June 13, 2016

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus (Part 11): Continued critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!  In his “anxiousbench” blog “The Myth of the Mythical Jesus,” Philip Jenkins begins his summary of the “evidence” for the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth with the following paragraph: “The affirmative evidence for that existence is easily offered, consisting as… Read more

June 9, 2016

I have pretty good reason to think that most—but assuredly not all—atheists see approaching atheism and secularism in American society more or less the same way I do. Most of us support a strong separation of state and religion; somewhat more broadly, we also insist on dissenting from default notions such as that Christianity should be considered more moral or more desirable unless proven otherwise. Most of the atheists I know—and there is every reason to think there’s a systematic… Read more

June 1, 2016

IF I WERE SPEAKING AT THE REASON RALLY By Dustin Lawson, former minister I will only be one of many helpers on the ground at the up-coming Reason Rally in Washington, DC. But if I had been among the honored few given the opportunity to speak to the thinkers assembled before the Lincoln Monument, I would have given the following speech: Hello, my name is Dustin Lawson. And, I am considering a new career as a stand-up comedian. I have… Read more

May 28, 2016

There are tons of reasons why it makes sense to go to next weekend’s Reason Rally. However, the best reasons I can think of are that you should go for the fun and (borrowing a religious term, here) the fellowship! This is a tremendous chance to surround yourself with a diverse collection of people who believe in reason and science and who know religion is not only backwards and archaic, it is dangerous, for us as a nation and for… Read more

May 25, 2016

There is gathering of secular people coming up in Washington DC a week from Saturday. Perhaps you have heard of it. It is called the Reason Rally. The first Reason Rally a few years ago was wildly successful but this one is on the way to becoming truly historic. For perhaps the first time, we have attracted participation from outside the established faces of the movement and are being supported by an amazing cast of famous actors, comedians, scientists, politicians,… Read more

May 19, 2016

Christians benefit from privilege, but what if the tables were turned? Read more

May 16, 2016

By Chris Allen Bernie Sanders is calling for a revolution among Democrats to solve the problems of income disparity and corporate domination of government, but another significant revolution has just occurred in the Republican party. Donald Trump, in defeating all 16 of his rival candidates for president, has split the Republicans between the old conservative establishment and his new growing populist base. The conservative establishment has long depended on wedge issue politics to divide the Democrats and rally the religious… Read more

May 13, 2016

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus, Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. PART  B Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed (part 10).  Lies: So short in stating, so long in negating!  Readers will recall that I have been temporarily diverted from my plan to examine all the so-called evidence for an historical Jesus by the appearance of an “anxiousbench” blog written by one Philip Jenkins. His blog was titled “The… Read more

May 9, 2016

There is much anxiety in the news today about the threat posed by radicals, especially radical Islamists. The book “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky is blamed for discord, with the charge that it has been used by revolutionaries around the globe to change or overthrow existing governments. Radicals are generally thought to be suspicious trouble makers. It’s a bum rap. Historically radical doesn’t necessarily mean bad. The word simply means favoring fundamental change. Galileo, Copernicus and Christopher Columbus had… Read more

May 3, 2016

Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus (Part 9) Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth (PART A) Frank Zindler’s blog dedicated to the thesis thatJesus of Nazareth never existed. In Volume I of Through Atheist Eyes: Scenes From a World That Won’t Reason (my collected short works), I reprinted an updated version of an article I had originally written back in the 1980s. The essay was titled “Did Jesus Exist?” It had been written after I unexpectedly—indeed, to… Read more

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