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A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 9

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is part 9 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, Just to briefly return to our previous topic, on Heaven and the problem of evil: If you say you don’t know why God does or doesn’t do X, […]

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A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 8

Reading Time: 4 minutes This is part 8 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, We’ll get into consciousness soon, but before we do, I have a few more things I want to say about the problem of evil. Let’s jump right into […]

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Weekend Coffee: January 25

Reading Time: 2 minutes • Is conservative Christianity itself bad for marriage? The research says yes. Michelle Goldberg lays out the facts: Ironically, the very practices meant to shore up marital security in conservative communities end up sabotaging it. By promoting abstinence until marriage, these communities encourage people to marry young. Poor sex education and limited access to contraception […]

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Your Weekend Brain Training with ClearerThinking.org

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re motivated to be a better reasoner and critical thinker (and shouldn’t we all care about that?), then you should want to hear about ClearerThinking.org, an online academy founded and run by my friend Spencer Greenberg. If you know how human cognition works, then you know that we’re far from being perfect reasoning machines. […]

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More Than the Sum of Our Senses

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’m still reading Timothy Keller’s book. He’s very much a fan of presuppositional apologetics, like this one in which he argues that an intelligent being that came about through evolution wouldn’t be able to trust its own reasoning abilities: Evolutionists say that if God makes sense to us, it is not because he is really […]

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The Fiery Fountain

Reading Time: 3 minutes My first book hasn’t been out for long, but I’m thinking it’s almost time to start writing the next one. I came back from my trip to the U.K. with a head full of ideas, and I want to start getting them down on the page. My next book is going to be a novel, […]

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Is Your Soul an Information Field in Another Dimension?

Reading Time: 4 minutes [Author’s Note: In keeping with the tradition that whenever you have a blog post whose title is a question, the answer is always “no”…] Of all the essays I’ve written, my favorite is “A Ghost in the Machine“, presenting the evidence that our personality traits and sense of self arise from neural circuitry in the […]

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The Purview of Skepticism

Reading Time: 3 minutes I may have mentioned that, at Skepticon IV, JT Eberhard gave a fantastic talk on why the skeptical community must concern itself with mental illness. For the most part, the response from the community has been enthusiastically supportive – but there were a few sharp notes of dissent, like this post by Gina Colaianni. Most […]

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Near-Death Experiences Without Being Near Death

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve written before about near-death experiences and what they can prove about the existence of the soul. Now another study has come to my attention, one that has an even more potent conclusion. (HT: Boing Boing) It’s long been known that the content of NDEs is influenced by religion and culture. People who have them […]