Best testing a book: Chapter 2: The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included)

I just got done cleaning up my draft of chapter two of the book. It’s called The many gods I don’t believe in (yours included). Summary below the fold: Richard Dawkins’ Big Bad Quote What do ordinary religious believers believe? The theologian who can’t tell you what he believes What is fundamentalism? Who’s really ignorant about theology? [Read More...]

Why “faitheist” Chris Stedman is so obnoxious

I said I wasn’t going to say any more about Chris Stedman, but Hemant recently posted an exclusive excerpt with an intro that I feel needs a response: [Read more...]

On Chris Stedman: a reply to James Croft

So Chris Stedman has a Salon article (actually an excerpt from his new book) titled “Toxic atheism drives people apart,” which got a bunch of people annoyed, which in turn got James Croft telling all the people annoyed with Stedman how wrong they are, accusing them of failing to “abide by basic standards of intellectual [Read More...]

The ignorance and absurdity of the champions of left-wing theology

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book in progress, and also a follow up to this post. It should be obvious by now that it’s possible to believe in a god in the sense that most people mean without being a fundamentalist. Thomas Paine is one example of a person who did exactly that. [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...]

Mid-vacation recap: now also an open thread!

Well, I seem to have gotten a decent amount of blogging done on this vacation of mine. I unfortunately haven’t gotten any book-writing done, which I will try to remedy next week. So you may see less of me next week. Or you may see more of me next week, as I’ll be spending my [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins and other atheists defend Sam Harris

Richard Dawkins just published a piece titled “It’s What Moral Philosophers Do,” which sketches a bit of moral philosophy and then ends by saying: [Read more...]

Are believers stupid? Ignorant? Not worth talking to?

In their book Reasonable Atheism, Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse (two philosophers at Vanderbilt) define the “No Reasonable Opposition strategy” as follows (p. 28): [Read more...]

A consensus statement on civility for argumentative atheists?

I’ve been thinking about the issue of civility a lot over the past few days, with my posts on the word “stupid” and my post on how to talk about Islam. (This last post was an extension of my previous discussion with James Croft here.) And it seems like a lot of other people have been [Read More...]


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