June 8, 2021

As I discussed the other day, things are getting progressively worse in the US as half of the country are happy to let it slide towards fascism, and the other half appear powerless to stop it from doing so. Insane conspiracy theories are being used to fuel dangerous voter suppression laws. We had former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn come out and publicly support a military coup in the country. Honestly, that’s nuts. Just let it sink in. Sadly, a… Read more

June 8, 2021

In the closing stages of writing my latest book, The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK], I had a few test readers. One was David Austin, down in Australia, who has provided a few guest articles for your delectation. Here is another one – thanks muchly to him: The “Real” “Minimal Facts” about Jesus There is an element of sarcasm in the title of this essay. Apologists, like William Lane Craig, are fond of quoting the, so-called, “Minimal Facts”… Read more

June 7, 2021

There are some really terrible moves being made by the GOP at all levels of politics in the US. This has arguably been going on for decades, but most pointedly so since Trump’s election in 2016. There is a very good case to suggest that the GOP is following the Viktor Orban playbook in Hungary. After all, how did a functioning democracy move so quickly to authoritarian fascistic populism? The parallels to this are pointed out in Ben Rhodes new… Read more

June 6, 2021

I have listened to the first speaker in this debate so far but will continue to watch the whole thing. But I just thought I’d share a couple of early thoughts. First, this is why debates about conceptual nominalism and realism are important. Once you understand the distinction, you will see how important one’s understanding of ontology can be. In terms of this debate, what I would like to have heard at the beginning of the debate is a definition… Read more

June 6, 2021

The Holocaust everybody knows about is the one that happened in Nazi Germany eighty years ago. But there is another one that started with the arrival of Homo Sapiens on the planet and it has been ongoing ever since. The scope of this Holocaust is truly mind-boggling. About fifty billion people. You have probably figured out by now where this is going. First, a little background. In 2007, an independent researcher, analyst and author named Gregory S. Paul wrote an… Read more

June 5, 2021

In the closing stages of writing my latest book, The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK], I had a few test readers. One was David Austin, down in Australia, who has provided a few guest articles for your delectation. Here is one – thanks muchly to him: In a previous article, I listed various “contradictions” (or as apologists insist, “differences”), in the four Gospel accounts of the Resurrection of Jesus. Whilst some of these “differences” are not especially significant,… Read more

June 4, 2021

Luke Breuer kindly responded to my request and provided a critique of my position of conceptual nominalism recently. I hope to look at his claims and analyse them in my reply here today. I have a forthcoming book that sets out my position with a lot more depth and clarity (Why I am Atheist and Not a Theist), so you’ll have to grab that out to get to greater grips with my position. For other background reading, see the links… Read more

June 3, 2021

Populism refers to a range of political stances that emphasize the idea of “the people,” who are exploited and even oppressed by “the elites”. The term became prominent in the 19th century and has been applied to various politicians, and political movements since that time. A demagogue is a political orator or leader who gains favor by pandering to or exciting the passions and prejudices of his followers, rather than by using rational argument, in order to gain political power…. Read more

June 2, 2021

This is from the American Humanist Association: Today, the Latinx Humanist Alliance (LHA) officially launches the 1 in 5 campaign, which strives to raise awareness of the growing nonreligious Latinx population in the US. This marks the second year of this campaign, which initially launched in 2019 upon the creation of the LHA. “This campaign is important to the LHA as we continue to reach out to the broader Latinx community,” states Anthony Manuel Cruz Pantojas, a co-chair of the LHA… Read more

June 2, 2021

Apologies for my absence – half term, and kids, and all that. Dr Richard Carrier was very generous indeed with his time and effort on my recent book The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]. I was very much indebted to him for his extensive blog entry on the piece. Within that article was the following quote, concerning my book on the Kalam (Did God Create the Universe from Nothing? Countering William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument [UK]): …his… Read more




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