Sympathy for the Newcomer

Sympathy for the Newcomer January 6, 2016

Please allow me to introduce myself – ooh, we could have some fun with this – I’m a man of wealth and taste, I’ve been around for a long, long year, Stole many a man’s soul to waste, And I was ’round when Jesus Christ, Had his moment of doubt and pain, Made damn sure that Pilate, Washed his hands and sealed his fate… 

Me, younger and with more hair. Ever hopeful of reversing the recession.

So, who the heck am I? Well, I am Jonathan MS Pearce, a British philosopher, author, public speaker and teacher from the south of England. I have been blogging for a number of years now, starting a few years after my first book, Free Will? An investigation into whether we have free will or whether I was always going to wite this book. My interests are in the philosophy of religion, though also in psychology, science and politics. And, well, pretty much everything. Here are some of my books.

Actually, as far as introductions go, that was rubbish. I’m ambivalent about the existence of Jesus (he probably lived), don’t believe in souls, “fate” is nebulous, and I’m not that old. Other than that, though, Hi. I am very grateful to have been asked to join the Patheos Atheist Channel, moving from my old home at the Skeptic Ink Network (SIN), where I have been writing from its inception. Though I am sad to leave a great bunch of people there and a super site, I am really looking forward to a new challenge in a different place.

I do love to foster good debate, and love to be challenged. In fact, blogging is rather like the scientific method. You put your ideas and your beliefs out there to be challenged. In them being so, you are able to refine your beliefs if necessary, or see if they stand tall, or indeed fall. Through time, your beliefs morph into a more robust form through public peer review.

That’s how I see this. This is an epistemological journey towards truth.

Please, come join me.

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