The Top 30 Atheist/Agnostic/Skeptic Blogs

There are alot of atheist/agnostic/skeptical blogs out there. And being one of them, I tend to see and read a lot of others. Here are some that have caught my attention over my internet travels.

The Top 5

  1. Pharyngula
  2. Friendly Atheist
  3. Cynical-C
  4. Debunking Christianity
  5. Atheist Media Blog

The Best of the Rest

(in alphabetical order)

  1. Atheist Eve
  2. Atheist Movies
  3. Atheist Revolution
  4. Bad Astronomy
  5. Bad Science
  6. By the Book Comics
  7. Daylight Atheism
  8. Derren Brown’s Blog
  9. Dwindling in Unbelief
  10. Edward Current
  11. Evangelical Realism
  12. Greta Christina’s Blog
  13. Julia Sweeney
  14. Mid-West Humanists
  15. Negligible Knowledge Base
  16. Religion Comics
  17. Richard Dawkins
  18. SkepChick
  19. Skeptic Blog
  20. Skeptico
  21. Slacktivist
  22. Panda’s Thumb
  23. Primordial Blog
  24. Why Won’t God Heal Amputees Blog
  25. William Lobdell

Did I miss your favorite? If so, add it in the comments!

Update: I realize not all these bloggers are atheists or agnostics. I also included blogs I consider “skeptical.” The original title was a bit misleading in that regard.

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  • http://sisyphusfragment.wordpress.com Sisyphus Fragment

    IMHO, Atheist Revolution should be in the top 5. Vjack has a lot of really good stuff on there.

  • http://unreasonablefaith.com Daniel Florien

    Yeah, it was hard to decide on the top 5. But I put the ones I find most interesting there.

  • Valis

    Hey, you left out Unreasonable Faith! Oh wait…

    But seriously, there’s also Enemy Combatant Trailmix Society (blog by Tiana, She Of The Casey Luskin Incident). I also enjoy The Urban Farmhouse, and Letters From Abroad (an ex-mo blog). Stupid Evil Bastard is also quite good. There are so many…

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    Thank you for this list Daniel. Daniel I am waiting for someone ( a believer0 to come out of the closest and publicly state on this blog, that an argument from one of posters or you (Daniel) made them think and reconsider how silly and retarded thier beliefs are.

    I am waiting for a deconversion.

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    I second the recommendation for Atheist Revolution. It really is a top quality blog.

    I also really like to read:

    The Invisible Pink Unicorn
    http://www.theipu.com/

    Jesus and Mo
    http://www.jesusandmo.net/

    One Minion’s Opinion
    http://1minionsopinion.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for the list, Daniel! I will be sure to check out some of those which I had not previously encountered.

  • Brian
  • Elemenope

    …made them think and reconsider how silly and retarded their beliefs are.

    I can’t imagine that this would help the process along.

  • http://whyareyousofat.wordpress.com McBloggenstein

    Julia Sweeny! The androgynous Pat?

    Yes, thanks for the list! Sometimes I get interested in other atheist blogs, but then I realize I don’t have time to check them all, so I stop myself from adding them to my reader because mostly I would just prefer to read UF when I have the time!

    I will add these though:

    http://www.atheistbus.org.uk/
    (The “Idea” girl behind the bus ads)

    http://atheistblogger.com/
    http://tinyfrog.wordpress.com/
    http://topicagnostic.com/
    http://de-conversion.com/

    …And one of my faves:

    http://stuffgodhates.com/

  • http://thebeattitude.com theBEattitude

    Thanks for the list. Several here I haven’t seen.

    A second vote for “Atheist Revolution”. One of my top 5.

    Another good one not on the list:
    http://www.anatheist.net/

  • intelekshual

    Great list, a lot here I haven’t read yet. Thanks for posting this! I’d second Enemy Combatant, but that’s just because it’s mine.

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    “…made them think and reconsider how silly and retarded their beliefs are. ”

    elemenope:I can’t imagine that this would help the process along.

    mark: Its a lot more civilized and kinder than believing and expressing the idea that billions of humans and specifically children are going to burn in hell for eternity for not believing in Jesus when they were never ever exposed to the concept of a Jesus in the first place.

    If the holy rollers cant stand the heat well then they should stop making exclusive claims they cant even provide a decent argument for. Until them I dont give a f#ck about thier feelings in the larger scheme of things.

  • http://foreverinhell.blogspot.com Personal Failure

    I suppose pimping my own blog would be bad form? No, really, I’m not in that league, but I thought vjack should’ve been in the top 5.

  • jordan
  • Elemenope

    If the holy rollers cant stand the heat well then they should stop making exclusive claims they cant even provide a decent argument for. Until them I dont give a f#ck about thier feelings in the larger scheme of things.

    That’s fine and all, if that’s how you feel, but I’m just pointing out that expressing that feeling in that way works at cross-purposes with your stated desire to see a “de-conversion”. After all, calling people names makes them less likely, not more, to take what you have to say seriously and consider the possible superiority of your position.

    In my experience it just leads to retrenchment.

  • http://whyareyousofat.wordpress.com McBloggenstein

    Personal Failure, I like your quote:

    “I’m an atheist and I have cookies! Delicious cookies”

  • Jabster

    UK centric but not exclusively:

    http://www.mediawatchwatch.org.uk

    Expect to see the counter to the atheist buses appearing soon.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/05/atheist-bus-christian-response

  • http://normdoering.blogspot.com/ Norman Doering

    What makes one atheist blog better than another?

    Why does it catch your attention?

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    “After all, calling people names makes them less likely, not more, to take what you have to say seriously and consider the possible superiority of your position.

    In my experience it just leads to retrenchment.”

    mark: This is true but thier are times when I dont care because the holy rollers get to make any justification for thier beliefs no matter how redundant or ridicilous the reasons. Then when you ask then simple questions such as

    why would a just and loving god give instructions on how to sell ones daughter into slavery, the holy rollers act as if they cant read and give an opinion.

    bible quote: “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)”

    Or when I asked a Catholic on this board if they believed in exorcisms instead of answering my question I was offered reading material about Catholism it took several comments before the dude would answer a simple question.

    When debating christians I find this behavior all the time for instance when you whty is the bible so sexist the holy rollers ignore these questions which I consider dishones.

    However you are right you catch more flies with honey the vinegar.

  • Restless D

    Its not a blog but Pat Condell is a LEGEND for reason

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=patcondell&view=videos

  • http://www.turntheclockforward.org/ Jen R

    Slacktivist? Fred’s a Christian.

    Thanks for the list. Greta Christina is my favorite atheist blogger. I’ll have to check out some of the others.

  • http://www.nullifidian.net/ null

    There’s loads of them (us, that is) over at Planet Atheism and on Mojoey’s atheist blogroll.

  • Confused

    Offtopic, but…

    However you are right you catch more flies with honey the vinegar.

    http://xkcd.com/357/

    Flies are in fact attracted to putrefaction. Honey might attract more bees and wasps, but vinegar wins for flies.

  • Ty

    Vorjack has a blog of his own?

    Well blow me down.

    *adds to bookmarks**

  • Valis

    Ha! You got linked to from Pharyngula dude :-) Deservedly so, I think. There’s a lot of insightful commentary going on here. Of course there’re also some ignorant commenters…

  • Ty

    Oh, wait, is vjack vorjack? Or is that just coincidence?

    Also, to toss one anecdote into the mix:

    Mockery of my beliefs led to me entrenching, just as nope points out. However, my version of entrenchment led to me doing ever more study to defend my beliefs. That study led directly to my de-conversion.

    You never really know what will work.

  • http://unreasonablefaith.com Daniel Florien

    vorjack here isn’t vjack. It’s a coincidence. :)

    I realize Slacktivist isn’t an atheist, but I was thinking of him in the “skeptical” category — plus his blog is well-liked by many atheists.

  • Elemenope

    Mockery of my beliefs led to me entrenching, just as nope points out. However, my version of entrenchment led to me doing ever more study to defend my beliefs. That study led directly to my de-conversion.

    You never really know what will work.

    Fair point. I think though that most people retrench emotionally rather than take the (IMO superior) intellectual road of searching for better justifications that you did.

    Also, I’m being a little selfish here. I don’t like reading/hearing insults regarding people’s beliefs because those insults make *me* cringe. There’s something about it that makes me deeply uncomfortable, and want to defend whoever is the target almost out of reflex. It’s not logical, but there it is.

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ markbey

    “When debating christians I find this behavior all the time for instance when you whty is the bible so sexist the holy rollers ignore these questions which I consider dishones.”

    Perhaps it’s in part who you ask? As often as you can find a believer who has no idea why they believe what they believe and can’t answer a decent question, a believer will run into an atheist who can’t either.

    My point is, there are a lot of very loud people on either side who are just loud. Doesn’t mean they have all the answers or care to even look or try to find them they just like to yell.

  • newbie atheist

    Wow, I’ve got some more reading to do. I would also suggest these:

    (((Billy))) The Atheist
    http://iambilly.wordpress.com/

    Philly Chief’s blog
    http://youmademesayit.blogspot.com/

    Spanish Inquisitor
    http://spaninquis.wordpress.com/

    God is for suckers!
    http://gods4suckers.net/

    The Freethinker magazine
    http://www.freethinker.co.uk/

    and for when you’re feeling really angry try out
    http://www.evolvedrational.com/

  • J-Dog

    ERV!!!

    She does good work.

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    @ Philip

    True, there are a lot of people who just like to yell. Period.

    However, that shouldn’t be a serious obstacle to determined, persistant pursuit of answers.

    Ignorant atheists or theists does not an argument make.

  • Ty

    “As often as you can find a believer who has no idea why they believe what they believe and can’t answer a decent question, a believer will run into an atheist who can’t either.”

    Ah, look, you just made something up.

    I defy you to present any evidence that this equality you assert is actually the case.

    I’ll assert that there are many many many more religious folks with no idea what their religion is about than there are atheists who can’t explain why they don’t believe in god/s.

    And I’ve been on both sides of that divide. If they were actually equally uninformed, I’d still be a Christian.

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    @ Phillip

    ” Perhaps it’s in part who you ask? As often as you can find a believer who has no idea why they believe what they believe and can’t answer a decent question, a believer will run into an atheist who can’t either.”

    mark: But thier is a difference between an atheist who says I have seen no evidence of god and therefore I dont believe and a believer who says not only is thier a god but out of all of the thousands my concept of god is the only one that is correct.

    When you ask them what proof they have or if they can give an argument for why they believe in god. The only case they can make is an emotional case. Somewhere in thier argument they end up stating how moral and just thier god is.

    When you ask them a specific question such as if god is moral and just then exactly why would god give instructions on how to sell ones daughter into slavery they pretend like they cannot read.

    Lastly believers are the ones making extrodinary claims and an extrodinary claim at least should have a decent argument if not extrodinary proof to go along with those claims.

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    @ nope

    Also, I’m being a little selfish here. I don’t like reading/hearing insults regarding people’s beliefs because those insults make *me* cringe. There’s something about it that makes me deeply uncomfortable, and want to defend whoever is the target almost out of reflex. It’s not logical, but there it is.”

    mark: I feel where your comming from but why is it athiest must be polite to christians and not mock them but christians can mock any belief they dont believe in including other christian denominations they dont follow.

    For instance I have heard some christians refer to Jehova witness, Seventh day adventist and Catholics as belonging to cults. I would love to know exactly what makes those denomintions cults any more than any other christian denomination.

    Christians disrespect and mock people from different denominations and religions all of the time.

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    “I’ll assert that there are many many many more religious folks with no idea what their religion is about than there are atheists who can’t explain why they don’t believe in god/s.”

    mark: Ditto. Most christians I know havent event read 1/4 of the bible and yet only thier fantastic beliefs could possible be true.

    christians should get the exact same treatment they give to other non christian believers.

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    Oh, here’s another outstanding atheist-oriented blog that I really like which I accidentally forgot to mention earlier:

    Atheism: Proving the Negative
    http://www.atheismblog.blogspot.com/

  • http://babyfight.com garth

    http://thegoodatheist.net/

    that’s my friend Jake’s blog.

    mine is kind of atheisty also. but more just random drunken rants and music

  • eddie

    I’d like to give a shout to the atheist blog

    http://www.aboyandhiscomputer.com/

    Famous for the Church Sign Generator

    enjoy

  • Reginald Selkirk

    14. Mid-West Humanists

    That one threw me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the term “Mid-West applied to any country but the U.S.

  • http://openparachute.wordpress.com/ Ken

    Pushing my own barrow – but for something done under (from New Zealand) have a look at Open Parachute.

  • http://depthdeception.blogspot.com Jay

    Someday I’ll make the list!

  • http://nearearth.wordpress.com/ Paul

    I’m hurt. Well, maybe you haven’t visited yet. I choose to be hurt, though. More fun that way. :)
    http://blocraison.blogspot.com

  • Ty

    Thanks Ken, always interesting to see what atheists in the rest of the world have to say.

    I’ve always wanted to travel to New Zealand. Back when I was still religious, people in my religion would brag that you could go anywhere in the world and be assured of a place to stay, since you could call on the hospitality of any of the brethren.

    We need an atheist version of that. :)

  • Elemenope

    I feel where your comming from but why is it athiest must be polite to christians and not mock them but christians can mock any belief they dont believe in including other christian denominations they dont follow.

    In my experience, conscientious Christians are as unlikely to be nasty in conversation as conscientious Atheists. The reason, I think, that there is a general perception among Atheists that Christians are nastier and more dismissive in conversations than Atheists is two-fold:

    1. There are more Christians than Atheists. As a matter of probability, then, any jerk that you meet is more likely to be a Christian than an Atheist, all other things being equal. Also, as a subsidiary consequence, being in the majority has the added benefit of having substantial social cover for being a jerk or being dismissive; it’s easier to get away with.

    2. Since you are an Atheist, it is more likely that you will be engaging in argument with a Christian than with another Atheist, and so there is something of selection bias in play.

    Neither one has an excuse to behave that way, though.

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ TY

    “I defy you to present any evidence that this equality you assert is actually the case.”

    I can only speak anecdotally in the same way that you can only speak anecdotally on this topic. If there is a study or stats then so be it but i don’t know any so i can only speak from what i’ve experienced and that’s what i’ve experienced.

    @mark

    First off i’d like to say i’m very much enjoying our discourse.

    “Christians disrespect and mock people from different denominations and religions all of the time.”

    It’s true, doesn’t make it right but it’s true. It actually speaks to the Golden Rule if you will. Treat others as you would like to be treated so mabye the name calling Christians are asking for it and that’s why they get it.

    All i know is that name calling is not very loving and Jeues calls us to love everyone so, i don’t know where they get it.

  • Stephen

    If religious satire is your cup of tea, try:
    http://revright.wordpress.com

  • http://digitaldame.wordpress.com Digital Dame

    I only read a couple of atheist blogs other than this one, I don’t know how you people have time to keep up with all these blogs! One of the others I read that I haven’t seen mentioned yet is An Apostate’s Chapel.

    I’ll try to get around to checking out some of the others listed here.

  • Ty

    “I can only speak anecdotally in the same way that you can only speak anecdotally on this topic. If there is a study or stats then so be it but i don’t know any so i can only speak from what i’ve experienced and that’s what i’ve experienced.”

    Having spent 30 years evangelizing as a Christian, and having never once run into an atheist that matches your ‘experience’, makes me dubious about this claim. Besides, what about “I don’t believe in any gods” requires deep explanation?

    In that same span of time, I talked to thousands of religious people who could not explain to me what they actually believed.

    This is just that same tired, “Atheists are exactly the same as religious people” canard that always falls apart under any examination.

    You guys are the one’s that require vast and complex semantic games to support your beliefs. We just need to not buy into them.

  • Ty

    Elemenope, you get to make that comparison after the first time an atheist knocks on your door at 8am Saturday morning to convince you that you will be killed by god at Armageddon if you don’t agree to take their literature.

    I’m about as much of an aggressive jerk as any atheist is, and I’ll never street evangelize to you. I’ll never claim that you deserve to be tortured for eternity for disagreeing with me. I’ll never try to pass laws legislating my brand of morality. And, for Cthulu’s sake, I’ll never go trolling blogs and forums dedicated to Christian conversation looking to pick a fight.

    *Looks around*

    Can’t say the same for the Christian folks, sorry.

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @Ty

    does the fact that you cannot prove that a god (who may or may not want to reveal him/her self to humans assuming that a god figure is an infinite being) doesn’t exist any more than i can prove that he does exist matter? I just wonder because should it chose to stay where it is it can’t be measured doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. either way but an inability to measure something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist does it?

    Excuse my ignorance i’m just curious.

  • Ty

    “does the fact that you cannot prove that a god (who may or may not want to reveal him/her self to humans assuming that a god figure is an infinite being) doesn’t exist any more than i can prove that he does exist matter?”

    Inability to prove a negative is never evidence.

    Sorry.

  • http://www.nullifidian.net/ null

    Philip wrote:

    I just wonder because should it chose to stay where it is it can’t be measured doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. either way but an inability to measure something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist does it?

    (Dis)prove Thor.

  • Elemenope

    I’ll never try to pass laws legislating my brand of morality.

    I’ll give you the rest, but not this one. A legislative proclivity for *avoiding* morals-based restrictions is legislating a particular moral viewpoint. (One, being a libertarian, I happen to agree with, BTW.) There is a decent countervailing moral argument that states that if someone is doing something wrong and you have the power to stop it, you have a duty to use that power in order to prevent or punish the wrong act.

    By preventing legislation that allows the use of such power (like, for example, the power of the state to tax, punish, prevent, regulate, etc.), you are writing your legislative viewpoint at the exclusion of another. All you can really claim is that your moral standards of acceptability are different than the average Christian; you can’t claim that you have a preference that you don’t believe should be reflected in the law. You seek simply to allow some thing that they wish to disallow; allowing a behavior has as much moral consequence as disallowing the same insofar as there is a disagreement about whether allowing an act or preventing it is the more moral course.

  • http://negligibleknowledgebase.com thecodepounder

    Daniel, thanks for the mention! Much appreciated.

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ null

    Exactly, that is my point. Can’t prove it one way or another.

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    @ Philip,

    While there are certain things which we can’t prove, we can at least claim many things with an extremely high degree of confidence.

    For example, who disputes that human beings originated in Africa, and not Mesopotamia? Do you dispute that?

    Do you dispute that evolution by natural selection is the method which accounts for the diversity of life on planet Earth, whether there is a god or not?

    It seems exceedingly foolish, for example, to take the Bible’s word literally.

    My point is, while we can’t demonstrate that the Biblical god doesn’t exist, we can demonstrate that certain claims which have been made by religion are not accurate, such as geocentrism.

    Sure, we can’t disprove Thor, but if Thor makes a claim, and we can disprove that, and if we can then disprove a series of claims about Thor’s revelations or Thor’s supposed nature, then we’re well on our way to making the case that it is so unlikely that Thor actually exists that it would be a non-controversial point to believe that he doesn’t, in fact, exist.

  • http://excitedbigkev.wordpress.com excitedbigkev

    excitedbigkev.wordpress.com

  • jamesatracy

    It might be an interesting meme if other atheist bloggers posted their own top 5 or top 10 favorite atheist blogs that they read. I bet there would be an interesting mix (and bloggers, of course, always appreciate the links!)

  • Jabster

    @Elemenope

    “I’ll give you the rest, but not this one. A legislative proclivity for *avoiding* morals-based restrictions is legislating a particular moral viewpoint.”

    I do agree that your general viewpoint is correct in saying for example allowing gay marriage you are in passing laws for your own brand of morality. The real difference is in the general nature of ‘laws’ that religions wish to be in place. These can best be described as I don’t agree with it therefore nobody should be allowed to do it compared to it’s allowed but isn’t mandatory. So the key part is liberal vs. religious viewpoints and not atheist vs. religious view points. It could be argued that atheists have a more liberal viewpoint in general but it’s not a requirement.

    So my real disagreement is from a purely liberal viewpoint i.e. yep you may disagree but I’m not forcing you to do it. Now of course there are certain grey areas, for example not having Sunday as a rest day makes it much more difficult for believers to follow there own faith — most people need a job. Another example is the great debate over teaching ID (or god as the creator by the back door) vs. evolution. Is this is case of morals or maybe just good sense?

  • Toby

    If you’re including skeptical / philosophical blogs, I like Stephen Law’s Blog. Usually a good refutation of religious arguments found there.

  • http://www.atheistrev.com vjack

    I am thrilled to be considered among such impressive company. Over the past few years, we have witnessed an explosion of growth in the atheist blogosphere. Best of all, I think we’ve also seen significant improvements in quality. Congratulations to everyone who has been a part of this positive development!

  • http://impartialism.wordpress.com/ faithlessgod

    I would nominate the Atheist Ethicist

  • http://radicalatheist.com Jack Carlson

    I’d like to second Norman Doering’s request for the criteria used to decide popularity. Knowing what makes some blogs more popular than others would help the rest of us make our writing more relevant to readers.

    What catches your eye, what engages your interest and makes you want to follow one blog over another?

  • http://unreasonablefaith.com Daniel Florien

    Regarding the criteria: it was whatever has caught me eye and interest over the last year or so.

    What engages my interest will be different from others, but I look for a professional and interesting writing style, interesting posts, brevity, regular posting, a healthy comments community, and a nice blog design.

  • http://bythebookcomics.blogspot.com/ DocMike

    Daniel ,

    Thanks for including my blog in your list! I’ll definitely post the graphic in my sidebar.

    http://bythebookcomics.blogspot.com/

  • Marty
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  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ TY

    “what about “I don’t believe in any gods” requires deep explanation?”

    Why does believing in a god require a lot of deep explanation other than ‘i think it’s there?’

    you don’t have to believe the bible to believe that God is there. the bible also doesn’t say ‘believe that i created the earth, evolution is wrong, slavery is ok then you can be a christian.’

    all christians don’t agree on this stuff but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in the same God. To say i don’t/do believe in any gods is not easier or harder. it’s the religion and rules that come with it that is the confusing part not the existence of a god or not.

  • http://www.davewyman.com Dave

    >http://whyihatejesus.blogspot.com/&lt;

    The title is a little over the top, but the author is literate and thoughtful and will suffer fools gladly.

  • Jabster

    @Phillip

    “To say i don’t/do believe in any gods is not easier or harder.”

    To say you believe in something for which there is no evidence is far harder than to say you don’t believe in it. Can you give further examples of things you believe in just because ‘you think it’s there?’

  • http://www.threeriversonline.com Philip Shropshire

    Well, in yet another vain effort to toot my own horn, I’m one of the few African Americans who’s an atheist who runs a website. That makes me rarer than water turning into wine.

    My site is:

    http://www.threeriversonline.com

    It’s mostly about politics but atheism comes up quite a bit.

    Also please check out the Acid Jazz Channel (attempt at an online music/politics channel) at the top of the site which features best bits from the likes of Harris, Hitchens and Dawkins.

  • http://progressatallcost.blogspot.com/ markbey

    “Well, in yet another vain effort to toot my own horn, I’m one of the few African Americans who’s an atheist who runs a website. That makes me rarer than water turning into wine.”

    mark: I am african american as well, I also have a blog and I right about religion. But my blog is not dedicated to atheism.

  • http://blog.case.edu/webdev/ Heidi Cool

    I’d add Mano Singham’s blog to the list. http://blog.case.edu/singham/.

    Professor Singham, a physicist and defender of evolution, writes on science, history and philosophy of science, religion, politics, the media, education, learning, books, and films and has written several essays exploring belief, explaining how evolution works, etc. His writing lucid, educational and thought-provoking and he takes great care to not only follow the rules of logic but to explain them to his readers.

    His book, “The Case of God v. Darwin: Evolution, Religion, and the Establishment Clause” will be published later this year.

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ Jabster

    “To say you believe in something for which there is no evidence is far harder than to say you don’t believe in it. Can you give further examples of things you believe in just because ‘you think it’s there?’’”

    Well there is no evidence that you would accept. That’s different. I still believe i have expereicned God but that means nothign to you so. As far as i’m concerned there is evidence that can be verified by others but again you probably don’t care about that.

    My thought is that never having seen or touched or in any way experienced something doesn’t void it’s existence.

    So to your question no but that’s because i’m certain i have experienced God so its not something made up as far as i’m concerned. my experiences validate my believe in the same way your experience of touch validates that something is actually there even if you can’t see hear or smell it.

    if you lost all your other senses but touched something would you question if it was there?

  • Ty

    Philip, I once had a fever induced dream that I was being chased by gigantic eye boogers (this is not a joke). It was so vivid in my feverish state, that I actually ran down the street in my underwear at 3am trying to escape. Fortunately, I was 11 at the time, so unlikely to be arrested for indecent exposure.

    Does that mean that giant eye boogers exist, and mean us harm?

    Your subjective personal experiences mean diddly squat when determining what is real and what isn’t. All it means is that you ‘felt’ like something was real once. If that is the new criteria for determining fact, then literally everything is true, since at one point surely someone somewhere believed it.

    Now, you are free to believe anything you like. But it seems silly to think that with only your personal experience as evidence anyone else will buy it.

    And that’s not even taking into account that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. If you came on this blog to let everyone know that you saw a black dog chasing a white cat down the street, you’d probably get very few skeptics. Black dogs exist. White cats exist. Dogs chase cats. Nothing in your claim is extraordinary.

    If you claimed you saw a green cat chasing a purple dog, you might be asked for evidence, since those things are less likely. But even a simple photograph or second witness would likely be enough, since we can imagine someone painting a cat and dog as a prank, and the angry cat maybe chasing the dog away. It’s less likely than the first, but not totally outside of our experience.

    You see, it scales up. The more extraordinary the claim, the greater the evidence a skeptical mind will require.

    But you are claiming that an eternal and uncreated being personally created the entire universe which is a truly extraordinary claim. We’ve never seen any evidence that any gods exist, much less this specific one you pray to. There is no evidence that the universe requires a creator. There is no evidence of purposeful design in the universe. In fact, the universe looks pretty much exactly like we’d expect it to look if it was just all one big mostly random mess.

    And the only evidence you put forth is that you have a strong feeling it’s true, coupled with some personal and untestable experiences.

    Why do you feel this is a compelling argument to make?

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ Ty

    “But you are claiming that an eternal and uncreated being personally created the entire universe which is a truly extraordinary claim. We’ve never seen any evidence that any gods exist, much less this specific one you pray to. There is no evidence that the universe requires a creator. There is no evidence of purposeful design in the universe. In fact, the universe looks pretty much exactly like we’d expect it to look if it was just all one big mostly random mess.”

    it is an extraordinary claim. why would someone believe in or follow an inextraordinary god? to me the world doesnt’ seam so random but that’s probably due to our differing world views. The complexity of our planet, atmosphere, central nervous system and how things interact speaks to me of design over random but i think thats an issue with the lense in which we view the world.

    I think in the end that there is evidence in the world but it’s evidence that you won’t accept and thats ok, you don’t need to accept it, i do.

    “Why do you feel this is a compelling argument to make?”

    To me it still seams that the university and everything in it is described and explained through the experiences of someone. So why is my experience which has not only been repeated for me but thousands of other people not count? Because you cannot determine the stimuli?

    i’d suggest that should you experience someone alone does that diminish the reality of the experience? you are the only one to see a shooting start, was it not there because no one else saw it and you can’t bring it back so that never happened and the shooting star you saw never existed?

    That’s a possibility and a way to live. I chose to believe my experiences and the ones of those i trust.

  • Ty

    “The complexity of our planet, atmosphere, central nervous system and how things interact speaks to me of design over random but i think thats an issue with the lense in which we view the world.”

    All of which have naturalistic explanations. None of which are different from what we’d expect based on our understanding of the universe. And understanding that does not include nor require supernatural agencies to function. Arguments from incredulity don’t carry much water.

    “So why is my experience which has not only been repeated for me but thousands of other people not count? Because you cannot determine the stimuli?”

    Nope. It has nothing to do with ‘determining the stimuli’. It is because those experiences have no testability, make no falsifiable claims, and have no predictive powers. They are, to be honest, useless for determining what the facts are. If they’re good enough for you, fine. I already said that. But you have to recognize that for skeptics, which is what the large percentage of atheists are, they are not compelling in the slightest.

    Lots of people have believed lots of things. Thousands of them. Thousands sacrificed to Zeus, who had oracles who claimed to hear his voice directly. Is that compelling evidence to you that Zeus is true? Of course it isn’t, and it shouldn’t be. The problem is that you fail to apply that same healthy skepticism to your own beliefs.

    But you keep inserting these claims into conversations, which means one of two things. Either you are beginning to question your beliefs, and are using us as a sounding board to test this one. Or two, you really do believe that your personal subjective feelings make a compelling argument that has some likelihood of changing an atheists mind.

    If it’s the former, keep it up. I’ve been there. The world is a marvelous place once you free yourself from bondage to superstition.

    If it’s the later, I fear you are wasting your time. If those arguments actually worked, most of us would still be theists.

  • sierrafaith1

    This is a very difficult blog to read, especially when you not only believe in God, but have experienced Him. It is like not believing in wind because you have not physically seen it, but you have obviously felt it.

    When you are in your darkest hour, and can no longer depend on yourself, you will feel yourself calling out to God, naturally, from your inner being. And you know that it is true.

    He has personally healed me, comforts me and has completely changed my life.

    Instead of spending your energy trying to disprove Him, you can go to Him. He is waiting for you with open arms.

    Go to leestrobel.com. He used to be like you too. This should give you something to chew on…..

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    @ ty

    Sorry to disappont but I’m not questioning. My faith is based on my relationship with God.

    What I do find is for me it’s hard to find a good discussion and ifbi don’t continue to challenge my beliefs and test them I’m being irresponsible. To not look at your beliefs is silly i’m just comfortable with a different critera. But thank you for your thoughts I need them to keep my faith real and vibrant.

    My hope is not to convert you but just to have good exchange.

  • herald7

    I don’t mind if some people choose to be athiests. I can understand the position. As long as they make the effort to understand why some people are religious, and don’t just dismiss them as foolish.

    I’m religious, but I actually think the agnostics are quite wise. We really don’t know what’s what in the universe and no one can claim for sure that they do.

  • http://thinworker.wordpress.com/ Philip

    sorry for the multi posts, my internet has been cutting out and i didn’t realize that i had posted the thought already.

    @Ty

    as i read my last response i don’t think i explained enough of why i’m here. i’m here to learn. for me to ignorant of what other believe is irresponsible. So i want to learn what other think and believe. I haven’t had interactions with people like you and the others here who can answer my questions so i’m very intrigued.

    To that end if i become or have become a bother or annoyance please tell me and i’ll stop. this is your space and you are all gracious to let me be here and i don’t want to abuse that. My hope is to be gracious, respectful, and not abusive or aggressive and if that’s not how i’m coming across tell me and i’ll do my best to change.

    If you’ll indulge one last question i do have one.

    “It is because those experiences have no testability, make no falsifiable claims, and have no predictive powers.”

    so what would have to happen for an experience with God to be real in your terms? Would a number of people both believers and not seeing, touching and hearing God count? I’m hoping to understand what makes things real for something like yourself so i can speak about my faith and God in your terms and in ways you will respect, if that is possible.

  • herald7

    Personally, I think if people were to suddenly believe in God because of a physical sign, it wouldn’t mean very much. It’s easy to believe in what you see. Faith is a much more impressive gesture. :)

  • herald7

    As a Christian I was confidently state that many parts of the Bible AREN’T meant to be taken literally. That’s how people communicated their history back then, with stories. That doesn’t lessen its message or impact.

  • http://larianlequella.com Larian LeQuella

    What about mine that I update about once a month? :P

    herald7, if it isn’t to be taken literally, why DO so many? Furthermore, HOW are we to interpret it? Did you get a magic decoder ring? Isn’t it a much more reasonable explanation that they are fairytales just like the Greek and Roman myths (or Norse,or take your pick really)? And bloody inaccurate tales too, not to mention misogynistic, slavery endorsing, and full of hate. If you want to live your life, try doing it without the bible as a guide, but rather your conscience as a thoughtful and loving human being. :)

  • herald7

    “herald7, if it isn’t to be taken literally, why DO so many? Furthermore, HOW are we to interpret it? Did you get a magic decoder ring? Isn’t it a much more reasonable explanation that they are fairytales just like the Greek and Roman myths (or Norse,or take your pick really)? And bloody inaccurate tales too, not to mention misogynistic, slavery endorsing, and full of hate. If you want to live your life, try doing it without the bible as a guide, but rather your conscience as a thoughtful and loving human being. :)”

    Many Christians do take it literally, but many do not. You can’t generalize Christians, any more than you can generalize athiests. ;)

    And the ones that don’t take the Bible literally realize that the bad stuff in the Bible is stuff of an ancient world and should not be imitated now. The Bible also says to love thy neighbor and your enemies. It also bashes the upper classes for oppressing the common people. That is where the Bible truly shines. :)

  • herald7

    In addition, our culture’s idea of what makes a “thoughtful, loving human being” originally came from the Jewish and Christian beliefs laid down in the Torah and the Bible. The idea that God was a personal figure that cared about his people and encouraged kindness (as opposed to mere worship) was revolutionary and thank goodness it came about. ;)

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  • Jabster

    @herald7

    @The Howitzer

    “In addition, our culture’s idea of what makes a “thoughtful, loving human being” originally came from the Jewish and Christian beliefs laid down in the Torah and the Bible.”

    Do you actually realise just how arrogant that sounds – please take some time to think of the implications of what you have stated.

  • Jabster

    … oops that was just for herald7

  • herald7

    I can assure you I was not trying to be arrogant. I was defending something that takes a lot of flack. I think all religions are equal and have no problem with any of them. And I don’t pass judgments on them. ;)

  • Jabster

    @herald7

    You think all religions are equal yet have stated that:

    “In addition, our culture’s idea of what makes a “thoughtful, loving human being” originally came from the Jewish and Christian beliefs laid down in the Torah and the Bible.”

    That does not make me assume that you believe that all religions or lack of religion are equal. Please explain what you meant by the comment. Would ‘our’ culture not support the idea of a thoughtful human being of it was not for Jewish and Christian beliefs?

  • http://www.skepticaloccultism.com/ pendens proditor

    It isn’t explicitly atheist in motivation, but http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/ is the cream of the skeptical blog crop.

  • http://www.primordial-blog.blogspot.com/ Brian Larnder

    Hey Daniel,

    Thanks for including me in the list. I was away when it came out, but it was a nice surprise to come home to.

  • herald7

    Jabster, I understand your concern. :) But despite what you seem to think, I have made it my life’s work to stand up for the underdog, whether it be my own religion, other religions or athiesm. Believe me, I have met truly arrogant, bigoted people in my life, and let them know I disagree (which got them quite annoyed with me!). After this comment, I probably won’t discuss this any further. I just want to defend myself a bit here. :)

    I never said one religion was better than another (or that athiests was inferior). I said that culturally and sociologically speaking, most of what we consider values in our society came from Judeo-Christian values in ancient times. It’s the same as saying our present form of government had its origins in earlier democratic governments, such as the ancient Greeks. However, that does not mean we have not been influenced by other religions, quite the contrary. Nor does it mean athiests lack morals. It’s not an “all or nothing” situation. Life rarely is. Hope that helps, have a good day! :)

  • herald7

    As much as I hesitate to use Wikipedia as a source, lol, this is good for explaining my statement in a pinch:

    “Judeo–Christian (sometimes written as Judaeo–Christian) is a term used to describe the body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by Judaism and Christianity, and considered, often along with classical Greco-Roman civilization, a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and moral values.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judeo-Christian

  • http://stardustman.blogspot.com/ Stardustman

    I don’t expect my blog to make your list but here it is anyway.
    I more pro-nature than anti-religion. Religion is just an unfortunate misleading distraction for the human race.

    So much reading…so little time…

  • Kriskke

    One of my favourite blogs.

    http://atheistexperience.blogspot.com/

    And they have an excellent tv-show as well.
    Check them out.
    The Atheist Experience.

  • http://doctore.blog.is/ DoctorE

    Mine is icelandic… so I dont stand a chance… :)
    Hey but I post many vids…
    http://doctore.blog.is/

    Soon I will start english one also… I love fighting delusional people :)

  • http://www.ragingrev.com Rev. Matt Oxley

    Nice list, gonna add most of these to my favorites. I too am a blogger and an Atheist (and former Christian)…but im the new kid on the block…

    my site is at http://ragingrev.com

  • GipFace

    I like this one… “Trapped by the Mormons”

    http://nataliercollins.com/weblog/

  • http://www.intolerantfaith.com IntolerantFaith

    Here are a couple other sites that Atheists might find interesting.
    NoHonor.org
    ReligionNewsBlog.com
    and, my site!
    IntolerantFaith.com

  • prave

    hey man daniel
    my story is kind of different…from a zealous Calvinist/fundamentalist to a happily settled universalist.
    i was reading ur personal story

    you said
    “I want to believe the truth, no matter the consequences to my current beliefs. ” (http://unreasonablefaith.com/about/)

    Jesus said ‘i am the way, the truth…etc.’

    so you really believe in Jesus, don’t you?? :) :)

    you might say, Jesus is not the truth.
    i would say Jesus is the truth.
    also in my book if someone loves the truth as you do. You are a Christian.

    You would say, a Buddhist would loves the truth too…

    well The Lord himself said…’i will draw all men to myself’…
    Perhaps the Buddhist is a christian who has not realized it yet??
    i don’t know…but this i know one day ” God will be All In All: 1 Corinthians 15:12-34″

    i am not from USA and lived in asia for 23 years…the reason i am saying is this: scriptures are read with a mix of reason and mysticism (isn’t all of major religions eastern : from Judaism to Islam? )

    So, pure reason can produce atheism, maybe??? i don’t know…

    i was a 7 day creationist…Now i believe in theistic evolution. i still don’t understand the brutality of the old testament, nor the unreasonableness of Jesus’ commands (for example, if a wicked person sues you give all that you have )…

    so why do i believe in Jesus, thou i sometimes think he is really weird and messed up with all his commands?? i don’t know…i just can’t shake my belief :)…
    the more i live in the west in the USA, i feel, i have something analogous to the madness of the old testament “the west” has produced all of it: from Nazism, atheism, colonialism, Calvinism, conscious torment in eternal hell, 2 world wars, etc. etc…
    So why should i trust in any meta narrative of the west…
    why should i go to a Richard dawkins who would give me an explanation?
    Mr dawkins, what about now??? How do we improve the lives of 23000 children who are dying of hunger every day??? what about them…
    he would say…’thats evolution in play: the weakest die and the strong survive… ‘
    why is their so much evil if God is good…
    well God did 2 greatest evils:(evil is something bad that a person does…that does not mean GOD sins…Sin is missing the mark and God cannot miss any mark) : the fall of Adam and the Crucifixion of Christ . from the greatest evil came greatest good …God becoming man so that God can be all in all.. S

  • herald7

    “i still don’t understand…the unreasonableness of Jesus’ commands (for example, if a wicked person sues you give all that you have )…”

    Jesus was just trying to say don’t seek huge revenge on someone who has wronged you. To be humble, be the bigger person. It’s similar to turn the other cheek.

    • Solomon

      herald7
      “i still don’t understand…the unreasonableness of Jesus’ commands (for example, if a wicked
      person sues you give all that you have )…”

      Do you know why you don’t understand what you have wiitten above?Its because you have chosen the wrong book for reference.The bible is the rewritten version of the true Torah.Thats why you will find many contradictions in it.It was written by men to suit their human needs & also due to hatred.You should read the Qoran which rereveils the truth.

  • http://lostaddress.org ray

    Could http://www.badpsychics.co.uk be added to the list? Probably the biggest UK skeptics site.

  • MaryLynne

    I don’t know if it counts as a blog, but http://www.normalbobsmith.com – he has Jesus dress ups, and then replies to and posts the hate mail he gets from Christians. It can be pretty funny.

  • Disgustipated

    Don’t forget Reasonable Doubts. Excellent Podcast.

    http://doubtreligion.blogspot.com/

  • Stephen Butterfield

    This blog, which is described as “Highlighting the nonsense from those who have an unhealthy obsession or compulsion with the “supernatural” or the “divine” that is increasingly threatening to insinuate itself into real life, affecting not just those who chose to believe in such things, but those of us who do not, for whatever reason.” is certainly worth a look:
    http://www.nullifidian.net/

    Another interesting blog can be found here:
    http://bridgingschisms.org/

    And finally, if you’re the type of person that is interested to know how the garden-variety Christian attempts to defend his or her beliefs, and if you’re not afraid to face-palm or cringe after nearly every paragraph, then my own blog may be of particular interest to you:
    http://alphacoursereview.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/what-is-the-alpha-course/

    Best Wishes,

    S.B

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  • Stephen Butterfield

    Hello Derek,

    I haven’t read enough Christian blogs in order to recommend any, unfortunately. However, I’ve read quite a few blogs by sceptics who invite dialogue between themselves and theists. The two blogs I mentioned above are good for that, and there’s also http://yunshui.wordpress.com and http://inthenuts.blogspot.com

    Best Wishes,

    S. Butterfield

  • Solomon

    For all those Atheists out there,

    Please believe there is God.The true & only God,that is the God of Moses,Abraham,Jesus(real) & Mohammad.Don’t believe those ‘Big bang theories’.Those theories are only meant to mislead you from the right path.Think again,if the beginning of the Universe happens in a big bang,then everything will be in pieces,not what you see around you right now,beautiful scenaries & beautiful people.The ‘big bang’ will only happens at the end of the world where everything will be destroyed.God muticulately create the heavens and the earth in six days.Then he rest on his Arasy.How come a big bang create a such a complex living things & universe with its complex systems.Look at your fingers.Can a big bang create such beautiful fingers.A ’small bang’(dynamite )might have blown your head off.

    • LRA

      I don’t think you understand what the word “true” entails. It requires verifiability. Can you verify your claims?

      Also, you criticize quantum physics… are you an expert? Can you give specific reasons as to why you critique this very well accepted fact of science? (In other words, do you have an argument that actually engages the science?)

      If you have questions about the big bang, why don’t you start with entropy. If you can’t understand this very basic principle of physics, then you have no business criticizing.

      • Solomon

        LRA
        I think you yourself don’t understand what’s the meaning of true either.The only thing you understand about truth is to run away from it.You don’t have to use the words verifiability,Quantum physics or entropy or other craps that you create.I don’t have to be a scientist or an expert to answere all your foolish (i may say stupid) questions,pardon me.I cite you a simple example.Does the creation of the Ant,yes I mean the insect ant,which creeps on the earth more difficult to make or your scholars theory of the so called quantum physics which I doubt you yourself does’t understand either.Don’t simply uses science as a base to challenge much more than science(the Universe that you can see & everything in it(its no delusion)that God has created a long time ago.Quantum physics is a chicken feed subject to God.Come back to the right path LRA.I pity you blindly following you atheists scholars without knowing the truth.Youre not too late.What I mean is come back to the true God that is the god of Moses,Abraham,Jesus(real) & Mohammad.

        • Francesc

          Troll detector on
          Results not conclusive. They fit both, “troll” and “angry fundi”

  • Solomon

    sierrafaith1,
    How thoughtfull of you.May God shows you the right path.

    • LRA

      My logic show you the right path you unthinking dogmatist…

      • Solomon

        LRA
        If you think youre a thinker & does not defy logic you should ask yourself who made you & everything around you.I vow you and all the Athiests are fools who claims they know every thing, yet they are only guessing & they are also not confident with what they believe.Is it us or you are the unthinking dogmatist…Think back LRA,you still have ample of time.You don’t have to rush to make foolish conclusions.

        • Francesc

          “Is it us or you are the unthinking dogmatist…”
          Is it you.

          “If you think youre a thinker & does not defy logic you should ask yourself who made you & everything around you”
          You still have to prove that question has any sense.

          “I vow you and all the Athiests are fools who claims they know every thing”
          I don’t think so. I, at least, don’t claim that.

          “…yet they are only guessing & they are also not confident with what they believe”
          WE are only guessing? What were bible writers doing? And… we don’t believe.

          • Solomon

            Dear Francesc
            [“Is it us or you are the unthinking dogmatist…”
            Is it you.]
            I still insist that it is you (if you still asking that stupid question)
            [“If you think youre a thinker & does not defy logic you should ask yourself who made you & everything around you”]
            You still have’nt answere these questions,why, because you want to defy the truth.You still insist that lousy big bang theory create you and your forefathers.Not even a child or a mad man will accept this.
            [You still have to prove that question has any sense.]
            I don’t have to prove that question have any sense.If you ask somebody who make this table.Some one may answere,oh…that table is made by John or Henry.Nobody would say..that table was somehow developed by a ‘Big Bang’ recently.That is a simple item, only a table.How about yourself,the insects,the intricate universe.A big Bang would create that?I guarantee only a neuclear bomb will destroy most of them.Can’t you see that your senses is corrupt.
            [“I vow you and all the Athiests are fools who claims they know every thing”
            I don’t think so. I, at least, don’t claim that.]
            It’s fortunate for you not claiming that.You will sway even further from the right path if you claim that.
            [“…yet they are only guessing & they are also not confident with what they believe”
            WE are only guessing? What were bible writers doing? And… we don’t believe.]
            Yes I assure you & your scholars are only guessing.It’s good enough for you not to believe the Bible coz it is not the true book.The Bible is the rewritten version of the Holy book of the true TORAH.A lot of changes have been depicted from the Torah to fit into the Bible.You should read the Qoran,which rereveils the truth.
            Excuse me for my harsh words.I am just sponsoring the truth,to save you all from the fires of hell.I get no return for sponsoring these.The only return is from God Almighty.

  • http://www.nullifidian.net/ nullifidian

    Cheers for the rec, Stephen. :-)

  • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

    Stephen, the humility and humor in this is outstanding. I’ll look at your blog – can you recommend other Christian blogs that are interested in genuine dialog? I’d like to put a list together on my site.

  • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

    No – I agree with elemenope. What we have is a culture war, which is escalating, between Christians and Atheists. You won’t convince a Christian that their beliefs are wrong by telling them that they are stupid and silly (they don’t think so) or that the Church history is an abomination (everybody makes mistakes.) And – as we all know – convincing a critical majority of Christians to adopt a more inclusive paradigm is fundamental for the betterment of society. What skeptics have on their side (sometimes) is a little bit more understanding and wisdom, which should let them see how important being sympathetic to Christian is for actual dialogue; but what is too often produced is an angry tirade, which makes them (us?) no better than fundamentalists ourselves.

  • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

    Fantastic… This is a brilliant model for the process of de-conversion.

  • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

    Oh…… the infamous Lee Strobel. His book made me wretchedly mad. He interviews (only) Christian scholars, and then writes how astounded he is by the amazing evidence. Like page 91 – talking about a statement of Jesus, whether or not it is ‘historical’:

    “That is stunning corroboration for the most important assertion by the most influential individual who has ever lived.” There’s an almost laughable bias here; but it’s not funny because tens of thousands of otherwise intelligent people have been drawn in by this farce.

    On a cosmological level: I have no doubt that you experience God. I happen to believe that the universe responds to our expectations so strongly that we can experience what we believe in (and, it is easy to use that experience as proof…even though, given this theory of the universe, it is not.) Good luck in your quest!

  • http://www.holyblasphemy.net Derek Murphy

    There is nothing unreasonable about the ethics of Jesus. However – the ‘we are born in sin and require the sacrifice of Jesus (by accepting him into our hearts) or else we are going to Hell, is flawed on so many levels its difficult to address. Living in Taiwan, however, and noting how roughly 95% of Taiwanese are not Christian and yet arguably ethically superior to westerners… I have a serious problem with the belief that they are going to Hell – and this is only out of the Graciousness of God – God’s ‘gift’ to humanity.

  • Roger

    “I have a serious problem with the belief that they are going to Hell – and this is only out of the Graciousness of God – God’s ‘gift’ to humanity.”

    Man, can I exchange that ‘gift’ for a PS3?

  • prave

    hey derek
    Jesus’ ethics are very very unreasonable. No person is capable of fulfilling them (Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect). A command as defined in the OT, when disobeyed, received its due. NT says the wages of sin is death (NOT TORTURE – more at tentmaker dot ORG on first 400 years of Christian church history- Check Universalism – the prevailing doctrine of the early christian Church)
    Jesus paid that price ( you and i would die – NOT GOING TO HELL AND BEING TORTURED BY GOD).
    Jesus the second adam rose from the dead.
    at last at the end of ages God will be all in all : 1 Corinthians 15:34.
    So why this misery of life, with this overall madness of wars and famines and the banality of evil? – ask God- he is the author of all. He has created evil and he has done all (check the lake of fire series at Ray L Smith online)
    does that reduce yours and mine anguish and pain seeing the evil . No.


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