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February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s been a while between articles posts, let’s get straight into it:

Philosophy Bites – Links to the First 176 Episodes -Edmonds and Warburton.

LCA 2013: distributed democracy, speaking stacks, links -Sky Croeser.

Anti-Muslim hysteria in Australia -Russell Glasser.

We get email: Believers and their security blankets -Martin Wagner.

The Argument from “It Just Makes Sense to Me”

Atheist Arrested for Blasphemy, and How You Can Help

Mail bin: arguing with the FAQ

Good luck in Somalia– Ophelia Benson.

Egyptian atheist facing blasphemy sentence – Jacob Fortin.

Repairs under way -Ophelia Benson.

A fabulous “Manly Meal”-Ophelia Benson.

WL Craig on Morality and Meaning (Series Index) -John Danaher.

My Favourite Posts of 2012 -John Danaher.

Sexual Objectification: An Atheist Perspective -Richard Carrier.

Prototypical Sexist Atheist on Exhibit– Richard Carrier.

Atheism+ : The Name for What’s Happening-Richard Carrier.

Waldron on pornography -Russell Blackford.

Gay Bishop Comes Up With the Worst Argument to Support Same-Sex Marriage– Greta Christina.

My Letter to the Boy Scouts– Greta Christina.

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Increasingly Desperate and Stupid – Greta Christina.

String of atheism signs vandalized, no real action taken by officials – Jacob Fortin.

Catholic Priest blames women for bringing violence on themselves – Jacob Fortin.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews harass sexually abused girl – Jacob Fortin.

Bill O’Reilly calls David Silverman a Fascist – Jacob Fortin.

Top 10 anti-Christian acts of 2012 -J.T Eberhard.

Most insulting fundraiser ever. – J.T Eberhard.

Don’t Say Gay legislator: being gay is like shooting heroin. -J.T Eberhard.

74 years of female slave labor in the 20th century, courtesy of the Catholic Church. – J.T Eberhard.

How often god’s moral decrees bear no resemblance to justice. -J.T Eberhard.

Gay friends? Me dear? How very dare you! You’re mistaking me for Muhammad – Barry Duke.

Investigation launched over nurse who allegedly told a family to put their trust in Allah – Barry Duke.

Only fools and Christians: ‘Born-again’ Tennessee man quits job over 666 tax code – Barry Duke.

Catholic meddling appears to have delayed Boy Scouts of America’s decision on gay inclusion – Barry Duke.

Danish police on the hunt for a gunman who tried to kill Islam critic Lars Hedegaard – Barry Duke.

Brazilian pastor is behind bars after telling his flock that his penis contained ‘holy milk’ – Barry Duke.

Another devastating week for the RC Church as more of its criminality is exposed – Barry Duke.

Craig’s Argument for God from Intentionality – Philosotroll.

Witch Hunts in Papua New Guinea – Leo Igwe.

Randal Rauser on William Lane Craig’s defense of the Canaanite genocide -Chris Hallquist.

More Powerpoint Slides from a Christian Pastor’s Anti-Gay Sermon – Hermant Mehta.

Woman Brutally Murdered in Papua New Guinea After Being Accused of Sorcery – Hermant Mehta.

Christians in Indiana Unite to Create a Prom That Gay Students Can’t Attend – Hermant Mehta.

Virginia Senate Approves Bill Allowing College Groups to Discriminate Based On Religious Beliefs -Hermant Mehta.

Who Still Thinks the Church Has Any Moral Credibility? -Hermant Mehta.

Christian Pastor: I’d Rather Experience Chinese Water Torture Than Listen to a Woman Argue With Me – Hermant Mehta.

Shells and switches -Deacon Duncan.

God and the PlayStation 3 -Deacon Duncan.

The Gypsy Curse -Deacon Duncan.

Religions will never be satisfied — they will always up the ante until they are in charge -Eric MacDonald.



July 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The Non-Prophets 11.9 – Matt Dillahunty, Russell Glasser, Dennis Loubet.

Anonymous Atheists -Robert M. Price.

Why don’t the faithful debate each other? – Jerry Coyne.

Dennett on atheism denial -Jerry Coyne.

Can Homosexuals be Christians? -C Michael Scott.

Addiction and Responsibility (Part Three) -John Danaher.

The “Reasonable Doubts” podcast on presuppositional apologetics: Part 1 -Rhology.

Paul Draper’s burden of proof for the theist -Helen De Cruz.

What Is Consciousness? Another Reply to Kastrup -Steven Novella.

The Epistemic Objection to Torture (Part One)and Two– John Danher.

Women were incapable of having seminal ideas -Ophelia Benson.

Eroding Feminism – Lauryn Oates.

Pro-life arson -Ophelia Benson.

I have a look at Ehrman’s new book on Jesus -Jerry Coyne.

Book Snap: Robert Price’s “The Christ-Myth Theory and Its Problems” -J.P Holding.

Question: God and Necessity -Randy Everist.

Assessing evidence for the existence of Jesus -Stephen Law.

New Online Resource: Papers by Alvin Plantinga -Ex-Apologist.

Leiter on Krauss vs. the Philosophers -Ex-Apologist.

Craig on Materialism -Victor Reppert.

Do philosophers of religion rate religious arguments differently from other philosophers? (short answer: yes) – Helen De Cruz.

PSR for Naturalists– Ex-Apologist.

Naturalism and Necessary Beings (Very, Very Rough Draft) -Ex-Apologist.

Philosophers and physicists duke it out -Ophelia Benson.

Accurately Describing the Bible Is Not Oppression -Amanda Marcotte.

Louise Mensch deserves our solidarity -Ellie Mae O’hagan.

Taking a Look at Mainstream Christian Beliefs

On Sexual Harassment -Richard Carrier.

Pastor Worley or ‘Pastor’ Worley? -Justin Vacula.

Women and Combative Atheist

The structure of social revolutions, part 1 – Russell Glasser.


A new poll on the politics, religiosity, and well being of Americans -Jerry Coyne.

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April 11, 2012 Leave a comment


Gallup: ’32% of Americans are Nonreligious’ -Hermant Mehta.

Review of The Ultimate Why Question: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing at All? -Ex-Apologist

Is Plantinga’s Free Will Defense A Successful Reply to the Logical Problem of Evil? -Ex-Apologist

Morriston’s Paper on Plantinga’s EAAN-Ex-Apologist.

A Short Dialogue on Transworld Depravity and the Free Will Defense -Ex-Apologist

On the Modal Analysis of Libertarian Freedom in Plantinga’s Free Will Defense-Ex-Apologist.

David Albert Comments on Krauss’ A Universe from Nothing -Ex-Apologist.

What Ehrman actually says – Ophelia Benson.

Is there Nothing Wrong with Being Religious? -John Shook.

Tripping Balls -Matt McCormick.

The Scientific Verdict on God (Part 2): Supernaturalism as a Scientifically Testable Model– Nathan Dickey.

How to make something from nothing – Eric MacDonald.

Answering Some of My Critics -John Loftus.

Atheists Don’t Just Want Sex and Drugs

Let’s Keep New Atheism Strident – Eric MacDonald.

How Unnatural Is Religion? -John Shook.

“Good” Philosophy and Apologetics -Philostroll.

The Biblical Historicity Argument: An Analysis -Philosotroll.

A Massive Reason Rally Recap (with Videos and Behind-the-Scenes Pictures) -Hermant Mehta.

Discussing the Reason Rally and Atheism on NPR -Hermant Mehta.

Richard Dawkins’ Speech at the American Atheists Convention -Hermant Mehta.

Reason Rally on the Mall is a milestone event for the growing atheist movement -Rick Wingrove.

Woodstock For Atheists’: A Moment For Nonbelievers -Barbara Bradley Hagerty.

Atheists, others gather at Reason Rally – Lori Aratani.

Young atheists come online -Hermant Mehta.

What Percentage of Prisoners Are Atheists? Pew Forum Offers An Answer -Hermant Mehta.

Militant is the new neo -Ophelia Benson.

Measuring the Success of the Atheist Movement

Reason Rally/American Atheists wrap up -JT Eberhard.

Richard Dawkins – Agnostic -Steven Novella.


Abortions rates are lower in countries where it is legal- some thoughts on recent pro-choice comments -J.W Wartick.

The Ontology of Morality: Some Problems for Humanists and their friends -J.W Wartick.

Melting Ice Waiting for Delivery-J.P Holding.

Are indexicals a threat to materialism– Victor Reppert.

The Modal Ontological Argument-Randy Everist.

Do Atheists Know God Exists? -Randy Everist.

Naturalis Historia: Is Young Earth Creationism True? -J.W Wartick.

In which I stick my nose into someone else’s business-Lydia McGrew.

Trust in testimony and miracles -Helen De Cruz.

Book Snap: Bart Ehrman’s “Did Jesus Exist?” -J.P Holding.

Don’t you trust women to make the right decision for themselves on their own?

“Reason Rally”: Doubleplusgood newspeak for groupthink! -Edward Feser.


Autism prevalence: Now estimated to be one in 88, and the antivaccine movement goes wild -David Gorski.

To rule out god, first get to know him


Another crime for which faith is culpable -JT Eberhard.

We have ways of making you silent -Ophelia Benson.

School officials ordered to apologize in prayer case -Guillermo Contreras.

Attorneys Defend Pastor Accused Of Encouraging Corporal Punishment Against Children

Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens, Holds Them At Gunpoint, For ‘Learning Exercise’ (VIDEO) -Laura Hibbard.

Tribal woman shot for refusing to withdraw daughter’s rape case -Milind Ghatwai.

Say prayer works or we will squash you -Ophelia Benson.

Weekly Poll: How Have Courts Treated Christians and Christianity? -Austin Cline.

Pat Robertson Supports Legalizing Marijuana

Teach the Controversy: Teach Kids All the Theories about Sex! -Austin Cline.

Do You Know How Many Slaves Work for You? -Beth Scott.

Bringing Philosophical Women out of the Shadows

In Defense of Sex

How the Pill Changed Women’s Wages

Contraception, Again… -Mike Labossiere.

Contraception, Once Again -Mike Labossiere.

How Birth Control Can Help You Finish College

Is Eating Meat Ethical? -Mark Sisson.

Of Limbaugh & Maher -Mike Labossiere.

Creating a Safe Harbor for Nonbelievers

Why women need secularism – R. Elisabeth Cornwell.

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February 2, 2012 Leave a comment


Fossils shed light on evolutionary origin of animals from single-cell ancestors

cb(3P): New particle at the Large Hadron Collider discovered by ATLAS experiment

The Really, Truly, Newest, Earthiest Planets Yet — Until the Next Ones

Human Testing on Possible HIV Vaccine Starts in Jan.

Ongoing Human Evolution -Austin Cline.

While temperatures rise, denialists reach lower – Phil Plait.

Skin transformed into brain cells –  James Gallagher.

Baby steps versus long jumps: The “size” of evolutionary change, and why it matters – Jeremy Yoder.

A Universe From Nothing – Review – Samantha Nelson.

Embryonic stem cells appear to restore some vision to legally blind patient – Rob Stein and David Brown.

Dolphins and whales: interspecies play? – Jerry Coyne.



Newt Gingrich Says He Will Ignore Supreme Court Rulings He Doesn’t Agree With

Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class – John Timmer.

Why Romney’s Religion Matters – Sean Faircloth.

Do kids have to be taught about the supernatural? – Thomas Rees.

Gingrich vows to ban embryonic stem-cell research, questions in vitro practices –  Karen Tumulty.

When Pseudoscience Kills – Steve Novella.

Student Faces Town’s Wrath in Protest Against a Prayer –  Abby Goodnough.

For Rick Santorum, a Pregnancy That Is the Result of Rape Is a ‘Broken Gift’ – Bentley Owen.

News flash: American Protestant ministers overwhelmingly reject evolution, are split on Earth’s age – Jerry Coyne.

Your state’s report card – PZ Myers.

A British journalist gets it all wrong when explaining why Americans reject evolution – Jerry Coyne.

“Liberal” Anglicans support psychotherapy to cure gay people of their “illness” – Jerry Coyne.

A temple to atheism, for crying out loud – Jerry Coyne.

The dysfunctionality of America: income inequality, religion, and evolution – Jerry Coyne.



On Mass Hallucinations and the Resurrection of Jesus

A New Year’s Resolution: Admit You are an Atheist – John Shook.

Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism: Framing the Debate -John Shook.

Burdon of Proof -Bradyn Stanaway.

Christians & Gay Marriage: Faith-Based Bigotry Against Gay Marriage & Equality – Austin Cline.

More rubbish about “shrill” atheists – this time in The Daily Mail – Russell Blackford.

Why Should Atheists Be More Skeptical? Why is Skepticism Relevant to Atheism? -Austin Cline.

The Scientific Verdict on God (Part 1): Models– Nathan Dickey.

The Problem of Evil: Are atheists simply ‘asking too much?’ –  Justin Vacula.

Local reader argues naturalistic worldview is inadequate – Justin Vacula.

A Note on Craig’s Standard Reply to Mackie on the Kalam Cosmological Argument– Ex-apologist.

Naturalism, Evolution and True Belief – Stephen Law.

Required Reading

Proving God’s Existence is Impossible -John Shook.

Thinking about Thinking

The Secular Outpost: Paul Draper, the Fallacy of Understated Evidence, …

The Debunking Handbook -Daniel Midgeley.

Why I engage-Daniel Midgley.

Religions are totalitarian. If we cannot criticise religion, we cannot be free. – Eric MacDonald.

The Fallacy of Atheism’s Public Relations Problem

Why the secular state has no moral mandate. – Russell Blackford.

Godless Ethics, Morality, and Values: Do Godless Morals & Values Exist? -Austin Cline.


The Moral Argument: Mistakes to Avoid and Practical Advice – J.W Wartick.

Book Review: “Material Beings” by Peter van Inwagen – J.W Wartick.

Christians, homophobia and trying hard to follow Jesus – David Pocock.

Is William Lane Craig a theistic evolutionist? -Steve Hays.

Is Faith Blind? – Randy Everist.

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December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys, I’ve added a new sub-heading this week “philosophy”, enjoy!


Guest post: Catholicism waning in Ireland – Sigmund.

Why are the young abandoning Christianity? -Jerry Coyne.

Religion of peace firebombs a paper for satire -Jerry Coyne.

Afghan woman’s choice: 12 years in jail or marry her rapist and risk death -Nick Paton Walsh.

Republicans insane; want to establish theocracy -Jerry Coyne.

Child Rape, Penn State and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad? – Greta Christina.

Afghan women have continued to struggle -Ophelia Benson.

New Hampshire Gay Marriage Battle Highlights Republican Shifts

Australia Gay Marriage Advocacy Group Unveils Sweet, Sexy New Ad (VIDEO)

Acid attack survivors network in Bangladesh – in pictures

Atheists are the most generous—even without heavenly reward! -Hank Pellisier.


‘Tis a good day to #creozerg -PZ Myers.

The Kensington Forgery -PZ Myers.

A very silly calculation -PZ Myers.

William Lane Craig and the problem of pain -PZ Myers.

What have the students been up to this week? -PZ Myers.

How many genes does it take to make a squid eye? -PZ Myers.

Watts wrote a check he couldn’t cash -PZ Myers.

What have my students been thinking about lately? -PZ Myers.

Humans learn to walk like rats -FREYA BOARDMAN-PRETTY

“New” Genes May Have Played a Role in Human Brain Evolution -Charles Q Choi.

Did climate change doom roaming Neanderthals? -Emily Sohn.

Team pinpoints date and rate of Earth’s most extreme extinction

Neutrino experiment repeat at Cern finds same result -Jason Palmer.

LHC Combination Of Higgs Limits: MH<141 GeV -Tommaso Dorigo.

A whole book on the evolution of eyes -Jerry Coyne.

More religious incursion into science -Jerry Coyne.

Another paper on “symbiotic speciation” by Donald Williamson is retracted -Jerry Coyne.

Researchers Turn Embryonic Stem Cells into Functioning Neurons

Microraptor – the four-winged dinosaur that ate birds -Ed Yong.

Skeleton of ancient human relative may yield skin -Catherine Brahic and Rohan Hooper.

Twenty Years After “Darwin on Trial”, ID is Dead -Jason Rosenhouse.

Benefits tied to immunisation-Daniel Midgley.

“Great Dying” Lasted 200,000 Years -Brian Handwerk.

Top Ten Myths About the Brain -Lauren Helmuth.

NASA Researchers: DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space -Bill Stiegerwald.

Life began with a planetary mega-organism-Michael Marshall.

Worms Can Evolve to Survive Intersex Populations -Dannielle Whitaker.


Should Zygotes be Considered People? -Mike Labossiere.

Keith Ward & The Jerry Coyne Challenge -Jim P Houston.

Theologians don’t get to slither out from under the rules of nature -PZ Myers.

Can philosophy or religion alone establish facts? -Jerry Coyne.

Is science so limited? -Russell Blackford.

Does religion answer factual questions? -Russell Blackford.

Marriage, A Few Modest Proposals -Mike Labossiere.

On Science and What Is the Case -Eric MacDonald.

How Theologians Play With Words -Eric MacDonald.

When did the Roman Catholic Church replace ‘sanctity’ with ‘dignity’ when promoting its Death Cult “pro-life” ideas? -Eric MacDonald.


Bibliography on Arguments for Atheism-Jeffrey Jay Lowder.

Hitler was a True Christian™ -PZ Myers.

How Darwinian and atheistic were the Nazis? -Jerry Coyne.

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus-Bradley Bowden.

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians-Jeffery Jay Lowder.

Links and News — 21-Nov-11-Jeffery Jay lowder.

Links and News — 19-Nov-11-Jeffery Jay Lowder.

God, Multi-verses, and Modal Realism-Graham Oppy.

Moreland on Consciousness-Graham Oppy.

Hume’s Beautiful Argument-Keith Parsons.

Geisler and Scholarship-Keith Parsons.

Skeptics Are Not Gloating Over the Treatment of Michael Licona-Jeffery Jay Lowder.

Norman Geisler on Evangelical Scholarship and Following the Evidence Wherever It Leads-Jeffrey Jay Lowder.

Why I am an atheist -Russell Glasser.

The one (of many) where I’m threatened with Hell… -Matt Dillahunty.


Question about Possible Worlds-Randy Everist.

What part of “nothing” don’t you understand?– Edward Feser.

A Christian Gives Thanks That America Is Not A Christian Nation-Parker J. Palmer.

Jephthah, Human Sacrifice, and God: What should we make of Judges 11:29-40? -JW Wartick.

What if God commanded murder?-Randy Everist.


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