Thoughts on religion after a year in Asia: separating “religion” from “Abrahamic monotheism”

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I have now spent a year of my life in Asia. I have seen the world’s largest solid-gold Buddha statue (so shinny, I failed to take a glare-free picture of it!): [Read more...]

On Passover, the charge of antisemitism, and Martin Luther

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A couple months ago, I shared the following picture on Facebook: [Read more...]

Early Christianity was weird (end of Bible tweets)

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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...]

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...]

I still don’t understand Paul’s views on salvation (Bible tweets)

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. My tweeting my way through the Bible project is almost finished. All that’s left are Hebrews, James, some forgeries few people care about, and Revelation. There are a lot of things I could talk [Read More...]

Bill O’Reilly claims Christianity isn’t a religion

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So a bunch of people around teh atheist interwebs have noticed a story about Bill O’Reilly claiming that Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a philosophy. This is actually just a variation on a popular Christian meme, “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a personal relationship with God.” I also once heard a Muslim claim that Islam isn’t a religion, it’s [Read More...]

Sharia (and Old Testament) law today

In one of Hemant’s recent posts, he talks about an Economist article which mentions that no fewer than eight Muslim countries currently have the death penalty for apostasy, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. This got me thinking that it might be worth putting together a comprehensive summary of which countries still have such barbaric laws in [Read More...]

What Christian blogs are worth interacting with?

It seems like in the first couple years of my blogging, atheist and Christian blogs interacted a lot more. I suspect this was in part the result of a self-reinforcing trend, where the less someone interacts with you, the less they seem interacting with. Yet there’s no doubt a lot to gain from that interaction. [Read More...]

William Lane Craig, the Secular Student Alliance, and some suspicious statistics

So the Secular Student Alliance made an infographic with some information they got off the Campus Crusade for Christ… er, I’m sorry, “Cru” website. The information on “Cru’s” website turned out to be a mistake, so the Secular Student Alliance made a new infographic with the correct information. In response, William Lane Craig whined about [Read More...]


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