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...]

My Bible tweets project is done–now help me tweak my Bible reading challenge

bible reading atheists

Now that I’m done tweeting my way through the Bible, I want to revisit and tweak my abridged Bible reading challenge. To recap: the inspiration for this challenge is pretty well summed up in this image: [Read more...]

Early Christianity was weird (end of Bible tweets)

abil The Archangel Michael and Satan Disputing about the Body of Moses

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel, Daniel through Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Acts through Titus. [Read more...]

Was Augustine a young-earth creationist?


This is a question I’ve been mulling over for awhile, and it’s been surprisingly hard to get a definite answer to, but I’m increasingly thinking the answer is “yes.” One apparently decisive piece of evidence is City of God, Book XII, Chapter 10, which is titled, “Of the Falseness of the History Which Allots Many Thousand Years to [Read More...]

Blaise Pascal was an antisemite

You’ve probably heard of Blaise Pascal, whether because of his work in mathematics and physics, or because of Pascal’s Wager (the “believe in God just in case so you don’t go to Hell”) argument. What you many not know is that the Pensées, famous for being the source of the Wager, are also pretty damn [Read More...]

Following the argument where it leads ≠ believing everything you hear (even when accompanied by an argument)

The very last section of my first book (which I swear I will try to make available as an ebook very soon) tells readers to basically go out and research the issue for themselves and reach their own conclusions. Part of me worried about that part of the book, worries that it comes off as [Read More...]