Saudi Man Sentenced to Death for Atheism: Memetic Failsafes

A man originally arrested in 2014, after losing two appeals, has been sentenced to death for being, well, like you (probably) and me. As The Independent reports: Several local media reports identified the man as Ahmad Al Shamri, in his 20s, from the town of Hafar al-Batin, who first came to the authorities’ attention in [Read More…]

The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Fallacy of Composition

As many of you will know, I have recently written a new book concerning the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Did God Create the Universe from Nothing? Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument), which has had some cracking reviews. When I recently posted a video by someone called CosmicSkeptic, and since it concentrated on the Fallacy of [Read More…]

Citizens’ Assembly calls for wide access to abortion in Republic of Ireland

This has come from the British Humanist Association: The Citizens’ Assembly, a public forum of 99 members set up to advise the Irish Government on public ethical issues, has voted 52 to 29 to recommend reform of Ireland’s constitution to allow abortion without restriction for up to 12 weeks, for some reasons for up to 22 [Read More…]

“Harrowing and heartbreaking… I literally could not put this book down”

Thanks so much to Sheila Warner, a contributor to the boards here, for this very kind review for Survival of the Fittest: Metamorphosis. Please grab yourself a copy of my first fiction book, which grapples with dystopian society in the throes of an outbreak, and includes a nice dollop of philosophy. Please grab yourself a copy!  [Read More…]

Atheist’s Truck Vandalised by God-fearing Neighbours

Being open about nonbelief is a really important step in normalising atheism, especially in the US. When atheists get harangued for, well, being atheist, it’s pretty annoying. As CBS Minnesota reports: An atheist in northern Minnesota says his truck was vandalized over the Easter weekend with messages telling him that if he “doesn’t like God” [Read More…]

An Evening of Humanist & Atheist Poetry & Music for your Enjoyment

At the end of last year, myself and a friend (and his son) performed an atheist poetry and music evening for the Dorset Humanists 20th Anniversary celebrations. I’ve only just realised now that it was recorded. Here it is for your delectation. The music is only being picked up on the camera audio so it [Read More…]

Study Suggests There Could Be Twice as Many US Atheists as Polls Claim

No one doubts the growth in the number of nones in the US, that pesky group of nonreligious troublemakers. But a new study suggests that major polls of people’s religious worldviews could vastly underreport American atheists. Will Gervais (who has done some great work on psychology, religion and atheism in the past) and Maxine Najle claim that [Read More…]

The Subtle TV Digs at Religion

I recently posted a number of video excerpts from the UK that overtly have a go at religion that we are lucky enough in the UK to have I was watching season 2 of Line of Duty the other day and there was a glorious little comment that would go over the head of most people. Indeed, [Read More…]

Joseph of Arimathea as Fictional

Joseph of Arimathea used to be used by William Lane Craig as a pillar of his truth claims for the Resurrection, itself one of the four cornerstones of his apology. Richard Carrier, amongst others, has provided some very interesting viewpoints on the historicity of this figure (or lack thereof). Craig no longer seems to reference [Read More…]

Quote of the Day: Damion Reinhardt on Joseph of Arimathea

 Okay, so really the quote of the day is from John Dominic Crossan, but thanks to Damion for posting it. Damion’s words are italicised: John Dominic Crossan makes the case that the tomb itself is a literary creation of Mark, in The Birth of Christianity, pp. 553-555. The problem with Joseph of Arimathea is not [Read More…]