Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 29 2013

Paging Dr. Pander Hyperbole

Are You Serious? (Davis Silverman Meme)

Christianity is the most amazing thing ever. Or not. In clearing my by-the-desk bookshelf of books I’d been using to complete On the Historicity of Jesus Christ, I came across Bart Ehrman’s excellent Jesus Interrupted again, which is still the standard book I recommend to anyone who wants to get up to speed on what …

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Jan 22 2013

Debate in Alabama

On Saturday, February 9 (2013), I will be debating the proposition “Is the Christian Faith Reasonable?” with Dr. David Marshall at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The whole event will run from 6pm to 8pm, doors open at 5:30pm, and Dr. Marshall and I will be selling and signing our books in the lobby …

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Jan 16 2013

Prototypical Sexist Atheist on Exhibit

In response to my post Monday on Adam Lee’s petition against the harassment of prominent women in the atheist movement (see The Name for What’s Happening), someone posted a comment that demonstrates the very existence and nature of the problem. Indeed, almost so perfectly I’d think a feminist invented it as an ideal hypothetical example; …

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Jan 14 2013

Atheism+ : The Name for What’s Happening

Adam Lee has launched a petition I hope all my godless readers will sign. In fact I hope you will encourage as many godless friends and colleagues as you can to sign, to show how many of us support women in our movement and oppose the abuse and harassment of them that is going on …

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Jan 11 2013

Digitally Appearing in Winnipeg

Nighttime skyline of the beautiful city of Winnipeg

If you’re in or near Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada), you probably already know, but just in case not: tomorrow I’ll be doing a live Q&A via FaceTime and/or Skype for the Humanist Association of Manitoba, after they do a viewing of my latest Skepticon talk, Miracles and Historical Method. I’ve offered to field questions on all …

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Jan 09 2013

Bayesian Atheism Even Lowder

Yesterday’s post inspired someone to point me to another gem in the same category: the ongoing work of Jeffery Jay Lowder at The Secular Outpost on Bayesian Arguments for Atheism and theism. He has a long archive on that topic there and continues to post on debates in religion analyzing them in Bayesian terms. Though …

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Jan 08 2013

Bayesian Atheism

James Lindsay has been doing some great blogging on how to apply Bayesian reasoning to model John Loftus’ Outsider Test for Faith (or OTF). A while ago I asked for recommendations of bloggers that often write about Bayes’ Theorem for a general audience (see Bayesian Blogging), and a few came up there. This is another. …

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Jan 02 2013

I’m Back, Now Help Ed Brayton!

Picture of Ed Brayton and FTB bio

I know fans will want to hear my news, but I want you to give someone else a hand, it’s way more important, so please read on. Yesterday I finished the principal draft of On the Historicity of Jesus Christ. Today I’m taking a trip to the library to double check some essentials, and that …

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