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November 22 2017, 11AM

To argue that Islam is a religion of peace is as patently absurd as arguing that Christianity is a religion of science.

November 20, 9PM

This video shows why reasonable people cannot base our conclusions on any ancient pre-scientific sacred text. All of the explanations for why the earth doesn't move are ignorant ones, having previously concluded the "facts" via "revelation." Reasonable pe...

November 17, 8AM

Go ahead, I dare you, theists! Give it a shotIn 2013, when the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on gay scouts, Executive Pastor Tim Hester, of the Louisville Southeast Christian mega-church, announced that the scouts were no longer welcome to meet at the church....

November 15, 11AM

This may be beating a dead horse, but some people are convinced the horse is alive and well. So here’s something else that's wrong with the Boethian attempt to escape theological determinism. According to Boethians, God doesn’t have foreknowledg...

November 13, 10AM

I have little doubt that last week’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs made even many religious people question their faith. How could such a thing happen in a church, to people who were worshipping? Where was God? One preacher, however, explained it ...

November 10, 9AM

Christian theology fails the decency testWhen crucifixes are part of church and home décor—and even sported as jewelry—it’s hard to get the point across that something is terribly wrong: A horrifying belief has been normalized…and for what? Guy H...

November 9, 3PM

The first commandment doesn’t say “Thou shalt not have no gods,” but rather “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” The main concern there is not with atheism, but with competing religious beliefs. And at first it does seem that belief in riv...

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Plus ça change...Bible licker Roy Moore's turn?Read more »

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Skydivephil has just released a new film in his Before the Big Bang Series that explores competing scientific models of the early universe. In this part Stephen Hawking and his colleagues James Hartle and Thomas Hertog discuss their No Boundary Proposal f...

November 7, 10AM

From what I have read of Edward Feser, he doesn't provide any testable data, just arguments. Intelligent as these arguments might be, they are guessing. They are no better than hypothetical models produced by theoretical physicists that await testing and ...

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[First published in February 2013]. William Lane Craig says he knows God personally by the inner witness of the Spirit. He needs no other evidence. He claims this subjective inner witness trumps all objective evidence. He knows that he knows that he knows...

November 6, 9AM

My heart goes out to the 8 family members killed in the Texas church attack. God be damned!Three generations of one family were killed in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, the family told The Daily Beast. Six members of the Holcombe family were shot t...

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David Eagleman is "founder and co-director of the Center for Science and Law, which studies how new discoveries in neuroscience can navigate the way we make laws, punish criminals, and develop rehabilitation." A few years back The New Yorker did...

November 3, 8AM

How to be a patriot when the world is about to endOn the northern Indiana prairie where I was raised in the 1950s, a seamless blend of Christianity and patriotism had been achieved. We were up against Godless communism, after all, so what could make more ...

November 2, 12 PM

Just how stupid and gullible are America's evangelicals?https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=pTbbwbFreaIBTW, a "pastor" who laid hands on the current president.

October 31, 7AM

Many theists believe both in a god with infallible knowledge about the future and in libertarian free will, and thus face the problem of how to reconcile these two ideas. An attempted solution which has come up in the comments section here more than once ...

October 30, 4PM

I don't watch very many horror films and even fewer slasher films. I picture myself as one of the victims, never one the killers, so they always make me hate the killers. I don't want to hate. So I don't enjoy these movies so much. Plus, lots ...

October 28, 8AM

Slowly but methodologically doubt leads to disbelief. This is what happens over and over in the lives of ex-Christians like me. No wonder doubt is frowned upon as a vice, while faith is touted as a virtue. Look where it can lead! The question to be taken ...

October 27, 7AM

Not a chance. But steady erosion is still a plan…The pious among us are so sure that religion improves the world. They can point to gazillions of examples of believers doing good, without granting that charitable behavior doesn’t have to be motivated ...

October 26, 12 PM

Dr. William A. Zingrone expertly comments on the continued rise of the irreligious in a recent post for D.O.N.E (Defenders of the New Enlightenment). This is welcome news despite the rise of the Trumpster's "deplorables". Here's a teaser:In but 40 years, ...

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My Christian Facebook friend John Appleton wrote, "John, my prayers for you, which I have faithfully said every day since I took up your prayer challenge, is that someday sooner rather than later you would use your considerable gifts to win others to...

October 24, 2PM

Here's a discussion on David Marshall's Facebook wall about indoctrination and science. I had said, "Teach science and religions die. Sorry about that. Evolution is science. Religions die as science is taught. It doesn't matter that you s...

October 21, 4AM

Realist1234:Scientific theories are only good till the next fact that throws doubt onto the theory comes along--and that is precisely why I find it surprising that John Loftus etc rely so much on scientific 'truth' as if the scientific view of reality at ... [Denigrate Science to Believe]

October 20, 7AM

Desperation for purpose in the Cosmos It’s a pretty good bet that not one in a thousand churchgoers today could pick out Karl Barth in a line-up—or be able to tell you what he did. Yet he was one of the most prolific theologians of the 20th century...

October 19, 4PM

No humble people they! Ask them. They'll answer all your questions. They know-it-all about quantum mechanics, able to reject scientists (with a single bound) who have theories opposed to their god concept, while siding with those who support it. Doing thi... [Liars for Jesus]

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Thomas Paine is our intellectual hero, not only for calling America to declare independence from Britain in 1776, but also calling for a revolution of religion eighteen years later in a brilliant classic work, The Age of Reason, which is still in print an...

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Dr. Reppert keeps trying to chip away at my argument in The Outsider Test for Faith (OTF), and there's a reason why. There's a force to it he cannot ignore. Inside his head one side says there's got to be something wrong with it. The other side comes up w... ["Outsider Test Links"] [Outsider Test] [Outsider Test Links]

October 18, 7AM

The tenth commandment alone, all by itself, shows Christians to be indoctrinated to the point of blindness not to see that women were regarded just a bit below a man's property, yet higher than his slaves. If not, paying a dowry to a father for his daught... [Q & A]
Q. Can't believers deflect the atheist argument that they were raised to believe, by throwing it back on them? Logic would mean that atheists need to agree that they are atheists because of when and where they were born. You can't have it only one way.A. ... [Q & A]

October 16, 7AM

A common criticism of atheism is that we atheists “just want to sin.” Dinesh D’Souza, for example, said that “the perennial appeal of atheism” is that it “liberates us for the pleasures of sin and depravity,” while Lee Strobel claimed that p...

October 13, 8AM

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Neatly packaged in one Bible chapterIt’s a shame that the apostle Paul didn’t live long enough to collect royalties on his feel-good aphorisms. They have been featured on greeting cards, embroidery, stained glass panels, e.g., “Rejoice in hope, be p...

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The Mindshift podcast on The Bad Jesus: Part II is now available (free). This interview with Dr. Clint Heacock goes into greater depth on the question: “Did Jesus ever do anything wrong?” The episode also explains how the refusal o...

October 12, 7AM

I was interviewed on Tuesday at our house by a Christian doing a full length documentary about medical miracles. Other skeptics who have been interviewed were James Randi, Michael Shermer and Michael Ruse. I gave them the contact info for Dr. Hector Avalo...

October 9, 12 PM

Examining empirically defensible "nothings"The question, "why is there something instead of nothing?" is popping up again here at Debunking Christianity. Let's explore what "nothing" might really mean...Read more »

October 7, 10AM

I invite DC readers to check-out the Mindshift Podcast hosted by Dr. Clint Heacock, who completed his doctorate in biblical studies at the University of Chester (United Kingdom).In this episode, Dr. Heacock interviews me about the Second Wave of the ...

October 6, 9AM

People wonder why I debunk Christianity and think Christians are ignorant to believe without objective evidence. It's because as believers they lack the ability to be reasonable about many other life questions. If they live their whole lives without o...

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Nobody is exempt from dumb…but why is it a Christian specialty?“Near the core of religious experience is something remarkably resistant to rational inquiry.” So said Carl Sagan in his 1986 essay, “A Sunday Sermon” (Broca’s Brain: Reflections o...

October 5, 5AM

If reality is a good indication of god's nature and, being good, we would like to emulate god's nature:-God does nothing as people starve to death, therefore we shouldn't be charitable.-God does nothing as people die of diseases, therefore we should get r...

October 4, 7AM

It’s a common claim that if God does not exist, then everything is permitted. In particular, those who accept some form of the Divine Command Theory (DCT) tend to say this. It’s not true, of course — but given what their theory implies, it is ra...

October 3, 9AM

Q & A from Loftus the magnificent. ;-) [Once again, why not?] Q. My Christian faith will never succumb to the religion of atheism. Why can't you see there is just no evidence for it?A. Your big mistake is in thinking the alternative to your sect-specifi... [Q & A]

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Q & A from Loftus the magnificent. ;-) Q. Why don't you discuss the origins of suffering in the world that created situations like we saw with the Las Vegas massacre?A. I do indeed do that. But as a caring parent would you ever seek to justify why your ch... [Q & A]
Q & A from Loftus the magnificent. ;-) Q. Just because my god finds a reason not to intervene to save lives doesn't mean he doesn't do so. How do you know my god does not intervene to save lives every day? Yet when he chooses not to intervene, why... [Q & A]

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Q. You say theism doesn't raise the probability that Jesus was raised from the dead. Why not? At least with theism believers hold to a miracle working god even if they disagree over which god exists.A. Every atheist I know of, or have heard from, says the...

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My heart goes out to the victims and families of the Las Vegas massacre, those who were not able to dodge the shooter's bullets, and those traumatized by the thought it could have been them. My younger brother lives in Vegas and his favorite musician is J...

October 2, 6AM

To be open-minded means being open to any objective evidence that could change your mind. Being open-minded means being open to the consensus of scientists who agree evolution is a fact, along with all that it implies. Being open-minded means thinking lik...

October 1, 11AM

I get the kinds of comments you will read below, every single day. Note how easily it is for me to point out the delusion, and how easily sound logic based on solid evidence is dismissed by the believer. Truly a sight to behold!Christian believers who s...

September 30, 3AM

"God only exists as a fictional character. He is a dummy, and religionists put words into his mouth. Therefore, it is easy to show that God created evolution or anything else. All you have to do is say so and it magically becomes true."

September 29, 1PM

Theism does not increase the odds that Jesus was raised from the dead, since one can be a theist and still think the evidence is insufficient to believe. Jews and Muslims reject the resurrection hypothesis just as surely as atheists and agnostics do.

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The advance of the anti-science, anti-democracy barbarians My shift to atheism got a boost when I was in seminary. Classes in theology especially stirred up doubts—the last thing that was supposed to happen. The Ecclesiastical-Academic Complex (as Hec...

September 28, 5AM

The Bible is the CLAIM, not evidence.

September 27, 10AM

Roy Moore, the controversial former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, famous for his refusal to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building, is now a nominee for the U.S. Senate. In case some here aren’t all that fa...

September 26, 10AM

How do believers know there's a god? Because of supposed miracles. Yet miracles are impossible in the natural world without a supernatural god (i.e., a natural explanation is required when there is no god). Therefore believers have to presuppose god to ve...

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Dr. Miller recently he began blogging at Hume's Bible, an important resource for the rest of us. In his most recent post he writes On the Impossibility of Miracles. This is something I've been addressing.Miller starts by saying, "We measure human rational... [Bayes Theorem]

September 22, 7AM

A few items that the cherry-pickers don't pickOn a recent post here I asked how the apostle Paul could possibly have known that there are “spiritual” bodies; this claim, of course, is yet another clue that his grip on reality was shaky at best (an...

September 20, 10AM

Here's yet another attempt to bring science down to the level of controversial philosophical opinions. I call bullshit! The money quote:I think it is helpful for students to realize that there is a lot more agreement and objectivity in philosophy, and a l...

September 19, 7AM

Split-brain patients are individuals who have had the corpus callosum (which connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain) severed. This causes the individual to have two centers of both perceptual and motor activity. Each side of the brain may gi...

September 15, 8AM

The batshit crazy theology of the apostle Paul: four texts Read more »

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What I reject are the claims made by the people who claim to speak for God. I reject the notion that you know what you are talking about. I reject the notion that you or anyone else has any sort of connection to such a being. I reject the notion that the ...

September 14, 10AM

Vince is smarter than your average bear, I'll admit, and respectful. But he's no less deluded than the others. I think he was gunning for this award so I'll grant it to him. Congratulations Vince, or something. ;-)I wish I had a dollar every t... [Deluded Anti-intellectual Person of the Day]

September 13, 4PM

EVANGELICAL BAD FAITH VI:TORTURED TEXTSRobert Conner(magicinchristianity@gmail.com)No one knows for sure what the hell the gospels mean and no one ever has. That, I believe, is the only logical conclusion a completely disinterested reader of the gospels c...

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Loftus’s observation that faith makes smart people say stupid things reminded me of two instances I’d previously come across. The first involves Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and the author of The Language of God: A Scientist Prese...

September 12, 2PM

I once taught a hermeneutics class for a Christian college using a book titled "How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth." In a comment to a friend recently, I wish I would have taught them to do this:Here's how you should read the Bible. You need to read...

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EVANGELICAL BAD FAITH V:FOLLOW THE MONEYRobert Conner(magicinchristianity@gmail.com)Forget what they told you. You want the truth, follow the money. -- Roxanne BlandI regard the sincerity of evangelical true believers in general as a truism and I doubt th...

September 11, 7PM

Robert Conner wrote something recently that prompted me to expand on it. The Ten Well-Founded "Presuppositions" of Atheism:1. We require sufficient objective empirical evidence before we will accept any claims of divine revelation.2. We accept the general...

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Don Camp has been commenting here for a few months. He's on a mission to save readers from hell. He's the answer man, always doing what he can to show why we are wrong. But if there was ever a gullible/deluded/anti-intellectual person then he is i... [Deluded Anti-intellectual Person of the Day] [gullible]

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In reference to God's goodness in the face of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose, a Christian asked me this question:Q: "Why is God obligated to help someone who rejects Him?"Dr. Abby Hafer responds, author of The Not-So-Intelligent Designer:The same reason...

September 10, 2PM

EVANGELICAL BAD FAITH: PART FOURRobert Conner(magicinchristianity @gmail.com)The anthropologists got it wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens (“wise man”). In any case it’s an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say, wisdom being one of our lea...

September 9, 2PM

In reference to God's goodness in the face of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose, a Christian asked me this question:Q: "Why is God obligated to help someone who rejects Him?"A: Who is obligated to help someone who suffers? The person who cares the most, wh...

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If you want to see the kind of faith the biblical god demands then look no further than the story of Job.Job's story is fallaciously being used to offer comfort to believers in the midst of the terrible suffering caused by hurricances Harvey, Irma and...

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EVANGELICAL BAD FAITH:PART THREERobert Conner(magicinchristianity@gmail.com)That the whisperings of a “Holy Spirit” would take precedence over evidence and its coherent analysis is quite literally unimaginable in any discipline other than evangelical ...

September 8, 8AM

The most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic is headed straight for the beach houses of deniers Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and the Koch brothers. LINK.If a god is punishing sinners with hurricanes shouldn't we expect that s/he coul...

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A review of David Fitzgerald’s Jesus: Mything in ActionChristians Aren’t Going to Blow the Whistle A famous atheist once railed at me for giving a damn about the “Jesus Question”—that is, whether or not Jesus existed. It’s not a relevant issue...

September 7, 12 PM

EVANGELICAL BAD FAITH: PART TWORobert Conner(magicinchristianity@gmail.com)To the dismay of the true believer it may be pointed out that disbelief in the resurrection begins in the New Testament itself and it begins even before the composition of the gosp...

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This fantastic essay was written by my friend Brandon Winthrow. It reveals that most people think atheists like myself are more likely to be serial killers than others, even though that's far far from the truth. I want people who know an atheist to realiz...
As the Executive Editor of the Secular Nation, the flagship magazine of Atheist Alliance of America, I'm honored to be interviewing Dr. Krauss in the next issue. What questions would you sincerely ask him if it were you?

September 6, 6PM

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A couple of years ago, I published a blog post showing that if one accepts the explanations offered by apologists like William Lane Craig for some of the terrible things Yahweh commands, then one should want there to be as many abortions as possible. Sinc...

September 4, 7PM

Richard Carrier and I may have found a partial agreement when it comes to the use of Bayes' Theorem (but maybe not).Take this scenario:It is impossible that as of this very moment all green highway signs will verbally discuss current events with us, i... [Bayes Theorem]

September 2, 5PM

As a sort-of follow up to my previous post, one more comment related to the problem of evil: According to some believers, God can do anything – and that means literally anything. He can make square circles, married bachelors, and even non-Catholic Popes...

September 1, 7AM

Why in the world do they believe such things? Sometimes even Sunday school kids have the presence of mind to ask, “But where did God come from?” To which the assurance is always given, “Well, God has always been there.” But rarely do the kids—o...

August 31, 4PM

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I've said this before when it came to Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. If there is an omnipotent God then he could have snapped his fingers to stop hurricane Harvey from materializing at all. If this requires a perpetual miracle to keep ...

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Next time you say "God is good" think Harvey, Houston and Osteen!

August 30, 3PM

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Kingasaurus asked the million dollar question about assigning 0% Bayesian prior probabilities to claims: John, isn't there a non-zero chance that we're all living in the Matrix and the programming could always be changed so that pigs do fly and am... [Bayes Theorem]

August 28, 1PM

I've been debating the uses and abuses of Bayesian quantitative analysis on Facebook with my atheist friends. What started it all was a recent comment I made about Bart Ehrman's debate against William Lane Craig, where Craig used Bayes to argue ag... [Bayes Theorem]

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I met Professor Zingrone at Gateway to Reason a few weeks ago. He has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and teaches at Murray State University, KY. He's agreed to let me quote from pages 87-88 and 92-94 of his book, The Arrogance of Religious Though...

August 25, 6AM

So how’s that working out for you? On the Facebook page that I maintain for my book—and for the promotion of atheism in general—Christians sometimes drop by, commonly to make angry comments. My own policy on Facebook, by the way, is that I neve...

August 23, 5PM

The problem of evil is well known: How can there be an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly good god if there is evil? The kind of reply most theists give is also familiar to most: Evil is not incompatible with God provided there is some reason for allowi...

August 22, 11AM

August 18, 8AM

…and their die-hard apologists—who look SO familiar  On the evening of 30 October 1938, CBS Radio’s The Mercury Theatre, broadcast a dramatization H.G. Wells’s novel War of the Worlds. The program was presented in the form of news bulletins, and...

August 17, 10AM

First off, Thomas Bayes (1701–1761) had a stroke of brilliance in creating his theorem! This is how we wish everyone should think when evaluating claims, events and promises. In a way, one cannot help but be in awe of it. Nothing I say is to indicate ot...

August 16, 10AM

On Facebook Dr. Miller wrote this: Unlike what has been foisted by Carrier, Ferguson et al in these threads, prior probability in evidentialist statistics is far more subjective and typically may require/include field expert determination and any number o... [Bayes Theorem]

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Orthodox Christianity holds that those who don’t “make the cut” end up suffering for all of eternity, and this has of course been the cause of much criticism of the religion. Something that is rarely considered, however, is what this doctrine says a...

August 14, 5AM

Come out if you can! It's September 1-4 in downtown Atlanta, GA! Here's the schedule.

August 12, 2AM

The Bible and Interpretation has published my essay on "Minoritized Biblical Scholarship as Christian Missiology and Imperialism"ABSTRACTEthnic perspectives on the Bible and minoritized biblical scholarship are predominantly missiological and pa...

August 11, 11AM

When skepticism languishes, apologetics flourishes Imagine, if you will, a gigantic Religious Apologists Quilt, large enough to cover a football field, including the end zones. There are more than 6,000 squares—each a square yard—representing each of...

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Kenneth Winsmann: “People who are determined to not believe in miracles will always find a way of convincing themselves of their illegitimacy.”Wayne Thompson:Take the identical wording of your comment above, and instead of “miracles” insert words ...

August 10, 11AM

Professor Kenesi, who investigates alleged miracles of healing at Lourdes wrote about them. Here's one of the money quotes {Full Text below]: Lourdes is famous for its miracles though despite the millions that go there, and the countless miracle claim... [Lourdes] [Miracles]

August 9, 4AM

The real issue at hand is whether the Gospel narratives are mainly history or mythology. Krischins are fond of pointing out that "Teh Bible isn't a science text and should not be read as such!" The response should ALWAYS be: "Teh Bible isn't a HISTORY tex...

August 8, 6AM

When responding to the Realists and Camps and Torleys of the world I keep the tone sarcastic to signal that we're not having anything approaching a real discussion. I don't regard it as a question of 'shutting down communication' which assumes there's som... [Ridicule]

August 7, 8AM

Wayne Thompson: Every small child knows what faith is; they just have different terminology for it: “Let’s play make believe!”

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What are the odds that someone can self-propel themselves to the moon and back without any technological help, including oxygen tanks?Timothy R Campbell: I am not sure that one can utilize math or reason or probabilities when dealing with claims of miracl... [Bayes Theorem]

August 6, 4PM

In responding to Christian apologist David Marshall who asserted I should say: "By faith, Christians mean 'holding to and trusting in what you have good reason to think is true, in the face of difficulties.' But in practice they don't live up to their own...

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Rudy R asks, Is there no word in the Christian lexicon that describes a belief not grounded on proof or empirical evidence? My question is directed to all Christians. My point is that the common Christian wouldn't know the word fideism. In fact, the lay C... [faith] [Faithism] [fideism]

August 5, 11AM

Christians (and some atheists) get butt hurt when we tell the truth that brain dead cold cadavers stay dead, that there's a zero chance one or more of them have ever come back to life. Here are the facts: 108 billion human beings have been born into t...

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JP415: "What is the Bayesian probability that Muhammad split the Moon in half, or that Hercules killed the Hydra? Sometimes satire is the most effective form of refutation." [Bayes Theorem] [Ridicule]

August 4, 9AM

It followed an old script…and added its own spin In his classic analysis of religion, Treatise on the Gods, H. L. Mencken speculated on how it all began: “There must have been skeptics at the ringside when the first priest performed his hocus-pocus, a...

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Herald Newman:As somebody with a degree in mathematics, I look in disgust every apologists who tries to use Bayes theorem to "establish the likelihood of the resurrection." Bayes theorem requires that we have an established background probability, and as ...

August 3, 4AM

If Lourdes worked there would be no reason for any cancer patient to bother with treatment - just bop over to Lourdes for your miracle. But, believers know that conventional medicine offers real hope, whereas trekking off to Lourdes is what you do when yo...

August 2, 7PM

JP415:I have an axe to grind with the way Craig, Torley, et al. used Bayes’ Theorem. It just seems like a diversionary tactic. During a debate, they break out an equation and say, “Our methods are objective! See, we’ve even got a math formula to pro...

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I wish I could get Robert as a Team Member here at DC. Here's a quote for people who insist on following the latest Christian apologetic fad of trying to quantify unique miraculous claims in ancient history using Bayes' Theorem: I don't know much about B...

August 1, 4PM

Just think of Christian fundamentalist Alvin Plantinga here if you need to, whose cognitive faculties are not functioning properly!

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July 31, 11PM

Two days ago Lowder said: In order to maintain a high quality of discussion in the comments box, I have made the executive decision to moderate all comments on all posts. This decision is effective immediately.The following policies are in effect....5) T... [Lowder] [Lowder Ignorance]

July 28, 9AM

But com’on, is Jesus their best reason for stepping up to the plate? A young man named Matthew Vines has taken on a big challenge: trying to convince Evangelical Christians that their virulent opposition to homosexuality is wrong. Those very righteous p...

July 25, 9AM

This weekend should be an amazing one at Gateway to Reason. Thomas True, the organizer, has put together a fine line-up of speakers and topics. Come out if you can! My talk will be on my latest book, Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End.

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In Reply to David Marshall, Newman said:Miracle claims aren't interesting to me because they cannot be verified. The best we can do is establish that the "miracle" in question was a result of natural phenomena at work. The best the apologist can do is cla...

July 24, 3PM

Here is why internet celebrities are divisive. Because then can be. Since I'm against atheist divisiveness I have plenty to do, and in doing it I guess that makes me divisive too. I am against a cookie cutter-mentality, a one size fits all approach to...

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Here's an accurate description of a faith based cult, per my friend Peter Bighossian's work. Watch up to the 3:15 mark. Listen up apologists, if this is not accurate description then what word would YOU use that best explains all of these similar examples...

July 22, 7PM

This is the claim I made in a chapter for my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist. Whenever an apologist makes an exception for their own faith, that same exception can be claimed by another sect in the Christian household, or a...

July 21, 11AM

A review of David Chumney’s new book, Jesus EclipsedChristians are the huddled, persecuted masses, yearning to breathe free—or so they would have us believe. After all, in the last few years a lot of folks have been ganging up on them. Gay people who ...

July 20, 1PM

How many relevant questions can we ask where Jesus is not the answer? #1 How do you spell MY name?

July 18, 9PM

Did the Pope Just Reveal the Secret to a Christian Mystery? Thanks to a recent circular letter to Catholic bishops, we may be a step closer to understanding a central Christian mystery, the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ—the biglies...
The Truth about Godby Franz Kiekeben speaks simply yet intelligently to readers who want a good primer for understanding why atheists don't believe. He expertly introduces them to a range of important issues in an easily understandable manner, and that's ...

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Brain-dead corpses do not come back to life and fly off into outer space. Once a brain cell is dead it stays dead. This is a scientific fact. The regeneration of dead human tissue is Christianity's core belief, therefore Christianity is false.It's as simp...

July 17, 5PM

Chad Meister is my friend and an important apologist. Of my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist, he wrote, In this book Loftus provides some insightful criticisms of arguments by Christian thinkers, including those having to do...

July 14, 10AM

…but Robert Ingersoll was up against 1,900 years of church momentumRead more »

July 13, 9AM

I've challenged this unrepentant believer to read my magnum opus. He is, and he's commenting on it. He thinks of himself as equal to the task of answering my doubts and others here. Can he? He's reading my chapter on prophecy, where I ask how...

July 11, 8AM

July 7, 11AM

Forget the Merit Badge. Go for the Spirit Shield Could we put please all Christians on a Bible-reading regimen? We can ask them to read each chapter of the Bible, then sign off on each one. That is, we’d like them to read each chapter carefully, very c...

July 3, 7AM

Christian Apologists Keep on Churning Out FlimflamI have suggested, in a previous post here on 2 June 2017—that the story of Jesus ascending to heaven, i.e., floating up to exit Earth’s atmosphere—qualifies as the New Testament’s Biggest Lie. Anyo...

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I had a discussion about faith with Christian apologist Tom Gilson on Facebook. You need to read it. He blogs at Thinking Christian and edited the book True Reason. *cough* Our discussion began with a video and my initial salvo:In the clip above forget ab...

June 30, 11AM

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"Religious freedom will be protected for decades to come."ephemerol comments:Since the freedom to practice your religion, at least to the extent that it does not impinge upon the freedom of others, is not now, nor has it ever been under threat, ...

June 28, 3PM

Bigotry by Any Other Name Betrays a Similar StenchThe history of this nation is littered with countless instances of people committing reprehensible acts of injustice under the pretense of “living out their faith.”Read more »

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The quote to remember: "Accomodationism is simply a way of sneaking in special pleading by the back door."I can't help but feel that you are mixing up context and accommodationism.Lawremce Krauss, Stephen Hawking, or Richard Dawkins, are experts in fields...

June 27, 9PM

People do evil things in the name of God. Does God have a moral obligation to stop people from doing evil things in the name of God? None of the regular apologists here have tackled this question. -- Mattapult

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Today I was called an “idiot” and a “moron” for arguing that God should've told human beings a few things he didn't do, especially when it comes to the ancient superstitious problem for modern Christians about the evil eye. He said, “If ...

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Christians don't believe their own Bible. If they did they would agree with these Flat Earth Society idiots who claim they have "members all around the globe."--Kyle Huitt: Wait, what makes you think that the Bible asserts the factual claim ...

June 22, 6PM

I've been thinking a lot about god-of-the-gaps and method.Science has a lot of tools as part if its method: modeling, hypothesis, falsifiability, null hypothesis, testing, peer review, and so on. We've learned over the centuries, that these are the best m...

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No matter what denomination or creed, there is indeed massive ignorance about Christian origins and the Bible. You can ask 100 believers, “What is your opinion about the turmoil in Jesus studies during the last half-century?” and 99 will give you a bl...

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The paperback of David Silverman's book, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, is coming out in August and he asked me for a promotional blurb to help launch it. Here 'tis:Silverman's manifesto is a needed approach given a world with a...

June 20, 11AM

I'm the new Executive/Senior Editor of the Secular Nation, the magazine of Atheist Alliance of America. LINK. Yep, I'm pumped! We offer a print and a digital version. As with everything I set out to do, I aim to do this well.

June 19, 5PM

June 17, 2PM

There are gap arguments because there is science. If there is no science, there are no gaps in our scientific understanding.If God made the world, he made it completely consistent with naturalism. That's why science works, and that's why we are naturalist...

June 15, 11PM

This is the final post of three on Victor Reppert, our ignorant gullible person of the day. [See the "Gullible" tag below.] Reppert again, about the gaps to god argument:Look, when I raise this kind of question, I mean show us by providing evide... [gullible]

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These are Vic Reppert's two atheist talking points:Here is my real point, which I think has gotten lost here.There are two atheist talking points that don't mix. Here they are:1) Look, guys, if God would just give us evidence of his existence, we&... [gullible]

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"Gullible Person of the Day" is a new feature here at DC. Enjoy. I recently argued that differences between believers and nonbelievers are not primarily about worldviews. My contention is that believers are simply ignorant! I did so here and I m... [gullible]

June 14, 5AM

June 12, 5AM

I was contacted by a Christian to discuss the origin of matter. Mark is his name, and I'll email this link to him if my readers wish to add anything. He said:I am a Christian and I hope you'll discuss this topic with me. I want to discuss what is...

June 10, 6AM

There is no such thing as "theism," in the same way as there's no parents with 2.4 children and you can't walk into a general store and purchase a nonspecific item. If you're trying to make a case for Jesus, you should do exactly that and nothing less tha...

June 9, 6AM

Reppert:OK you tell God (just in case he exists) what it would take for him to give you sufficient evidence of his existence, so that you would be on your knees at your local church this Sunday. The stipulation here is that he has to use evidence to get y...

June 2, 9AM

I wrote the book Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End. Christian apologist Reppert has not read it, and I don't expect him to, even after reading this post of mine where I explain why he should. Maybe others will. He recently put forth a ...
It’s Jesus’ Second Tomb They Should Be Looking ForSeminaries exist to manufacture clergy, hence none will ever make a top-ten list of academic institutions committed to critical/skeptical thinking. The Existence-of-God Question (does he or doesn’t h...

June 1, 10PM

Bible & Interpretation has published my essay on “Jesus as Whippersnapper: John 2:15 and Prophetic Violence.”ABSTRACTThis essay challenges a pacifistic interpretation of John 2:15. In particular, it addresses the linguistic, historical and literar...

May 31, 3PM

Dr. Carrier calls Keller's book "Dishonest Reasons for God" and I agree. It's a NY Times Top Ten Bestseller. Is this the best Christian apologists for Jesus can do? I wrote a book detailing the dishonest ways Christians defend their faith. I informed them...

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That Jesus Studies is rife with flawed scholarship, special pleading, fideism, rank speculation, manufactured relevance, careerism, homo‑phobia and the misogyny that homophobia implies, sectarian allegiances, personal agendas, fraud and simple incompete...

May 30, 6AM

An essay that examines "soft" versus "hard" mythicism, the theory that Jesus was not a historical character and that the gospels are complete fabrications.LINK

May 27, 5PM

Of course God had a wife, and Dr. Karen Garst neatly summarizes the evidence right here.

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A Review of David Fitzgerald's Jesus: Mything in ActionThose who do research and then present their findings often discover that there is more work to do. Such was the case in 2010 when David Fitzgerald published a little book called Nailed: Ten Chris...

May 26, 8AM

To escape the mindless speculations of those on EarthHumans have been hoping to find neighbors in the Cosmos for a long time. “Are we alone?” has been a haunting question. Are there other thinking creatures ‘out there’? It was astronomer Frank Dra...

May 25, 2PM

Here's me summing up a discussion I saw here on Debunking Christianity:Jim: "I believe what I was raised to believe and/or what a set of ancient pre-scientific writings say and/or what I feel must be true about the origins of the universe. In other words,...

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Many times I'm accused of not understanding a particular problem merely because I disagree with how it's best answered. In today's case I'm accused of being ignorant about the problem of induction. I understand a great deal about the philosophical quandar...

May 21, 2AM

I edited a huge book of 558 pages attacking such nonsense, called, Christianity is Not Great. In an announcement I made when it went to print you can see the chapter titles and authors. Below you can see a few recommendations/blurbs:Read more »
After 40 years as an insider, what I saw was:1) a legion of believers fervently praying to "know the will of God" only to end up making their own decision that they "sensed" God was "leading them" to make. The reality: It's all in their mind. God doesn't ...

May 19, 9AM

It remains the study of human guesswork about god(s)I was a Bible geek when I was in high school and college, but when I arrived at graduate school, Boston University School of Theology, my study of the Bible moved into higher gear. In my PhD program, am...

May 16, 5AM

Gilberson wrote a nice blurb for my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist. Yesterday on Facebook he wrote this gem:Given all that science has explained from its inception, what are they waiting for, the day science can explain ev...

May 12, 8AM

There’s some really big sin to slap down One of the bullets that struck Pope John Paul II on 13 May 1981 is now attached to the crown of the Lady of Fátima statute in Portugal. The thirteenth of May, you see, happens to be the Feast Day of the Lady of ...

May 5, 11AM

No, it is not okay to just make stuff upGospels are sacred things. In some churches it is custom for the congregation to stand when the gospel lesson is read. The worshippers are surrounded by stained glass windows that depict the cherished stories found ...

May 2, 5PM

David Chumney writes for us here at DC, so it's good he's getting some more attention. LINK.

May 1, 8PM

I have come to the conclusion I was duped so badly by faith that up until the last few years I adopted some of its obfuscationist rhetoric aimed at hiding the truth. I used to say the problem between believers and non-believers isn't ignorance but rather ...

April 29, 9AM

I wrote a whole chapter in my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist on special pleading (chapter 7). In it I argue that all apologetics is special pleading. Apologists should read it before writing another sentence in defense of ...

April 28, 5PM

What exactly are atheists pretending? We know the brains of humans are infected with a host of cognitive biases that force us to believe what we want to believe, so we take them seriously by demanding hard cold evidence before asserting anything about the...

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…is what goes on OUTSIDE the patient’s headThe Bible is revelation, so we’re told. The word of God, the mind of God, can be discovered in its pages. Holy men of old—tuned in to God—put pen to paper (well, whatever they used at the time) and crea...

April 26, 9AM

As I noted in my second post, the real thrust of my book, Jesus Eclipsed: How Searching the Scriptures Got in the Way of Recounting the Facts, can be summed up in this sentence: Many stories about Jesus likely owe their existence not to genuine recollecti...

April 25, 7AM

Don Camp has roosted here at DC, viewing himself as an apologist whose primary goal is not to learn from us but rather to dismantle our arguments against his faith. He's posted so often I limited his comments to ten per day. What Camp should tell us i... ["Avalos"]

April 23, 2PM

In my initial post, I shared a bit about who I am and what led me to write Jesus Eclipsed: How Searching the Scriptures Got in the Way of Recounting the Facts. Here, I want to discuss what the book tries to accomplish.The book begins with some preliminary...

April 22, 9AM

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Dr. Vincent Torley responded to my post on “The Use and Abuse of the Amarna Letters by Christian Apologists” in the comments section.Torley’s response is fundamentally flawed and exhibits a lack of training in Hebrew and Semitic philology. He cites...

April 21, 11AM

One big chunk of the New Testament can go in the trash The authority of the papacy took a major hit in the wake of the Protestant Reformation. Those who broke away from Rome, however, failed to free themselves from a tiresome superstition that plagues us ...

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Unbelievably this is his exact attitude toward the Bible! Here is his quote: Jesus' resurrection is attested in St. Paul and all of the Gospels. The episode which John Loftus wrote about in his OP [regarding the devastating problems with the Zombies story...

April 19, 11PM

Pharaoh Akhenaten, founder of AmarnaDon Camp, a blogger who often comments on DC, has written a critique of a video lecture, “How Archaeology Killed Biblical History,” that I presented in Minnetonka, Minnesota for the Minnesota Atheists on Octobe...

April 18, 10AM

"Some ideas, like some microbes, are more contagious and parasitic than others. Can a better understanding of how ideas proliferate help humanity reduce the harms of religion while keeping the benefits?" Tarico writes:As viral self-replicators, ideas have...

April 17, 8PM

Couched in a chapter in Matthew where Jesus is tried before Pilate, Judas hangs himself, Barabbas is spared death, and Jesus is crucified between two thieves, died and buried, we find these sobering words:Sobering? You bet. Christians don't read their own...

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LINK. Read a summary co-written by Valerie Tarico along with David Fitzgerald, author of Jesus: Mything in Action.

April 14, 10AM

Many Voices of Reason Are on RecordChristianity has two thousand years of momentum. It has prestige, the weight of tradition, people well placed in power, a far-flung empire of churches and cathedrals—and millions of paid propagandists, e.g., ministers...

April 11, 10AM

I quoted this before in my book, Why I Became an Atheist. Matthew Ferguson just reminded me of it. Dr. Dale Allison in his book (Resurrecting Jesus, pp. 337-339) wrote:Most of the past – surely far more than 99 percent, if we could quantify it – is ir...

April 7, 9AM

An old tradition of selling a product you don’t have I grew up on the northern Indiana prairie in the 1950s, in a small town where there might as well have been a wall between the Catholics and Protestants; people got along, of course, but we were so a...

April 5, 11AM

Vince has dogged my steps for a few years in the best possible way. Unlike David Marshall, who comes to taunt us with brief unsubstantiated comments from time to time, Torley tries to be as fair as possible with what I write and responds with some serious...

April 4, 11AM

Why I Am Not a Christian" essays following in the footsteps of Bertrand Russell, written by Richard Carrier, John W. Loftus, Graham Oppy, Keith Parsons, and Kenneth W, Daniels. LINK.

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[First Published on 2/16/2013]I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities, or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove ...

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I've kept track of some atheist answers as to what would convince us to believe. Christians say we refuse to believe due to our unwillingness to repent from immoral behaviors. I suppose ISIS could say the same damned thing while chopping off a head. Now d...

April 3, 1PM

If you watch just a portion this video then consider staying through to the end of the first caller from Iran, who's very courageous in what he's doing.

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BLAME THE VICTIM A Review of The Most Hated Woman in America, a Netflix film directed by Tommy O’Haver and written by Tommy O’Haver and Irene Turner (24 March, 2017). By Frank R. Zindler, former president of American Atheists and managing editor of A...

April 2, 9AM

Dr. John Dickson (@johnpauldickson) is the Director, Centre for Public Christianity; Minister, St Andrew's Roseville; Honorary Fellow, Ancient History, Macquarie University. Yesterday he said that I'm the Donald Trump of pop-atheism. *Ouch* I mean...

March 31, 1PM

There’s a long list of ‘coulda-shoulda’ divine interventions Based on prayer activity alone, we can assume that Christians believe God meddles regularly in human affairs—otherwise, why would they pray so much? Even on Facebook, devout folks muste...

March 30, 2PM

I've been invited to co-host The Atheist Experience TV Show, live from Austin, Texas. It's the most watched atheist TV show as far as I know, with tens of thousands of views per episode. So I'm excited and grateful to be on it. You might find it announced...

March 29, 12 PM

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Here's a teaser quote from his recent essay:In Book Six of his Wars of the Jews, Josephus briefly relates the story of a certain Jesus son of Ananias, a rustic from the hinterlands, who began incessantly proclaiming a series of woes upon Jerusalem several...

March 24, 11AM

Michael Nugent sent me this link, thanking me for helping him prepare for the debate. I couldn't really detect how my advice helped him, but then that's the way it's supposed to work, lest someone merely use my words. Nugent did well. In watching debates ...

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When you don’t bother to have your work checked…Read more »

March 22, 10AM

Marilyn McCord Adams has recently died. She had taught at Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Yale University, and UCLA. She was an important Episcopalian philosopher of religion. Some of her work focused on the problem of s...

March 20, 4PM

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If you aren't reading the comments here at DC you're missing out on some superior thoughts and arguments by people who comment. I've said this before. See for yourselves then join them! Take a look at the three most recent comments (as of this...

March 17, 7AM

GearHedEd introduced this quote by saying: Hawking doesn't see God in imaginary time. He says so explicitly:...if one knows the state of the universe in imaginary time, one can calculate the state of the universe in real time. One would still expect some ...
The payoff, of course, is that we don’tWhen believers set out to defend the faith, they commonly find themselves entangled in Christianity’s multiple, messy contradictions. When backed into a corner, we may hear—with sighs of exasperation— “Well...

March 16, 8AM

What evidence do you have that Yahweh is the Creator God? -- Gary MFor important, even essential background reading on this question, see Dr. Jaco Gericke's chapter 5, "Can God Exist if Yahweh Doesn't", in The End of Christianity. The paperback is $4.29. ...

March 15, 9AM

In the comments Jason wrote: Trusting what Mr. Loftus has to say about God and Christianity is like trusting that a harlot will remain faithful and true to you, only your odds are slightly better with the harlot.Hi Jason, you need not trust anything I say...

March 10, 11AM

Theologians boldly rise to the occasion What to do when God has favored you with new revelation? I don’t mean just a casual vision or two—but with a Cosmos-shattering revelation update: You have been given the word that God has revised a whole salvat...

March 7, 11AM

All sophisticated theology is obfuscationist theology, the goal of which is to obscure the unreasonableness of theology itself. Now imagine some atheist philosopher of religion thinking there is more merit to sophisticated theology over a hillbilly from K...

March 6, 10AM

Shay Chandler:Why do some religious people take it personally when I say I'm an atheist? It's not like their God is the only God I don't believe in. I don't believe in any of them.I've long ago concluded the word "God" (capital "G") is a name for a specif...

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Matthew W. Ferguson is a Ph.D. graduate student in Classics at the University of California, Irvine. He'll write for us here at DC for at least one planned post having to do with David Marshall's recent book Jesus is No Myth. Given the blurbs written for ...

March 3, 9AM

Religion wins if we can’t teach our brains Good ThinkingIn the musical My Fair Lady, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner punctured misogyny by showing it in full foolishness. Professor Henry Higgins is the ultimate “confirmed old bachelor” who is distressed by...

March 2, 11AM

I have to admit it, of all the Christian visitors here at DC, Don Camp has been one of the best. He's polite and has more knowledge than most others who have commented here. And he's indefatigable. I had to limit him to ten comments a day lest he ...

March 1, 9AM

Apologetics is damage control applied to an incoherent myth, designed to try and explain difficulties away. It's like trying to compress a balloon between your hands. Every time you think you've squeezed it down, it pops out in another direction, and you ...

February 26, 12 PM

There is quite a bit of controversy about this decision too. See for yourselves.

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This is an interesting read, written by Robert Conner. His final words: No, the crazies aren’t coming out from under the rocks—they’re coming out of the churches and mosques, synagogues and temples, just like they have for the past couple of thousan...

February 24, 9AM

For Paul, sin was a disease of the soul...he was sure he knew the cure Read more »

February 21, 10AM

Joelyn: Part of the problem with Evangelical religious beliefs is that some want to make parts of it public policy (e.g., eliminate marriage equality, reproductive rights, etc.)Frankly, I couldn't care less about any one's religious delusion as long as th...

February 17, 6PM

Here's a Christian named Angie on Facebook about testimonial evidence of the resurrection of Jesus: Angie: "One method of determining good evidence is the testimony of others. Courts use testimony all the time and consider it in making decisions. We have ...

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No. But it does far more harm than good Read more »

February 16, 9AM

Carrier presents the latest interesting scholarly findings right here.

February 15, 1PM

One rainy afternoon, Johnny ventured to explore the attic and came across a dusty old bin buried under a mound of discarded boxes. Flashlight in hand, he managed to open the box, discovering a garbled collection of old toys, his father’s childhood compa...
Don Camp has roosted here at DC for some time now. I wonder what his motivation is. I hope he's here to test his faith against the evidence, but of that I can't say. He's a former teacher/professor of literature classes and his comments are re...

February 11, 7PM

I was asked this question by a Christian who comments here at DC. I replied as follows:It depends on your interest, and/or ignorance, so take a look at my book descriptions and see for yourself.My challenge to you is to pick one, any one, and read through...

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Those of us who were fans of the program Mythbusters hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, were taught over the course of thirteen years how to think like scientists. In the episode below you'll see how they tested and debunked the moon hoax, the o...

February 10, 1PM

Michael Nugent is a writer from Dublin, Ireland, and chairperson of the advocacy group Atheist Ireland. He will debate William Lane Craig on March 21st. I've heard him talk and read some of the things he has written and think he'll do well in this debate....

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Aaron Lietz and Jason Blair recently contacted me on behalf of the San Diego Coalition of Reason (which is under the United Coalition of Reason). They had a unique request concerning my anthology, The Christian Delusion. They contacted me with it, via ema...

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But the apostle Paul noticed a few… Read more »

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Here is a link to an intelligent philosophically minded person's story of why s/he's an atheist. See if any of these reasons resonate with you. The site is named, Atheism And The City: Exploring Philosophy, Religion & Atheism In The Context Of Contemporar...

February 8, 8AM

Here's an interview on my latest book Unapologetic which I hope you learn from. There's a lot of misunderstanding about it. Phil Ferguson gets it! I don't mind the disagreement. What bothers me is the mischaracterization of it by philosophy of religion st...

February 7, 4PM

Alan Kurdi, a child in a refugee family, died on September 2, 2015The Society of Biblical Literature is the largest organization of academic biblical scholars in the world. It consists of many “units” that address specific topics within biblical ...

February 2, 7PM

Delighted to announce that Resurrection and Reception in Early Christianity is now available in nice, affordable softcover for pre-order ($46) at Routledge Books! [also available on Amazon]. This book demonstrates that the resurrection tales in the New Te...

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In the past few years I've proposed twelve reasonably priced college level books for Christians to read, one per month for the year. My challenge is for Christians to read our books and test their faith. As I've argued, most believers do not serio...

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…when you can’t agree with each other? The Hoosier Methodism in which I was raised favored sentimental hymns, including this cherished gem written by John Oxenham’s in 1908, “In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north, but one g...

January 31, 3PM

This is the DC Challenge of 2015. I'm planning to update it. Do you know any books I should add? Which books would you replace with them, and why?--------Seven years ago I challenged Christians to take the Debunking Christianity Challenge and I've...

January 30, 10PM

Don Camp has roosted here at DC, making unsubstantiated faith-based claims. He tried making the case that faith is trust, then he provided an historical example by asking why we should not trust William Bradford's journal. Even if we're not familiar with ...

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I consider Peter Boghossian's stipulative definition of faith to be a sound one from all I know about how apologists defend their faith (above). I documented this in my somewhat sarcastic book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist. Ch...

January 27, 8AM

In the following link we learn of agnotology:The cigarette industry did not want consumers to know the harms of its product, and it spent billions obscuring the facts of the health effects of smoking. This search led Robert Proctor to create a word for th...

January 26, 5PM

…But It’s a ContenderIt would be such a relief—such a gift to the cause of compassionate religion—if Christians (especially of the paid-apologist variety, e.g., theologians, priests, ministers) could get over Paul’s Letter to the Romans. In my p...

January 23, 9AM

Three things happened in my life about the same time that explain why I've been unusually quiet these last few months. The first was Trump being elected as my President. Ugh! What a setback that was for the United States and world at large. All of our...

January 22, 2PM

Consider the human mind, our one most precious faculty as a species. As rational, thinking mammals, we humans achieve the privilege (not a right) to comprehend reality.Truth is the prize of the daring, disciplined mind, not for those who indulge in unwarr...

January 19, 10AM

No. But there are many ties that bind…. Read more »

January 17, 9AM

LINK. Here is a link to something about Dr. Trumble. His review is behind a subscription wall and I cannot help you with that.

January 12, 6PM

Com’on, Your Holiness, You Sound Like a C – Student at a Second-Rate Bible College In August 2016 an earthquake struck central Italy, killing 297 people and injuring more than 300. I’m sure at least some believers—especially those wandering in the...

January 6, 4PM

Part 2 can be found here. Realist1234 responded. My introductory remarks: 'Q' is a hypothetical document that most NT scholars think best explain the synoptic gospels. Yes, there is a minority view. Do you want to hang your belief in the resurrection on a... [Virgin Birth]

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Hint: John 3:16 Is Pretty BadRead more »
According to this review my book Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End is an "mandatory/essential read for people interested in the issues it addresses! I've copied it below for your convenience. There's more to my book than merel... [Unapologetic]

December 27 2016, 1PM

Part 1 can be found here. I received a response from a Christian who switched topics from the virgin birth to the resurrection of Jesus and the mysteries that science hasn't solved yet. He argued the resurrection of Jesus supports the virgin birth of ...

December 26, 1PM

Josh Baker posted this pic in a comment on Facebook from Powell's City of Books. Pretty cool! It's getting out there.

December 25, 9AM

You would think that if Jesus was born of a virgin, and that such a belief is important to Christianity, the Christian clergy would all believe it. But significant numbers of them don't:http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/christian-preacher-nativity-story-just...

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Christians are either ignorant of this fact or they unreasonably deny its impact. Why should anyone in today's society believe the virgin birth of Jesus since the so-called testimony of it comes from the same ancient superstitious world that believed in o...

December 24, 1PM

One major criticism of my book Unapologetic is seriously misguided to the point that the critics are simply ignorant. I dealt with it in my book, especially at length on pages 181-184. But I can dispel with it quickly here. The criticism is that it's hypo...

December 23, 1PM

God Shows Up LateBelievers get whiney and petulant when we delete God from “in the beginning,” so, for the sake of argument, let’s wipe their tears and soothe their troubled spirits by granting that a god must have launched the Cosmos—pending the ...
'Tis the season to debunk ridiculous claims to Jesus’ supposed historical divine conception and virgin birth!After Alexander's vast conquests to the East, his successors governed what came to be known as the Hellenistic kingdoms. Thus, under the...

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You can now get "Unapologetic" in an an audio format. Listen to a sample on Amazon. I also chanced upon a copy in the philosophy section of my local Barnes & Noble store. Yeahhhhh!

December 20, 7AM

Given the ubiquitous superstition of his era and the festering resentment of the Jewish populace in Roman occupied Palestine, there was nothing particularly noteworthy about the message or career of a certain Joshua of Nazareth, better known as Jesus of N...

December 19, 11PM

Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, announced my newest book Unapologetic. I had missed it when it first appeared on November 30th. He also posted it on his Facebook wall. Check out the excerpt and the comments below each announcement. There's more to my ...

December 18, 4PM

Let us begin with a basic definition. What was a “demigod” in Mediterranean antiquity? A demigod was any individual described as having one divine parent and one human parent, typically conceived by a male god copulating with a female mortal. Hellenis...

December 14, 6AM

Debunking Christianity was recently ranked in the top ten among atheist sites by Feedspot!! Pretty cool this is! Check their list out. Stop here. Read. Learn. Be challenged. Engage.

December 12, 6AM

December 9, 11AM

Theology-Soaked Fiction Read more »

December 1, 4PM

Maybe Our Brains Are too Puny? Read more »

November 28, 7AM

Over the last decade I have found that one bastion for Christian apologists has been philosophy, especially the philosophy of religion. The scholars have honed their definitional apologetics in such a fine-tuned manner that when engaging them in this disc...

November 27, 6PM

I'm reviewing Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber's conversational style book, An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything.I've previously mentioned the lopsidedness between Rauser and Schieber'... [An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar]

November 25, 8PM

The Kindle version of "Unapologetic" is now available!

November 24, 4AM

I'm reviewing Randal Rauser and Justin Schieber's conversational style book, An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything.I've previously mentioned the lopsidedness between Rauser and Schieber'... [An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar]

November 21, 12 PM

Randal Rauser has teamed up with Justin Schieber to write a conversational style book, published by atheist publisher Prometheus Books, titled An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything. Academically speaki...

November 20, 3PM

Theodicy, AKA The Litany of Excuses Read more »

November 15, 11AM

LINK to "Unapologetic"On Amazon it's also ranked 7th in Atheism books and 13,406th overall.

November 14, 5PM

Atheism. How hubristic! Afterall, how can any mere mortal know for certain that no gods exist anywhere in or beyond this vast cosmos? One would need to be omniscient to be justified in drawing such a comprehensive conclusion, right? So goes the argument f...

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One of my dogs disobeyed me the other day. I burned him alive in a fire pit. I love my dogs like God loves us. - Jon Green

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My book "Unapologetic" is a tribute to the intellectual goading and influence of Drs. Peter Boghossian, David Eller and Hector Avalos. Kudos to them, intellectual giants all.LINK to Unapologetic

November 13, 10AM

“I’ve Started to Feel Distinctly Nauseous”Read more »

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November 9, 1PM

Staks Rosch summarizes the best answers right here.

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They could have prevented this. I saw the signs as a Bernie supporter. We all did. If the DNC refused to nominate Bernie we might lose the general election The polls strongly suggested this. But the democratic party did not care. They nominated Hillary an...

November 4, 12 PM

In the comments I've been asked by Christian apologists Trent Horn and C. Michael Patton to tell my readers what I consider the best argument to the existence of God. Okay. Here goes. The best argument on behalf of Allah is the moral argument to his exist...

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Yesssss! Chicago Cubs are the world champions!!! Finally! After all these years they did it with an amazing comeback for the record books! My great grandfather Tom Loftus (Thomas Joseph Loftus, November 15, 1856 - August 16, 1910) managed both the Chicago...

November 3, 10AM

The Supreme Procrastinator Read more »

November 2, 7AM

October 31, 9PM

Unapologetic offers the Philosophy of Religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline.-- Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosophy professor at Portland State University, and author of A Manual for Creating ...

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I'm being interviewed for a book. So I'll paste my answers here as I answer the questions."What is the worst argument for the existence of God you have ever heard?"There are so many bad ones it's hard to choose. The topper is probably that a private subje... [Book Interview]

October 30, 1AM

The subject of lightning rods on churches comes up occasionally on DC. I found some quotes on that subject in a biography on Benjamin Franklin. The context is discussing Franklin's experiments flying a kite in storm clouds, making sparks, and saving elect...

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Robert Ingersoll’s Creed, quoted by Bert Bigalow:Robert G. Ingersoll is one of my heroes. He confronted religious faith and showed that it was nothing more than primitive superstition. At the end of the 19th century, he had accumulated quite a followin...

October 27, 10AM

The faithful admit it: They are there on Sunday morning to worship God. A friend of mine once defined himself and his status as a believer. “I am a worshipper,” he said. Why would that be important or appropriate?Schools are for learning, offices are ...

October 25, 5PM

Rudolf Karl BultmannSciens in Latin meant “knowing,” that is, as contrary to believing. With the rise of the scientific method following the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, we as a species are no longer left to muddle in ignorance about the framewo...

October 21, 7PM

Jesus Got It Wrong, Really Wrong Read more »

October 14, 8PM

Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Toxic Brew of Bad Theology Read more »

October 11, 8PM

These religions are sick. It's hard to watch and listen to this. No wonder most apologists focus on the philosophy of religion in defending their faith. It's because the Bible is too difficult to defend.You can read my further thoughts in Unapologetic: Wh...

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In chapter 7 of The Christian Delusion I had written on what I call The Problem of Divine Miscommunication and I dismantled all "solutions." Here is a Meme I recently posted to my FB Wall that powerfully states it. Then some guy named John Beckm... [Divine Miscomminication]

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I should compile a list of things that grate one me. The first two that come to mind are that I don't suffer fools gladly, and that I'm against cookie-cutter mentality (or intolerance). Neil Carter is an example of both in this particular post. On...

October 8, 3PM

I first began my quest to understand the origins of Christianity under the inspiration of the popular 20th-century Oxford scholar and radio apologist C. S. Lewis more than 30 years ago. I must admit, I was altogether taken with his bold certitude and quas...

October 7, 6AM

I am happy to report the addition of Dr. Richard C. Miller to our Manifesto for Secular Scriptural and Religious Studies.Having begun with just two of us (myself and Dr. André Gagné of Concordia University in Montreal) in 2015, our Manifesto now has 20 ...

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I had missed this announcement of my book by Hemant Mehta: Christianity is Incompatible With the Universe As We Know It. Enjoy with an except by the late Victor Stenger.

October 6, 7PM

As announced earlier I'm a board member of Atheist Alliance of America (AAoA). This is super fantastic!

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One of the best verses in the Old Testament is Psalm 145:8: “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love”—lot’s of potential for decent religion here. In this verse, “the Lord” is actually a translation of ...

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October 5, 8PM

David, here are my thoughts as someone only 3 years removed from ministry and deconversion. I will use a metaphor. One day as I was on my job, a man was noticing the work I was doing on his neighbor's property. He wanted me to come over and talk to hi...

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Andrew J. Whittemore: In short,Q: How can I tell which one to accept?A: You have to accept one before you can tell.Believers are simply not interested in asking the right questions or in accepting evidence based answers.

October 4, 2PM

Christian morality is infantile morality, which is obeying the commands of an authority figure without requiring reasons for the commands. But if reasons are provided for the commands then no commands are needed.

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October 3, 5AM

It was about 1970, when I was a graduate student at Boston University School of Theology, that I wrote an essay titled On the Improbability of God. This was not part of any class assignment; I just wanted to get some of thoughts down on paper—and I show...

October 2, 1AM

The Bible & Interpretation online magazine has published a new essay adapted from The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics and titled “Jesus Was Not Against Imperialism: New Testament Ethics as an Imperialist Projec...

October 1, 10AM

I suspect that many of us–well, those of us of a certain age–have an image of Billy Graham etched in our minds: the patriarch of TV evangelism standing in the pulpit and holding the Bible aloft as the very Word of God. However, few of those in Billy...

September 29, 3PM

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Richard C. Miller. I am a rather rare commodity these days, a humanistic, atheistic scholar of New Testament and early Christian literature. Hello! At the kind invitation of John Loftus, I join the Debunking Christ...

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“What do you think about the upheaval in Jesus studies?”THIS IS THE QUESTION I WOULD so much like to pose to my Christian friends—to be met, I am sure, in most instances–with blank stares. “What upheaval?” Because they are not paying attention...

September 26, 12 PM

We need a consistent definition of agnosticism that makes sense, so in what follows I offer one. We also need to recognize that all religion is localized religion, and as such, there is no such thing as religion but religions, just as there is no such thi...

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An Evil Maker?Those who insist that there must have been a creator don’t get to arbitrarily decide the nature of the creator, based on cherished theological traditions. It just cannot be that the problematic god of the Bible is the only candidate for Th...

September 25, 8AM

September 24, 6AM

“If it looks and sounds like a fairy tale, it’s a fairy tale”(p. 184). So says David Madison, a biblically trained scholar, in an unequaled, educational, and entertaining counter-apologetics book that exposes ten of the toughest problems for the Chr...

September 22, 6AM

Theology Smothers History [by Dr. David Madison, a new team member here at DC.]When I turn to the gospel of John, I always think of a famous insult that grew out of the bitter feud between Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellmann, which probably has never been...

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September 21, 6AM

In an interesting essay Taylor Carr argued, "Our condition is absurd whether God exists or not." I just happened to come across it while looking into existentialism again, having taught it as a philosophy instructor. His whipping boy is William ...

September 20, 8AM

Football season and I'm loving it. Take a look at these Packer fans. They're raising their children to root for the Packers. This is what indoctrination looks like folks, only it's fun and harmless compared to some other types of indoctrination. Go Colts!...

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My segment appears at the 50:35 mark. Enjoy. Link

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September 14, 5AM

I don't claim to know. Some people think they know though. Christians have been writing Apologetics books for a long long time that cover most all of the crucial issues. Atheist scholars have focused on writing single issue types of works. Very few atheis...

September 13, 7AM

I could write a daily devotional, well, advice for the day anyway. I now have a title in mind! So here's some more advice: Don't judge others based solely on one or two actions, or you'll probably judge them unfairly.At a concert a month I went to there w... [daily devotional]

September 10, 3PM

A friend emailed reasonablefaith.org:I'd love to watch Dr Craig debate John W Loftus. Do you know if he has any plans to?Best,JoshuaThe response from the Executive Director at Reasonable Faith is below:Read more » ["Debate Craig"] [Debate Craig]

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If faith is involved in everything we claim to know then some things we know have very little faith involved, while other things we claim to know are heavily saturated in faith. Faith would be superfluous at that point and unnecessary. For we could say it...

September 8, 10AM

LINK. I mentioned a related case in an early comment.

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John Appleton, an educated and respectful Christian on Facebook said, "For me to believe [that Jesus didn't exist] takes more faith than to believe that Jesus is who he said he was."I want readers to think about how the word "faith" functions in his sente...

September 7, 5AM

September 6, 7AM

My new book is being sent off to be printed today! The following clip from "The Wrath of Khan" expresses my thoughts as I ponder its impact:No violence is intended. It's purely metaphorical. We do battle against ideas though. It should be av...

September 5, 7AM

Most nations, at the time the Old Testament was written, believed in slavery, polygamy, wars of extermination, and religious persecution; and it is not wonderful that the book contained nothing contrary to such belief. The fact that it was in exact accord...

August 30, 7AM

Final cover! I thought it's about time my photo was put on one of my books, so here 'tis.

August 28, 7AM

Paul Copan is the President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. We both studied under William Lane Craig and earned masters degrees at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). He earned a M.A. at TEDS, whereas since I had already earned two maste...

August 24, 10AM

Why would anyone embrace a male-dominated religion in today’s world, or any religion for that matter? Specifically, why would women embrace the religion of their male oppressors? Given the stories told in this wonderful tell-all book they shouldn’t. I...

August 23, 9AM

Imagine university classes that take seriously the Mormon conception of a god who has a body with a plethora of wives living on the planet Koleb? Can you imagine atheist philosophers of religion bothering to teach such classes? I can't. Wouldn't doing so ...

August 22, 3AM

In Philosophy of Religion (PoR ) one finds very little to count as a success. In fact, in PoR there aren’t any successes. Not one of the many PoR arguments of the distant past is accepted as put forth in its original form by modern philosophers of relig...

August 20, 3AM

The End of Biblical Studies continues to be taken seriously in graduate courses in biblical studies. One example is at Marquette University, a Catholic institution where Dr. Julian Hills, a highly respected New Testament scholar, is teachin...

August 19, 7AM

I've found it to be the case that most atheists just talk to themselves, as most Christians just talk to themselves. I can't back those statements up with any scientific pools, I know. But it seems true for all I know. If true, I have one answer as to why...

August 18, 7AM

The Ted Radio Hour on NPR is really good! I heard this program recently on the Brand Over Brain. There were some startling findings. We can be fooled, all of us, about which products are the best ones for the best price. We can be convinced that drinking ...

August 16, 12 AM

Dr. David Madison is part of a growing wave of openly atheist biblical scholars, and a signatory of The Manifesto for Secular Scriptural Scholarship and Religious Studies.As a former believer, he knows how believers think. As an academically trained ...

August 12, 6AM

This is a needed children's book on evolution, and it sounds fantastic! In this inspirational storybook written in rhyme, Annabelle asks,"Why do we look, the way that we do? With hands and feet, in neat sets of two? What made my eyes? And what made my nos...

August 9, 8AM

On July 21st I was elected to the board of Atheist Alliance of America (AAoA). On that night we elected Aron Ra as our new president. What is AAoA? Read about us at the Ra man's page right here. Yes, I'm very excited. It's a great organization. We have so...

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Dr. John Goldingay of Fuller Theological Seminary is not a scholar that I would expect to agree with me on biblical ethics. He is a well-known evangelical biblical scholar and I am an openly atheist biblical scholar.Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised t...

August 8, 7AM

Unapologetic is probably my favorite monograph by John Loftus. It deserves a gold medal for undertaking the Olympian task of explaining in clear and accessible prose why the area known as Philosophy of Religion should be ejected from modern academia and o...

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Steve King (R-Iowa) is a congressman from the fourth congressional district in Iowa. In other words, he is my congressman. I have written a newspaper column about his belief that white Christian culture is superior to all others. His first remarks&nb...

August 4, 9AM

Terrorism is one of the most salient problems facing Western civilization today. And it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. As the director of the FBI James Comey recently stated (echoing claims by terrorism scholars), as the Islamic State’s t... [apocalyptic terrorism] [biotechnology] [Christianity] [existential risk] [Islam] [Islamic State] [nanotechnology] [religion] [synthetic biology] [Technology] [terrorism]

August 1, 10AM

Nate Christensen took this photo when visiting his local Barnes & Noble store. It's of the atheism bookshelf. I never expected this when I started writing and editing books, but it sure looks good to me. My magnum opus is on the left and my four antho...

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As mentioned by Hemant Mehta today, this debate took place in 2010. Apparently it was just released. It’s a debate between Brown and Ehrman on "Does the Bible provide an adequate answer to the problem of suffering?" Quick answer? No! Hell No! ...
I find this interesting. For your consideration.

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I have published a new article at the Bible and Interpretationwebsite that is based on my most recent book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of new Testament Ethics (2015). Here is the abstract: Many scholars of New Testament ethics claim t...

July 27, 8PM

July 26, 8PM

Here's a guest post on the death of Tim LaHaye, who was a false prophet, written by Robert Connor:   Baptist preacher, weapons grade homophobe, conspiracy theorist—of course the Illuminati wrote your local school’s curriculum! Don’t be silly!...

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Elizabeth Warren's speech at the DNC last night is the one not being talked about as much for a reason. They were all fantastic, but see for yourself. I consider her speech the one that explains the difference between the working class from fat political-...

July 25, 9PM

In this indispensable volume, Christianity in the Light of Science, John Loftus and his colleagues demonstrate all the different ways in which science undermines and threatens religious belief. The only way you can rescue God from this book is if you forc...

July 19, 7AM

Was Jesus Tried for Sorcery? Robert Conner“If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have handed him over to you.”[1] According to the gospels, Rome in the person of Pontius Pilate found Jesus guilty of something and had him crucified. However... [Robert Conner]

July 18, 6PM

He did so on page 161 of his first book, God Doesn't; We Do, which I in turn highly recommend. See below. Pretty cool of him, eh? Read more »

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I could write a daily devotional, well, advice for the day anyway. I even have a title in mind! Here's a potential entry:There's something to be said for having naysayers and critics in our lives (the "loyal opposition"). They help keep ... [daily devotional]

July 17, 10AM

Hoosiers have their religions. I met this girl at the annual Fort Wayne Three Rivers Festival yesterday, with some extra time to waste as I waited for a concert to begin. She said God told her to preach on the sidewalk to us. How did she know this? By fai...

July 13, 4AM

Given his background, John Loftus is uniquely qualified to demand the long-overdue fall from grace befitting the philosophy of religion as an academic discipline in secular universities. In Unapologetic, he explains thoroughly and lucidly why it is time b...

July 10, 6PM

While I said a few things that probably hadn't been said the way I did before, I didn't expect this high praise: Unapologetic is a wonderfully entertaining read. With masterful erudition, John Loftus presents a compelling argument for why the philosophy o...

July 9, 12 PM

It's been a while since I last posted on Debunking Christianity, I know! Readers may recall that my central project right now (since my book came out) is trying to initiate a desperately-needed, extremely important conversation between the secular mov... [Car Crash] [catastrophe] [Christianity] [existential risks] [Islam] [plane crash] [probability] [terrorism]

July 8, 8PM

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John Loftus is philosophy of religion’s—or what we would both probably prefer to call “Christian philosophy’s”—worst nightmare. He was inside in the whole bankrupt enterprise, earning a Master of Theology degree and studying toward a PhD unde...

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Here's a link to my book. Here's a link to Mitch's book.

July 7, 8AM

Here is my answer, in an interview with Mythicist Milwaukee:

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Dr. Herbert MarburyDr. Hebert Marbury, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University, has written a review of my book on Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship (2011), which argues that biblical ethics were not resp...

July 5, 8AM

"Unapologetic offers the Philosophy of Religion the swift, ugly end it has long deserved. This single book will cause the death of a discipline."-- Dr. Peter Boghossian, philosophy professor at Portland State University.

July 3, 7AM

I love these types of memes. They're funny, intelligent and provoking.I don't think there is a better chapter on petitionary prayer than the one Dr. Valerie Tarico wrote for Christianity in the Light of Science. Check it out yourselves. It puts an end to ...

July 2, 11PM

I have written a newspaper column about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s proclamation encouraging a Bible reading marathon at all 99 Iowa county courthouses. Most people who participate in these Bible readings are probably not even awa...

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I am pleased to say I just sent my digital book files for "Unapologetic" off to Pitchstone Publishing to be printed. This was the hardest book I have written since I know it'll be the most hotly contested one. I hope many readers like it. LINK.Now I have ...

June 30, 12 PM

Let me give you some indicators when faith is on the hook. Faith is certain. It doesn’t entertain much doubt at all. Faith refuses to change its mind in the face of good solid evidence. Faith seems to always find that small little hole through which it ...

June 29, 9AM

Before the Big Bang 4 : Eternal Inflation & The Multiverse

June 27, 6AM

Was Jesus Accused of Necromancy? by Robert Conner   And Herod heard of it, for [Jesus’] name became known and they were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead and be-cause of this the powers are at work in him.”  But others said,...

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 I posted this on Facebook and got the usual unthinking response. A Christian said: "Actually, Allah is the Arabic word for the God of all the Abrahamic religions and Arab Christians also call him Allah. So that meme above is a mistake." Listen up, n...

June 23, 3PM

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June 21, 7AM

I was told this morning that copies of Christianity in the Light of Science arrived in the office yesterday and are being shipped out. It won't take long before you can have a copy from online stores. It is sure to be talked about. Help make it a good sel...

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I was interviewed by Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist. I think it's one of my best interviews. It was done during Reason Rally. Enjoy

June 20, 11AM

This is the first day of summer and it's hot where I live! I'm very busy so I may not post much this summer. There is a lot going on in my life, much too much. I'm still writing one titled Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End. Then sometime t...

June 17, 11AM

Tomorrow is the day of the Indiana State Democratic Party Convention held in Indy. I'm driving down with Todd Nightenhelser, who ran as a candidate to represent my 3rd District. This should be chaotic but important and fun.As a state delegate I get to cas...

June 16, 8PM

Let me state for the record what I’m not proposing. This will better clarify my position before I argue it, as sort of a preemptive strike against misguided caricatures of my position. First and most importantly, I’m not saying Philosophy proper is st...

June 14, 2PM

I’m going to argue in this chapter that it’s enough to be right about something. My focus is on religious beliefs as a subset of paranormal beliefs, of which Christianity is my main target, but I think the case can be made about most any issue. While ...

June 12, 5AM

Dawkins was not able to attend Reason Rally but he did send a video. Here it is. In it Dawkins answeres his critics (from 3:45 to 5:10), who said he was ignorant for not knowing God is a simple being. What he meant was not something metaphysical. He was a...

June 11, 5AM

Imagine the cognitive dissonance required to pass out these cards!! A street peddler gave me one at the Reason Rally. Christians really do not understand the difference between a person who believes something, from someone who won't believe until there is...

June 9, 6AM

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Conservatism is losing and that's good enough news for today. LINK.

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There are many humanists and atheists working on behalf of reason and science that most of us will never hear about. When at the Reason Rally I was invited to a Humanist celebration hosted by Ellen Sutliff at a yacht club in Washington, DC. She is the Pre...

June 2, 3PM

I'm leaving tomorrow to go to the 2016 Reason Rally! I'm pretty pumped about it. I hope to see lots of people I have known only by emails and Facebook messages. LINK. It's way to sad to hear Johnny Depp backed out of the speaking lineup. If you're paying ...

May 31, 4PM

This new report on where slaves live in today's world breaks me up. I feel helpless. I wish I could pray but praying does no good. If there was a god I would need to pray for these staggering numbers of enslaved human beings anyway. Wow. I think there's h...

May 30, 4AM

I received an email from a preacher in the pulpit who is doubting. He said he first reached out to a prominent apologetics preacher, but he had no time for him. So he reached out to me. I agreed to correspond with him. This is what I wrote: Hi,Glad to hea...

May 29, 6PM

From Mark Twain's Autiobiography, Volume II, Saturday, June 23, 1906Concerning the character of the real God.Let us now consider the real God, the genuine God, the great God, the sublime and supreme God, the authentic Creator of the real universe, who...

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How Religion And Royalty Combine To Rule People..

May 28, 3AM

1. Messengers2. Hitmen3. Guardians4. Furniture Or Draft Animals5. Singing SycophantsLINK

May 27, 6PM

Thoughts of God by Mark Twain, from Fables of Man.How often we are moved to admit the intelligence exhibited in both the designing and the execution of some of His works. Take the fly, for instance. The planning of the fly was an application of pure intel...

May 26, 9AM

LINK. Any day now the guillotines will be erected and used to chop off the heads of believers. Still anxiously waiting...

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I find criticisms of James Lindsay's book Everybody is Wrong About God, and of Peter Boghossian to be misguided. We're told the rejection of philosophy of religion (PoR) "seems to be expressing views in the philosophy of religion." It reminds me of the cr...

May 25, 7AM

In my recent debate with Abdu Murray I had said:Where’s the Prophetic Evidence?There is none! I defy someone to come up with one statement in the Old Testament that is specifically fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that can legitim...

May 23, 1PM

I was asked if Moses existed. The answer is no. For detailed answers look here:1) Read chapter 11 "The Credibility of the Exodus" by Rebecca Bradley in my new anthology.2) Read this book by Robert M. Price, Moses and Minimalism.3) Read this book...

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 According to Paul, arguably Christianity’s foremost spokesman, belief in the resurrection is the sine qua non of Christian belief and the basis of Christian hope:But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say ...

May 21, 10AM

I've changed my mind a lot of times. I should be so lucky to have gotten everything correct from the time I was a young adult. I wonder if it's even possible for people never to change their minds if they have any longevity in life at all. Let's say at th...

May 20, 12 PM

This is the final paragraph of Chapter 3 in Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End: Moser is crazy as is Craig, as is Plantinga. They have lost touch with reality. People who believe as they do should not be at the adult table. They should stay...

May 19, 10AM

Here are the concluding thoughts from chapter 2 of my book Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End:        Anselm of Canterbury’s key theological contributions for philosophical theology highlight what reason...

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Believers will always argue in such a fashion in order to stay as believers. No matter what we say they always seem to have an answer. What they never produce is any hard cold objective evidence, convincing evidence, for their faith claims. Ever. They are...

May 18, 12 PM

My latest anthology was just sent off to be printed! Thanks to everyone who contributed or helped in one way or another. The following clip from "The Wrath of Khan" expresses my thoughts as I ponder the impact of this new anthology titled, Chris...

May 16, 6PM

Kenneth Winsmann is a Roman Catholic who does not have a science degree, much less one in neuroscience. But he seems to think he can solve the problem of metaphysical free will for his faith. You see, his is a faith seeking understanding. He already has f...

May 15, 5PM

LINK. I've argued that the only way to overcome confirmation bias when it comes to religious diversity is to test one's faith by the outsider test. What's a better alternative and how can that alternative solve this problem? If you think there's a better ...

May 14, 6AM

Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, The Secret Gospel of Mark and Magic in Christianity, as well as a numb... [Robert Conner]

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In neuroscience, few single discoveries have the ability to stay news for long. However, in the aggregate, all lead to the emergence of perhaps the greatest developing news story: the widespread understanding that human thought and behavior are the produc...

May 13, 12 PM

Anselm’s argument:(1) On the assumption that that than which nothing greater can be conceived is only in a mind, something greater can be conceived, because(2) Something greater can be thought to exist in reality as well.(3) The assumption is therefore ...

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There are so many to choose from. LINK. I would add two stories, the Levite and his Concubine (Judges 19-21) and Two Adulterous Sisters (Ezekiel 23). Dan is the author of the recently released book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. It's ...

May 12, 7AM

Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, The Secret Gospel of Mark and Magic in Christianity, as well as a number ... [Robert Conner]

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May 10, 8PM

This is an excellent essay by Dr. Garst. She writes concerning childbirth, the menstrual cycle, clitoris, and breasts. Here's a money quote concerning childbirth:"The reason for the pain in childbirth is understandable with a quick lesson in evolution. Wh...
I've recommended this film before right here. He sent out fundraising email saying you'll get a free DVD of it if you send the progressive MoveOn organization 27 bucks. Here's what he said about his film:My latest film, "Where to Invade...

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Hemant Mehta nails this subject. It goes right along with what I'm writing in my book Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End. The full text of his talk can be found below.Read more » [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

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Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, The Secret Gospel of Mark and Magic in Christianity, as well as a n... [Robert Conner]

May 9, 4AM

Here's how five major world religions spread. If you look into it you'll find they spread by conquest. That's a nice way to get people to believe, isn't it? Those of us raised in a particular culture are taught to believe what was forced on our ancestors ...

May 8, 6PM

We are officially in the proofreading stage. It won't be long now. Get it today.

May 6, 11PM

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)I have published a newspaper column on "Galileo, the Bible, and Science." May 26 will mark the 400th anniversary of a "Certificate" issued to Galileo by Robert Cadinal Bellarmine, who warned him not to hold or defend the id...

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Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, The Secret Gospel of Mark and Magic in Christianity, as well as a numb... [Robert Conner]

May 5, 4AM

IntroductionThis will probably be the last book I’ll write on the topic of religion. I think I’ve said all I need to say. I’ve kicked this dead rodent of the Christian faith into a lifeless blob so many times there is nothing left of it. Mine has be...

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May 2, 5PM

Watch it! Become informed. Vote for him. He's what we need in America. Do you know who is the biggest welfare recipient? It's the Walton family, owners of Walmart. Keep in mind their net worth is 149 billion dollars. They own more wealth than the bottom 4...

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Raymond D. Bradley's book "God's Gravediggers: Why No Deity Exists", is a fantastic philosophical work showing what many of us already knew, that there is about a zero chance for any deity's existence. Bradley, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Simon Fra...

May 1, 4PM

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Robert M. Price's debate opener against William Lane Craig was so good that Craig could only respond by using that which Price had already eviscerated to make his case! He mainly responded by appealing to the majority of scholars and the text of the Bible...

April 30, 6PM

This sermon was delivered February 15th, 1998 at the Fairview Missionary Church in Angola, Indiana, for Laity Sunday. I was not an atheist at the time. I was a liberal in an evangelical church who was about to become an agnostic in just a few months. Afte...

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This is another fine essay by Valerie Tarico. Here's a quote​ with the link: In the end, the issue of whether religion is addictive for you comes down to similar questions to the ones you might ask yourself about your drug use: Has your religion eaten y...

April 29, 5AM

Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, The Secret Gospel of Mark and Magic in Christianity, as well as a number ...

April 28, 8PM

He'll be at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum at 4:00 P.M. Doors open at 12:30 P.M. Yes I'm going. Any questions? ;-) LINK. Several of us are talking about protesting outside. What kinds of signs should we make? I also plan on going inside to see the...
It's official. Bernie Sanders is coming to Fort Wayne! This Monday! May 2nd. At the IPFW Gates Sports Center. Doors open at 11am. He speaks at 2:30 PM. I'm super pumped. If you can make it then come. Take off work if you can. This is a once-in-a-lifetime...

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Mark Twain: The Character of God as Represented in the Old and New Testaments, Dictated June, 19, 1906. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume II, page 128:Our bible reveals to us the character of our God with minute and remorseless exactitude. The portrait ...

April 19, 5AM

My next anthology Christianity in Light of Science: Critically Examining the World's Largest Religion, is on schedule to be available late in July as announced. I've tried to make each one of my anthologies as good as or better than the one before. Many r...

April 18, 1PM

I'm going to try showing Keith Parsons that he stands a lot to gain by listening to me, that I know what I'm talking about, and that he's wrong about the New Atheism. While I probably won't convince him, an argument doesn't need not be... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

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Philosophy of religion is an oxymoron, just as a reasonable faith is an oxymoron, just as faith-based reasoning is an oxymoron. If the philosophy of religion is using reason to examine the the claims of religion, and if religion is based on faith, then ph... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

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April 17, 2PM

There isn't a tenet of any religion that isn't opposed with cogent arguments by adherents of different religions. Even within any given religion there are sects that oppose some important tenets of their mother religion. See here, and here for examples. [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

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April 16, 8PM

Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, The Secret Gospel of Mark and Magic in Christianity, as well as a number ... [Robert Conner]
Another one of DC's commenters has spoken! Papalinton wrote: sir_russ, I have just reread your OP, and again. I like it a lot, erudite, insightful. I had written this observation elsewhere but it equally fits yours. Your OP is a candid critique into what ...
Vincent Torley: Hi John, if you really believe that sophisticated theology no longer deserves to be taken seriously, then you should be able to take on its ablest exponents in a debate and wipe the floor with them. Are you confident that if you were to pu... [Sophisticated Theology]
I've been told some people aren't taking me seriously. My bet is that they will when I'm done. The philosophy of religion must end because Jesus Studies have ended Jesus. That's not the only reason but it's a good one nonetheless. Robert Conner: Jesuiti... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]
Sophisticated theology/philosophy is argumentation used by delusional people to defend the indefensible. It is pure sophistry, empty rhetoric without substance, fallacious reasoning, ungrounded assertions lacking sufficient evidence. Sophisticated theolog...

April 15, 6AM

Jerry Coyne, Peter Boghossian, James Lindsay, and Richard Dawkins have all weighed in against sophisticated theology. Now it's my turn. As a former sophisticated theologian, watch out! ;-)I can no longer take sophisticated theology/philosophy used in ...

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Here is Bernie Sander's closing at last night's debate. The crowd chanted his name afterward! That's amazing for a debate where initially the crowd was largely in favor of Hillary Clinton.

April 13, 10AM

I had said I need not respond to the gross ignorance of Keith Parsons, but upon second thought he is lying. ignorance is so huige he is another dishonest . Read more »

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Robert Conner studied Greek, Hebrew, some Aramaic and even Coptic back in the mid-70's at Western Kentucky University. He's written nine books, including Jesus the Sorcerer, and the latest on The Secret Gospel of Mark, as well as a number of artic...

April 12, 2PM

This is the Korean edition of my co-written book "God or Godless." It's pretty cool!! There isn't an English word anywhere to be found in it.

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April 11, 2AM

This is probably going to be my last book. I'm sure it'll be my most controversial one. Who dares to call for the end of the philosophy of religion, anyway? Me. Believing philosophers will rip it to shreds. Atheist philosophers like Keith Parsons, Graham ...

April 10, 8PM

The whole reason sophisticated Christian arguments exist in the first place is because it takes sophistication to make their faith palatable. The more the sophistication then the more the obfuscation, since their faith can only be defended by confusing pe...
Given that I have respected Keith Parsons as a man and a philosopher it is with great displeasure I write this post. But I assure you I am serious. I consider him both arrogant and ignorant. First, I consider Keith Parsons arrogant to think only sophistic... [Keith Parsons]

April 8, 1PM

Does anyone think what Keith Parsons wrote describes who I am and what I'm about? This is the kind of stuff that has a long life I have to constantly fight uphill to overcome. LINK. I don't need to respond since it's obvious he's ignorant about me. I do t... [Lowder]

April 7, 8PM

I wrote a blurb for this book so I recommend it very highly. To get a glimpse of what's in it and what someone else thinks, here's an ad being placed in different magazines by fellowfeather.@gmail.com.Read more »

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The red headings represent PowerPoint slides. Here we go... I’m very honored to be here and happy people actually showed up to listen to this debate. I have a lot of ground to cover so I must begin.Read more »

April 5, 7AM

It will be streamed live. Here are the links: 1) Link to the event on Facebook. 2) Link to the feed at Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Ravi spoke at my graduation from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1985. 3) Link to the feed on YouTube. I'd appreciate ...

April 4, 4PM

It will be streamed live. Here are the links: 1) Link to the event on Facebook. 2) Link to the feed at Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Ravi spoke at my graduation from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1985. 3) Link to the feed on YouTube. I'd appreciate ...

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Evangelicals seem to love Keith Parsons. And he likes it. When it comes to writing something in Christian anthologies he's the go-to guy. That slap on the back must feel good. Now he's a good guy I'll admit. But even Edward Feser likes him. So... [Ridicule]

April 3, 4PM

I'll be debating Dr. Abdu Murray of Ravi Zacharias Ministries this Tuesday, at Western Michigan University. The topic for debate is this: Was Jesus Raised From the Dead? I'll argue Jesus was not raised from the dead. I'll do it in a way that has a chance ... [Wallace Marshall]

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John Loftus: When it comes to the objective world of matters of fact, science is the only game in town.Mr. Green: Hm, interesting. Can you describe the experiment you performed to arrive at that conclusion, so I can reproduce it?John Loftus: Would you tel... [Denigrate Science to Believe]

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I have written a newspaper column about Ted Cruz’s proposal to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. I suggest that his logic should also lead us to patrol some Christian neighborhoods that might become radicalized because of their anti-abortion b...

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Victor Reppert is at it again.I don't think any scientifically minded person is opposed to methodological naturalism. Science cannot work without it. The problem comes when one draws the conclusion from it that metaphysical naturalism is the case. So you'... [Methodological Naturalism]

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We're in the final copy-editing stage for this new anthology. Below are the blurbs to be put on the back cover.This is the best compilation John Loftus has done to date and I have enjoyed reading his others. I truly couldn’t put it down. He has asse...

March 30, 8AM

Briefly, in such a dialogue both Dr. Ehrman and Dr. Licona will each contribute (1) an interview, (2) a statement, (3) a response, and (4) a reply — in that order.The interview will typically take 6,000 words and give each the opportunity to favorably d...

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A good friend of mine gave me a prayer card with this photo of a statue, now located at the Cathedral Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I cannot begin to describe what a gruesome faith Christianity really is. Maybe this picture can help. You see, t...

March 29, 8PM

Paul de Vries described the difference between “methodological naturalism,” which is a disciplinary method that says nothing about God’s existence, from “metaphysical naturalism,” which “denies the existence of a transcendent God.” [Paul de ... [Methodological Naturalism]

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I was asked this question. My answer:I have no worries. What would I be worried about if so? The possibility there is a wicked god who would torture me in hell is infinitesimal on my calculations. We should think exclusively in terms of the objective prob...

March 28, 9AM

It will be streamed live. Here are the links: 1) Link to the event on Facebook. 2) Link to the feed at Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Ravi spoke at my graduation from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1985. 3) Link to the feed on YouTube. I'd appreciate ...

March 27, 7AM

Since I don't think anything significant happened on Easter I'm not treating it as a special day.Bernie Sanders gained three YUGE wins in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington yesterday with more than 68 percent of the vote, same as he did last week in Idaho, Uta...

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It's funny isn't it? That an omniscient God could not have done better?

March 26, 6AM

This salamander can regenerate amputeed body parts. I've argued if there is a good omnipotent God s/he could make us like that. If God exists all amputeed limbs should regenerate themselves. Or, is God only conveniently omnipotent? Which is to say, he's o...

March 25, 2AM

Leyendo la Biblia en MéxicoDos preguntas siempre surgen cuando creyentes cristianos se enteran que soy agnóstico o ateo.*  Una es ¿Cómo es que una persona pudo haber llegado a ser ateo o agnóstico con su estudio de la Biblia?Mi respuesta menos comp...

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March 24, 8AM

I have a book to copy-edit, another one to write (due June 1st) and then I'm taking a break, hopefully a long one. If I like my break I may not come back. Don't hold me to this since I may change my mind. "Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya."

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Exaggerating the truth of something which is true, or exaggerating the falseness of something which is false is the root of a huge amount of ignorance, dishonesty, and disastrous thinking. By proportioning our beliefs to the evidence, and by becoming auth...

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Garard: In chapter 3 of your book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist, if your content is true, how would you know?Loftus: Because of the scientific evidence coming from both psychological studies and neurology.Garard: But to sugge...

March 21, 1PM

This should not be news to anyone since I'm confident the only way to objectively test one's inherited religious faith is from the outside. The very fact so many Christian apologists have been attacking it shows they really are not interested in knowing w... [Wallace Marshall]

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The concept of infinity is not an actual number. It’s a placeholder for a number beyond our finite conceptions. To see this, just think of an infinite set of even numbers. Now add to that set an infinite number of odd numbers. By adding an infinite set ...

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As far as I can tell, the Islamic State could make the same moral argument to the existence of their god, using their own morality, where it’s okay to rape women, own slaves, chop off heads and burn people alive. Christians like Wallace Marshall would h...

March 16, 5PM

The details of the debate can be seen here on Facebook. Below is my 20 minute opening statement. I've scheduled it to be posted just after I delivered it. Enjoy below. Christianity or Atheism? Which Makes More Sense?Read more »

March 15, 3AM

Come out to SASHAcon on March 19-20th. I'll be one of the speakers. LINK.

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On Twitter Eric @edes1103 created this meme from something in my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice From an Atheist.

March 13, 9AM

I'm going to debate Dr. Wallace Marshall this coming Wednesday, as announced here on Facebook. Wallace appears to have read my magnum opus and says two chapters in it should be "required reading for all evangelicals." Good! I searched and found a debate b...

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I regard Chris Rodda's work in exposing the lies of David Barton and other Christians of his ilk as indispensable in our over-all fight for a sane America. There are many areas of concern we need to be vigilant about. This is one of them. In 2006 Chris Ro...

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I am very uncertain about faith!Peter Enns has a new book titled, The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" Beliefs, to be released on April 5th. I thought I'd capture a photo of me with it, so the rest of you would be jealou...

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If you say God has good reasons for allowing this child abuse, then his reasons must be beneficial for the very children who were molested. His reasons for allowing this to happen cannot merely be to teach the rest of us lessons. Otherwise the victims are...

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How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biolo...

March 9, 7AM

It won't do to say God works through people when every religious person would say the same thing. What does your God actually do that can be objectively measured? Why does s/he need anything or anyone to do this work?

March 5, 10AM

I've written a lot about ridicule and satire. I've defended their use in our religious and cultural debates in several posts here at DC. I argue ridicule and satire work to change minds. It works to the degree there is truth behind it.Enter Michae...

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I think it's time evangelicals grasp what they have done to their own branding as evangelicals. They have mucked up the word "evangelical." They should abandon using the description or change their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. Excellent essay! I love...

March 4, 3PM

A good debate book should have two opponents who are more or less equally matched. Or, almost certainly more to the point, the issues debated should be ones that can be reasonably debated. Baker Books, a major Christian publisher, contracted for our co-wr...

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March 3, 11AM

You can pre-order it on Amazon. I claim methodological naturalism is a bogeyman that no one needs to worry about in the pursuit of scientific truth. To believers who say otherwise, that our conclusions are dictated by a prior commitment to naturalistic ex...

March 1, 11PM

This new book is written by computational biologist John C. Wathey. LINK. According to one reviewer on Amazon, Wathey ...cuts to the heart of religion’s appeal: the strong emotional pull of belief and its promise to fill what has been called “the God-...

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This brand new atheist book by philosopher Raymond D. Bradley looks very interesting to me. It has blurbs written by Graham Oppy and Theodore Drange. LINK.

February 29, 2PM

You can pre-order it on Amazon.

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Faith should one day be labelled a cognitive bias. It keeps one's cognitive faculties from functioning properly! Faith is an irrational, unevidenced or misplaced trust in something or someone. Believers have it and don't know it, just as other religious a...

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Come out to SASHAcon on March 19-20th. I'll be one of the speakers. LINK.

February 28, 9AM

I just wanted to let denizens of this blog know that I recently published an article in The Humanist about why the "new atheist" movement will only become more important and urgently needed in the future. Below is a paragraph from the article...

February 27, 6PM

The Secular Student Alliance and Ratio Christi: Campus Apologetics Alliance at Western Michigan University present a debate between myself and Abdu Murray. You know about me. Abdu Murray is a former Muslim turned Christian. "Abdu holds a BA in Psychology ...

February 25, 4AM

I think this story in Current Affairs should be read by anyone who does not want a Trump Presidency. A Clinton/Trump match should not just worry Democrats. It should terrify them. They should be doing everything possible to avoid it. A Trump/Sanders conte...

February 24, 8AM

Open-minded people are willing to honestly consider evidence that could change their minds. Closed-minded people will not. No one is completely open-minded. No one is completely closed-minded. There are two problems we face in order to cultivate the intel...

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Here is a minimal facts approach to testing faith. Just decide between two religious faiths at a time. Do it from within your own faith perspective as an outsider to the religion chosen for testing, where any evidence for the other religion is judged by d...

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Let's say you're into football as a Cowboy fan. You don't care much at all how other teams do. You just root for the Cowboys. Come Super Bowl time this past year you could care less who won. But someone challenges you to predict the winner. So you study i...

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I find Vic's recent rounds of attack on the Outsider Test for Faith interesting, but shallow. Why the renewed interest?

February 21, 1PM

Everyone knows I only respond to Vic Reppert when he writes something about the OTF. If he wrote nothing about it there would be nothing for me to respond to. Obvious, right? Not so fast:
What is this "evidence" of which you speak? Pray, tell, where is this bounteous cornucopia of ignorance masquerading as knowledge?What do you make of how genetics, geology, archaeology, comparative religions, and even biblical textual criticism ...

February 19, 9PM

Dr. Keith M. Parsons is on the faculty of The University of Houston--Clear Lake, where he is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He has written a number of books and essays and was the founding editor of the philosophical journal Philo. He also did very we...

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Earlier I had called for ending college accreditation of Evangelical colleges that require professors to sign creedal statements. [See tag below]. Now I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that Wheaton College Professor Larycia Hawkins, the sch... [College Accreditation]

February 18, 11AM

My readers know I'm not a self-promoter of my own works. Yet, I like to promote what others say about them. There's a difference, right? ;-) A new review of my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith, is titled "Apologists should be running for cover." I ...

February 17, 2AM

Over the years no other Christian apologist has tried to find a fault with the Outsider Test for Faith (OTF) as much as Victor Reppert has, even though I'm fairly convinced he has not read the book on it. I would think if a scholar wants to critique a...

February 16, 3PM

Pictured are a few recent books I acquired, which I'm presently reading. [Yes, when researching for a new book I read a bunch of books at a time, cross-referencing them as I go.]Dr. Graham Oppy mailed his book to me personally from down under!Do you like ...

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The full title is provocative, Blaming Jesus for Jehovah: Rethinking the Righteousness of Christianity. I was honored to be asked to write a blurb for it. Here is what I wrote: This book is written by the man most comparable in our day to the great 19th c...

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I wanted to let readers know that my book, The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse, comes out today! In it, I argue that the "new atheist" movement’s central claim that faith-based religious belief is both wrong and d...

February 15, 11AM

Link. Matthew O'Neil narrates it. The segment sample is a good one for listeners to consider getting it. Here is the Amazon link to the book itself.

February 12, 11AM

joekeysor again, who teaches at a university in Saudi Arabia:I don’t believe I am disparaging reason when I say that there are things beyond reason, that its reach is limited and it cannot encompass all of reality. I believe this is a simple fact, not d...

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February 11, 8AM

I was appointed as a Democratic Delegate for the State of Indiana! My political career just started. I'm super excited, and grateful they noticed my superior intellect and political skills, having observed me here on FB for about month or so. That makes m...
joekeysor: I have read off and on some of the leading Christian apologists, but have not found them very helpful. They do have some good arguments I suppose, but it seems they rely too much on reason and logic, trying to meet the unbelievers on their own ...

February 10, 7PM

Come out if you can. I don't know if they'll be streaming it or even filming it. Facebook Link.

February 9, 1PM

LINK. There's no denying it and no turning back. So we might as well nominate him over Hillary Clinton now! In my opinion he is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate! I'm an old, not dead yet, white man, and I approve this message.

February 7, 10AM

Since I take the accusation of plagiarism seriously, I dealt decisively with him. I wrote:Read more »

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Scientology:What L Ron Hubbard wrote is wrong because _______.Mormonism:What Joseph Smith wrote is wrong because ________.Christianity:What Jesus wrote...What the disciples wrote...What some anonymous author wrote 60 years later is wrong because _______.

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February 6, 5AM

The brain can be cheated. We do it all the time for several reasons. When I buy a lottery ticket, I do it pretending that the odds are reasonable. It's a pretend game, deep down I know I'm just fooling myself. But when I'm buying the ticket, I don't care ...

February 5, 8AM

MonRoe X: @loftusjohnw hey dude, just got done reading your book. Curious... Where can I take the outsiders test for faith? Can't find it online.------John W. Loftus: Do you examine your own faith with a different standard than the ones you reject? Y or N...
Recently Carlos Vazquez of the Circle of Insight interviewed me. It starts off with a few minutes of my debate with Dinesh D'Souza. Initially the interview sounds like my volume is too high but it seems better as you listen to it. Enjoy.

February 3, 2AM

Kara Neumann murió cuando sus padres usaron solo la feEn marzo del año 2008, Madeline Kara Neumann, una niña de 11 años de edad, murió en la ciudad de Weston en el estado de Wisconsin (Estados Unidos). Sus padres, los cuales son pentecostales evangé...

February 2, 11AM

Previously I've written about Anakin, who has nearly 25K Twitter followers, right here. He's John Matthew Leone, who has a Master's degree in theology from an Evangelical seminary and graduated with a 4.0. This is what he recently tweeted. If you have $16...

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This race was never supposed to be close at all. She was supposed to sail to a win this time. The socialist Senator was supposed to be a blip. He’d won the expectations game. LINK

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Slate’s Jamelle Bouie:Sanders is already a historic candidate—the first socialist in a century to build a genuine mass movement in American party politics. And whatever the Democratic Party is in the next 20 or 30 years, it will owe a great deal to Sa...

February 1, 10AM

Purple America is America, Bernie's America! This is Democratic Socialism. Who's to blame if this is the wrong direction for America? The Billionaire class for the most part, who couldn't keep their dicks in their pants and f*cked it all up! I don't think...

January 31, 8AM

This is the first US election I've ever followed. (I'm South African) I can see how important Bernie winning is for America and for the world. I hope enough of you turn up and vote for the only hope for all of us.

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I am 70 YOA (years of age) and for the very first time, I will not have to vote in an insect election (the lesser of two weevils) when I mark my ballot for Bernie Sanders. Elsewhere on the inter web, I have answered a questionnaire specifying my views on ...

January 30, 11PM

This is what I think. I can defend what I think. I have lost three personal friends on Facebook because this is what I think. You will not change my mind, not because I'm stubborn or pigheaded, but because I'm right. I can defend it too.I am a democratic ...

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Probably the biggest political storm you'll ever see begins in Iowa on February 1st. Social media toppled dictators and will topple the billionaire class in America. #feelthebern

January 28, 9AM

David Rohl, the main "expert" behind Patterns of Evidence: Exodus, has now responded to my critique. His response is in the comments section of that link. My critique has clearly touched a nerve.I was hoping he would come armed with facts that would defin...

January 26, 9PM

There is only so much a person can take when dealing with people who have lost touch with reality. Must we always maintain a patient attitude when we already know their arguments? Must we always respond in a dispassionate manner to people who are persuade... [Unapologetic]

January 25, 2AM

I received an e-mail recently asking what I thought of a new documentary called Patterns of Evidence: Exodus produced by Timothy Mahoney in 2015 (See film trailer). I had not seen it, and I was curious to learn if apologists actually had something new t...

January 24, 9PM

I’m into Bernie Sanders. I think Bernie Sanders is somebody that we really have to focus on—especially now,” he says. “Whether or not the money buys the other contenders, we still have to stay together on Bernie because Bernie’s got the goods. H...

January 23, 2PM

As many readers of this blog may know, I have a forthcoming book called The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse (Pitchstone Publishing 2016). It brings New Atheism into conversation with Existential Risk Studies, arguing that, o...

January 22, 6PM

Unapologetic: Why Philosophy of Religion Must End. To be published by Pitchstone Publishing in November 2016.

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I finally decided to get a professional photo done of that rascal named John W. Loftus (anyone know him?). It was taken today. Put it on a coffee mug. Use it for your wallpaper. Or use it for a dart board. When arguing against him use it. When agreeing wi...

January 20, 6AM

More and more I'm finding that atheist intellectuals and philosophers of religion are granting too much when dealing with the coherence of such mythological nonsense as the existence of Yahweh, Satan, hell, the virgin birth, incarnation and resurrecti...

January 19, 9PM

You'll find Dr. Stephen Law online all over the place. He seems indefatigable in the goals of educating people and helping them escape from faith-based reasoning. Today I discovered he's an active writer at the site for Center for Inquiry. What...

January 18, 1PM

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I've said it before and will say it again,if all you read are Christian defenses of your faith then you're not really interested in the truth. It would be like a Mormon who read nothing but the Book of Mormon, or Mormon defenses of the Mormon faith. It wo...

January 17, 2PM

This report just stopped me dead in my tracks! LINK. Photo below:Read more »

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I'm going to talk Presidential politics folks. Atheist intellectuals and activists are failing us when it comes to something that may do more for atheist causes than anything else we can do, or say. Atheist leadership should lead. So far they are failing ...

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I recently reviewed Kirk R. MacGregor's book, Luis de Molina: The Life and Theology of the Founder of Middle Knowledge, on Amazon.Judging from a couple of votes, readers don't like it. Here's one thing I wrote:I find it most interesting that there are a c...
This applies to other religions as well.

January 16, 8AM

I saw this in my Twitter feed today. Christian, what's your view of the sin of lust? Jesus: "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28) I'm told Martin Luther said, "we c...

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This is one of the main reasons I finally came to the conclusion that Christianity couldn't be true. The most devout Evangelical Christians tended to be the most self-centered/ethnocentric contrasted to a wide variety of others who were far more generous....

January 15, 2PM

The twin goals of Democratic Socialism are to meet human needs and at the same time produce economic growth. So long as people maintain those goals I don't see how Democratic Socialism can fail. The reason is because it's democratic. It might have setback...

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I have been pushing for Bernie Sanders with his Democratic Socialism. There has been quite a kickback from the very people who should be endorsing this position, right-wing Republican evangelical Christians. Here's a bit of what I've been saying i...

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This is a visual demonstration using many graphs showing why we should be democratic socialists. I am a Social Democrat. The reasoning is simple, if you care about social equality, freedom, democracy, quality of life etc., then Social Democracy is the be...

January 14, 7PM

Now that's a very impressive number of followers. Anakin began quoting my book, so I asked him who he was, and began following him. I didn't expect what he told me. His name is John Matthew Leone, saying: "I'm a former Fundamental (later ...

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I don't know exactly how one gets a following that large (I know others have more), but I'm guessing it takes a lot of hard work, or someone with lots of followers to ReTweet your Tweets. We followed each other and I bid my readers to follow him. ...

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Here lies one of the most comprehensive lists of recent atheist books out there. The writer says "the 190 books below have largely (re)shaped my world view" then chooses the top 80 books from them. Mine made the list!This former Seventh-Day Adventist from...

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I wrote a blurb for it, as did a slew of important people. Link. Phil writes for us here at DC.

January 13, 11AM

Short but sweet and titles:The End of Philosophy of ReligionEnding Philosophy of ReligionOn Ending Philosophy of ReligionAttention getting titles that better explain what my new book is about:The End of Philosophy of Religion: Why It Must End, How to End ...

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As of yesterday the unthinkable happened: Bernie Sanders SURGES Past Hillary Clinton In Iowa, Maintains +14 Point Lead In New Hampshire...

January 11, 6AM

Frank is a good friend of mine. We've spent several weekends together talking and laughing and telling stories. At the age of 75 he's still an indefatigable laborer on behalf of atheism. I've mentioned him several times here [See tag]. Here... [Frank Zindler]

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Steve Stewart was a music pastor in a large Evangelical church who's now a freethinker. This is Part 3 in a series of posts from a paper he wrote [See tag below for others].JESUS OF NAZARETHJesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  ...

January 9, 1AM

BACKGROUNDThe New Atheism is a name given to a movement represented by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, all of whom wrote best-selling books that were highly critical of religion [1].Although the New Atheism does not ...

January 8, 8PM

Kenneth responded to my post meant for honest Christians on how to test their prayers objectively. He did so by presenting three problems which I responded to each one.Kenneth:I have a few questions about your test that I have been developing since comple... ["testing prayer"]

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Just as I was beginning to think my book publishing days were over, thinking I had personally written all the books I had in me, I submitted a proposal just to test the waters one last time, and lo and behold it was accepted for publication! This happened...

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Kenneth Winsmann is a Catholic who has darkened these halls with his presence for a few months now. Some of my commenters don't like him, okay. They think he's dense, okay. I think that goes without saying since he's deluded just like all other believers....

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Look what I found on my twitter feed today! There is importance to an outsider's view! Where have you heard THAT before? We all realize how important this is in every other area. But when I say it regarding religious faith it's denied by Christian apologi...
Steve Stewart was a music pastor in a large Evangelical church who's now a freethinker. This is Part 3 in a series of posts from a paper he wrote [See tag below for others].--------------- THE BIBLE AND TRUE THEOLOGYAll Scripture is God-breathed and i... [Steve Stewart]

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"Billionaires already own much of our economy. That's not enough. Now, they want to own the United States government as well." --Bernie Sanders. Please share.I'm linking to a four part series produced by the History Channel called The Men Who Built Americ...

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Believers all around the world claim that their particular god answers petitionary prayers. An answered prayer is a request that is granted while an unanswered one is not, okay? From my experience all that's going on is something called selective obse... ["testing prayer"]

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 Steve Stewart was a music pastor in a large Evangelical church who's now a freethinker. ---------------------  FAITHAnd without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards t... [Steve Stewart]
I have been slammed for responding to Amazon reviews so I'm questioning my own judgment on whether to respond to a recent one. I put a placeholder there just in case I decide to do so. What I don't get is that the first two paragraphs said some really nic...

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Steve Stewart was a music pastor in a large Evangelical church who's now a freethinker. ---------------INTRODUCTIONFor almost all my life I have been taught, have believed, and have taught others that the Bible from cover to cover is absolutely and in...

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Jack Cottrell is a Christian professor and author of many books and articles. I know him personally as a professor within the Christian Church and Churches of Christ (non)-denomination of which I was a part of before my deconversion. I've run into a l...

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Phil Torres writes for DC and now also writes for Salon. This is his recent essay: LINK.

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I'm linking to an updated post that now includes a video discussion. In the video the claim is made that the millennials are under-represented by the polls when showing Hillary Clinton's poll numbers to be higher than Bernie Sanders's poll numbers. The fa...

January 5, 11AM

Somebody Please Stop ME!! David Marshall has dogged my steps on at least a weekly basis for several years now. I don't do that with him. I have hardly ever commented on his blog and have not reviewed any of his books. If it wasn't for the facts th...

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David Marshall is not your average bear. I have heard a few people I respect say there is something mentally wrong with Marshall. Not the usual delusionary stuff found among all believers to different degrees, which evangelicals have to the highest degree...

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Philosophy revels in argument substitution, according to which, whenever there isn't sufficient evidence then philosophers can substitute an argument instead. This must stop. If there isn't enough evidence to say one way or another, then an argument on be...

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Kris Komarnitsky's excellent book Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box? is now available for free on Kindle or the Kindle app for PCs/smartphones.  The book offers a cogent argument in favor of one of the most plausible na...

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I hope the next year is better than the last year. I especially hope for the continuing secularization of the world. Place links and comment below on the the best of 2015, and with it the hopes you have for the future. Have at it. Hope is good.

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December 30, 7AM

Kenneth Winsmann responded to a really bad post objecting to the arguments in my book. With people like him I don't have to respond myself, which is a relief since more and more Christians are doing so.This rebuttal is awful. Appealing to the historical s...

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I was asked this question by Stephen J. Bedard: "Hello John. I am writing a column on Jesus mythicism. I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on why atheists seem to be more and more attracted to this theory? My interest is on what drives skepti...

December 29, 7PM

The Guardian tells us about it. Keith Preston on Facebook told me about it. He said Lemmy "was an outspoken atheist, and this is one of his songs with the lyrics. I consider this to be a true atheist anthem." Indeed!It took me until the middle of the song...

December 28, 8AM

In what follows is a smack-down of the entire edifice of David Marshall's apologetics (not that he will be convinced of course). Christian apologist David Marshall has repeatedly argued that "All scientific knowledge depends upon human testimony....

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Religion is associated more closely with societal dysfunction than societal health. Although religionists imagine themselves and their spawn as being more moral, tolerant, and generous-- when you actually measure such things, you find that the opposite is...

December 26, 11AM

Miles Mogulescu of the Huffington Post Calls for Debbie Wasserman Schultz's ouster!It's increasingly clear that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, isn't acting as a neutral party Chair, trying to insure a fair and democr...

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This so-called war is not what you think, according to Jay Michaelson writing for The Daily Beast. It's more likely the declining numbers of self-identifying Christians who aren't necessarily at war with Christianity. They just don't believe for a variety...

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I'm very thankful at this season for the support I've received over the years from my readers in terms of comments from which I've learned from you, and the moral and financial support given. I'm just a starving artist without a job right now, who is tryi...

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On Christmas day in 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. Some textbooks such as Ho...

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December 24, 11PM

"Guess who has been calling Christmas a pagan holiday for the last 500 years? Christians." LINK.

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The answer can be found in an interview The Washington Post did with physicist Aaron Adair, who is skeptical of the supposed star of Bethlehem. LINK. Dr. Adair wrote the book, The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, and a chapter for my upcoming antholo...

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Believers give lip service to science. Since science has been so powerful as an knowledge provider they have to dress their faith up in it to give it some semblance of credibility. Wow! Only people of faith who are gullible will like this book. LINK.

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Looks like the Kindle edition of my book How To Defend the Christian Faith made it to the front page of Christian Apologetics bestselling books by authors like Timothy Keller, Norman Geisler, Lee Stobel, Gregory Boyd and others. This happened in no small ...

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A lovesick friend of mine named Barry sang this for Karaoke many times.

December 21, 11AM

The Official Facebook Page for The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science just recommended my book. LINK. For those of you not on Facebook *gasp* I put a screenshot of it below. No doubt there are naysayers (both Christian and atheist) who'...

December 20, 8AM

Dr. David Marshall is well read. Wow! Serious?He tells us...Read more »

December 18, 10PM

I know readers hear me say with each new anthology the latest one is the best one. But that's what I think. Here it is ready to be unleashed on the English speaking world, titled "Christianity in Light of Science: Critically Examining the World's Largest ...

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Tonight is Friday. Here's another one of my favorite songs of the season! Get your partner and your dancing shoes on! Live version below, although they all sound live!Read more »

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This debate is being put on by Mythicist Milwaukee. Since there is a supply and demand feature to anything with a price tag on it, given the ticket costs they expect a high demand (from General Admission of $30.00 to VIP $160.00). Bart will donate his pro...

December 17, 7PM

I've seen the 2015 newly released movie Krampus. It's good up until the last quarter of it when it gets too crazy for me. Then it ends well, something I should have guessed. But think about how cruel parents were in earlier days not too distant in the pas...

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Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 airs tonight on ABC (check times in your area). One of them is Bernie Sanders! Here's a clip LINK. Don't forget to watch the Democratic Presidential Debate tomorrow.

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Seasons Greetings one and all. I'm going to share a few of my favorite songs for the season. Michael Bolton's rendition of "Silent Night" tops my chart. This CD came out in 1996 and every year since I listen to it. It brings tears to my eyes just as it di...

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Historically scientists didn’t set out to test religious beliefs. They just wanted to understand the world they live in. As they did they discovered evidence that questioned religious beliefs.

December 15, 8PM

Not long ago Harry McCall wrote a post titled, Why Atheists Must Assert Jesus Never Existed, and proceeded to tell us. Being someone who refuses to march to the beat of any drum unless persuaded to do so, I was disappointed since I was unpersuaded, and st...

December 14, 1PM

By now, many people are aware that the Islamic State is an apocalyptic death cult that wants to provoke an Armageddon-like battle in a small town in northern Syria. A profusion of articles have been written about this aspect of the Islamic State's mis...

December 13, 8PM

There is a lot of talk about maintaining safe spaces at our colleges. And many atheists seem to be accepting that logic. Why would they do that? They would end up disallowing their own ideas being presented in an open forum, since atheist arguments offend...

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In my day we worried about communism leading to Armageddon.Abundant evidence makes clear that millions of Americans — upwards of 40 percent, according to some widely publicized national polls — do, indeed, believe that Bible prophecies detail a specif...
For decades I've bought the line that we cannot create a square circle, for to do so would be logically contradictory. Nope, not anymore. Chuck Johnson drew one and wrote: "Such a circle has some of the characteristics of a circle, and some characteristic...

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In a rambling review of my new book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist,titled, "Who's brain should I trust?", two objections were leveled at it. The first objects to statements about free will, where I wrote, "S...

December 11, 6AM

Whether science can determine moral truths is being hotly debated in recent years. Most people say science cannot do so. But a growing number of philosophers and scientists are saying otherwise. Philosopher Erik Wielenberg called for an “ethical revolut...

December 10, 5AM

Christian apologists will futilely try to scare their progeny with the boogeyman of scientism, declaring their faith victorious because they claim her critics think science can test everything, which is a self-refuting claim. But it’s only a self-refuti...

December 9, 8AM

It's hard to resist posting these recommendations. I put a great deal of work into my books so it's quite gratifying whenever someone recommends one to others, no matter who does it. If you like my books tell others. Go to forums and tell them. Post links...

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[First published April 2008]Part two is below:Read more » ["Avalos"] [Avalos]

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He won a popular vote on this with two times the number of votes over the second place person. Think they'll make him the person of the year? Not a chance. Time-Warner is just the type of media news conglomerate Sanders speaks against. LINK

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*Sigh* Take a look. I find Amazon reviews like this to be fascinating, even if they're a bit frustrating. They reveal how someone can read a book and yet brazenly not apply it to oneself. There's a lot of nitpicking to escape the over-all impact of the bo...

December 6, 7PM

If you're having trouble reading a post you're not alone. Blogger is having some difficulties. They have their top scientists working on it as we speak. It should be back before the end of the year! ;-)

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My next anthology can already be found on Amazon, titled Christianity in the Light of Science: Critically Examining the World's Largest Religion. It's scheduled to be released at the end of July. I just finished a rough draft of my Introduction an...

December 5, 1PM

When I say I cannot get just any atheist author to write for my anthologies, Susan Jacoby is one of them. When I approached her at a conference she smiled and said to me, "Honey, I make my living from writing. You can't afford me." Then she ...

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Today on Facebook Dr. Law pasted on his wall "a breezy, short version" of his "Scientism!" chapter for an upcoming important anthology on science. He tells us "Theologian John Milbank will be responding in a sort of back and forth...

December 4, 11PM

My newest column explains why the Bible does not always espouse ideas and policies friendly to refugees. Needless to say, we should not appeal to the Bible to formulate any modern policies about immigration or anything else.Read more »

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Last month, Sharyl Attkisson asked the former Republican frontrunner Ben Carson whether the “end of days” is approaching. Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist who believes the Egyptian pyramids were built by the Biblical Joseph to store grain, responded t...

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Look how Sanders works. He takes positions of the majority of the people regardless of big spending or special interests. I love it. He's not saying these proposals will solve gun violence. He's saying this is what we can agree about. And his proposals ar...

December 2, 1PM

I would love to see my new book break into the front page of Amazon's apologetics selections, next to books by C.S. Lewis, Norman Geisler, Timothy Keller and Lee Stobel. It's the kindle version that presently ranks on the 2nd page. If you're considering b...

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Yep, my book "The Outsider test for Faith" that was published by Prometheus Books, is now available as an audio book. Just click here to get it.There is a sample located just under the book cover. Matthew O'Neil narrated it and he did a better job than I ...

December 1, 7PM

The above review was taken from the back cover of the paperback edition.

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Imagine going to buy a Christian apologetics book to find this puppy! ;-)

November 30, 11PM

1.  Each post will be dedicated to one specific topic.  This topic will stay up until the evidence is presented and dealt with.  Thus, the post comment section will remain open and can be continued as new arguments arise.  So as not to conflate a late...

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Mehta lists my new book as one of the top atheist books in 2015, for which I'm thankful.Unfortunately Dr. Hector Avolos's new book isn't listed.If I were doing such a list it would be.

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I need to highlight the book by Steve Stewart-Williams, Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life.The book description is as follows:If you accept evolutionary theory, can you also believe in God? Are human beings superior to other animals, or is this just a hu...

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CNN reports a first of its kind in the Muslim world, a Study Qur’an, just like Study Bibles. This Qur'an includes a new translation along with commentary on the verses written by Shiite and Sunni scholars, who represent two warring sects in the Middle E...

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Guy Harrison and I am on a quest to spit out book after book. His most recent one it Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and WiserHere is a review of it by the SanFranscico Book Review. Look like another good one!
Doesn't seem right does it? Yet he does as told by Dr. Valerie Tarico in her post titled, Seven Satanic Precepts Beat Ten Commandments As Moral Guide.

November 29, 3PM

Yes, sometimes I do have too much time on my hands! Here's proof: I decided to copy and paste here all the best things said on Amazon about my new book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist. So far there have been eight reader rev...

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Focus:  How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee and  Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Read more »

November 26, 6PM

Meet the Bible:  Not Dead Yet!The Bible is like a very elderly senile citizen who can’t be historically linked to any known birth records (literary origins); a person who is incoherent and out of touch with reality. Yet, with the love of her c...

November 25, 10PM

Today I want to express the gratitude I experience all year long.I’m grateful for being alive now in this era, rather than in the barbaric past, or what looks like the coming worldwide religious wars, and/or global disasters in the future. I’m also th...

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Yep, my first book published by Prometheus Books is now available on Audible as an audio book. Just click here to get it, or here. This audio book could be a great gift for the growing number of people who drive a distance to work and back, or who are bed...

November 24, 11PM

In the Afterword to Raphael Lataster’s latest book, Jesus Did Not Exist: A Debate Among Atheists, Richard Carrier addresses the Academic Biblical Academy:  “With this book, Jesus Did Not Exist:  A Debate Among Atheists, Raphael Lataster has certainl...

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Dan Parks:I’ve found it interesting that it is very similar to that of ancient native Americans, thousands of years before the time of Abraham. It was the old world “science” of that time of the writings of the ancient Hebrews. Now, if Genesis 1:1...

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Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient Worldwas written by Tim Whitmarsh, Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge. I like the blurbs, especially this one:If you have ever wondered about premature skeptics who questioned beliefs held s...

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So Christian, tell us again why you believe anything else that was said in the Bible about creation, rather than trust modern science? LINK.

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"The two political parties, who for decades have been neoliberal parties serving the interests of the capitalist class first and foremost, seem to be moving further apart. Since the ISIS attacks on Paris, some Republicans have started to sound increasingl...

November 23, 6PM

My anthology Christianity in the Light of Science,will be about 380 pages and released in July of next year. I recently received the catalog description:

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This is in response to Plantinga's ontological argument. If I grant that a necessary being cannot not exist then the Christian theist wins the day, it seems. So here's a challenge. I guess I like issuing them. ;-)Show me why the universe is not a necessar...

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This is the title to Madison's kind review of my latest book, which can be read here. It just might be my best book yet. He cites the work of Richard Carrier and yours truly. I could add a dozen other scholars to his list. Added to the six other books I'v...

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November 22, 9PM

The reason science works so well is partly that built-in error-correcting machinery. There are no forbidden questions in science, no matters too sensitive or delicate to be probed, no sacred truths. That openness to new ideas, combined with the most rigor...

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As my readers know, I'm interested in the following kinds of studies. The findings of this recent one "illustrate what's known as the "earned dogmatism" effect -- the tendency to think in a more closed-minded, or dogmatic, way when we consider ourselves t...

November 18, 5AM

Back in April of 2012 I wrote a post titled, Did Jesus Exist? An All Out War Is Going On. It's not over but there is less rancor between atheists. The war was at it's worst just after the publication of Bart Ehrman's 2013 book, which was titled, Did Jesus...

November 17, 5PM

Hey, there's a kick-starter for a Zombie Nativity. What will they think of next? Follow the link to see more, buy a set, and/or donate. LINK.

November 15, 2PM

Here is the recent Democratic primary debate if you missed it. I'll confess all candidates did very well. But we need a political revolution and Bernie is the man!

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I've previously recommended Brainpickings before, where Maria Popova sums up books containing good lessons for the rest of us. Here's one lesson she wrote about, highlighting Darwin's mark of genius, as told in a book by Adam Gopnik. What is it? The habit...

November 13, 7AM

Christians must deny or denigrate science at some point to believe, but that doesn't bother them a bit. It's because they feel free to deny or denigrate the science that shows them wrong. How do they do it? Sean Carroll described six arguments used by sc... [Denigrate Science to Believe]
Kenneth is a Christian who comments here. After reading his stuff I'd like to challenge him with an open letter. It may seem harsh, but he's been here a while and he can handle it:Read more »

November 12, 10AM

You can now see inside my new book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.I think this is helpful for potential buyers. When I click on this feature I see the blurbs, Dedication, Contents, Foreword, Introduction and the first few pages...

November 10, 2PM

Phil Torres kindly reviewed my new book, How to Defend the Christian Faith, which in my opinion deserves your up-vote. I want you to read again his most substantive complaint about my new book. His complaint is that "it was written 15 years too late!...

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Another review! This time by the "Book Shark." When I post links to reviews, if you think any of them are helpful to potential readers, ones that explain why readers should buy them, then click on the "Yes" button. I did. So far as it comes to explaining ...

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At least I haven't seen something like this before.

November 9, 9PM

I think the most often repeated complaint against me is that I'm thin-skinned, that I don't respond to criticism very well. Whew! That's a relief. At least I'm not being accused of jaywalking too! Jaywalking? Ahhh yes, I think I have done ... ["Responding to Critics"] [Lowder]

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Lance Laven is a former minister and Clergy Project member. Using a limited number of words he rationally describes his deconversion. What I like best is that he's being honest in his conception of God. This conception led him to subsequently question...

November 8, 7PM

Thanks to EricD for making this.
On Facebook Phil Torres posted a link to a review he wrote for my book on Amazon. He introduced it with these words: "I found it to be a genuinely fascinating read, and I would strongly recommend it to both atheists and Christians alike. Loftus' approach ...

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I was honored to be asked to write a blurb for this brilliant book of hers, titled The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not. I wrote a longer blurb but settled on this one: "Hafer’s ingenious...
Written three years ago this piece by Dr. Law provides for a good amount of discussion. Enjoy.

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Amazon is censoring my comments. People know that I argue my case but don't say anything that would require censorship on Amazon. I know the rules so I don't violate them. But Amazon is deleting my comments for reasons I can only guess. I suspect it's bec...

November 7, 1AM

My latest column is about how Native Americans might see Donald Trump’s demand to deport all illegal immigrants. My essay also addresses the myth, most recently voiced by presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, that religious freedom made this country grea...

November 6, 8AM

Armin Navabi has quite the powerful story. When he was just 12 years old he tried to commit suicide by leaping off the top floor of his middle school. He was not successful. Instead he broke several bones in his body and was put into a wheelchair for 7 mo...

November 5, 11AM

In an attempt to censor me from commenting on Amazon reviews, the "Great Silence" (an anonymous confessing Catholic) showed up. He(?) says it's unprofessional for me to comment on Amazon reviews of my books. Nice try but I'm not biting. ...

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Here is a story fit for Halloween about supposed modern witches. The full title of this powerful and bizarre story is, "They Burn Witches Here: And then they upload the photos to social media. A journey to an island caught between the ancient world a... ["witch hunts"] [witch hunts]

November 4, 8AM

This is the title to my next anthology as chosen by Prometheus Books. It's a book honoring Victor Stenger's writings, who is one of the New Atheists in that his book, God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist,was also a...

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Maybe I can now call myself a philosopher?

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The comments have to do with my book How To Defend the Christian Faith. First, by Lazarus: Hi John, I'm a Catholic of the open-minded-lets-see-how-strong-my-faith-is type. I have received your latest book, and will start reading that today. I found your o...

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October 30, 9PM

The entire Christian Systematic Theological system is established on pure superstitious paranoia being doctrinally presented tens of thousands of different ways by each denominations under the rubric of Absolute Truth. 

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At last. If you've wanted to read Peter Boghossian​'s wonderful Foreword to my new book in it's entirety, here it is, posted on the Richard Dawkins site (RDFRS). Enjoy and spread the word. While there click on the link to buy it. At the RDFRS site you c...

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In an editorial review of Ken Ham's book, How Do We Know the Bible Is True?, we're told that Ham's book "approaches the issues from a presuppositional point of view, whereas most works on apologetics come from an evidentialist perspective. This doesn’t ...

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What will the future look like? The further upwards one moves from the basement domain of physics, the harder it often gets to predict long-term trends. Nonetheless, we have some fairly good clues about what to expect moving forward. Moore's law, for ... [Christianity] [existential risks] [Islam] [religion] [superintelligence] [terrorism]

October 28, 10AM

The following discussion took place on the Facebook Wall of Paul K. Moser with a guy named Jonathan Parsons. It shows my readers what it takes to believe, and it's not pretty. Moser was liking all of this guy's comments. Why is it they don't g...

October 27, 8PM

He just wrote a review of my new book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.Here are the first and last paragraphs that sandwich the meat of a really nice review:Four years ago I wrote in my first book about what I called The Problem ...

October 26, 7PM

After just 18 months as the President of Cincinnati Christian University, Ken Tracy resigned. Due to a serious financial crisis more than 20 teachers and employees were let go. CCU is trying to keep this news quiet for now. I'm wondering if this crisis is...

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Way back in October of 2013 I sat down and read Randal Rauser’s book The Swedish Atheist the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails and then, as is my habit, wrote a series of brief reviews about my impressions on my philosophy of religion blog ...

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Check out Karen Karen Gorder Garst​'s site "The Faithless Feminist." She tells us: It was not a simple decision...when I left behind my faith.However, I could no longer ignore the historical and social truths that surrounded me.For me, the Bible became ...
H. A. Goodman writing for the Huff Post Politico Blog argues: "Bernie Sanders is the only electable Democrat for president, and also the only person setting the Democratic agenda in terms of ideas and policies in 2016." In fact, "Hillary Clinton Is Unelec...

October 25, 11AM

In another post I was talking about how God, prior to creation (at least according to classical interpretations of God based on the Ontological Argument), had ontological perfection. That is to say, he was in a perfect state of being (since this is built ...
Like I've said, Bernie Sanders will win the democratic nomination. The enthusiasm is growing and they're now saying he can win. LINK. Onward we go. It's too bad a few important atheists have said he doesn't have a chance. Apparently they don't understand ...

October 23, 2AM

I've found one secularist/humanist/atheist who is a big supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, and has been so since May 22nd when he predicted Sanders will win the Democratic Party's Nomination. Now THAT'S some foresight! Who did this? Staks Rosch did, who... [Bernie Sanders]

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October 22, 8AM

My temporary goal is to help Senator Bernie Sanders win the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the U.S. When I first approached an important atheist thinker about this goal I was told, "Sanders has a zero chance to be president, zero.... [Bernie Sanders]

October 20, 8PM

Sam Harris recently appeared on Kyle Kulinski’s radio show to discuss his views on “progressivism, torture, religion, and foreign policy.” The impetus behind Harris’ appearance was to defend himself against the accusations of Glenn Greenwald and (... [al-Baghdadi] [al-Zarqawi] [Allah] [apocalypse] [apocalyptic] [atheism] [Dabiq] [David Petraeus] [Graeme Wood] [Islam] [Islamic State] [Mahdi] [Muhammad] [Noam Chomsky] [religion] [sam harris] [terrorism] [Vice News] [Will McCants]

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This is a grassroots movement that will attract more and more conservative voters, explains Rick Perlstein of The Washington Spectator. LINK. Sanders explains:Republicans “divide people on gay marriage. They divide people on abortion. They divide people...

October 19, 10AM

Bill Curry of the Salon magazine wrote a timely piece on Bernie Sanders titled, This is still Bernie Sanders’ moment: He’s right on the big issues, now we must help him spread the word! Okay, I fudged the last part of his title, but I think it is incu... [Bernie Sanders]

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This Christian review quotes Randal Rauser and I throughout his review, ending by saying: Rauser is perhaps not the best (or at least, not the more forceful) advocate for the Christian position that could have been featured; nevertheless, this is a creati...

October 18, 6PM

“I’m a progressive, but I’m a progressive who likes to get things done,” Hillary Clinton said at the first Democratic debate, in response to a question from moderator Anderson Cooper about whether she defines herself as a moderate or a progressive...

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Recently, I released an ebook called The Problem with "God", which looks at the issues inherent with the nature of God seen in classical theism: omnibenevolent, -scient and -potent. There are a whole number of reasons why it is problematic. I ha...

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Just follow the money (scroll down). The average contribution to the Bernie Sanders campaign is around $30. That's because this is a grassroots movement to revolutionize how politics is done. We aim to make government work for the people. The filthy rich ... [Bernie Sanders]

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I signed up to help get Bernie Sanders on the ballot in Indiana. We need 500 signatures of registered voters from each district to do this. See if you can help your state achieve their ballot requirements. Keep in mind that if your state doesn't have open... [Bernie Sanders]

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Family Guy creator and comedian Seth MacFarlane gave a great speech introducing Bernie Sanders. He tells us the moment Bernie Sanders won the debate.

October 15, 5PM

Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, so what? That's an American idea, so says Bernard Weisberger.Read more » [Bernie Sanders]

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I appreciate all of you, my many readers, very much! You come from different backgrounds and are interested in different kinds of discussions having to do with Christianity. I've tried to give you something to chew on every couple of days or so, and w...

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Polls show Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary debate hands down. Big Media declared otherwise. If anything else Big Media is out of touch with the people. Now It's being argued that these people don't count, that they don't vote, or they are too yo...

October 14, 7AM

In case you don't already know, authors/editors don't get to unilaterally choose the tiles to their books. They are negotiated with their publishers. So which title for my forthcoming anthology do you think is better of the following two:Christianity in t...

October 13, 9PM

So I was sitting here wondering where I should watch the Democratic presidential debate. Then it hit me. I'll betcha there are like-minded fans of Bernie Sanders who are getting together to watch it. So I ran a search, found a home and invited myself over...

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1.  Denial - In this stage the believer is confronted with facts that attacks both the credibility of the so-called “truths of the Bible" and the Christian faith.  Here the believer often counters with apologetically programmed or canned response...

October 8, 7AM

There is a Religious Philosophy category of books, and as of today mine is ranked #1.That's not too shabby I suppose. What interests me are the top 100 books in this category. Scroll down through them. Looks like some good books are in the pipeline, a...

October 6, 8PM

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Recently I wrote a blurb for James Lindsay's new book, Everybody Is Wrong About God.I said:Lindsay correctly argues in this book that theism (or “God”) is dead, even though most people don’t realize it yet, echoing the words of Nietzsche’s mad...

October 5, 5AM

M. David Litwa recently reviewed the book Resurrection and Reception in Early Christianity, by Richard C. Miller, calling it both original and significant.Description: This book offers an original interpretation of the origin and early reception of the mo...

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October 3, 1AM

Camping's followers live onI have written a  newspaper column on why those who believe the world will end on October 7 do not understand their Bibles. Because of space constraints in the newspaper, I would like  to add a further explanation for w...

October 2, 6PM

I am a Christian, and I don't believe that Jesus was God. I don't believe Mary was a virgin, or that God exists as a "trinity." I certainly do not believe Jesus died for my sins or those of anybody else, and perhaps most shocking, I do not believe Jesus r...

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This site is an interesting one, asking What is so Bad about Christianity? There's a book associated with it titled, Beyond Belief: Two thousand years of bad faith in the Christian Church.Looks similar to my anthology, Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith...
This is an interesting site sharing 590 reasons why Christianity is false. The last time I checked it only listed 299 reasons!? Hey, that's a lot of reasons, some much better than others but the sheer number of reasons is er, unimpressive! ;-) When it com...

October 1, 6AM

My heart aches for people in Syria who want peace and prosperity. Who Is Fighting Whom in Syria? Wow! No wonder so many people are fleeing the area. But few countries care to harbor very many of these refugees, some for fear they'll bring a religion of vi...

September 30, 5AM

Karen Garst The Faithless Feminist, wrote this essay below:Read more »

September 28, 2PM

Okay, the headline is not mine. It does get your attention though, and it should. You should see how others practice their religious rituals. Extremely eyeopening! Brenna Smith of Rant.Inc., wrote this as an introduction: Before I became a writer, I got ...

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LINK. The interview with me begins at the 30:15 mark. My friend Nathan Phelps was one of the people doing this interview. The first part is an interview with Chris Matheson who wrote the book The Story of God.
My book was the # 1 new release in Christian apologetics books for a brief moment in time.

September 25, 10AM

My new book is in the house! Now that I have my copies it shouldn't be long until everyone else will get theirs too.Click this link to get it: How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.

September 24, 5PM

The Dead Line the Street at Mina"Saudi Arabia's crown prince has ordered an investigation after a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage left at least 719 people dead and 863 injured, according to state media."  Story Here

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Most Christians who reject an everlasting punishment in a literal hell with fire and brimstone, embrace a softer view of hell. Rather than embrace a literal interpretation of most NT passages they choose instead a metaphorical view based on a small minori...

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In this episode of the Humanist Hour we talk about my upcoming book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.LINK.

September 22, 8AM

On his blog Lindsay shares the Preface and Contents to this book. In his words: Everybody Is Wrong About God is, frankly, an ambitious project of mine in which I aim to completely pull the rug out from under theism and theology. With them, therefore, athe...

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On Facebook I shared the following poster:Afterward I had a brief exchange with a Christian simpleton. He was not impressed to say the least, describing the poster with a "LMAO" or "laugh my ass off." I called him a simpleton, saying h...

September 15, 7AM

Dr. Parsons recently argued that Darwin engaged in philosophical questions. Given the title to his post, the point is that Darwin was also a philosopher. What does Parsons say is the criteria for when someone is engaging in philosophy, as opposed to scien...

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I was recently sent a book to review, by Franz Kiekeben, called The Truth About God which is a whistlestop tour, I think, through atheism and counter-apologetics to arrive at the conclusion not that God is improbable, but that God is impossible. I will ...

September 14, 3PM

Who is he? On Amazon we read: "I am Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College in Indiana, USA. I'm a Christian philosopher and most of my books have to do with God or some subject related to God or Christianity. But I also have a deep appreciation for o...

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Jerry Coyne wrote a post answering the question of this post. The money quote is here:I can think of a couple of answers. The first is simple jealousy: some atheists haven't achieved the fame or public profile of people like Hitchens, and so attack their ...

September 11, 10AM

Well this is quite an honor! In the dedication to my book I mention four scholarly friends I consider to be intellectual giants. These are the scholars who have been the most encouraging to me over the years, and from whom I've learned the most. Care to g...

September 5, 9PM

Christian salvation is an eclectic mix if cutting and pasting New Testament verses together to make an ancient dogma sound logical.  Accordingly, without human ingenuity, even Jesus himself cannot explain how one is to obtain salvation.  Ironically, the...

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Dan Barker, echoing an idea expressed by many atheists, describes theology as “a subject without an object.” Since there's little reason for thinking a God exists – much less the God of the Bible – the entire field is ultimately vacuous, despi...

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I have written a newspaper column about Dr. Ben Carson's Bible-Based taxation system. Aside from the problems of interpreting the "tithe" in its original context, Carson omits the fact that the Bible also mandates that 10% of what ancient ...

September 4, 7AM

Phil Torres wrote an excellent book, The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse. It's coming out on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th). This is a perfect publication date given the doomsday scenarios Phil writes abou... [Ending Philosophy of Religion] [Lowder] [Ridicule]

September 2, 6AM

I had previously posted this on my Facebook wall but not here. Enjoy.

August 31, 12 PM

The following clip from "The Wrath of Khan" expresses my thoughts as I ponder the impact of my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.Read more »
Let's do it this way. Consider the following five science related books (I could multiply them if needed). Now grant that what we find in them presents the required objective evidence to say religious faith is false and/or foolish. Okay? Grant it. Say it:... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

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There seems to be a great amount of (willful?) misunderstanding about my defense of ridicule. It's as if people don't even try to understand. The fact that we laugh at ridiculous beliefs is not going away, nor is the social pressure to conform to ... [Ridicule]

August 29, 5PM

“No one was quite sure why North Greenville University’s long-time president, Dr. Jimmy Epting, hastily announced his resignation from the school he had run for 23 years – but his son may have just filled in a few of the missing pieces.In ...

August 28, 9AM

Here's a recent exchange:David Bolen: Calling people deluded doesn't help them change their minds, and often prevents it.John W. Loftus: Oh, okay then, indoctrinated minds, brainwashed minds. You see, deluded minds do not know they are deluded. Putting th... [Ridicule]

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Yep that's right and thank you, thank you very much! This will probably be my last anthology. In fact, after publishing eight books in eight years it'll probably be my last book too. How many times should I kick a dead horse, right? Christianity, ... [Science and Christianity]

August 27, 12 PM

I was talking recently to a fellow liberal who happened to be a Hindu making correctly scathing attacks on UKIP (a right-wing pseudo-libertarian UK political party similar in many ways to the Tea Party), media bias and misrepresentation and, you guessed i...

August 26, 9AM

Here's what I'm attempting to do in How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist:Read more »

August 25, 5PM

On Friday, at a Rally for Religious Liberty in Iowa, Ted Cruz lamented the woes of living under liberal fascist tyranny in the United States.Read more »

August 24, 8PM

I've written on this topic several times before, collected here. But I don't think I've articulated my viewpoint in any single post better than I do in this one. I'm not surprised there is still a lot of misunderstanding about what I'm... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

August 22, 5AM

"Faith should, in fact, become a 'character issue.'” You'll find this quote in his latest column, These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, lunatic faith is a massive character flaw. Whoah, talk about abrasive ridicule! He's s... ["Faith"] [Ridicule]
Duggar has been exposed as a former child molester, porn addict, and with the Ashley Madison hacking leak, an adulterer. But is he the biggest hypocrite ever?Jay Michaelson suggests other numerous candidates for being the biggest hypocrites ever, like, Wh...

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Daily Nous is a site maintained by Dr. Justin Weinberg, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina. Recently he weighed in on who should be considered a philosopher, and he had some trouble with it. Calling everyone a philoso... [Lowder]

August 20, 2AM

An Apologist should not be confused with a "Scholar"The recent post about David Marshall’s lack of expertise, when compared to Matthew Ferguson, points to a broader issue of who counts as a “scholar.”  Since some of my posts were refere...

August 19, 9AM

Actually, Dr. Boghossian wrote the Foreword to my book. Yes, I was honored, and humbled. What he wrote is very instructive and helpful as can be. Taking a blurb from it here is what he said:How to Defend the Christian Faith is the Omega of literally thous...

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Brain Pickings is a pretty good site focusing on reading and thinking in general. It's written by Maria Popova who has previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and others. I subscribed. You ...

August 18, 8PM

Hey, how about this for a change, a deathbed DE-conversion? Yep, that's correct. Here's a message I received on Facebook yesterday after accepting a friend request (from someone who may comment):Former clergy here sir. Your writing strongly helped me thro...
I do think that there is a fundamental divide between people who think that atheists and theists have a common goal, a goal of understanding one another better, and those who think that the only legitimate goal is the partisan goal of advancing one's ... [Lowder]

August 17, 5PM

Dr. Geivett did so on his blog by sharing one of his quotes:Having convictions can be defined as being so thoroughly convinced that Christ and His Word are both objectively true and relationally meaningful that you act on your beliefs regardless of the co...

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I like this guy, the Friendly Banjo Atheist, who exposed the dishonesty of a popular Christian apologist named Zavi Zacharias in the video below. Zacharias received honorary degrees not real ones. That's like receiving honorary praise as "a philosopher" t... [Liars for Jesus] [Lowder]

August 16, 6PM

First a quote that started some discussion: The real problem of religious faith is the global and geographically situated religious diversity among thinking adults who reasonably disagree with each other. When religions collide it's like meeting one&#...

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"BAINBRIDGE, GA:  A 92-year-old woman is no longer allowed to worship at the church where she was a member for more than 50 years because she was not tithing. Josephine King said that was the reason she was kicked out of Bainbridge's First Afric...

August 14, 10AM

Yuval Noah Harari's book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, looks brilliant.When I get some time off from reading about Christianity I'm going to read this 400+ book. Take a look for yourselves. Just published in April and it already has generated ne...

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In this excellent talk Dr. Boghossian endorses the Outsider Test for Faith:Peter Boghossian is making a huge-huge-impact! His concepts and persuasive strategies are changing how atheists deal with Christians such that he could be considered to produce a s...

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Keep in mind Randal Rauser highly recommended Marshall's book, so I should ask again why I'm wrong in saying Rauser will say and endorse anything in order to defend his Christian faith. No educated intellectual should think Marshall's book is ... [Marshall's Book]

August 12, 8AM

There are people who desire to payback when helped. I suspect some of you feel this urge so I've created an Patreon account to donate for the writing this site offers on a daily basis. If we have helped you and you wish to see more and more content, here ...

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Robert Ingersoll's birthday would have been yesterday. He would have been 182 years old. Yet what he said and wrote still resonates with us. I wrote a chapter on the problem of animal suffering for The Christian Delusion (chapter 9). I sure wish I ha...

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David Marshall just doesn't understand, but then what's new? He wrote:John: You called two of my friends, honest men both, "liars." That does bother me, because they ARE my friends, because it is false, and because I hate to see you acting like that. If y...

August 11, 8PM

For years I have despaired about the sorry state of Christian apologetics, and even sorrier state of Christian apologists. If there be Christian truth, it lies beyond the reach of rational inquiry, and perhaps that is OK. In How to Defend the Christian Fa...

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Don't you think more Christians would be willing to participate in these sites if the atmosphere was a little more welcoming? I know you are an advocate for ridicule, but it's kind of a turn off. If the stray christian wanders onto this blog, comments, an...

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Jeff Lowder again, with today's post: "Stupid Atheist Meme #4: “Let’s Put an End to the Philosophy of Religion!”" One of the reasons I have publicly exposed Jeff Lowder's dishonesty and hypocrisy, is because he has successfully con... [Ending Philosophy of Religion] [Lowder]

August 10, 10AM

Ferrer seems young to me but he teaches at a community college, is respectful and fairly smart. He unfairly reviewed my book "The Outsider Test for Faith" though. On Facebook I wrote this teaser:Yes, Christian apologists are lying. But no, I don...

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Here's a comment I left on Tom Gilson's blog Thinking Christian (not yet published), where Tom expresses his and McGrew's disagreement with Boghossian's actual practice of using questions to get people to think deeper about what they believe. Do Tom and T...

August 9, 6PM

Bigfoot  Sighted in North CarolinaReported in the Citizen-Times:Tourist claims Bigfoot sighting in Henderson County“A reader in Henderson County sent in this video showing what he believed to be Sasquatch. Spotted Thursday morning near Hendersonville. ...

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Earlier I had written a post where I expressed a reservation that atheists are largely talking to themselves about atheistic concerns, rather than trying to convince Christians to abandon their faith. While I didn't single Hemant Mehta out or anything...

August 8, 8PM

Jeff Lowder again, with today's post: "Stupid Atheist Meme #3: Freethinker = Atheist." He may be baiting me so I won't continue dogging his every step, just a few of them as I see fit. Jeff Lowder smuggled his way into being known and re... [Lowder]

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This meme (as it's called) is making it's way around the web. The point is that  philosophy matters even to people who deny its importance. Now I don't deny the importance of philosophy, nor the value of the philosophy of religion if done correctly&n... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]

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In Boghossian's book A Manual for Creating Atheists,he talks about being a Street Epistemologist, which is a person who uses the Socratic method of dialectically asking a series of questions to get people to realize they are pretending to know what they d...

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IF LIBRARIANS WERE HONEST, by Joseph Mills.If librarians were honest,they wouldn’t smile, or actwelcoming. They would say,You need to be careful. Herebe monsters. They would say,These rooms house heathensand heretics, murderers andmaniacs, the deluded, ...

August 7, 8PM

Jeff Lowder smuggled his way into being known and respected as a philosopher without any relevant credentials. I aim to "out" him about this. Don't shoot me I'm just the messenger. If you're looking for a more accurate analysis of ph...

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I've gone round and round with Marshall, almost always to no avail (with at least one exception below). Where has he been lately? He's decided to challenge some fella named Matthew Ferguson who said: "...it is clear to me that the Gospels are... ["David Marshall"] [David Marshall]

August 6, 11AM

Chris Matheson is a screenwriter whose credits include the movies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Rapture-Palooza. If you have never seen the classic movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure do so soon, as... [Ridicule]

August 4, 3AM

When I see how the Muslims and Orthodox Jews justify treating women as second class citizens at best, and the male brutality at worst, I think of Christian justifications for their faith and morals. It's the same word salad intended to skirt around the...
This is what it means to think like a scientist, except that one shouldn't be afraid of stating the obvious conclusion at the end.

August 3, 3AM

This is Part 2 of my interview (apx. 30 minutes) with Dr. André Gagné, Costa Babalis, and Calogero Miceli of the Inquisitive Minds podcasts. I discuss a wide array of questions regarding the Historical Jesus, health care and the rise of Christianity, ...

August 2, 1AM

There is no one way to prayI have written a column on the routine attempt to Christianize college sports teams.  The idea that student-athletes "need" spiritual guidance is itself a biased religionist assumption that is too often unchallenged....

July 29, 1PM

Dear President Pearsall:The time has come to fight back against the fundamentalists who are destroying the mind--not to mention the heart and soul--of American evangelical Christianity, including your university.You have just assumed the presidency of Nor...

July 28, 5AM

Robert Miller wrote me saying, The Internet has more Christian apologists than a horse has hairs and many blogs by atheists or skeptics, but I have found only two blogs that focus on debunking Christianity or Christian apologetics. Yours and Cross-Examine...

July 27, 11AM

My next book, to be published by Pitchstone Publishing in November, is provocatively titled: How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.Here are two more blurbs for it: Read more »

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Just think of the Outsider Test for Faith here! Funny stuff!

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Earlier I issued a challenge to creationists right here. It has generated quite a storm of controversy. For some reason whenever we argue against creationism or faith itself, this happens. At issue this time is whether philosophy is considered to be evide...

July 26, 9AM

I received a message that essentially said: "As a scientist I believe God used evolution to bring life forms into existence." My response is short but sweet:Where is the evidence that evolution is being guided by a god? Asking for this evidence is a reaso...

July 25, 5AM

Previously I've argued that College Accreditation Should Be Denied To All Evangelical Institutions That Require Professors To Sign Doctrinal Statements. Recently in response to professor Jim Stump's forced resignation from Bethel College over the issue of...

July 24, 4PM

Dr. Carrier is auctioning off three of his books. Making a living as an independent scholar cannot be easy. So if you're interested in helping him by supporting his work and activism then bid on these books, and spread the word. LINK.

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Dr. Robert Myles of the University of Auckland (New Zealand) has reviewed The Bad Jesusin two parts available here and here. Dr. Robert MylesHe is the first biblical scholar to perform such a review of The Bad Jesus on the blogosphere. I was especially...

July 23, 6AM

I have written an essay discussing why debates between academic biblical scholars and creationists can be effective in combating creationism. In fact, academic biblical scholars are the best persons to debate creationists. The reason is simple. ...

July 20, 6AM

Some Christians claim faith is something like 'trusting, holding to and acting on what one has good reason to believe is true in the face of difficulties', or 'trust or confidence in something or someone.'This is not correct. From the New ...

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The first first podcast (apx. 30 minutes) of two I recorded in Montreal is now available. Among other things, I discuss my journey from Pentecostal preacher to atheist biblical scholar, and why Jesus cannot be viewed as a peaceful, gender egalitarian, an...

July 19, 8AM

Jim Stump, a professor at Bethel College in Indiana, resigned over the issue of evolution. As reported by Karl W. Gilberson (who is quoted in the headline),"the Bethel Board of Trustees on June 9 of this year approved a new policy specifying that college ...

July 18, 6AM

I did! Here's the story. A former Christian named ToonForever describes why he no longer believes, in a post of his. I decided that in order to avoid prejudicing myself toward my doubts, something I always accused T of doing when she left the faith, ...

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July 15, 1PM

Below you can see the chapter titles and subjects I have so far. The anthology centers around science and Christianity. I've lined up 15 chapters. Some important topics have already been covered in my previous anthologies, so I don't need to dupli...

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"Doctor" Jim WestJim West, who is known to many readers here, is causing a heated discussion among some members of the Society of Biblical Literature, the largest professional organization of biblical scholars in the world.The latest uproar was ...

July 13, 3PM

Christianity is losing members and churches are closing their doors forever, so I propose that parish clergy be replaced with what I coined as  Rent-A-Friend or simply a striped down version of Pastoral Care without the dogmatic supernatural mythology.Re...

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This is an Ad for a book I've recommended. Click on the link below to buy it on Amazon. Read more »

July 12, 5AM

Christian, you are already an atheist, a narrow atheist, who rejects all of the same religions I do for the same reasons I do, except for yours. I simply reject them all, as a wide atheist, for the same reasons you reject all of them but yours.Follow-ups:...

July 10, 7AM

Brandon G. Withrow was an assistant professor of the history of Christianity and religious studies at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. He recently wrote a coming out essay, titled Losing Faith in Religious Higher Education, for the Chronicle of Higher Ed...

July 8, 6AM

I have made the argument, in a post I keep updating, that Honest Evangelical Scholarship is a Ruse. There is No Such Thing! John Schneider, former professor emeritus of theology at Calvin College, said of it on Facebook: "I agree with John W. Loftus to th...

July 7, 11AM

Previously I highly recommended Michael Alter's encyclopedic book on the resurrection. I noted Alter didn't discuss the Suffering Servant in his book so he sent me a link to someone who did, Professor Uri Yosef.Professor Uri Yosef was born, raised, and e...

July 6, 6AM

My book is provocatively titled How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.You love it, don't you? Go ahead, say you do! It's introduced by my publisher (not me) as follows: The first book on Christian apologetics written by a leading athei...

July 5, 8AM

I and my wife, Cindy Avalos, look forward to 2040I have written a newspaper column about what marriage will look like in 2040. I speculate that marriage will be defined as  a committed consensual relationship of two or more adults who love each other i...

June 30, 9PM

A Catholic Christian named kenneth asked a question:What would the documentary "a day without a christian" be like? Or "a day without religion". Certainly the bombings and violence in the middle east would come to a halt. But who would...

June 29, 12 PM

Today Dr. Kirk wrote: As a New Testament scholar, I see my job as always listening first and foremost to the text in its historical context, and allowing its theology to be the first voice to which we respond. In the end, I will affirm creeds or confessio...

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Dr. Tom Oord, tenured professor of theology, was recently from fired from Northwest Nazarene University. NNU President David Alexander lied by saying "he was being terminated for economic reasons having to do with enrollment declines in the graduate divis...

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"The sooner we realise that 'I don't know' is an acceptable answer in the face of a lack of definitive information, the better." True dat!

June 27, 11PM

Prof. Paul Allen of Concordia UniversityReligionists are those who see religion as beneficial or necessary for human existence and, therefore, something that should be preserved and protected. I recently visited Montreal, Canada, where the divide between ...

June 26, 7AM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years ...

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Ehrman will debate this issue to raise funds for his pet charities. It looks like $13,000 is required for the debate to take place. You can donate to make it happen right here, where you'll see a video from the two participants describing their views, alo...

June 25, 5PM

KennethhoneymonsterIn a number of my posts I have stood firm that the New Testament, Jesus (Christ), never existed.  I’ve already addressed the evident in several posts:  A.  We Know From Hard Evidence Dinosaurs Existed 66 Million Years Ago Yet We H...

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Since believing scholars are really good at defending the indefensible with their pseudo-scholarship, honest seekers who read our debates might go away thinking each side has some good points, or that it's a wash. Can anyone imagine a Christian scholar ev... [Ridicule]

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People hate ridicule. But if you want to get their attention like nothing else then ridicule them. There's just something about it and Saudi TV is doing it against ISIS (or IS), LINK. Michael Rubin, formerly a U.S. State Department official, agrees with t... [Ridicule]

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Chart AIt's a fact we disagree about religion. Just look at these two religious timeline charts. Chart A comes from the Orthodox Church. Chart B comes from the Church of Christ. Chart A shows us the heretical Catholic Church split off from the Orthodox Ch...

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I can say without fear of contradiction that the people who comment here at DC are, over-all, some of the most educated, intelligent and respectful ones you'll see out there. Kudos to them. Visitor Pablo Chavez recently said this same thing:I have been to...

June 23, 7AM

I'm As Bored As I Can Get!I've been hanging around Mr. Loftus' Debunking Christianity for many years, and now my default position is that Christianity is thoroughly debunked since no Christian can show any Christianity-specific claim to be true... LINK.Hi...

June 17, 3PM

I've had 6 books published in 6 years (not including the 1st edition of WIBA). I didn't write every chapter in them, but so far they represent 2408 pages of text! The 7th book for the 7th year is scheduled to be published in the Fall. Be the first person ...

June 16, 7AM

Casper Rigsby wrote a post on this topic that's very interesting. He asks the following questions and provides some good hard-hitting commentary. 1. Can you make a moral judgment against rape or slavery using only scripture?2. Would you sacrifice your chi...

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I don’t believe that God has explicitly revealed anything to us as a human race, and it’s here that I part ways with the traditions of mainstream Christianity...So why do I hold this belief, despite my self-identification as a Christian? Well for one ...

June 14, 8PM

Damian Thompson has studied the statistics and has bad news to readers of the Spectator: British Christianity will die by the year 2067.It’s often said that Britain’s church congregations are shrinking, but that doesn’t come close to expressing the ...

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Etched on the tombstone of Karl Marx are his words: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." This is my motto. My goal isn't to publish in peer-reviewed journals, although I have in Philos...

June 11, 6PM

Since so many people have been taught incorrectly, I have to repeat myself. There is no such thing as theism except in the abstract. Beliefs are always held by people, for one thing. Furthermore, the word "theism" must be defined before we can know what a...

June 9, 9AM

Here is the Christian challenge: "I don't believe that if God appeared to us, atheists would believe. For atheists can always make the case that the appearance of God was a hallucination, or a trick by super-advanced extraterrestrials." This...

June 8, 8PM

Dr. Randal Rauser and I co-wrote the debate book, God or Godless?, according to which, on most accounts he lost. So he's reviewing his own book on his blog. That's not bad in itself, so long as it's educational. One should learn from failed at...

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This is not a joke folks. People of faith can be this stupid. That's why I say faith (concerning the nature of nature and its workings) is irrational. LINK.

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Religion is a highly psychological affair. In fact, I would argue that the entirety of that which religion really is, to humanity, is psychological. Everything that religion is and does for its adherents is psychological in nature. One of the strongest di...

June 6, 2AM

I have written a newspaper column about the Duggar sex scandal and the decline of American Christianity, especially among the so-called Millennials.  The defenses of the Duggars by Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, a current presidential hopeful, a...

June 5, 2PM

The utter resiliency of believers to continue to believe despite the beating their faith has taken over and over again, like what cool hand Luke experienced, is an amazing thing to behold. Over the course of these experiences I have become convinced that...

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Zeke Piestrup did a documentary on Harold Camping, the preacher who predicted Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, and later died on December 15, 2013. This is an excellent case study in understanding the mind of a believer who knows with certainty Jesus i...

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June 4, 7AM

I've written before against the attempt to defend Christianity via  Natural Theology. Michael Alter destroys it and along the way refutes the claims of the resurrection of Jesus in his book, The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry.Natural theologians cl...
One of the highest compliments I've received from my work was written by biblical scholar Robert M. Price. Of my contributions in the co-edited book God or Godless?he said I write "with unpretentious clarity, common sense, and broad but inconspicuous erud...

June 3, 5AM

Joshua Willms gave an excellent TEDx talk on searching for religious truth, and he attributed the use of an "Outsider Test" to me at about 5:50. Willms is an M.D./Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and aspires to a career in me...

June 2, 11PM

The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4thed."A Booklist 2012 Editors' Choice Selection"For more than half a century, the Oxford Classical Dictionary has been the unrivaled one-volume reference work on the Greco-Roman world. Whether one is int...

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This song is musically very good. It refers to the OTF, says the one who wrote it. Nice!

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May 31, 2PM

My next book, to be published by Pitchstone Publishing in the Fall, is provocatively titled: "How To Defend The Christian Faith: Advice From an Atheist." Dr. Avalos kindly read it for a blurb and graciously wrote one:There are professional philo...

May 29, 9PM

Rev. Darrell Morgan with Wife “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-...

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I must keep this short, so I want to say from the outset that Jeff Lowder is a valued atheist intellectual, even if I'm right about everything I write below. I am most grateful that he used his B.A. degree in computer science to co-create Internet Inf...

May 26, 7PM

I'm opposed to Jeffery Jay Lowder claiming he's a philosopher, which he does. This is a screenshot of his Twitter profile claiming he's a Philosopher of Religion. He only has a B.A. in Computer Science earned in 1995 from Seattle Pacific University. I hav... [Lowder]

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Yesterday I received Jerry Coyne's sure to be a classic book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. I'm loving it!Since his book is such a bestseller I also appreciate his high endorsement of the Outsider Test for Faith, He describ...

May 23, 11AM

I find it very interesting that when disagreeing with each other we fail to mention any good in that other person. That's not what we would do in person and it does not fairly represent the total contributions we each make. It's also why I get ups...

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I've read the comboxes of a lot of atheist and Christian blogs, and I can say without fear of contradiction that the people who comment here at DC are, over-all, some of the most educated, intelligent and respectful ones you'll see out there. Kudos to the...

May 22, 7AM

Here is an example, a spoof not a real ad:The ad got the producer convicted in an English court for harassment. See below. I'm sure the publicity from this ad forced some believers to re-examine why they believe. The question for them would be "H...

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The word is getting out! Here's a message I just received on Facebook:"Your Outsider Test For Faith was the final straw that showed me the error in my thinking. Thank you! I had to submit my Christianity card and join the irreligious." LINK.

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Ed Brayton: This is fucking inane. Cat's don't pray! Some atheists (not me) are just stupid. Jeff Lowder: I agree. I consistently criticize atheists when I think they are being rude or straw manning theists or theistic arguments. Victor Reppert: Who's to ... [Ridicule]
I have allowed Christian scholars to post here at DC without my initial comments. [See tag below]. The following is one single comment by Dr. Reppert left in my combox. I thought it was worthy of further consideration. Dig in. I expect he'll defend wh... ["Christian Scholars"]

May 21, 8PM

The saying at left is an example of ridicule, in case it isn't obvious. The same goes for this post of mine. The saying was submitted by a person named Chris to a committee of three seeking permission to use it on his Facebook page. The members of the... [Ridicule]

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Vic complains about the commenters here at DC, saying they attack him. They most certainly attack his ideas. By contrast his commenters personally attack atheists and have little substance beyond that. So compare them to what sir_russ wrote below. There i... [Ridicule]

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It begins like this:This anthology of counter-Apologetic essays merits a place on the bookshelf of every atheist, lay-student of comparative religion or Christian coming to question his belief. (Or just seeking to understand the worldviews of non-Christia...

May 20, 3PM

Reppert still doesn't get it and it stuns me. Maybe he refuses to consider anything I say because I'm, well, an atheist, and he knows atheists are wrong about everything! ;-) He thinks one must come up with a argument and be able to defend it--on ...

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God (just like His Church) Never Changes!Dear Christian . . . if you thought that faith in Christ alone will get you to Heaven, you haven’t got the whole truth.  Based on what Father Tom told me over the phone (see link below) and on a brochure hande...

May 19, 8PM

Previously Professor Keith Parsons advocated the use of ridicule, saying:A single belly-laugh is worth a thousand syllogisms” said H.L. Mencken. Fundamentalism and fundamentalists should be ridiculed in the media, by comedians, or wherever. You don’t ... [Ridicule]

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Let's put ridicule into perspective. Faisal Saeed Al Mutar lectures on Muslim issues around the world. His focus is on Islamic problems in the Middle East and how they can be solved. On Facebook he wrote: "If you hold ridiculous beliefs, your beliefs dese... [Ridicule]

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The list of people who advocate and/or use ridicule effectively should be more than enough to convince the deniers. British atheist and Freethinker George William Foote (1850-1915) wrote:Goldsmith said there are two classes of people who dread ridicule–... [Ridicule]

May 16, 9PM

If you have ever read Plato's Dialogues you know Socrates ridiculed his opponents. Anyone who has read the ending of the Euthyphro dilemma sees this plainly:Read more » [Ridicule]

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Damn, these facts are in the Bible!(Disclaimer: Let me say from the start, I’m an atheist . . . I consider the Bible a literary fraud and that the characters discussed below never existed.)Based on a general reading of the Bible, especially the section ...

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His opening lines: Groucho Marx, one of my favorite comedians of all time, famously wrote a telegram to a Hollywood club he had joined, that said: “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” I ...

May 13, 6AM

When it comes to miracles, at best they are virtually impossible events (not necessarily impossible). This is the case even if they have occurred on rare occasions throughout history, and even if the resurrection of Jesus was one of them. But an improbabl...

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It would take an overwhelming amount of strong historical evidence to overcome our concrete personal experience that dead men stay dead, the kind of evidence that convinces reasonable people that George Washington was the first President of the US. There'...

May 12, 4PM

“Between 2007 and 2014, when Pew conducted two major surveys of U.S. religious life, Americans who described themselves as atheist, agnostic or of no particular faith grew from 16 percent to nearly 23 percent. At the same time, Christians dropped from a...

May 10, 7PM

(Every few years, I like to remind Christians of their Biblical reality.)According to the God’s Word, the Bible and based on modern statistics, this is what Christians have going for them: Read more »

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I received an email from a specialist at one of the leading hospitals in America who said this: I´ve read many books on the topic and all of your anthologies - I'm reading the last one right now. I'm very puzzled how they aren't more famous. ...

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May 5, 1PM

The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics is a 461 page monster of a book written by biblical scholar Dr. Hector Avalos. It's unlike any other scholarly book on the market today. It tells us the rest of the story of the Jesus we find in the fo...

May 4, 4PM

One Proud Owner of "The Bad Jesus"The prolific and indefatigable Dr. Hector Avalos, who is a giant of a man, a scholar's scholar, just released a new book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics. In it he continues with a main the...

May 3, 10AM

One thing about conservative Christians is that they seem to do a good job dealing with the social liberals, as far as I know. This program by David Wood is well-done and informative:

May 2, 2PM

 Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?This excellent book on the naturalistic origin for Christianity is available free today for Kindle.Author Kris D. Komarnitsky's main thesis is that the early Christian movement was spur...

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This story about Dr. David Wood, whom I recently debated on the resurrection, is shocking! [Debate to be posted soon]. David's testimony describing his life before he converted to Christ can be seen in the video below. He's describing himself even...

April 30, 10AM

Professor Jerry Coyne's long awaited new book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, will be available in a few weeks.I have eagerly awaited this book. Jerry tells me that he recommends my Outsider Test for Faith in it. Help make i...

April 29, 6AM

The money quote: A broad group of scholars is beginning to demonstrate that religious belief and factual belief are indeed different kinds of mental creatures. People process evidence differently when they think with a factual mind-set rather than with a ...

April 27, 2PM

I'm starting to work on another anthology on Science and Christianity. I already have three submitted chapters and nearly ten authors who have agreed to write chapters for it. I'm looking for authors to write chapters on topics like cosmology, evolution, ...

April 23, 4AM

It is a great pleasure to announce the publication of my new book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics, which, to my knowledge, is the most complete scholarly critique of the ethics of Jesus from an openly atheist biblical scholar (and just ...

April 19, 12 PM

One of the main problems in discussing religion is that while each religion wants to define itself, I’ve yet to come across a complete universal definition that encompassed all religions from Hinduism to Scientology; from new formed religious beliefs sy...

April 18, 4AM

Here are three blurbs for my next book to be released in the Fall. It's provocatively titled, "How To Defend The Christian Faith: Advice From an Atheist."Read more »

April 16, 10AM

          The Hebrew Bible has achieved a remarkable feat; it has justified, in the minds of billions, what is seemingly unjustifiable—genocide. Much of the Old Testament is dedicated to defending the territorial rights of Israel, a right conf...

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One of the important Bible reading skills to hone is catching the Biblical writers when they are unwittingly revealing an important truth. Since these truths are generally embedded within polemics wrapped in a fabricated story to support that polemic, it ...

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Depending on the nature and strength of an individual’s pre-existing beliefs, willful ignorance can manifest itself in different ways. The practice can entail completely disregarding established facts, evidence and/or reasonable opinions if they fail t...

April 5, 7AM

On Monday April 20th from 7-9 PM to be exact. At the Reston Bible Church, 45650 Oakbrook Court, Dulles, Virginia. Be there or be square. I figured today would be a good day to announce it, what, with Christians celebrating an event than never took place a...
Recently he messaged me with permission to quote:I wish I could make your two chapters on the problem of suffering (in Why I Became an Atheist) required reading for all evangelicals. They would banish many a shallow Christianity! Your section on the free-...

April 4, 9AM

Jeff Lowder is on a roll recently, announcing some extraordinary stuff. A few days ago Jeff announced that William Lane Craig agreed to debate him! Congratulations are in order, or something. ;-) Well on that same exact day I heard some exciting news but ...

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Mike Pence, Governor of IndianaDr. Avalos has published a newspaper column on the Indiana Religious Freedom Fiasco. These types of laws are a recipe for a perpetually sectarian society. "Religious freedom" really refers to the religious freedom...

April 2, 5PM

One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America"We’re often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of “Chri...

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I received two copies of my friend's wonderful book recently. It can be found on Amazon titled, Divine Hate - He Who Does Not Believe Will Be Condemned - Why It Is Not To Be Believed.The only thing I had wished would have been his signature on it. He goes...

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The Atlantic reports. From what I know I think they may be right. "Researchers at Pew have projected that after 2070, the world's Muslims will outnumber the world's Christians." Not only that but, "The world is on track to become a more homogeneously reli...

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March 30, 8PM

Ironically, in Matthew 7: 24 – 27, Jesus gives a parable of two houses; one built on the shifting sands which falls down under light pressure and one built on solid rock which could stand the test of time and the scrutiny its environment.   The irony ...

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John Walton is undermining the idea that Genesis 1-11 is straightforward history, and I welcome this even though he's a confessional Christian. His latest book is hot off the press, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate....

March 29, 1PM

I'm from Indiana and I vote you duffas!
Chemists report today that a pair of simple compounds, which would have been abundant on early Earth, can give rise to a network of simple reactions that produce the three major classes of biomolecules—nucleic acids, amino acids, and lipids—needed for...

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March 26, 4AM

The money in televangelism is obscene whether black or white, man or woman!

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March 24, 1PM

Is there a God? CNN Special Report: Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers. Tonight Tuesday, March 24th at 9 ET/PT. Trailer found here.American Atheistwil air the following commercial before and after the program:

March 23, 8PM

Pickens County School Board decides to end 'Jesus' in all meeting prayers. (Pickens is about 20 miles from Bob Jones University, in the next county to the south.)News Video Here

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Where the Bible is proving to be an embarrassment. Let’s quickly review Bob Jones University’s past as a God fearing, Bible believing, Christ honoring institution:   A. The Bible is against race mixing.  Thus, all black and dark skin students wil...

March 22, 12 PM

"If this was any other institution, I bet Catholics would denounce it. But since it's not they make excuses. Go figure."

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Gerald Posner's new book, God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican is now a bestseller after being released a month ago. Well now, who would have guessed that behind the Inquisitions, Crusades, Witch Hunts, wars, and child molest...

March 21, 5AM

Michael Martin and Keith Augustine's massive book on the afterlife is now available. See it by clicking on it here: The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death.Dr. Martin is the author of the book, The Case Against Christianity,and Aug...

March 20, 9AM

Here. "Considering the catastrophic harm of the Catholic Church over the last half century, there is simply no justification for its continued existence." - Nathan Phelps, chapter 20 in Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.

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Marshall wrote a book length response to my book, The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True.As I said yesterday, "It surprises me the lengths Christians will go to mischaracterize an argument. It takes madness." This describes David ...

March 19, 3AM

It surprises me the lengths Christians will go to mischaracterize an argument. It takes madness. I argue they should not trust their brain. It's lying to them. It didn't evolve to search for truth. The first step is to know this. The second step is to tra...
Plantinga's "Reformed Epistemology" is a specifically christian "epistemology." It isn't general. It won't work for everyone. If you want a "warrant for rationality" in believing in some other equally epistemically ludicrous set of metaphysical garbage, y...

March 17, 1PM

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It is one thing to have a warranted belief that we are reading the Bible, so long as we’re reading it with cognitive faculties functioning properly in the right kind of cognitive environment. It is something entirely different to be reading the Bible an...

March 15, 2AM

I'm trying to meet a deadline for a new book I'm writing by the end of this month. I think I'll make it. Below is 2200 section out of a 10,000 word chapter on Christian apologetics. See what you think.Read more » [Reformed Epistemology]

March 12, 5AM

-- Read Antonio Lombatti's review of the CNN documentary on the Shroud of Turin. -- Read Charles Freeman's article in History Today, The Origins of the Shroud of Turin. -- Read Jerry Coyne's take down of the Shroud of Turin right here, who hig...

March 9, 5PM

One of the arguments frequently used by apologists is that Christianity must be true because there is no other plausible explanation for the rise and rapid spread of the Jesus cult except for the resurrection. This argument is a favorite of William lane C...

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With John posting about Bruce Gerencser's deconversion account the other day, I thought it would be opportune to mention that his full story is published in a great book I edited called Beyond An Absence Of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and t...

March 8, 11AM

March 7, 8PM

When I was in undergraduate and graduate school, certain facts about Christianity were totally glossed over.  We students were lead to believe the scholarly opinions of most all Ph.Ds working in seminaries and universities training mostly Christians on h...

March 3, 3PM

I think many believers denigrate science as coming from mad scientists who set out to destroy their faith because they just don't understand how science works. Here bitches! ;-)

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Politicians beware, "One thing is certain: voting nones are making their presence felt in politics." Hooray! LINK.

February 27, 6AM

The evidence is in, your brain lies to you. LINK. What's the solution? Train your brain to think better. It can be done. Be willing to question everything. Make doubt a habit. Where there is scholarly disagreement between peers then suspend judgement. Ac...

February 26, 8AM

An excellent essay with the above title was written by Graeme Wood for The Atlantic. In addition to it read What The Atlantic Left Out About ISIS According To Their Own Expert. Both essays are very instructive. The advice is to let ISIS slowly bleed itsel...

February 24, 8AM

February 23, 11AM

As a former Pastor, Bruce mentioned some authors that helped him deconvert (as it's called). Just today Jerry Coyne wrote about his story and stressed the value of published books, which apparently is my specialty. We're making a difference!

February 22, 10PM

The Grahams: Three Generations of  Wealth and Greed"Share Jesus with your friends." (Then have them share their wallets with us!)I can’t count the number of times have I've heard stated (while pointing out the rich life styles of big time...

February 18, 9PM

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I recently responded to a rather nice blog post by Herb Silverman as follows:The average lifespan of a Drosophila fruit fly is about 30 days. Imagine what it observes from its perspective: young humans, old humans, middle-aged humans, wandering through th...
Tristan Vick is the Advocatus Atheist and has interacted with Randal Rauser for a few years. This past weekend Vick released a new book dealing with the rhetoric of Rauser, titled The Swedish Fish, Deflating the Scuba Diver and Working the Rabbit's F...

February 15, 5AM

August 15, 2012. A gun wielding man named Floyd Lee Corkins attacks the offices of the homophobic Christian group Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, DC, intending to kill "as many people as possible", yet is stopped from killing anyone...

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The Des Moines Register has published my comments on The True Religion Trap, which is one of the most dangerous ideas permeating our society—from the average citizen to our world leaders.Read more »

February 14, 4PM

Physicist Sean Carroll lays some of the problems with the popular "fine tuning" arguments for a god.  You can check out Carroll's post-debate reflections on his blog here: http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/02/24/post-debate-reflections/

February 11, 10PM

If there is an omnipotent being, is it really that marvelous that he can cure blindness?Read more »

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British atheist and Freethinker George William Foote (1850-1915) wrote: Goldsmith said there are two classes of people who dread ridicule–priests and fools. They cry out that it is no argument, but they know it is. It has been found the most potent form... [Ridicule]

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Sometimes I think people are using my material without giving me credit. Nonetheless, this is a very good video and I'm happy my ideas are getting out there. I may have linked to it before. Keep in mind I don't endorse every specific thing said. The only ...

February 10, 7AM

Check it out: Describing Gods: An Investigation of Divine Attributes.It's sure to be important and it's sure to present a devastating case against God belief.

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On Facebook I listed a few criteria for accepting friend requests. One person quoted one of them (in yellow) and responded in a comment. This will be my standard response to such efforts. Since belief springs from a blinded ignorance and since as a non-be...

February 8, 9PM

 Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?This excellent book on the naturalistic origin for Christianity is available free today for Kindle. Author Kris D. Komarnitsky's main thesis is that the early Christian movement was spurre...

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Bob Jones University SealWhile many conservative Christian schools require a affirmation of faith in the Bible, Bob Jones University carries this process one step further by having two of their science professors offer an apologetic defense of the Bible...

February 7, 1AM

Dr. Hector Avalos has written a newspaper column on the necessity of blasphemy in a secular and religiously pluralistic society.Read more »

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Who says ridicule, and now shaming, doesn't work? No one, probably, but it does, most emphatically, as I've written in several posts to date. Now there is a call to ridicule and shame the anti-vaccine movement, just as we do to the KKK. Now, let's consid...

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The God ThorThe God of Thunder is making a triumphant return to Iceland. After 1,000 years without a temple of worship to the Norse gods, Iceland is resurrecting its pagan roots.You can read the full article here:  Why Iceland Is Building a Temple to...

February 3, 11AM

One is by Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, due in April. I wrote a blurb for this book.The other one is by evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, Faith Versus Fact: Wh...

February 2, 2AM

Now the dust has settled on the Charlie Hebdo affair (though, of course, there is no respite in the Middle East, or in Nigeria or Somalia), I thought it might be a good time to post this article here (it was originally at my blog here). The idea is not to...

February 1, 1PM

The problem with theism is not only that it is false, but encourages cosmic myopia. In the face of countless competing claims, the believer insists that it is his story that answers the world's important questions.Read more »

January 31, 9PM

Someone named Bryan on Twitter said this to me: "Your chapter in your new anthology on slavery is a faith-destroyer. Well done." Music to my ears of course, since, well, I agree. ;-) Go get it, now! Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.And since you...

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Here is Part 2 of my discussion/debate with David Marshall on the Unbelievable? podcast. LINK. Part 1 can be found here. Since Part 1 was aired last week I've written a three part review of David Marshall's book to be read here, seen in reverse ch...

January 30, 1PM

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Why? I'll tell you why. Because theists gravitate to that field, that's why. In fact, given that they do gravitate to that field, the fact that there aren't MORE theists working in it tells us something interesting about the philosophy of reli...

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Christian intellectuals chide me when I say faith is irrational. "No it's not" they say. "You're so ignorant Loftus." Really? Seriously? Okay then, please explain why I saw this picture on Facebook just now. Anyone else find some good ones on faith for th... ["Faith"]

January 29, 2PM

Valerie just keeps zinging them out. A few of her reasons that a heavenly world is instead a helluva world will seem quite astounding for believers I think. But they're all reasonable. Heaven ain't so heavenly even on Christian grounds. Christan, seriousl...

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Kurt Willems, who writes for the Pangea blog at the Progressive Christian Channel for Patheos, challenges Christians to give up believing in hell for one year (however conceived). What do I mean exactly? I want to invite readers to contemplate giving up h...

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Pascal Bruckner. Credit: WikipediaThe ambiguous word "Islamophobia", often taken to mean some form of bigotry against Muslim but indeed "flexible" enough to apply to anyone who doesn’t follow every single demand of Islamists to th...

January 27, 9PM

This should be my final post refuting Dr. David Marshall's “rebuttal” to my book The Outsider Test for Faith (OTF). Marshall's book, How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story,is really bad. In fact, it's so bad I'm using the... [Marshall's Book]

January 26, 2PM

I've decided to write more than just one post about Dr. David Marshall's “rebuttal” to my book The Outsider Test for Faith (OTF). I will attempt to show why Marshall's book, How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story,is really ba... [Marshall's Book]

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I've decided to write more than just one post about Dr. David Marshall's “rebuttal” to my book The Outsider Test for Faith (OTF). I will attempt to show why Marshall's book, How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story,is really ba... [Marshall's Book]

January 25, 10AM

Coming shortly may be the last two posts of mine for a little while, apart from brief announcements and quotes. I am fully engaged in writing another book, due March 31st. I'm also in the process of editing another anthology, on science and Christianity, ... [Marshall's Book]

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Quote from atheists like Thomas Nagel or Jean Paul Sartre who say things you agree with. Throw them all together and let them make your case for you. Then forget or ignore why these people are atheists in the first place. [Apologetics]

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A reminder. A class offering based on my latest anthology, "Christianity is Not Great" will be held in February. To read more about this class and sign up then follow this link. (Details to be found there).That's right, come study my latest book with me, ...

January 24, 5PM

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Justin Brierley hosts the very popular Christian podcast Unbelievable? He's an amicable guy but clearly not as neutral or objective as an interviewer he wants to portray himself. Before this discussion with David Marshall, who had written a book on the OT... ["Outsider Test Links"] [Outsider Test] [Outsider Test Links]

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January 23, 9AM

Do you want the paperback to my co-written book (with Randal Rauser) "God or Godless"? It's available right now for just $1.98. I can't say how long the price will remain this cheap. It's cheaper with postage than a Kindle version. Get it, titled, God or ...

January 22, 8AM

This is why people subscribe to this blog. We consistently produce interesting discussions. Here is another one that I'm introducing today. We have addressed the problem with institutions of higher learning that require their professors to sign doctri...

January 20, 8PM

Both are "Slain in the Spirit"One Point Where Both Atheists and Believers are in Honest Agreement

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Consider ordering Shermer's book today, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. It looks like a good one!

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Here's a note I received from Professor Dan Lambert. Is it possible that Peter Boghossian and I are representative of the next wave of atheism after the Four Horsemen? He thinks so. Woooo Hooooo!Hi John. I'm headed to a conference in Phoenix this week cal...

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A team of archaeologists at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia are dismantling ancient mummy masks to access the papyrus texts. They're looking for biblical texts and in the process destroying other archaeological finds. There are fears of ...

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Gullible Christians lapped up this bat shit crazy stuff, making liars rich. Why, I outta start a church or something!! ;-)Sat 17 Jan 2015, By Antony BushfieldA popular book about a Christian boy describing his time in heaven after he fell into a coma has ...
The stats:30% Church leaders who access porn on the Internet more than once a month42% Christian men who say they have a 'porn addiction'90% Christians who believe the Church does not adequately support porn users75% Christian men who view pornography on ...

January 19, 9AM

Are you frustrated that most believers stare back at you with that blank caught-in-the-headlights look as you ask them to think about their faith? Is it maddening to you? Are you scratching your hair out and looking balder by the day? Then here's a so...
Very well, says Zuckerman. But we already knew that!The number of American children raised without religion has grown significantly since the 1950s, when fewer than 4% of Americans reported growing up in a nonreligious household, according to several rece...

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I have been of opinion quite some time that when it comes to Islam, there are no “moderates”; only reformists. If you are not a proponent of radical reforms in Islam and you call yourself a moderate, you may as well simply call yourself a hypocrite. B...

January 17, 8AM

January 12, 8PM

There is no shortage of arguments against religion. Some are practical in nature, others are philosophical. Some aim to discredit theism in general, others target specific propositions of Christianity, Islam, and so on. These arguments come from a huge va...

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One of the major reasons Christianity should be rejected is in its daily reality and application.  Believers are instructed in the New Testament (especially by Jesus himself in the Gospels), that Christians should offer the attacking person the other...

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(Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; James 5:13)

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January 10, 11AM

That's right, come study my latest book with me, Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.To read more about this class and sign up follow this link. Yes, anyone can sign up. It should be very informative for the students as it's such a huge book. As an...

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Victor Reppert, David Marshall and Randal Rauser have repeatedly said atheists must abide by their definitions of the word "Faith"--then they have all defined that word differently. *cough* Not so. Not at all. Not even close. Here is the definit...

January 8, 10AM

January 7, 8PM

This book destroys the Kalam argument, by math expert James Lindsay, Ph.D., Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly.

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Given Justin Martyr's Apology (seen left), This book offers an original interpretation of the origin and early reception of the most fundamental claim of Christianity: Jesus’ resurrection. Richard Miller contends that the earliest Christians would not h...

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In an email that went out to supporters (along with Ed Babinski who also subscribed) Strobel said:We are facing a crisis in America. Skepticism is rising. Too many young people are leaving the faith. Few Christians are able to effectively share Jesus with...

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The NY Times has an updated story about this senseless terrorist attack to "avenge" the Prophet Muhammad for cartoons ridiculing him. In that peice we read: In a letter addressed to French President François Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany ...

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In this new book I'm going to teach budding apologists what to avoid, using examples from the best of the best Christian apologists today. In the process they'll be challenged to do it better than others have done so far. However, I'll argue that defendin...

January 6, 4PM

LINK. Now that archaeologists have found the exact place where Pilate condemned prisoners to die, and with them presumably Jesus as well, we know that pilgrims have walked the wrong path for centuries. Think they'll change? ;-) Dr. Moss is the author of t... [Liars for Jesus]

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I'm serious! Word on the street is that I just had another book proposal accepted for publication today (yes, "word"), and will be proposing another book within a month or so in hopes it will be published. I'm excited about this. Humor me, okay?
David Marshall sent me a copy of his new book at my request. Here I am smiling, because it's a funny book to me. At the same time it's painful to read, so I've been drinking more than usual to deaden the pain. I'm suffering through this pain because I'm s...

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LINK. I've written a bit about this problem, called "The Darwinian Problem of Evil," in chapter 9 in my book, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails.

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LINK. Raphael Lataster wrote the book, There was no Jesus, There is no God: A Scholarly Examination of the Scientific, Historical, and Philosophical Evidence.

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Once something is added to your collection of beliefs, you protect it from harm. You do this instinctively and unconsciously when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. Just as confirmation bias shields you when you actively seek information, ...

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Dr. Hector Avalos has written a newspaper column about the role of religion in the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program. Read more »

January 3, 5PM

 Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?This excellent book on the naturalistic origin for Christianity is available free today for Kindle. Author Kris D. Komarnitsky's main thesis is that the early Christian movement was s...

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“I can be quite foolish at times.”Theists come in many forms and this blog has had some great examples in the classic sense of the word.  But in all honestly, I have never come across a man who could twist the semantics of the English language in suc...

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This is another post in my series, "Do You Want To Be A Christian Apologist?" This one contains numbers 18-20 in the series, which are all tagged with the words "Christian Apologetics" below, seen in reverse chronological order. So, le... [Christian Apologetics]

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Richard Carrier concisely rebuts six common claims apologists make.00:28 "Spacetime had a beginning"1:38 "The Universe is fine tuned for life"3:43 "Life requires a creator"5:20 "Consciousness requires a spirit/soul"7:34 "God is needed for objective moral ...

December 27, 6PM

Facing Reality is Hard “God is weak and powerless in the world.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1944Let’s face it, the totality of a functioning Biblical God is anchored both the distance past or future and, without any proof the Biblical mighty acts of God ...

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Happy Holidays to one and to all (except people killing in the name of god and other ne'er do well folks). Happy times to you! Be safe. Collect warm fuzzy memories. Have fun. Be good (and you know what I mean).

December 22, 8AM

The John W. Loftus/Bill Cunningham interview on Cunningham's National Premiere Radio Networks Show, on 700wlw

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December 20, 1PM

Christian churches in first world countries are facing problems in dealing with churches in third world countries, not unlike how modernized Muslims are facing problems in dealing with barbaric Muslims in the Middle East. In those churches homosexuality i...

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From books to blogs to broadcasts to billboards and beyond, believers can no longer hide their heads in the sand. They are being confronted daily with the arguments and the presence of the godless. Here is an a advertisement recently placed not far from w...

December 19, 8AM

A contest took place recently based on the new book by Lex Bayer and John Figdor, Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century.The essence of the book is a list of non-commandments that every secularist should ...

December 16, 8PM

I have written before about my respect for Malala Yusufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the face by the Taliban for simply wishing to have an education. I have also said that courage and vision, of which she has plenty, do not translate into infallibility,...

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A few years ago, around the time of the release of my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination, Reasonable Doubts hosted a radio podcast debate, pre-recorded, between myself and Randal Rauser. Here is the fruits of our labour, detailing the arguments for...

December 12, 6PM

"Man: Parishioners beat him in church to cure homosexuality"SPINDALE, N.C. "Five members of a Rutherford County church have been indicted by a grand jury for kidnapping and beating a man because he's gay.  (To see the mug shots of those accused in th...

December 11, 5PM

Atheist group seeks change in state constitutions"An atheist group is challenging a line of the North and South Carolina constitutions that says people who don’t believe in God can’t hold a public office."   New's Video Here

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Peter Lik's 'Phantom' is the most expensive photograph sold in history. First find a spectacular cave with a hole for sunlight to shine down. Blow a little smoke toward it.Take a black & white picture.Repeat until you get a cool image that would be so...

December 10, 12 PM

This essay appears in the Ames [Iowa] Tribune. LINK.

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Here we go again: Christian Right's Annual Whining Fest (aka, "War on Christmas") is in full swing. Except that this year, the hilarity is without precedent: our traditions are being “neutered”!The Montgomery County Board of Education in...

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Avalos: "Our job as biblical scholars is to undermine the value of any scripture that endorses violence."Dr. André Gagné and Calogero A. Miceli produce the Inquisitive Minds podcast every week, discussing issues pertaining to religion, history, culture ...

December 9, 10PM

Not only when dealing with the Virgin Birth, reality proves we have entirely no New Testament textual evidence from the very center of Roman Palestine before circa 200 CE.  What we do in fact have are early manuscripts from Hellenistic Egypt (home of the...

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Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is the author of Living the Secular Life, Faith No More, and Society Without God. He has also edited several volumes, including Atheism and Secul...

December 8, 9PM

The John W. Loftus/Bill Cunningham interview played last night on Cunningham's National Premiere Radio Networks Show. The interview starts at the 80:40 minute mark. LINK. It's also scheduled to play again on 700wlw this Friday 12/12 at 1:05 PM.

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Recently I was reminded that Marshall has challenged me to debate whether Christianity has helped or hurt women: Resolved: That the Gospel of Jesus has done more to help more women than any other teaching in the history of Planet Earth. I challenge you, J...

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[First published 7/11/12]So the news has just broken [March 14, 2012] that a Moroccan girl has committed suicide after being ordered by a judge to marry her rapist. Now before some self-righteous Christians begin mouthing off about how unenlightened Islam...

December 7, 9AM

Christians have had different responses to the Outsider Test for Faith (OTF), probably because they don't know what to do with it. Christian apologists Norman Geisler, Victor Reppert, Thomas Talbott, Mark Hanna, Randal Rauser and Matthew Flannagan have al...

December 6, 11AM

Matthew J. Marohl's book, Joseph's Dilemma: 'Honor Killing' in the Birth Narrative of Matthew, is a very provocative one. His thesis is that whether the birth narrative in Matthew depends on a possible honor killing motif depends upon whether Joseph suspe...

December 5, 5PM

"Religious Liars" will be giving away a copy of my most recent book, “Christianity is Not Great: How Faith Fails.” Sign in to enter. The site is run by David Johnson. He has been an active humanist for nearly 20 years. Raised in a fundamentalist Chris...

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Gregory Dawes is a philosopher and author of the excellent book, Theism and Explanation.Richard Marshall interviews him and introduces it with this: Greg Dawes is a philosopher who always thinks hard about religion, about the nature of religious faith and... [Philosophy of Religion]

December 3, 12 AM

Myself, Jonathan MS Pearce, and author James A. Lindsay were both involved in contributing chapters to John's recent excellent addition to his growing numbers of titles. Last night I interviewed James on the subject of his second book, Dot, Dot, Dot I...

December 2, 6PM

That's the song and dance we're hearing quite a bit from the well-intentioned liberals. They think that since Islamic religion can be used to justify so many different actions, therefore Islamic religion isn't a factor in Muslim violence. Okay then, let m...

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LINK. Conservative fundamentalists are losing this war.

December 1, 10AM

My Anthology "Christianity is Not Great" made his list. One wonders what his standards were for choosing them, but it's nice to be listed. LINK.

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Of the Exodus story he says: "It's a heroic myth not dissimilar to Greek or Roman stories about Heracles, Aeneas, or other heroes. If you're willing to believe that God would slaughter thousands of innocent children to punish a ruler for his decisions, th...

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There is one painless way you can help support my efforts here at DC. Buy something, anything off Amazon.com. Usually I get about a 7% kickback. It helps. Thanks. I've been a bit sick the last few days but I'm coming back with righteous indignation. ;-)

November 26, 10PM

I used an excerpt of this sermon in Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.Here is sermon. Full text below:Read more »

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L. Ron Hubbard HBO Has Hired 160 Lawyers in Anticipation of Their New Scientology Documentary HBO is producing a new documentary on the Church of Scientology so explosive that the network has been forced to hire legal back up. "We have probably 160...

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Mr. Jeff Lowder provides a nice write-up about his debate with Mr. Kevin Vandergriff, along with instructions for listening to it right here. I haven't listened to it yet, but I suspect Jeff did very well since it's his forte, so kudos to him! The issues ...

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In the first chapter of Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith FailsI mentioned this video having to do with the placebo effect of faith. It is extremely well-done and thought provoking. In the end I think the placebo of faith is something reasonable adults...

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I bring you church today! Does anyone think these believers could be reasoned out of their faith (see below)? They aren't even interested in reading what atheists have to say! So I hold them up for ridicule instead, to anyone who might be undecided about ...

November 21, 2PM

He already wrote a nice blurb for the book. On his blog, The Secular Outpost, he additionally said: "I know of no other book which argues in such comprehensive detail that Christianity has caused so much harm in the world." I agree but then you'd expect ...

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I met Al Blazo at the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference a few months ago. He was one of the organizers, a passionate man dedicated to changing the religious landscape, one of the unsung heroes for reason and science. He sent me a note highly recommendi...

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There are no bad reasons to stop believing the ridiculous.I have actually made such an argument in four parts to be read beginning here.
This new paper for "The Social Science Journal" sounds interesting. Here's the abstract:This paper reviews recent studies that claim to provide support, through statistical analysis of survey data, for the traditional proposition that being religious make...

November 20, 2PM

 Every single time that I think the intellectually lazy leftist outlets have hit rock bottom in their brainless, Reza Aslan/esque defense of Islam (shall we call it "Islamophilia"?), they manage to stun me by smashing their own record of ina...

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Dr. Howell is the author of God's Two Books: Copernical Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science.As a Christian he was kind enough to write a post-publication blurb of my anthology The Christian Delusion,saying, "I liked Ric...

November 19, 2PM

The answer? The Insider Test for Faith (ITF). How does the ITF work? Believers should test their faith against any evidence to the contrary, and against any perceived internal inconsistencies. That's not a bad test. It does work. It worked for me, and... [Outsider Test Links]

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Recently I've defended the use of ridicule. Good ridicule must be based on some truth, otherwise it wouldn't be funny. It must also bring home an important point. Some of it is gentle humor while some of it is quite mean-spirited. Some people focu... [Ridicule]

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James Lindsay said theism is done, won't last into the future. Victor Reppert responded by saying a bit sarcastically: "Oh yeah, theism is losing adherents, it's down to 74% in the latest Harris poll." Then Lindsay, well, ya gotta read t...

November 18, 9AM

I'm writing a book on Christian apologetics, how to do it right, if it can be done at all. Several Christian apologists have offered their own classifications, or taxonomies, of apologetical methods, and like most things Christian, they cannot even agree ...

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November 17, 7PM

Fundamentalist and evangelical Christians believe that we live in a world gone wrong, and controlled by dark spiritual forces.  They think that  a host of things we face today, including death, disease, predation, violence, painful childbirth, thorns... [Answers in Genesis] [Eden] [entrapment] [Genesis] [j. m. green] [Ken Ham] [questions]

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Dear friends,I want to let you know about some important things which have transpired in my life over the past four years. But before I begin, I only ask that you read the entirety of this letter before replying to me, if you do. As you know, I was a devo...

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We know that peer pressure changes minds, even against what seems quite clear to someone with a different opinion. We KNOW this. If you doubt that then watch this four part ABC Dateline Program, What Were You Thinking? Go ahead. Watch it. Ridicule is a ty... [Ridicule]

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This is an eye opening essay by Samantha Pugsley! It begins with these words:At the age of 10, I took a pledge at my church alongside a group of other girls to remain a virgin until marriage. Yes, you read that right — I was 10 years old.Let’s take a ...
No One Should Have The Right To Die Until God Is Done Toying With Them.

November 16, 6PM

Doug Krueger is the author of the excellent book, What is Atheism? On Facebook he said: We should ridicule the ridiculous. This is sometimes more effective than arguments because believers often substitute emotion for argument, which is why they are so re... [Ridicule]

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Jeff is once again disagreeing with me. That's okay as far as it goes and expected sometimes, but I truly find his ignorance surprising. On his Twitter account (@SecularOutpost) Jeff boasts of being "Paul Draper's Bulldog." I think Drape... [Lowder]

November 15, 6PM

During the Temperance Movement, Winston Churchill (who was famous for his constant use of alcohol) would visit American where he happened to cross paths with a conservative preacher from the Christian Temperance Union. The preach confronted Churchill abo...

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"Our best hope for progress is for atheists to speak out and (as politely as possible) tell any theists who will listen why religious beliefs are ridiculous." -- Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, in Louise Antony’s anthology, Philosophers without Gods, p 78.Sin... [Ridicule]

November 12, 9AM

Brace yourselves for another blockbuster movie about God at Easter, and more ignorance too. This time they're filming in my backyard, Indianapolis. Shit. LINK.

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In light of the fact that Mormon church ust admitted Joseph Smith had up to 40 wives, let's rehearse other things they don't want you to know about. LINK, written by Dr. Valerie Tarico.

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Here's another example of liars for Jesus, this time the Mormon Church, who denied this fact for years and only released it because of the internet's ability to sniff out the truth and expose it. Now we already know Joseph Smith was a liar and pla... [Liars for Jesus]

November 10, 3PM

Here's an interview I recently did with Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor for Freethought Radio about my new anthology Christianity is Not Great. The interview starts at the 21:10 marker. Enjoy!

November 9, 11PM

His Holiness: Dalai LamaIt has been said that criticizing the Dalai Lama has been liken to shooting Bambi. After all, this perceived harmless Tibetan religious leader, living in exile since 1959, has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1959; the 19...

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November 7, 10AM

Download it and then click on the file. Enjoy.

November 6, 8AM

I've been very honored lately to be asked to write blurbs for upcoming books. Here's another excellent one I highly recommend, written by Lex Bayer and John Figdor, Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century....
Ron is the President and CEO of the Center for Inquiry and he wrote an excellent chapter in my anthology Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.His excellent book is The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can't Tell Us What to Do.I encourage everyone, b...

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I just wrote a blurb for an upcoming atheist book. I said something like this: If believers continue to believe despite this book then their cognitive faculties are just not functioning properly.The last phrase is a dig at Alvin Plantinga. I love it! ;-) ...

November 5, 7AM

"An hour long spoof proving from the bible that the earth has to be flat. Done in a Scots-Afrikaaner Dutch Reformed Lutheran dialect, the program parodies fundamentalist faith in the bible by an "experimental" reductio ad absurdum."

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The book is called The Hard Evidence for God's Existence: A Comprehensive Guide.It's published by Dr. James T. Jenkins, professor at Pittsburgh University, where he chairs the Scientific Advisory Council and serves as a reviewer on more than ten internati...

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LINK. Written by Drs. Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico. Enjoy.

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More episodes can be found at YouTube. Enjoy.

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Tonight I'll be on The Alan Colmes Show talking about my anthology Christianity is Not Great. It's scheduled for 8:05 PM EST. Wish me well.

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Since the cool pope, Francis, made his recent statements about evolution, the internets have been abuzz. Voices like Ken Ham has argued that this is another indication that the pope is undermining Biblical authority. Others have rightly poi...

October 30, 8PM

Other reviews of "Christianity is Not Great" have appeared. Here is one written by Andrew Atkinson: LINK.

October 29, 9PM

Upstate Gospel Quartet Member Accused of Soliciting Minor Boy for SexGREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) A former baritone singer in a local gospel quartet sits behind bars, accused by Greenville Co. deputies of soliciting sex from who he thought was a 15-...

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