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...]

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...]


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...]

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...]


Someone I don't know tweeted this to me:Hello my friend Aron. What is your opinion about this short conversation between a Christian & a scientist: http://justpaste.it/Christ ?Not even an hour later, that person (called Bieber) posted "still waiting", as if I must be aware of the tweet, but that am perhaps intimidated or otherwise hesitant to respond.  I guess they think I live on Twitter and that I don't do or see anything else. I rarely even check it, because Twitter is NOT the place t … [Read more...]

My take on the Abrahamic triad

This is just my opinion, but when I listen to Muslims explaining their religion to each other, I get the impression that Islam is hateful and violent, but that it's also pretty stupid; "full of shit", as my dad would say -because none of it can be justified or shown to be true, and what little they do know can't really imply what they say it does.The same thing goes for Christians.  When I listen to Christians discussing their religion, I get the impression that they're hateful too, but … [Read more...]

Christians Against Dinosaurs

At one point, I would have thought that Pat Robertson of the Trinity Broadcast Network was a perfect example of a mind befuddled by willful ignorance.  But Robertson publicly criticized Ken Ham of AnswersInGenesis for being "deaf, dumb, and blind", because Ham doesn't believe there was a Mesozoic era.  Ham believes that dinosaurs once lived with people just a few thousand years ago. But Ham in-turn also publicly criticized Kent Hovind of Creation Science Ministries for the same sort of u … [Read more...]

Bosche – irreligious detective?

I haven't seen this, because I haven't turned on a TV since the turn of the century, but according to this ad that keeps popping up on every video I try to watch, we have a new leading good guy portrayed as an atheist.  That's good, I guess.  It doesn't happen very often.  I guess Hugh Laurie's House M.D. must have done pretty well if they're doing Bosch P.D. now.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuVAP_4TQEY … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Meh

Yeah, spoilers.My wife just wrote a review of this movie, so I guess I will too. We only went to see it because some Bishop at the Catholic church urged people not to.  Prior to that, I asked my wife if I could pay her not to make me see it. I went into the theater, certain that I couldn't possibly enjoy this film.  It really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it still wasn't any good.The movie struck me as sort-of a remake of Pretty Woman, except that it wasn't even THAT g … [Read more...]