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

May 31, 2021

Here is a guest post from author Gunther Laird, who takes aim at Edward Feser and his Thomistic philosophy. Please grab Laird’s excellent book that takes Feser head on. In the meantime: The fact that so many intellectuals don’t share their peculiar ideas has been a thorn in the side of Thomists ever Catholicism fell out of vogue amongst the intelligentsia—so probably around the time of the Protestant Reformation, at the very least. The reason this poses such a problem… Read more

May 29, 2021

I have a long history in my writing and philosophy here and elsewhere of adhering to a position called “conceptual nominalism”. If you want more details, check out: Philosophy 101 (philpapers induced) #2 – Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism The Pertinence of Nominalism to Religious and Philosophical Debates Natural Law, Essentialism and Nominalism Today, responding to my invite, regular (Christian) commenter, Luke Breuer, has produced a counter-argument guest blog piece against my position. Thanks muchly, Luke. Really appreciated. Here it… Read more

May 28, 2021

Short Termism: The tendency to focus attention on short-term gains, often at the expense of long-term success or stability.  I was reading yet another article about the infamous Marjorie Taylor Greene yesterday. Greene, a House Republican from Georgia, came under fire last week after making comments to Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody comparing the mask mandate that still exists on the House floor to Jewish people in Nazi Germany being forced to wear “gold” stars. (See Note) The false equivalence… Read more

May 28, 2021

The Exodus is a story that is hugely important to Christians (and Jews), as can be seen by some comments by Christians on the previous articles in this series. I want to continue my claims that the Exodus never happened because of both historical issues and theological/philosophical ones by getting onto some philosophy before returning to history in future pieces. Previously, I have shown you the problems with claims concerning camels in the Exodus account and beyond (here and here), problems… Read more

May 27, 2021

I’ve said this a number of times before… My books are generally niche. They don’t sell a lot. At all. So they don’t get many reviews. So when a Christian comes along and nebulously slams one of my books, as follows, it affects my sales and the general appraisal of the book for those third parties who come to check it out. In this case, the following review of my book on the Kalam has just been lodged on Amazon.co.uk:… Read more

May 27, 2021

I’ve done a few interviews with Tim Mills/Harmonic Atheist and I love them. Here is a great chat about my latest book – The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK] – and one that, though long, only skimmed the surface, looking really at my approach than many of the explicit claims. Let me know what you think if you get the time to give it a listen! Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling… Read more

May 26, 2021

Just to take a break from arguing the ta’s pretty much everything, since the discussion boards have been getting into some kind of frenzy, I thought I would talk about something completely different today. And, hopefully, something that won’t cause such overt argument. However, I can still imagine certain people shoehorning some political diatribe about the wonders of Trumpism in there… I’m not really going to mentioned movies here, apart from a couple in passing. My partner and I are… Read more

May 26, 2021

Majorie Taylor Greene is never far away from controversy, never far from rank hypocrisy, utter stupidity and vile immorality. No wonder some of the commenters here like her. Another embarrassing video has emerged whereby she would not demand that a hypothetical statue of Hitler or Satan be taken down. They are good history lessons for people who see them, apparently (rather than being focuses of idolatry and memorialisation, right?). It took five days for the GOP to come out against… Read more

May 25, 2021

From the American Humanist Association: Today, the American Humanist Association (AHA) launches the Call for Voices project, which strives to increase the visibility of historically marginalized writers. This project was piloted in 2020 by the Feminist Humanist Alliance and LGBTQ Humanist Alliance and will now be a part of the AHA’s ongoing programs. The AHA will take submissions and will compensate those who are chosen for publication. “This program gives us the opportunity to spotlight an array of different voices,” commented The… Read more




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