Religious faith IS “belief without evidence”

In my previous post, I criticized faith, as I always do, and some believer predictably accused me of misrepresenting what Christian/religious faith really is. Usually the argument is an attempt to equivocate or project their own faults onto the opposition, as if science requires faith too, and that scientists are therefore “just as bad” as religious believers. Of course the applications of science and faith are completely opposite in every respect.Religious apologists are like litigators, who … [Read more...]

What do atheists think?

This is my first submission to the Patheos network, where I am told there is much better chance that my posts will be read by religious believers. Good, because that’s who I mean to reach.When I read this article about evangelist John Lennox, I meant to reply to him, but then I realized that his answers are mostly shallow and evasive excuses. The more objectionable assertions came from the author of the article, Heather Tomlinson. So I will address her instead, taking Lennox' comments to s … [Read more...]

Loaded question

So I got the following email from a financial adviser in New Zealand: Hi. As you strike me as an honest and sincere authority in the atheist worldview, could you please help me by advising me: How can I be an intellectually honest atheist when it seems to me that atheism itself, logically demands that I distrust my brain, because it’s merely a cosmic accident -  evolved from a random, mindless and unguided process in the 1st place? I’ll donate $10,000 to a mutually agreeable charity for the 1 … [Read more...]

CNN: Chattanooga Tennessee shooting today possible “Domestic Terrorism”

It is some progress that it is being correctly identified as domestic terrorism rather than a deranged gunman, although the situation is grim.  4 Marines and the shooter are dead. At least one of the official in the video of Mayor Andy Berke's press conference in the feed on the article, is saying it is being investigated as domestic terrorism.  Although in the same video the banner says "terrorism was ruled out", that could mean international terrorism and the banner writer is conflating i … [Read more...]

Monster on Sunday

There's a new hard rocking atheist band called Monster on Sunday. On Friday, August 7th at 7:00pm, they'll be at Ramona Mainstage with my friends, recording artist Shelly Segal and comedian Steve Hill. Seth Andrews told me he saw the band live in their home town of San Diego, and said they were amazing.  Steve and Tally Cass are something new, sort of a mom & pop metal band, and they're strident atheists.  I've had a chance to listen to their new album, and I'm happy to review my fa … [Read more...]

The Purple and Blue People of Texas

Someone in Scotland was asking me, "We have all heard that Texas is a Minority Majority state, and that it is going purple then why are you still having problems with theocratic legislation?" (Paraphrasing it was a while ago) First this: people in Scotland know many more details about our state's politics than we do about theirs. Just to give you an idea about how people in other countries watch Texas not just for the buffoonery, but also out of genuine concern for the people doomed to ignorance … [Read more...]

Debatable

I used to get a lot of challenges from anonymous internet nobodies wanting to debate me; not just to argue with me online, but to "call me out" in some public forum where they thought they could 'win' me.  I'll already argue with pretty much anyone as long as there is some indication that that person is being somewhat sincere and not just a troll out to waste my time. So how do you weed out the trolls?  I came up with this rule that I wouldn't debate anyone who nominates his or her self.  I'll on … [Read more...]

More Good News from SCOTUS for Pro-Choice Advocates

Good News for Pro-Choice Texans and the rest of states affected by Draconian abortion clinic regulations. The Supreme Court has granted a stay to allow Texas's 18 remaining clinics to stay open until it decides whether it will hear testimony on how Texas HB2 puts an undue burden on the ability to obtain a safe, legal abortion. In some of the poorest parts of the state like the border with Mexico, there is no abortion clinic open within half a day's drive.The fight to keep abortion access … [Read more...]

Battle Journal: The Great Shushing of Atheist Feminists on Youtube Continues

One of the few atheist feminists on youtube Steve Shives posted a joke about that today:The name "Steve" comes from the Greek word meaning "5th or 6th most popular non-misogynist YouTube atheist." ‪#‎LittleKnownFact‬ Aron is gratified that Steve considers him an exception to the rule.  I responded:(few edits for clarity)The weird thing is how popular anti-feminism is with a lot of  youtube atheists. I've watched this pattern even with people I respect on other matters. It seemed to or … [Read more...]

Comparing Secular Conferences

I've been booked for a different conference or convention or similar function almost every month for the last few years, and sometimes a couple in the same month.  Of the bigger, better ones repeated annually, I'd say the most 'posh' would be the American Humanist Association, particularly regarding their elegant banquets and choice of lavish hotels.  I've attended two of their national conventions, (in New Orleans and San Diego) but they never invited me to speak.  That's how posh they are!  Not … [Read more...]


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