You have to wonder about American liberals, as represented by the Democratic party. Their foreign policy difference from Republicans is that they claim to be even better at slaughtering Muslims and erasing civil liberties. Their economic difference is that their version of neoliberalism tilts more toward certain Wall Street factions and Silicon Valley, rather than … Liberal pseudoscience
Demographics on our side?
These days I often run into the notion that in the US, demographics is on the side of nonbelief. The excessive politicization of the Religious Right has turned off the poor, minorities, and the young. The new generation of “millennials” or whatever is less identified with organized religion. So if we just ride out this … Demographics on our side?
Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 21
Another bit of historical information allegedly supporting the spear-wound-of-Jesus story in Chapter 19 of the Fourth Gospel is a quote from Origen. I think I originally came across this information five years ago from a website called A Lawyer Examines The Swoon Theory. The website is still available:http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/swoon.htmThe Origen quote is still on the above … Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 21
Assessing evidence for the existence of Jesus
Here is an argument that I present and examine in my paper “Evidence, Miracles and The Existence of Jesus”, published in Faith and Philosophy, April 2011. Volume 28, Issue 2. Pages 129-151). The defence of premises P1 and P2 is in the paper, which can be viewed here. William Lane Craig’s response is here. In … Assessing evidence for the existence of Jesus
Fazıl Say to exile himself; Turkish “secularism”
Since earlier I mentioned the trouble Fazıl Say, a famous Turkish pianist, has run into due to his open atheism, here’s an update. Apparently he has decided Turkey has become too intolerant of religious dissent, and that he would live in exile in Japan. (Where, let’s face it, a classical pianist will be much better … Fazıl Say to exile himself; Turkish “secularism”
My interview with Nelson Brooke for ThinkAtheist is now available: The talk ranged over a number of issues–really more on philosophy of science than anything else.
Does it matter how people reject religion?
By and large, I’d prefer it if more people did not hold supernatural beliefs—or at least, if they did not hold politically potent supernatural beliefs. (While I’m at it, I’d also like world peace, for my knees to suddenly not show the effects of my age on the basketball court, and so on and so … Does it matter how people reject religion?
Free speech for Muslims?
I often complain about how conservative Muslims’ overdeveloped sensitivity to religious insult erects barriers to the freedom of speech, and particularly speech criticizing anything Islamic. That’s a serious problem for nonbelievers and anyone who cares about freedom of expression. But here in the US, where we so love to posture about how we’re so much … Free speech for Muslims?
Turkish pianist under investigation for atheism
Fazıl Say, a Turkish pianist of international renown, apparently has a twitter habit and a tendency to say what he thinks. And since in a couple of tweets he has expressed atheism and engaged in some light mockery of Islam, he is now under investigation by the office of the Public Prosecutor, under suspicion of … Turkish pianist under investigation for atheism
Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 20
Before I continue to examine the historical reliability of Chapter 19 of the Fourth Gospel, let’s take a step back and consider some historical evidence from outside the Gospels on the question of whether Jesus was stabbed in the chest with a spear while on the cross: In addition the Gospel of John reports that … Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 20