The Imposition – my presentation to PAStAHcon

PAStAHcon stands for the Pennsylvania State Atheists & Humanists convention in Harrisburg.  … [Read more...]

Richard Carrier’s mythicism

Not that long ago, I (like most people) thought that there was once a guy named Jesus, who was a 1st century cult leader and faith healing charlatan, and that his story was heavily embellished and exaggerated, blown out of all proportion -to become the legendary character on which all the various and conflicting denominations of Christianity are based; Unitarians, Binatarians, Triniatarians, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, all of them.We have no historical evidence of this Jesus, and no … [Read more...]

Homo naledi


 Science is supposed to be dispassionate, as part of being objective, but the media are quite the opposite.  Every time paleontologists find a fossil with particular significance, reporters say it will cause us to rethink what we thought we knew about evolution.  That's what they said about Ardipithecus.  That's what they said about Sahelanthropus and Kenyanthropus.  That's what they always say.  They say this even though, most of the time, the new important fossil was predicted in adva … [Read more...]

You better believe it …or else

Someone recently asked me whether there was anywhere other than Revelations 22:18-19 that talks about having to believe the whole Bible in order to get into Heaven.  Right there in the last chapter, it says not to add anything to the Bible nor take anything away from it.  But there are several other places where the Bible says that too.  It even says that in the Old Testament! (Deuteronomy 4:2 & 12:32, Psalms 119:160, Proverbs 30:6) because "every word of God" is supposed to be "true from th … [Read more...]

Weary of unwarranted Solispist Idealism

I readily admit that I don't know philosophy, because I'm not interested in it, and that is exclusively because of this topic. The more I talk with solipsists, the less interesting philosophy is.  We've had this conversation, and I was hoping to be done with it, because I've already given it more of my time than it will ever deserve.  I would like very much for this to me my last word on the idea that the whole of perceptible reality might only be an illusion created within the i … [Read more...]

Take him to Detroit!

Great Beer!

I think this was my first time in Michigan.  All I knew about Detroit was what I'd seen in Kentucky Fried Movie, but there's a good group there.  Only 15 were expected to turn out to meet us tonight, but more than twice that showed up.   The people there represented Detroit Atheists, Ann Arbor Atheists, Michigan Atheists, the Center For Inquiry, Sunday Assembly and others.  The Dragonmead Brewery even called in additional wait staff when we suddenly filled the place, and we stayed until the put t … [Read more...]

Living Science Videos


My wife, Lilandra is a secular activist like myself, advocating for improved education as I do, but she is also a science teacher and a curriculum specialist with the Next Generation Science Standards.  One of the projects we do together is a series of classroom supplement science videos teaching biology at the middle school and high school level.  We have a separate channel just for our Living Science series, one that is separate from our other activism videos.  This is our latest one.  It's a m … [Read more...]

Philisophical empiricism vs metaphysical solipsism


In my previous post, as in the one before that, I criticized faith, as I always do.  Someone always tries to rebut me, either by trying to say that faith isn't really what it has always been consistently proven to be, or by projecting their greatest fault onto me by pretending that scientists are just as bad as believers; as if science is were a matter of faith too.  I call it a game of equivocation and projection. It’s an attempt to paint the illusion that science and religion are somehow com … [Read more...]

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...]