Category Archive: General

Dec 10

Is God required for our safety and security?

The group American Atheists has been on the offensive lately regarding a Kentucky law that raises First Amendment concerns. The law requires citizens to acknowledge that “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.” Further, Homeland Security officials must acknowledge this publicly through plaques and other displays. …

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Nov 19

Questions for an Atheist

I contribute occasional articles to the group blog/podcast An American Atheist. Recently, I began a series of answering questions from a Christian apologist. The questions were often terrible, but they covered a lot of ground. For that reason, I thought it would be useful to give brief, first-level responses to some of these common issues we encounter …

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May 19

Foundations of New Atheism in the Radical Enlightenment

If you ask an educated person to name prominent French figures of the Enlightenment, there is a pretty good chance he or she will name Voltaire and/or Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Atheists will likely view these Enlightenment figures positively, especially Voltaire, for laying the foundations for modern secular thought. In this essay, I want to discuss just …

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Mar 25

Podcast Interview

I was interviewed on the most recent episode of the An American Atheist podcast. I discussed my recent article about speaking in tongues as a young kid at a charismatic church camp. You can choose to listen via either of these options: Streaming or iTunes. I come in around the 38:20 mark. Bookmark on Delicious …

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Mar 09

The first time I spoke in tongues

I attended camp every summer as a kid. Most of the time, this camp would be indistinguishable from other summer camps. My friends and I would play basketball, pass notes back and forth with girls, listen to music, etc. The rest of the time, however, the camp was quite different. You see, this was a …

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Mar 02

On Framing an Opponent’s Argument

It is generally considered good practice to frame your opponent’s argument in the best possible light–to try and explain it charitably and discuss your own assumptions in addressing it. The practice is a good one for more than just the sake of manners. It helps your audience to evaluate the arguments more objectively and enables …

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Feb 18

New Article for An American Atheist

I have a new article on the website An American Atheist. I make the case that too many arguments about First Amendment cases are built on a fallacious foundation. If you’re interested, check it out here: Appealing to Tradition is Still a Fallacy.   Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via …

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Jan 04

New Contents Page

I’ve added a new page to the site: I think this will make browsing the archives of this site much easier. I’ve arranged posts by category and sub-category, where appropriate. I haven’t included every post I’ve ever written, but I have included many of them. Next up, I’ll be doing something similar for my …

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Nov 03

Skepticon IV Conference


Skepticon IV will take place November 19 – 20 in Springfield, MO: There are some fairly big names as speakers, including Richard Carrier, PZ Myers, Dan Barker, Hemant Mehta, Eliezer Yudkowsky (nice!), Spencer Greenberg, David Silverman, and many others. The event is billed as the largest conference of its kind in the Midwest. It’s …

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Oct 08

The Parable of the Great King

A boy of nearly six lay weeping on the side of the road. His father, face down in the mud beside him, had just been slain. He was unable to pay the taxes required by the local governor. He pleaded with the collectors to spare his life, as he had no money with which to …

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