Street Epistemology Critique

I would like to say a few words about Street Epistemology.[i] If you are not familiar with Street Epistemology, it’s an approach to having conversations with believers. Street Epistemology is based on the notion that polite one-on-one dialog between atheists…

Christian eugenics

A conservative Christian blog repeated the malicious trope that atheistic Darwinism was to blame for the forced sterilizations of the feeble-minded that were performed from the 1920s until the 1980s. Sixty thousand citizens in 35 states were sterilized. In my native…

Cumulative case argument

If religious apologists had a good argument for believing in god—just one good argument, by which I mean one argument that any reasonable person would embrace—they would have provided it. Lacking such a good argument, they have chosen to concoct as…

Information argument

The young-Earth creationist Werner Gitt believes that the generation of information demonstrates the existence of an eternal and all-knowing consciousness, namely God. This is known as the information argument. Based on the information argument, Gitt is confident that humans have…

A nation of pussies

Earlier this year I was invited to speak to an ecumenical religious group about my book, Religion Refuted. The organizers promptly disinvited me on the basis that I might tell someone that their beliefs are wrong, which is apparently not…

Much ado about nothing

Advocates of the first cause argument often rehearse the contention by the Greek philosopher Parmenides (c. 520 – 450 BCE) that you can’t get something from nothing. Parmenides never encountered nothing—nobody ever has—so I don’t know why he considered himself…