Response to Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnaur.

Hemant posted an excerpt from the authors of  True Reason: Confronting the Irrationality of the New Atheism.  That’s quite the title.  Anyway, Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnaur had promised to respond to criticisms/critiques from readers of the Friendly Atheist. I’d like to respond to their responses. Another great question came from Dave Wildermuth, who asked, “how does one [Read More...]

Going back to arguing god’s existence on the internet.

I actually got my debate start talking about god with Christians online.  It’s a good way to get a grasp of what your every day Christian is saying (as opposed to apologists who get paid to hand wave effectively).  I don’t do as much of it anymore since I’ve got the blog and live debates, [Read More...]

Answering a few questions from the debate thread.

I really wanted to stick to more uplifting stories today…but there just aren’t a lot of them.  So I’m going to answer some questions I got asked in the Brummit vs. Eberhard debate thread by wtfwjtd:  1) In his opening gambit, Aaron seemed to suggest that we have the ability choose the reality in which we [Read More...]

Sci-Am put out a list of 15 rebuttals to creationists arguments.

Personally, I’m a fan of telling creationists that if they think they have the information to overturn most of biology, they need to be telling the biologists, not me.  But this is pretty good too.  :)  Give it a look see if you want to be ready to in depth with them. [Read more...]

Video of the Brummit vs. Eberhard debate.

Here’s a video of the debate.  If you guys want, I’ll go through and rebut all of Brummit’s stuff in the Q&A. You know, I thought this debate went pretty well for me.  Any time your opponent is in his second rebuttal round saying he’s going to get around to providing evidence for his position [Read More...]

A response to Jeff.

Someone I went to school with (named Jeff, hence the title of the post) left me this message on facebook this morning: So, I’ve been meaning to ask you this for a while, JT. I went to Missouri State, and watched you debate there and I have seen your posts on Facebook over the years [Read More...]

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals.

Here’s a great lecture I saw posted by Seth Andrews.  Christians almost always want to assert that morality comes from god, rather than from our genetic impulse toward compassion and self-preservation.  It turns out lots of animals which lack the capacity to believe in god exhibit perfectly moral behavior.  These are animals with which we [Read More...]

Matt Dillahunty obliterates Cliffe Knechtle.

I think Matt Dillahunty is the best debater atheism has.  But holy shit, did he ever put a particularly powerful beat down on Cliffe Knechtle. Knechtle did a great deal of preaching.  Dillahunty did a great deal of owning. I’ve been on stage with Dillahunty in a debate.  It was one of the greatest honors [Read More...]

Chip Wedge swings by the blog, gets owned by dad and others.

A true blue Christian by the moniker “Chip Wedge” found an old post of mine and was not happy.  He expressed his displeasure in the form of Pascal’s Wager, ALL CAPS, and empty threats: If you would like to spend eternity in hell that is your free choice. But what is going to be the [Read More...]

An acquaintance of my dad’s didn’t like my “Why the arguments for god’s existence fail” talk.

A friend of my father’s posted my talk about why the arguments for god’s existence fail.  An acquaintance of my father’s (I suspect without knowing that the “would-be intellectual” in the video was his son) left the following comment: The title of this video is “Why the aruguments for God Fail.” This young would-be intellectual [Read More...]