Migration to Disqus Complete

It appears the site's migration to the Disqus commenting system is complete. What this means to you:1. You now have the ability to edit a comment after posting it, a feature which is sorely lacking in Blogger's built-in comment functionality.2. Disqus provides a much more visually intuitive way of grouping comments with their replies, by displaying them in a nested tree hierarchy. Comments migrated from the old Blogger system will not be displayed in a hierarchy, but any new replies to … [Read more...]

Migrating Secular Outpost to Disqus for Comments

I'm going to be migrating The Secular Outpost over to Disqus tonight for comments on posts. This will cause all old comments to temporarily disappear from the site, possibly for more than 24 hours, until Disqus successfully imports the old comments from Blogger. Once the migration is complete, the end result should be a vastly improved experience for anyone who leaves comments on the site. In the meantime, thanks for your patience. … [Read more...]

Please Welcome Matt DeStefano to the Secular Outpost!

I'm pleased to announce that Matt DeStefano has joined The Secular Outpost as a contributor. Here is a quick autobiography by Matt.I grew up as an Evangelical Christian, but I began to seriously doubt the basic tenets of my faith after reading major philosophical works pertaining to religion. I eventually saw my faith as untenable, and abandoned it for a largely naturalist perspective. I have a BA in Philosophy (specialization in Logic & Philosophy of Science) from Sacramento State … [Read more...]

Audience Poll: What Questions Would You Like to See Addressed on the Secular Outpost?

(We haven't made as much progress as I would like on implementing the suggestions already provided, but I'm redating this point anyway to solicit more suggestions.)If there is a topic you'd like to see authors of The Secular Outpost address, please post a comment below and suggest it. … [Read more...]

Tyler Wunder Has Joined The Secular Outpost!

I'm pleased to announce that Dr. Tyler Wunder has joined The Secular Outpost! Here is a short bio he provided to me for this announcement:I received my PhD in Philosophy from Boston University; my dissertation was a critique of Alvin Plantinga’s Warrant trilogy. My publications are: “Anti-Naturalism and Proper Function” [Religious Studies 44(2)], “Critical Study of James K. Beilby’s Epistemology as Theology: An Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga’s Religious Epistemology” [Philo 10(2)], and “Critical S … [Read more...]

Blast from the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2010

1. "Goodbye to All That"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2010/09/goodbye-to-all-that.html2. "Joylessness or Family Values?"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2010/08/joylessness-or-family-values.html3. "Easter Week: What Really Happened?"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2010/12/easter-week-what-really-happened.html4. "High Weirdness by H-Net"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2010/05/high-weirdness-by-h-net.html5. "Conservatism in … [Read more...]

Is China Blocking the Secular Outpost?

I just became aware of a report that China is blocking The Secular Outpost. I have absolutely no idea why the Chinese government would want to block The Secular Outpost or its parent domain, infidels.org, but I would be most interested in hearing from anyone who is in a position to confirm or disconfirm this.Aside: many years ago the Internet Infidels learned they were being blocked by software used by members of the Church of Scientology to access the Internet. … [Read more...]

Jennifer Michael Hecht Has Joined The Secular Outpost!

I'm pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Michael Hecht has agreed to join The Secular Outpost as a contributor. Dr. Hecht is the author of three history books and two volumes of poetry and she is currently serving as one of the five judges for the Nonfiction category of the 2010 National Book Award. Her bestseller Doubt: A History demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won the Phi Beta Kappa S … [Read more...]