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!

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.

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.

Back in the Saddle

Well, it has been a while, hasn’t it?

I apologize for the long pause in updates. I found myself in an online debate several months ago which started to go in circles. I lost interest in continuing the debate, but nonetheless was feeling an obligation to do so, and thus wasn’t able to convince myself to either end it or to shift my attention back to the blog. Eventually I realized that this was unsustainable, and so bowed out of the debate. And here I am, two days later, trying to regain some momentum on ConvertTheAtheist.

I have just posted a new, short essay titled, “I Don’t Believe in Heaven, and Neither Do You.” I hope that it provides some food for thought, and as always I welcome any feedback. Enjoy!

Edit: Originally I had mistakenly posted the essay as a blog post rather than a page. I have fixed this mistake. Sorry for the confusion, if there was any.

Contemplating the next few posts

I have probably two, maybe three more posts in my series on ethics, which will together serve as my response to the so-called moral argument for God. Before I write those essays, I will probably take a break from ethics briefly to address the fine-tuning argument, one of the two most prominent arguments-from-design.

While I have several other essays in mind to follow those that I just listed (a discussion of the scientific method, a more detailed discussion of evolution, addressing some specific ethical issues such as abortion, gun control, prayer in school, etc.), it occurred to me that even without those follow-up essays I will by that time have hit the major arguments for God.

Am I missing one (or more)? Please let me know in the comments, so that I can get anything I’ve missed onto the agenda.

New Essay: Scriptural Evidence for God

My latest essay is now online, dealing with using scripture to support the existence of God. The main points are:

  1. Internal consistency, internally-reported fulfilled prophesies, and minor historical veracity are insufficient to support scriptural claims of miraculous events.
  2. There is no reliable extra-scriptural evidence for any miraculous events reported in scripture.

I go through the argument in detail with respect to the New Testament.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, and criticisms.  Thank you for reading!

New Essay: Intelligent Design

I have posted a new essay on Intelligent Design. This is a topic that has been hacked to death elsewhere on the internet, so I don’t know that my heart was really in the effort of making this essay a comprehensive rebuttal; hopefully it can nonetheless serve as a jumping-off point for discussion.

I am also considering reducing my targeted essay rate to once every two weeks rather than once per week. I’ll leave myself the freedom to post more often than that should inspiration strike, but I don’t think I have the time and energy to commit to once per week.

As always, I welcome comments, criticism, and suggestions. Enjoy!