Month: July 2007

“A False Quest for a True Islam”

Since I rant here on Islam-related issues, I should point out that Free Inquiry has just run my article, “A False Quest for a True Islam” and also put it on their web site. It points out what I think are some errors of secular critics of Islam.


In response to the challenge to reply to Michael Gerlson’s argument against atheism, I offer the following: It is hard to say what exactly Mr. Gerlson’s argument is since it is not expressed very clearly or precisely. Reading between the lines, I think the argument may be reconstructed as follows: The problem of deriving an

Open Question to All Atheists: Can You Answer This?

In a recent editorial commenting on “New Atheists” Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, Michael Gerlson presents the following purportedly unanswerable objection to atheism: But there is a problem. Human nature, in other circumstances, is also clearly constructed for cruel exploitation, uncontrollable rage, icy selfishness and a range of other less desirable traits. So the dilemma is Open Question to All Atheists: Can You Answer This?

Atheist Manifesto

I’m new to this whole blogging thing, but I thought I would start off with a big post. A few weeks ago my nephew, who is an evangelical Christian of the progressive Jim Wallis type, not the neanderthal James Dobson type, asked me to explain briefly why I am an atheist. I wrote the following Atheist Manifesto

Living with Darwin

Here’s a hearty, full-throated recommendation for Philip Kitcher’s latest book, Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. If you’re looking for a short, very readable but substantive book on creationism, intelligent design, and the very real challenge Darwinian evolution poses for any supernaturalistic faith, this is the one. Go out and buy Living with Darwin