April 16, 2019

Someone from the Ark Encounter in Kentucky sent me the following email. “I watched your YouTube video in which you indicate that you will be coming to the Ark Encounter later this week to engage in “confrontation” and that it would be something you would “enjoy.” The video clip is here: Please be on notice that being disruptive is against our attraction’s rules and that we “reserve the right to deny admission” at our discretion. Accordingly, you will not be… Read more

April 9, 2019

As I am an official representative of American Atheists and even serve on their Board of Directors, my wife and I are going to be at their annual National Convention in Cincinnati on April 19th thru 21st. It’s always a good time for us. American Atheists typically hold our National Convention in areas that are deeply-steeped in religion. For example, it was previously held in Memphis Tennessee and in Salt Lake City Utah. Although, to be fair, there was on in… Read more

April 2, 2019

I recently debated a Christian apologist at a church in Waco, Texas. I tend to let my opponents pick the topic, because they usually choose a better one than I could think of myself, and this was a fine example of that. Tyler Vela suggested, “Has Christianity Historically Been in Conflict with Science?” I could not turn that one down. This is a re-upload in an attempt to improve the sound quality. There was a significant difference in the mic… Read more

April 1, 2019

If you’ve just found this series, 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 Up to this point, I had been reading The Qur’an; A new translation by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, (downloadable in PDF). It… Read more

March 16, 2019

My 1st post on the Qur’an on Surahs 1 & 2. My 2nd post and 1st video on Chapters 96, 68 & 73. My 3rd post and 2nd video on Chapters 74, 111 & 81. My 4th post and 3rd video on Chapters 87, 92, 89, 93, 94 & 103. By special request, my 5th post and 4th video chat jumped out of sequence to focus on Surah 18 alone. Now I’ll continue where I left off in the “Order of Revelation”. Sūrah 100 “al-ʿĀdiyāt” (The Charging Steeds) This is… Read more

March 15, 2019

I’m involved with the Phylogeny Explorer Project because I’m fascinated by the systematic classification of life-forms. A few days ago, I posted how I and a few paleontologists once thought that turtles weren’t really reptiles; that they might be the last surviving lineage of Permian para-reptiles, but that subsequent discoveries proved us wrong. However years before that, I made another taxonomic prediction, one that went against the status quo, and this time new evidence suggests that I might be right. A… Read more

March 13, 2019

My first post about reading the Qur’an was on Chapters 1 & 2. My second post and first video chat was on Chapters 96, 68 & 73. My third post and second video chat was on Chapters 74, 111 & 81. My fourth post and third video was on Chapters 87, 92, 89, 93, 94 & 103. Though I will now refer to each chapter as Surah, as they are traditionally called. That makes more sense when so many “chapters” are but a single paragraph. In each… Read more

March 11, 2019

The classification of turtles is one of the oldest and most contentious debates in taxonomy. What are they? Meaning, what is their phylogeny? Not “how did they evolve?” (we’ve figured that out now, I think) but “what did they evolve from?” Several years ago, I gave a presentation making some predictions about how future fossils could confirm whether turtles are just another lineage of Diapsids (like lizards and crocodiles and every other actual reptile alive today) or whether they would… Read more

March 5, 2019

My first post about reading the Qur’an was Chapters 1 & 2. My second post was on Chapters 96, 68 & 73. My most recent post was on Chapters 74, 111 & 81. As each chapter is so short now, I’ll cover maybe a half dozen of them at a time from here on. According to Tanzil.net, the next chapter in “order of revelation” is: Chapter 87 Al-A’laa “The Most High”. [Prophet], glorify the name of your Lord the Most… Read more

February 16, 2019

I started reading the Qur’an at Chapter 1, followed of course by Chapter 2. Al-Baqara “The Cow”, which is the longest chapter in the whole book. The others are all quite short. I wrote a blog post about my impression of both of those first two chapters. Then I learned that the Qur’an is not written in “order of revelation”, (I have no idea why, nor how that was determined) and I was told that it is different if read in… Read more

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