Help make my life miserable.

I’ve decided I need to do more breakdowns of arguments like my open letter to Matt Barber.  So, I’m probably going to regret asking this, but what religious blogs should I read to keep a daily idea of what believers are saying.  William Lane Craig?  Frank Turek?  Half of the Patheos Catholic portal?

Help me out.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    Masochist.

  • Art Vandelay

    This, along with the comments, makes me want to pull my hair out…

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2013/02/a-reflection-on-the-abdication-of-pope-benedict-xvii.html

    What a complete and utter disregard for humanity.

    • Randomfactor

      I did have to laugh, though, when I found the link “When Can Catholics Use Condoms” comes up 404.

  • http://inaweofeverything.blogspot.com/ Matt Prorok

    As a friend of mine happens to be going for his PhD in theology at Asbury, I have to recommend (if that’s the right word) Ben Witherington’s blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bibleandculture/

  • UsingReason

    I believe Ray Comfort likes to interact with atheists on his Facebook; it’s full on inane statements.

  • http://www.godlessteens.com Godless Teen

    IMO, WLC is the only person who won’t be a (complete) waste of your time. Everybody else that I’ve looked at just has the most idiotic arguments… At least he has some degree of a “good argument” that you could refute.

  • Andrew Kohler

    As someone with an awful masochistic tendency to deconstruct horrible articles, I am always happy to lend assistance to fellow sufferers of this condition. Over in the Patheos Catholic channel, I tried to comment on the following post by Rebecca Hamilton:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2013/02/obama-asks-court-to-overturn-defense-of-marriage-act/#comments

    There are plenty of dissenting voices on the comment section and I was no less respectful in my tone (or so I thought), and yet I didn’t survive moderation. I was a bit x-( about this and am therefore nominating Ms. Hamilton and (perhaps some of her commentariat). It should be noted that she endorsed a commenter who felt personally degraded as a mother because Elton John’s partner was listed as a mother on a birth certificate (someone else pointed out they probably haven’t changed the system yet). And since evidently I can’t comment over there, I suppose I’ll just say here that Ms. Hamilton also is convinced that the DOMA is necessary to protect states’ rights, even though the part which is being challenged, from what I understand, is that (Section 3) which *denies federal recognition to marriage licenses legally issued by states to same-sex couples.* I believe I’ve mentioned on this blog before that only three Republicans (none still in Congress) voted for Barney Frank’s proposed amendment to change that. So, it’s about states’ rights to be homophobic.

  • Andrew Kohler

    Oh and how could I have forgotten–I vote for more deconstructions of Roger Mahony. That man has taken being insufferable to a new level.

  • invivoMark

    Yo, JT, as much as I enjoy watching you tear down the more odious apologetics of mainstream editions of Christianity, I would love to see you go after a post or two under either the Spirituality or the Pagan channels of Patheos.

    In a bout of curiosity, I once dipped into the material there. It was almost as nauseating as it was informative! The utter lack of logical facilities in the brains of those authors is astounding to behold!

    Now, I understand you’re not here to be a bully and rabidly tear into any and all posts which present a logical misstep or two. But I had been hoping you’d at least make mention of some of the more neglected takes on theology – after all, what good is a blog aggregator for “Conversation[s] of Faith” if some of those faiths are left out of the “conversation”?

  • IslandBrewer

    “…what religious blogs should I read to keep a daily idea of what believers are saying. ”

    Really? Like you think WE would know? You’re asking the wrong crowd, I’m thinking.

  • thorarin

    Personally, I would love a post taking down all the bad “religious freedom” arguments against the contraception mandate. I still keep seeing posts misusing that term to try to protect their religious privilege at the expense of the actual religious freedom of their employees. Even when I try to make a calm and rational comment explaining why I disagree with them, it never seems to appear. Let’s put them on the defensive instead of the attack. Maybe if we drown out their nonsense with enough reality, we might start to change enough minds to keep religion from further eroding our healthcare system here in the United States.

  • pjmaertz

    You could really be a masochist like Ed Brayton and read World Net Daily, but I suspect that may just be too much.

  • Emmet
  • Drakk

    I’d like to see you go after Patheos Islam. Some Islamic doctrines are just as mind-blowingly absurd as Catholic ones. You’d have fun with those.

    (This is not a sarcastic “I bet you wouldn’t dare” challenge).

  • Andrew Kohler

    I just stumbled upon a blogger at the Evangelical Channel named Karen Spears Zacharias who seems to be a nice and progressive individual: she dislikes the Douglas Wilson view of marriage, doesn’t approve of using the First Amendment as a shield for abusive actions, and endorses marriage equality. Good for her :-) So I’m not adding her to our list here (although I’m sure you could find posts on any theist channel, including hers, to deconstruct). Rather, I thought I should give her a shout-out before posting the link some homophobe left in the comments section of her latest marriage equality post:

    http://www.robgagnon.net

    The ccommenter describes this Robert A. J. Gagnon’s position as follows: “Dr. Gagnon has demonstrated that there is no exception to the scriptural mandate that homosexuality is a sin and that there this mandate is universally applicable,” and notes that he “is the foremost expert on this subject and has written extensively on it.” Writing extensively about the evils of homosexuality is, of course, never a red flag. This person supports ex-gay ministries and it looks like his website is a veritable treasure trove of ghastliness.

    Karen’s post, with this comment, may be found here:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/karenspearszacharias/2013/03/05/is-civil-marriage-between-gay-couples-good-for-society/


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