See You in Riverside and Lancaster!

These events are definitely on! And I’d love to help both groups see your support. This Friday Antelope Valley Freethinkers surely could use some extra attendance and donations for bringing me in to speak, and for keeping on their activity supporting local atheists, in that bastion of conservative religion they live in. So if you are anywhere in that area, stop by, throw a few bucks in, and meet some folks, learn about history, and ask an expert questions. The Riverside Atheists and Freethinkers can also benefit from a good turnout this Saturday. Help them cover the expenses of bringing me out. And task me with any questions you have! Details for both events here.

 

At MythinformationCon in Milwaukee This April

Mythicist Milwaukee is putting on a one-day informational event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the origin and power of myths this April 25 (2015), which will be a Saturday. The first ever Mythinformation Conference. They hope to grow the event in future years, so if you can go, register and check it out! Three speakers will present: [Read more…]

The Will of God: 24 Evil Old Testament Verses: Available Again!

My article on The Will of God: 24 Evil Old Testament Verses is now available again for viewing. Among much else. Apparently Google changed a setting on us without telling us and the companion site to the book The Christian Delusion has been inaccessible for almost a year. And we didn’t know, because Google didn’t change the setting for everyone, so it appeared to work fine for some people, including us. It took until now to find out. But that’s fixed. We set the setting back. So now if you’ve been trying to access it (as apparently hundreds of people were), you can. Merry Post Christmas!

Join My New Course This January: Critical Thinking in the 21st Century

Starting January 1 (2015) I will be teaching an online course on Critical Thinking in the 21st Century: Essential Skills Everyone Should Master. Click that to register.

The required course text (which students should purchase as soon as possible) is Ken Manktelow, Thinking and Reasoning: An Introduction to the Psychology of Reason, Judgment and Decision Making (available in paperback … or on kindle for either purchase or rent: make sure you select the desired option before purchase). All other course materials (articles and video lectures) will be provided for free.

Official Course Description:

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Get Greta Christina’s Essential Little Book on Death

Cover of the e-book, with the title and author, depicting a person sitting contemplating below a great tree.When Greta Christina writes a book on a subject, it’s usually so thorough and well-written you won’t need any other. And her latest e-book (eventually to appear in print as well) continues the tradition. In less than eighty pages, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God covers every essential base, and is really the book for an atheist to get for building a usable philosophy of death. I couldn’t think of anything she didn’t address, and she even addressed some aspects of the question that would never have occurred to me!

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On the Historicity of Jesus Now on Kindle and Nook!

Cover of Richard Carrier's book On the Historicity of Jesus. Medieval icon image of Jesus holding a codex, on a plain brown background, title above in white text, author below in white text.My latest and most controversial (and in-demand!) book is now available in e-book format. At last! You can now get On the Historicity of Jesus on kindle and nook (I don’t know if it’s also available on any other platforms or formats). The audiobook is still in production.

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Null Hypothesis My Ass (A Christmas Harangue)

Letter to the editor of Christian Apologetics Ministries (ApologeticsMinistries.com):

You unbelievable wingnuts. You should totally fire your Professor of Apologetics, Jonathon Hold, from his position at your supposed Iowa University of Religion for being a baloneyhead. His article proposing The Null Hypothesis Project is full of vomitous flabergastery.

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Here’s a Fun Way to Help Camp Quest

Get in on the action: vote with a donation to decide the Camp Quest Famous Freethinkers Faceoff! (You can also like their campaign’s Facebook page, and spread the word by any and all social media.)

Why?

Because then, you will actually get to affect who gets on the Ace cards in a deck of famous freethinkers. (Just FYI, not thought leaders are meant; just fame is the criterion.)

Do you want Richard Dawkins there? Or Elon Musk?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Or Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

And so on down a select bracket.

Check out the website link above. Make your choices with a donation. And take part in creating an interesting deck of cards, one that will likely be played by godless kids all over the U.S. for years to come. All in support of the cause of Camp Quest, the only nationwide organization of summer camps serving nonbelievers. (Here’s just some of what they do that’s awesome.)

 

Appearing in Columbus, Ohio — and on DC TV!

While I continue to work all day in the studio recording audio for On the Historicity of Jesus (thanks to Pitchstone Publishing), while Sheffield continues working to produce an electronic edition (that process is out of my hands), I have to get some announcements out. I know, I still haven’t gotten to the comments queue. Have not found the time yet. And with Thanksgiving coming up as well, it certainly won’t happen this week.

But meanwhile, those who want to hang out with me in person, or see me on cable access TV, get out your December calendars…

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