August 19, 2019

This is the 13th part of this series, reading The Qur’an; A New Translation by Abdel Haleem. We’ll occasionally compare that to other translations and with tafsirs for clarification. We’re also reading each “chapter” [surah] in order of revelation rather than the order in which they are typically printed. If you missed some of this series, you can see: my 1st post on surahs 1 & 2. my 2nd post on surahs 96, 68 & 73. my 3rd post on surahs 74, 111 & 81. my 4th post on surahs 87, 92, 89, 93,… Read more

August 2, 2019

This is the 12th part of this series, reading The Qur’an; A New Translation by Abdel Haleem. We’ll occasionally compare that to other translations and with tafsirs for clarification. We’re also reading each “chapter” [surah] in order of revelation rather than the order in which they are typically printed. If you missed some of this series, you can see: my 1st post on surahs 1 & 2. my 2nd post on surahs 96, 68 & 73. my 3rd post on surahs 74, 111 & 81. my 4th post on surahs 87, 92, 89, 93,… Read more

August 1, 2019

Someone sent me the following image on social media, and I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to crash this church service. I looked into it and someone else quickly shared a link to the very seminar that this guy has been repeating all over the country for years now. I listened to it and realized immediately that he is actually the least competent of all the semi-professional creationists I’ve ever encountered, and that’s saying something! Remember that I’ve already debated… Read more

July 20, 2019

This is the 11th part of this series. We’re reading The Qur’an; A New Translation by Abdel Haleem. We’ll occasionally compare that to other translations and with tafsirs for clarification. We’re also reading each “chapter” [surah] in order of revelation rather than the order in which they are typically printed. If you missed some of this series, you can see: my 1st post on surahs 1 & 2. my 2nd post on surahs 96, 68 & 73. my 3rd post on surahs 74, 111 & 81. my 4th post on surahs 87, 92, 89,… Read more

July 2, 2019

Even in Texas, the bigger cities tend to be less traditional than most rural communities, especially Austin, Houston and Dallas, which are actually quite forward-thinking, at least for Texas. But Fort Worth is one of the most overtly religiously conservative urban areas. So there was quite a reaction when Metroplex Atheists hung a bunch of banners all over downtown Main Street saying, “In No God We Trust”. Not surprisingly, the reaction to this was an immediate uproar. I mean, any… Read more

June 28, 2019

The following video is a debate between myself and a Christian named Michael Jones, who runs a religious apologetics channel called “Inspiring Philosophy”. Below is my opening presentation in this debate. Is Christianity dangerous? It has been called the bloodiest religion in all human history, even compared to Islam. Just look at the series of barbaric atrocities known as the “holy wars” of Christians vs Muslims. When the Washington Times asked, “Which religion is the most violent”, they noted that… Read more

June 21, 2019

I had an associate who is a self-described philosopher, active in the atheist community. However, he likes to antagonize other unbelievers by saying that he’s never believed in any god but that he was was never atheist; he’s an agnostic. From here on, I will refer to him as Mr. Agnostic because he has made that his identity as well as the most unreasonable and annoying aspect of his character. I and myriad others have repeatedly pointed out that dictionaries… Read more

June 6, 2019

This is the 10th part of this series. We’re reading The Qur’an; A New Translation by Abdel Haleem. We’ll occasionally compare that to other translations and with tafsirs for clarification. We’re also reading each “chapter” [surah] in order of revelation rather than the order in which they are typically printed. We’ve covered roughly 1/3 of them so far. If you missed some of this series, you can see: my 1st post on surahs 1 & 2. my 2nd post on surahs 96, 68 & 73. my 3rd… Read more

May 7, 2019

This is the 9th part in this series. We’ve covered 1/4 of the Qur’an already. If you missed some of this series, you can see: my 1st post on surahs 1 & 2. my 2nd post on surahs 96, 68 & 73. my 3rd post on surahs 74, 111 & 81. my 4th post on surahs 87, 92, 89, 93, 94 & 103. my 5th post jumping to surah 18. my 6th post on surahs 100, 108, 102, 107, 109 & 105 my 7th post was on surahs 113, 114, 112 & 53. my 8th… Read more

May 1, 2019

Just before I left Texas to come here, I saw a Christian commenting on my Twitter feed that our humanist morality is meaningless unless it is based on fear of divine retribution. The Religious Right, who own and control everything in this country are so proud of their so-called values. Because that’s what makes them holier than thou, right? So as this event today is being hosted by the Washington Area Secular Humanists and the American Humanist Association, I’d like… Read more

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