Tyrion Lannister on books

This is one of my favorite quotes from the entire Song of Ice and Fire series. Image source here: [Read more...]

Socking a queer in the goddamned face: William Buckley and nostalgia

This is old news, but when Gore Vidal died, I learned that William F. Buckley once said to Vidal, “Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamned face and you’ll stay plastered.” [Read more...]

Unorthodox theology

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book in progress. At this point, a few readers, especially ones with highly unorthodox religious ideas, will cling to the “God I don’t believe in either line.” They might say, “My version of religion doesn’t require believing in miracles or anything superstitious like that!” [Read more...]

Grrr… editing

My next step for writing The Book is to go back and edit the not-entirely-satisfying work I did on chapters two and three, and trying to incorporate a lot of what I wrote about a month ago about civility. I’m considering cutting a lot of material so I can make them one chapter. But I just [Read More...]

William Lane Craig memes

All of these are of my own design, with a nod to the Bill O’Reilly “You can’t explain that” meme: [Read more...]

Religion is an idea about the world

Here’s a quote from Greta Christina that sums up my response to a great deal of backlash against popular atheism: [Read more...]

Making celebrity quote images

The textually inclined will think think they’re kind of silly, and wonder what’s wrong with a good old fashioned and picture-free “quote of the day” post. But including the pic makes them much friendlier to sharing on Facebook, Reddit, and so on. So my question: how to best go about making a celebrity quote image [Read More...]

Popular atheism

The following is an excerpt from my book in progress. My next point is one I have to address because I need a better way to talk about Dawkins, Harris, and the rest than by calling them, “Dawkins, Harris, and the rest.” What’s important about them, beyond their atheism? [Read more...]

What exactly is metaphysics?

A reader writes: If you had the time, I wanted to request a topic on philosophy as it relates to apologetics.  I’m hoping you could answer: “What exactly is metaphysics? [Read more...]


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