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An Open Letter to Chris Hallquist: Stop Embarrassing Atheists Before a Watching Christian Audience

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Uncategorized Posts | 3 comments

The debate over whether Christian apologists are dishonest has been raised again by Chris Hallquist. Stubbornness is good in some cases but his continued ignorance isn’t. I think I’ll return Hallquist the favor and assert he is dishonest to continue arguing for this, since his case is that bad. (No, for the record I don’t think Hallquist is dishonest either). He and Jeff Lowder have been debating this back and forth for years now. New to the mix is Randal Rauser, a Christian apologist. I side with Lowder and Rauser most emphatically, no if ands or buts about it. However, I don’t think either Lowder or Rauser know how to answer Hallquist. To catch my readers up to speed you can start with Lowder’s summation and argument right here. Look what Lowder is doing. He’s trying to reason with Hallquist as if Hallquist can be reasoned with. He can’t. Hallquist is reasoning exactly like a believer would. He has his mind made up and nothing can change it. Hallquist thinks (rightly) that the case for Christianity is bad, really really bad. But he wrongly concludes that since it’s so bad Christian apologists like Ray Comfort, Josh McDowell and even William Lane Craig are being dishonest in defending it. Pfffft. Become informed Chris. Stop embarrassing atheists before a watching Christian crowd with this argument, even if many uninformed atheists, especially those who were raised as atheists, will applaud you.

Inspiring Women of TAM 2013: Jennifer Ouellette

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Uncategorized Posts | 0 comments

The Skeptic Ink Network is proud to be a supporter of this year’s The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) and we’d like to introduce our readers to some of the excellent voices which make the “4-day vacation from unreason” such a pleasure. With well over 80 names filling out the program, we’re not able to give every worthy speaker their due, so we’ve decided to focus on skeptical women that inspire us. We think they’ll inspire you, too. Jennifer Ouellette Jennifer Ouellette is the author of four popular science books for the general public, most recently ‘Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self’ (winter 2014) and ‘The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse’ (2010). Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Discover, Slate, Salon, Mental Floss, Nature, and New Scientist, among other venues, and she maintains a blog called Cocktail Party Physics at Scientific American.

From November 2008 to October 2010, she was the founding director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a Los Angeles-based initiative of the National Academy of Sciences aimed at fostering creative collaborations between scientists and entertainment industry professionals. She has spoken for TAM before. Here is an interview that Hemant Mehta did with her just prior to the 2011 TAM. Jennifer did a more recent interview with Women Writers, Women Books.

More in the Inspiring Women of TAM 2013 series:

Susan Gerbic profiled by Ed of Incredulous
Cara Santa Maria profiled by Caleb of Great Plains Skeptic
Sharon Hill interviewed by Ed of Incredulous
Heather Henderson interviewed by Ed of Incredulous
Sara Mayhew interviewed by Damion of Background Probability
Susan Jacoby profiled by Caleb of Great Plains Skeptic
Susan Blackmore profiled by John Loftus of Debunking Christianity

Richard Carrier On the Free ebook Offer of “God or Godless”

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Uncategorized Posts | 0 comments

There is one thing people should to know about my friendship with Richard. He was the first scholar to recognize and recommend my work, and for that I’ll be ever grateful (Ed Babinski did so before him). As I look at the five books I’ve published in five years, Richard’s influence on me is evident. You can see it with my use of him as a solid resource in support of my arguments, or as a contributing author for my anthologies, or as a blurber for my individually written books. Here’s what he additionally said today about the book “God or Godless”:

I’d recommend starting any debate online, for example, by having both sides read the corresponding mini-debate in this book, and then continuing from there. And if you just want some ideas for how to debate these topics in general, or even to help you think about them in building your own philosophy of life, this book is well suited as a primer for the task. Even if you don’t think either side is making the very best possible defense of their position, it’s even a useful task to think through how you’d do it better, since both are representative of some of the best approaches. So even then it’s a good place to start. LINK.

He joins other atheist reviewers like Robert Price in recommending this book. And, did I say you can get it free today, July 1st? That’s right!.

Our Book “God or Godless” is Free Today Only

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Uncategorized Posts | 3 comments

 

 

Baker Books in conjunction with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book Distributors, will be offering the ebook of God or Godless?: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions. for free, starting sometime today only, July 1st, all day long. If you don’t get it today,the book will be available the rest of July for just $6.99.

Spread the word! READY. SET. GO.

Inspiring Women of TAM 2013: Susan Blackmore

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Uncategorized Posts | 1 comment

The Skeptic Ink Network is proud to be a supporter of this year’s The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) and we’d like to introduce our readers to some of the excellent voices which make the “4-day vacation from unreason” such a pleasure. With well over 80 names filling out the program, we’re not able to give every worthy speaker their due, so we’ve decided to focus on skeptical women that inspire us. We think they’ll inspire you, too.

Susan Blackmore

Sue Blackmore will be speaking at TAM this year. She is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She is the is author of a number of books, including The Meme Machine, and also Zen and the Art of Consciousness.

Here’s an interview where she says “believing in free will is being deluded.”

More in the Inspiring Women of TAM 2013 series:

Susan Gerbic profiled by Ed of Incredulous
Cara Santa Maria profiled by Caleb of Great Plains Skeptic
Sharon Hill interviewed by Ed of Incredulous
Heather Henderson interviewed by Ed of Incredulous
Sara Mayhew interviewed by Damion of Background Probability
Susan Jacoby profiled by Caleb of Great Plains Skeptic

Jennifer Ouellette profiled by John Loftus of Debunking Christianity.