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Misleading US History

Reading Time: < 1 minute There is often so much we don’t know about our own histories, and this has become ever more evident in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement that has certainly awakened me to my severe lack of knowledge of British Empire history. I was watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that is always […]

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Debunking the Nativity: The Virgin Birth

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is the second instalment in the “Debunking the Nativity” series and I will concentrate on the virgin birth. These posts sit alongside my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination. The first thing to note is that the Gospel authors had an agenda. They were pro-Jesus non-eyewitnesses who were hoping to convince their readers of not only […]

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The Star of Bethlehem in Alternative “Scholarship”

Reading Time: 9 minutes In my work in looking into the various theories about the Star of Bethlehem, I have primarily focused on efforts to explain the Star that are in the scientific or biblical studies literature. That will provide something of an orthodoxy, either with scientific ideas that have to be less than outlandish or with religious notions that do not drift far from conservative or evangelical thinking.

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The Exodus Revisited: Taking a Commenter to Task

Reading Time: 6 minutes I posted some notes I made on the ridiculousness of the Exodus account the other day. It has been met with pretty universal agreement by fellow skeptics, unsurprisingly, on the threads here and on facebook. So it was interesting when I received the following comment: Because you are self-described philosopher, I hate to be the […]

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Daily Mail: Is religion about to die out?…

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Daily Mail is not often right. So I am always interested when such headlines as this: Is religion about to die out? Growing wealth is causing belief in moralising gods to decline – and it could make it vanish entirely are offered. It states: According to evolutionary psychologist Dr Nicolas Baumard, at the École […]