Why abortion really seriously isn’t murder, and you shouldn’t get too excited about identifying logical fallacies

Yvain–a writer who I mostly really like (see his blog)–has a post on LessWrong about what he’s decided to call “the noncentral fallacy,” which nominates as a candidate for “the worst argument in the world. I think the post is about 15% brilliant and 85% disastrously wrong. [Read more...]

Welcome James Croft!

James Croft has recently joined the atheism portal at Patheos! Go yea to his blog and give him a warm “hello”! His most recent post is a podcast of a radio debate he had with a Christian apologist, which looks really interesting (though I haven’t gotten to listen to it yet). [Read more...]

Readers of Patheos: give me your blog recommendations

I’m in this weird funk where I’m not quite as enthusiastic about reading my old favorite blogs as I used to be. Dunno if I’ve changed or the blogs have changed, but in any case: I want your blog recommendations. (The last time I asked my readers to recommend blogs for me to read, I [Read More...]

Finally! An update on my “beta testing a book” project!

After a long period of not working on my book project, I took the time to make some revisions to chapter two, which you can download in PDF form here. It’s titled “The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included),” and some of it may help explain the annoyance I’ve been expressing with liberal Christians [Read More...]

Fred Clark agrees: the Bible commands slavery

Given my previous two posts, I should give credit where credit is due: Fred Clark has put up a post where, in the first two sentences, he states bluntly that: “The Bible contains many texts that permit, condone, and even command slavery.” (He’s right.) [Read more...]

Reply to James McGrath

I guess I wasn’t clear enough in my previous post. I don’t merely think that the claim “fundamentalists really assert that they’re infallible” fails as an absolutely universal generalization. I don’t merely think you can find a few exceptions. I think it’s utter nonsense through and through, with no basis in reality whatsoever. [Read more...]

Liberal Christians’ awful arguments against fundamentalism

A pet peeve of mine is liberal Christians who make ridiculous accusations against fundamentalists. For example, this quote from Fred Clarke, posted a few days ago by James McGrath: [Read more...]

Did Aquinas’ arguments just suck?

I’ve been rethinking this post, where I suggested part of the reason the arguments of people like Thomas Aquinas and Samuel Clarke don’t sound convincing today is that they use assumptions which used to be widely accepted, but aren’t anymore. I offered up some caveats about that suggestion at the time, but now I have [Read More...]

Sobering poll on Millenials’ attitudes towards atheism

Hemant has a poll showing that the religiously unaffiliated (who don’t necessarily identify as atheists or agnostics) overwhelmingly support Democrats politically, to almost the same degree that Evangelicals support Republicans. This prompts Hemant to ask, “Why aren’t the Democrats reaching out to secular Americans?” (if secular Americans are so supportive of Democrats?) [Read more...]


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