Top 10 Posts of 2015

Over the past year, this blog received more than a million and a half pageviews, by more than 900,ooo distinct users. In the past, I’ve listed the most popular pages of the year regardless of when they were written, and I’ll mention a few from previous years later. But here is a countdown of the top 10 posts written in 2015:

For fans of Spinal Tap who were hoping the list would go up to 11, that spot would have been occupied by the post Fundamentalists and Scholarship.

Among the most visited posts written in years past – and so among the most popular posts of all time on the blog – were the ones with the cute bunnies illustrating creationism, the Red Sea chariot wheel hoax, the so-called Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, better atheist fact-checking, twenty facts about Jesus, and a really effective squirrel baffle.

Which were your favorite posts from this past year? Any personal favorites that didn’t make the list above?

Thank you as always for reading my blog!

(In case you were wondering, the #10 post had just over 7,000 pageviews, and so unless a post goes viral today or tomorrow, it is unlikely that the list would be different if I waited until tomorrow or the next day to share it. But feel free to play the prankster and try to make a post go viral, and then demand that I revise my list, if you are so inclined!)

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  • arcseconds

    Thanks for writing it!

    I’m surprised at how many of these I missed entirely.

    My favourite of these is probably the Fundamentalist Scholarship one, and that was new to me!

    I can’t point to a particular post that is my favourite for 2015, but the ones that have stuck in my mind the most have been the mythicist ones. I know you’re a bit bored of the topic, and I’m starting to find arguing with mythicists is losing its novelty myself, but it does have its interesting points.

    The fact that people who take themselves to be overridingly committed to rational analysis can be so motivated as to think unattested mythological strata (like a crucifixion in the heavens or folk-mythological Jesuses) are a better explanation than a historical Jesus, on the basis of unconvincing points like Paul’s silence on biographical details, is interesting in itself.

    Plus, one of the silver linings of denialists is that the discussion brings the reasoning process to light. And actually I’m ultimately more interested in the reasoning process than the results!

    Then there are the various interesting details that are bought to light, that probably wouldn’t be discussed outside specialist literature otherwise, such as the use of ‘brother’ to refer to a non-familial relationship.

    Plus there’s the communicative challenge of trying to get mythicists or sympathizers to at least see the point. This can be a frustrating process, but over time I think this does improve one’s articulation, and in some instances I think we actually made some progress.

    Going back to previous years, one point that’s stuck with me is the post proving the existence of divinities, by pointing out that the Egyptians worshipped cats, and no-one disputes the existence of cats.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Thanks for sharing your favorites. I think it may be time for me to post on the existence of cats again…