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Ha Ha Ha… Lightning Bolt.

Reading Time: 3 minutes My book, The Little Book of Unholy Questions, is a cumulative case against God (the Judeo-Christian version predominantly, but not exclusively) and it includes a number of chapters on different topics. I will include the last questions in the book before I sum up there. These questions are by an large irreverent. But actually, many do pack a punch, if you tease out what they can lead to.

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The Love Narrative in “The Last Unicorn”

Reading Time: 8 minutes Our journey into both love and that happy land of books you really should have read by now and if you haven’t, then you should definitely consider it continues today with The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. In this book, the author plays with narratives about love. He gently teases them, toys with them, and ultimately honors them.

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“I love you,” Buttercup Said

Reading Time: 6 minutes Narratives are story-like structures we create in our minds to organize events. They help us remember the events–and to make sense of them. And it turns out that many of the things most folks believe about love comes from narratives. And one of the best narratives in the world comes to us from The Princess Bride. Here is what this story showed me about love.

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Book Review: Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection

Reading Time: 4 minutes (Author’s Note: The following review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) Summary: Hampered by its own extraordinarily modest ambitions. Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?, by Kris D. Komarnitsky, is a narrowly focused, skeptical explanation of what could have inspired Christian belief in the […]

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SF/F Saturday: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might,” he admitted, “but a gentleman never would.” Since I’ve just heard the welcome news that it will soon be a TV miniseries, this SF/F Saturday presents a good opportunity to […]

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Book Review: The New Jim Crow

Reading Time: 4 minutes Summary: A work of consciousness-raising with the visceral impact of a gut punch. One of the rare books that will transform the way you understand politics in America. I’ve always been an advocate of legalizing recreational drug use. The drug war is stupidity, wastefulness and futility on a colossal scale, and the results speak for […]

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Cracking review of The Nativity: A Critical Examination

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve never written a book review before. Occasionally I’ve considered reviewing books and essays I found to be not only interesting, but enjoyable and enlightening.

So I’ve decided that once in a while, when I’ve read something I consider really well done, I would write about it here that I might convince a few of you to spend your money and time trusting that you would have a similar experience as I have.

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SF/F Saturday: His Dark Materials

Reading Time: 2 minutes There’s a lot of fantasy fiction that I enjoy in spite of its religious themes – C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, or Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. But sometimes I’m in the mood for fiction that takes an explicitly atheist and humanist point of view, which is why I’ve lately been rereading one of my […]

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Loftus has written some cracking books

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s no secret that I am a big fan of John Loftus’ books. He has written some corkers. In fact, his class Why I Became an Atheist (or WIBA) is exactly that, a classic. It remains one of the best counter-apologetics books out there and was hugely significant in contributing to my movement toward being so interested in the philosophy of religion.

Let me go through them one by one.

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