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Nov 01 2013

Evolution question

Email: Hello, I am from Dallas and I go to a southern baptist school. Recently I had a project in my Logic and World Views class were I had to debate with another classmate on a controversial topic in today’s society, I choose the existence of god because I am an atheist and I wanted …

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Oct 29 2013

Explaining scientific understanding to a creationist

Got this email:   My biggest question for you guys is… How do you believe that we (and by we, I mean the entire earth and all of its contents) are here? Of course Christians, like myself, believe in the 7 Days of Creation. I’m watching your television show (your showdown with Ray Comfort) and …

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Oct 28 2013

The thing about presuppositional apologetics…

I’ve said this about presuppositional apologetics before. But it’s sometimes hard to keep it in mind in the middle of actually talking to a practitioner, like Seth on yesterday’s show. So I’m writing it again just to remind myself. The thing about presuppositional apologetics is that it’s not convincing to anyone who isn’t already looking …

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Oct 22 2013

Lecture: How online social media is changing the face of atheism

This is the video of a lecture I gave on October 13 at the Austin History Center. The video is embedded here, and the transcript of the talk, with references, is also included below (as much as I had written down, at least). Some of my slides are also copied here.  

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Oct 09 2013

Don’t believe every Jesus conspiracy you read

Okay, I need to nip this in the bud. We’ve gotten a flood of email in the last 24 hours telling us we should check out this thing. http://www.covertmessiah.com/ http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm I’m inclined to conclude that it’s rubbish. Joseph Atwill has been peddling his Jesus conspiracy theories for years. He is not a historian, he doesn’t …

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Oct 06 2013

Is atheist activism counter-productive? (Spoiler: No.)

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This post is a response to an email I received concerning an argument between two friends, both atheists. One of them is presenting the other’s claim that it’s not worthwhile to actively promote atheism, because even though religion may be false, it gives people comfort and motivates them to work towards worthwhile social causes. My …

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Sep 25 2013

Online atheist forums

The Atheist Experience gets a lot of email. Way more email than we can possibly respond to. In some cases, one person will write to us many times, seeing us as a sort of atheist pen pal. Although I enjoy filling that role sometimes, most of the time we’re stretched too thin to be a …

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Sep 10 2013

Mail bag odds and ends: Which God don’t you believe in?

This is just a minor email topic that came up, and probably familiar territory to most viewers. Even so, it’s been a while since we posted anything that wasn’t an announcement or an open thread, so here’s a topic to chatter about. This exchange was actually kind of long and tedious, because the person kept …

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Aug 15 2013

Proving light exists to a blind man

Email: How would you respond to a Christian who says “Just like light cannot be proven to a blind man, God must be experienced to believe.”? I feel like I’ve already addressed this question before, at least on the show, but I can’t find it on the blog. When I googled the question, I found …

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Jul 29 2013

Christianity: It’s Just About Being Nice to People?

Someone wrote to us from a “non-English speaking country,” to say that his friend asked him why he, as an atheist, objects to Christianity—since it’s only teaching people to be good to one another? The writer said he wasn’t very familiar with Christianity and asked me why it should be such a big problem for …

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