An abridged Bible reading challenge (quasi-finalized)

This is yet another revision of my “abridged Bible reading challenge,” the previous iteration of which you can read here. This time, I’m writing for inclusion in the book, hence references to “this chapter” and so on. [Read more...]

Many Christians still think Africans are descended from Noah’s evil son Ham

Libby Anne has a post titled “Is Creationism Racist?” which I don’t really have anything to add to, except that I think she buries the lede: [Read more...]

My Bible tweets project is done–now help me tweak my Bible reading challenge

bible reading atheists

Now that I’m done tweeting my way through the Bible, I want to revisit and tweak my abridged Bible reading challenge. To recap: the inspiration for this challenge is pretty well summed up in this image: [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...]

Bart Ehrman reads the Pope’s new book

Last week, I explained why the Pope saying the date of Jesus’ birth is not news. Now, Bart Ehrman reads the book and says it “provides an intelligent, very pious, and not very critical pastoral and soothing interpretation of the accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.” The details are pretty much what I [Read More...]

The Pope saying the date of Jesus’ birth was miscalculated is not news

I have no idea why this story is being treated as a big deal. Okay, I know: most journalists know hardly anything about Biblical scholarship, so when the Pope says our calendar gets the date of Jesus’ birth wrong, they fail to think, “Oh, scholars have known this for a long time, and because neither [Read More...]

On the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill and attempts to make Leviticus gay-friendly

So there’s been reports that the infamous Ugandan “kill the gays” bill might finally, horrifyingly, pass. It’s not clear what will actually happen, since the BBC report suggests only the part outlawing “promotion” of homosexuality will pass, not the actual “kill the gays” part, and Wikipedia suggests the Ugandan president may veto the bill. But [Read More...]

Draft of an abridged Bible reading challenge

I have, at this point, tweeted my way through most of the Bible. The project has got me thinking about Isaac Asimov’s old line that, “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” There’s something too this, but the Bible has at least one drawback as a book to get people [Read More...]

Taking it personally and ignoring the bad stuff

I’ve decided not to write anything more directly on Chris Stedman’s “Toxic Atheism” piece, but I think this piece, which I recently wrote to be included in The Book. [Read more...]


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