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March 24 2017, 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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

February 16, 9AM

Carrier presents the latest interesting scholarly findings right here.

February 15, 1PM

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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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 2, 1PM

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...

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 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 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 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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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, 7AM

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 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

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 15, 11AM

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

November 14, 11AM

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 12, 6AM

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 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 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 7, 5AM

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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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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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...

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, 5AM

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 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 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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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...

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.

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 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:

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, 8AM

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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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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, 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 numb... [Robert Conner]

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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...

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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...

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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]

April 1, 4AM

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...

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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 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...

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 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 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 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 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 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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 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...

December 31 2015, 2PM

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 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...

December 8, 6AM

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

December 7, 9AM

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, 10AM

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, 8AM

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

November 30, 10AM

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...

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, 9PM

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 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, 11AM

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 ...

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

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, 7AM

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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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...

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...

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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 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, 8AM

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...

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 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 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 26, 9AM

Here's what I'm attempting to do in How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist: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 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&#...

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, 12 PM

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.

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.

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 ...

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...

July 13, 10AM

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...

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 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, 2PM

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...