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...]

Tell us again why we can’t have good gun legislation


Perhaps there are good reasons that most  Americans should own guns, but I want stay on point here. And yes, I was raised in Texas so I am keenly aware that it would be next to impossible to disarm just this state alone. However, why is it even possible for a Right Wing terrorist group like the Oathkeepers to keep their guns? Especially after already having used guns in the Bundy Ranch standoff against their own lawful government officials? Not only that, they will continue to keep their guns … [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...]

Kim Davis: It’s not about you

Doing this for god's glory?

Kim Davis emerged triumphantly to "Eye of the Tiger", as if she went the distance, and now she is back on her feet after just 5 days in jail.  She insisted with tears in her eyes that:“I just want to give God the glory,” Davis said. “We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and everyone stands. Keep pressing, don’t let down because he is here. He is worthy.”An argument can be made that she isn't glorifying her god either, by denying marriage licenses to same sex couples at the … [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...]

Angels are everywhere

angels are everywhere

Here in Detroit waiting for a plane back to the triple digit heat in September of  Dallas TX. Where it is so hot that it's been said:“If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell”  Philip Henry SheridanHere in Detroit, several people have complained to me about the 84 degree heat here that maybe feels like 94. And I suppose that is impressive for Michigan, especially given the school I gave a presentation at didn't have Central Air. We air condition everything in Tex … [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...]