, “6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes.” I clicked on it, and immediately noticed the first item, “Scientific Progress Was Dead,” wasn’t exactly a myth. Here’s what the article says: [Read more...]

Next up: science and religion

This is something I haven’t done in nearly half a year, but I’ve decided to try it again: writing a chapter of the book by making each section a blog post. In this case, for the specific purpose of rewriting the discussion of science that I’ve been agonizing over. Here it goes. [Read more...]

From the archives: The crypto inquisitors

Here’s a fairly old post (originally published May 2009) that I stumbled across while trying to find things I’d written in the past about Galileo. I’m republishing it here just because, rereading it, I decided I really liked it. [Read more...]

Reply to Randal Rauser on Craig and Harris

Randal Rauser has put up a response to my post on William Lane Craig’s misrepresentations of his opponents, focusing on my (very brief) comments on the Craig-Harris debate. Let’s have a look: [Read more...]

Looking for help turning my first book into an ebook


After mulling over a few different options, I’ve decided t make my first book available as a free ebook. There, I said it. And in fact, I have a PDF that I theoretically could make available right now… but I want to make some changes first. [Read more...]

The ontological argument in brief

In this post, I’m going to try to do something I’ve never done before: attempt write a statement on the ontological argument for inclusion in the book, and make it concise. Here it goes: [Read more...]

“But lots of scientists are religious!” and other arguments on science and religion

So I’ve resolved to get my book’s section on science finished this month. One thing I want to do in it is address responses to Dawkins’ comments on the relationship between religion and science (and responses to the Gnu Atheists more generally here, but Dawkins is the name that comes up most often in this [Read More...]

Why Augustine’s young-earth creationism matters


My post asking, “Was Augustine a young-earth creationist?” inspired a lot of comments, though not the ones I was hoping for. Instead of someone knowledgeable coming along and answering my question, there debate over whether it mattered as well as a debate about young-earth creationism itself. [Read more...]