What Will Ryan Bell Decide? Join Our Exciting New Online Course in December

Ryan Bell shall soon be ending his Year Without God. And in a special one month online course, he and I will be debating where he should now go from here: Remain an atheist, or a theist? Join the atheist community and help us move the cause forward, or not? (He may have criticisms of the atheism movement worth your being challenged by.) He will be making the best case he thinks possible for belief in God; and I, the contrary. You can join us to watch how the arguments between us go, and even join in the discussion, and attempt to persuade him, yea or nay. Register now. And buy the two recommended course texts as soon as possible, if you want to see where we will be coming from (see below).

We have structured the course to run two arguments in parallel:

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You’ll Want This Book: Christianity Is Not Great

Cover of Christianity Is Not Great.You can now pre-order the final volume of the Loftus trilogy, in print or kindle, which includes two chapters by me, and awesome chapters by many other excellent scholars. The previous two volumes were The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails (building on The God Delusion with entries by experts on various of its subjects) and The End of Christianity (building on The End of Faith with entries by experts on various of its subjects). They were excellent collections, featuring the work of over a dozen different experts, brought together and edited by John Loftus. Now the final entry has arrived: Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails (building on God Is Not Great with entries by experts on various of its subjects).

To see a summary of what’s in the earlier volumes, see my past blogs on “The Christian Delusion” (2010) and “The End of Christianity” (2011).

What’s new in Christianity Is Not Great? Oh, it’s great…

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I’m in Sacramento This Sunday … Selling My Books Dirt Cheap!

If you can make it, definitely do! This Sunday is Freethought Day in Sacramento, California (October 12, 2014), with speakers and entertainment and all kinds of vendors and fun. You can register at EventBrite. The all-day outdoor event is free. But you can donate to get reserved seating, or attend the Saturday night VIP reception this 11th (I’ll be there), or even yet other things. I can’t guarantee who will be at the reception Saturday night, but among the VIPs featured Sunday are Rebecca Watson, Phil Zuckerman, Greta Christina, Ross Blocher (of Oh No Ross and Carrie), illusionist Ryan Kane, Dan Arel (Parenting without God), Brendan Powell Smith (The Brick Bible), poet Victor Harris, Tom Beasley (from the An American Atheist podcast), David Fitzgerald (The Mormons), and more. Camp Quest West will also be providing a Fun Zone for kids.

I might take the stage briefly, but I will be tabling all day and selling heaping wadges of my books at cut rate prices. All my backdated stock that’s perfectly readable but in somewhat rough condition aesthetically. This is your chance to get dirt cheap copies of most of my books for your friends, family, colleagues, or yourself, or to donate to your local library, or wherever. My newest two books (published this year) will not be sold at discount but at their regular price, but I will have them for sale, too. I am fully setup now to take credit cards (and I always take cash and personal checks). So stop by and help buy me out!

(And for those who’ve been wondering, my intense travel and teaching schedule has kept me away from my blog for weeks. And this won’t let up anytime soon. So expect my comments queue to languish for weeks and get cleared in bulk every once in a while now until things change. And my posting will probably be sporadic as well, even though I have tons of stuff I want to blog about!)

Busy Bee Roundup of Bizarre & Shocking Things

Texas votes Nazi. Sam Harris exposes his sexism. Michael Shermer gets investigated. Richard Dawkins vomits all over the internet. I can’t keep up.

Alas, I have been doing nonstop traveling and events and work-catchup for weeks. I haven’t even been able to get to my comments queue, so I shall soon just be clearing everything to post, probably most without response or very little response, as I have no time. I’m getting caught up on backlogged work in preparation for two events in Canada that I have to travel to later this week. I apologize for the comments delay. I had hoped to find time for it in transit, but alas I couldn’t, and likely won’t (this grueling schedule shall continue for months).

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Take My October Class: Moral Reasoning from Theory to Practice (Applying Science and Philosophy in Everyday Life)

This will be a survey of contemporary moral theory and the scientific study of morality, with an aim to improving your own moral decision-making, and encouraging the same in others. Register now. It’s a one-month, online, do-at-your-own-pace course in which you can participate as much or as little as you want. Lots of people just lurk, do the readings, and read the ensuing discussions, and that’s totally fine. But there will also be challenging assignment questions each week that will help you grasp and benefit from the readings and discussions, for anyone who wants to take that additional step.

Subjects covered in this course will include:

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