An Amazing Coincidence about God’s Commands

Isn't it amazing that God's commands as reported by holy books just happen to reflect the views of the culture in which they were written? It's almost as if the authors of those books took their own opinions about morality and said they were God's opinions. … [Read more...]

Hell and Retribution

The comments on my last post contained a lively exchange about hell. Here is a quote from my piece "Heaven and Hell" in Debating Christian Theism, edited by Moreland, Meister, and Sweis (Oxford: 2013), pp. 539-540. Here I am responding to The Catholic Encyclopedia's defense of the traditional doctrine of an eternal punitive hell.The Catholic Encyclopedia: "Nor can it be said: the wicked will be punished, but not by any positive infliction: for either death will be the end of their existence, … [Read more...]

Fan Mail from a True Christian

This morning I found the following message in my inbox:Hi,I have just been looking at some of the videos of you v William Land Craig and I have to say for sheer stupidity you take some beating!Satan loves people like [you] though he hates you on a personal basis.Rose WhiteTo which I sent the following reply: Ms. White,Thank you for your loving exhibition of Christian charity. Even though I am an atheist, I am truly humbled by your display of kindness and … [Read more...]

A Primer in Religion and Morality

My recent interview for the Atheistically Speaking podcast inspired me to compile this quick primer in religion and morality, in order to help clarify the many different concepts at play when we talk about morality with and without God. I consider this a work-in-progress so any constructive criticism would be appreciated.Update (5 May 2015): I have revised and massively expanded the document. I am treating this as version 1.0 of the document and the previous version as a 'beta release' of th … [Read more...]

The Logic of the Resurrection – Part 1

In thinking about the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus, one needs to either determine an answer to this very basic question:Q1: Does God exist?Or else one needs to determine some sort of approach to how this question is to be dealt with in relation to the two key questions about the resurrection:Q2: Did Jesus rise from the dead?andQ3: Did God raise Jesus from the dead?If one determines that there is no God, then the answer to (Q3) is obviously: NO.  Also, i … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day from Sean Carroll on Some People Who Mock Religion

People will mock religion as a fantasy for those who won't face reality, but think building warp drive is just a matter of can-do spirit. — Sean Carroll (@seanmcarroll) May 2, 2015 … [Read more...]

Debate Course Starts Today!

I am co-teaching an online course on debate with Richard Carrier. The course starts today but registration will remain open until May 6th. For details, see here. … [Read more...]

Murderous Anti-theism: A Further Response to John Mark N. Reynolds

John Mark N. Reynolds, Provost of Houston Baptist University has written a lengthy reaction to criticisms of his earlier blog post claiming that anti-theism is the murderous force behind communism. I and Bob Seidensticker criticized his earlier essay. Reynolds’ more recent piece is, as I say, a reaction to those and perhaps other criticisms. Though it is a reaction, it is not really a response since he does not address his critics by name or quote from our posts. Consequently, it is not always e … [Read more...]


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