Reply to a reader having a crisis of faith

A reader having a crisis of faith sent me an e-mail describing his situation; with permission I’m posting excerpts from it with my responses: [Read more...]

Sam Harris vs. Glenn Greenwald on Islam

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As a huge fan of both Sam Harris and Glenn Greenwald, I feel like I ought to comment on this exchange. I’m a little unsure what to say though, because Greenwald’s points are a mixture of plausible and nonsensical. [Read more...]

Forever 35? Thoughts on a society of immortals

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One of the challenges of writing speculative fiction (science fiction or fantasy) is that often, your characters are really fucking old and it can be hard to know what to do with that. [Read more...]

Evolution, original sin, and the problem of evil

Previously: Yes, creationism is religiously motivated [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...]

But do the tactics of popular atheism work?

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The following is an excerpt from chapter 3 of the book. [Read more...]

Argument works

The following is an excerpt from chapter 3 of the book. [Read more...]

Hirsch numbers for… err… various people

This post was originally going to be titled “Hirsch numbers for theologians,” but I got a little carried away checking Hirsch numbers for people in different fields and now it’s just “Hirsch numbers for various people.” The original intent, though, was to check something that’s been bugging me about chapter two of the book: are the theologians [Read More...]


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