After a LONG delay…

Ok, I have added the first page in a long time. I have at least one comment thread I am behind on as well, which I will get back to soon. Life issues have been extremely distracting for the last… well… year. And they haven’t STOPPED being distracting, but I felt the need to wade back in anyway. So I hereby present The Resurrection: So What?

I will NOT be keeping this pace up…

Well, two days back and two new pages! Clearly, that’s an unsustainable rate, but hey, it feels good to be posting again. Today I have added another page on evolution, addressing selected specific creationist claims. Any claims that you would like me to add to the page, just let me know in the comments!

Oh, and apparently WordPress has changed something about the comments… they aren’t on by default on new pages. I have fixed that for yesterday’s page as well.

Thanks for reading, and as always, I welcome any questions, comments, or corrections!

Evolution

It has been a tough year, for reasons I’m not going to go into here, and that difficulty has kept me distracted from this website. Hopefully, I am now going to be able to resume posting. Regardless, I now have a new page added, this one a primer on evolution. For anyone that has had a college-level biology class, this will probably include nothing new; it is primarily targeted for creationists who think they understand evolution, but actually don’t. I expect that an upcoming post will probably be in an FAQ format, addressing common creationist misconceptions. As always, I welcome any comments or questions. Thank you for reading!

It’s been a long time!

I have had a number of real-life issues that have kept me from being able to blog, but hopefully I will be able to return to blogging sometime in the near future. In the meantime, I thought I would add a page where I have collected some of the work I have done under another of my alter egos, Dr. Countermeme. Enjoy!

New Post: Pragmatic Ethics

In my continuing series on an atheistic ethical system, I have added a new essay concerning Pragmatic Ethics. In many ways this is a culmination of a series of essays exploring the middle ground between absolute morality and moral relativism. I expect there will be at least one further essay in the series, but that one will be more of an application example of Pragmatic Ethics (to the case study of abortion) rather than a development of new ideas.

As always, I welcome any feedback, positive, negative, or neutral. Thank you for reading!

Well, darn!

It appears that Carrier has posted an hour-long seminar that he gave summarizing his work in the book that I just summarized myself. This talk was, I believe, being given to his funders. I still think that my summary is likely to be useful, because I wasn’t constrained by time the same way he was, and thus I was able to more comprehensively address the arguments and counterarguments. Still, for anyone that is intimidated by the length of my posts, I highly recommend this seminar.

And… I’m done

I have completed my project of summarizing and reorganizing Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. I very much hope that some of you find it useful or interesting. Any of you that do, I hope that you will purchase the book to explore the arguments and evidence in greater detail.

If any of the arguments that I outline aren’t clear, please let me know in the comments and I will try to revise my summaries. I, as always, welcome any and all comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms, and so on.

You can find my summaries here.

Closing in on the end of the project

I am getting close to done with my project summarizing Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. You can look at my previous blog entries or the page itself if you are interested in more background on what I am doing and why. I have one more major chapter to do, covering the Epistles, and then the conclusions, but everything else is now done. This has been a lot of work, and I’m feeling somewhat exhausted as a result, so I would definitely welcome any feedback at all, even negative, so that I can have some indication that someone, anyone, is finding what I’ve done useful. The last bits will probably get done next weekend.

There Was No Historical Jesus

Several weeks ago, I finished reading Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. This book has completely flipped my evaluation of the subject, and now instead of considering it more likely than not that there was a historical figure based on whom the Jesus mythology developed, I have now come to agree with Carrier that Jesus probably originated as a celestial deity that was later falsely placed in history.

Unfortunately, Carrier’s book is a very difficult and lengthy read, so I fear that many people that are interested in its subject matter will not read it. That, plus wanting to be able to answer my wife’s question, “So what was his argument that convinced you?” I have begun the daunting project of condensing and slightly reorganizing his work into a more digestible form. I am not done yet, but I have worked my way up through Chapter 8 of the book, which was the chapter that more than any other shifted my opinion. I therefore have now posted my series of essays on this book, which should be viewed as a work-in-progress. Even my summary is long, for which I apologize. But I think it is worth the read. As always, I welcome any and all feedback, be it positive, negative, curious, or whatever. Enjoy!

The Pages, They Are A-Changin’

It’s a busy day today, including a website redesign and two new (short) essays.

The website redesign is a result of me noticing that I by now have a lot of pages, and the page menu to the left was quite disorganized. I therefore have grouped the various essays I have written into themes, and only the top theme pages are listed in the main menu to the right. I would love some feedback on whether this approach works, or if there is a better way to handle it.

For the last two years I have participated in National Ask an Atheist Day, an opportunity for secular people to invite questions about any topic that people might be curious about. Both years I have received some exceptional questions. This year, I have adapted some of my responses into short essays that I think will be of general interest. They are:

As always, I welcome any and all comments, questions, and suggestions.

That said, I am somewhat disappointed that my last essay received nary a comment, particularly since it was deliberately provocative. I very much would like some feedback on the argument, so I am once again going to link to it here. It is I Don’t Believe in Heaven, and Neither do You.