Christians Did Not Invent Charity and Philanthropy

Let me dispel a common myth: no, Christianity did not bring the idea of charity to the Western world. The concept of charity and concern for the poor was already fully developed before the Christians borrowed the notion from their pagan and Jewish peers. It’s evident in Jewish wisdom literature, Cynic discourses, Stoic and even…

All Godless Universes Are Mathematical

At futurism.com, there is a brief article explaining why the universe is mathematical, by saying, essentially just, that’s what we invented math for, to explain the universe. But this isn’t really an answer to the question. Theists have long used the lack of an answer to that question as an argument for God: Mathematics is…

Two Classes to Consider Taking This June!

Starting next week: I will be teaching the science and philosophy of moral reasoning, building on my peer reviewed work in the subject. And award-winning psychologist Jon Mills (Ph.D., Psy.D, ABPP) will be teaching the psychology of religious belief, a subject on which he is a noted expert. I will be a participant in that…

The Mythical Stillbirth of Science in Greece

A few years ago a hyper-religious Catholic chemist with no history credentials wrote a face-palming article at Strange Notions that repeats an all-too-common myth Christians love to sell today: that science was “stillborn” in antiquity, and only a Bible-based Christian theology could rescue it. I still occasionally have that Strange Notions article cited at me….

Why Do We Still Believe in Q?

Q is a hypothetical Gospel. The letter Q stands for Quelle, German for “Source.” It has long been a popular hypothesis, and it serves a lot of agendas well. But there is no evidence whatever for it. Q never existed. And there is no rational reason to believe it did. Instead, it is defended with…

The Guardian on Jesus: Dear oh dear…

Everyone keeps asking about The Guardian article “What Is the Historical Evidence that Jesus Christ Lived and Died?” by Simon Gathercole, a “Reader in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge.” Poor dear. Look. Let’s stop producing these terrible, amateur, uninformed articles about Jesus. Please. Desperately, dearly, please. Gathercole clearly hasn’t done any research…

Hang Out with Me in Memphis!

I’ll be hanging out, drinking and chatting with anyone who wants to come join me, Friday May 19, from 7pm to 10pm, at The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (130 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN). Unless they haven’t reopened by then (they are closed for renovations right now but expect to be open in May) or are…

How to Build a Sound Philosophy of Life: Course Begins May 1!

Join in! And let anyone else know who might be interested: I’ll be teaching the basics of naturalism as a worldview, and how to build your own worldview, your own philosophy of life, from valid logic and sound facts, this May (2017). This fits right in with my talk the night before the Michigan Atheists…

The Case for Christ: The Movie!

So I went and saw it. Here’s a review. Read on, and enjoy your Easter week pondering the aesthetic merits of a film embedded with religious propaganda. I’ll remark on both, but my focus will be on the propaganda, and what this film tells us about how Christians think. And why how they think, is…

I’m Looking for a Translator of Medieval Arabic

I am looking for someone who is facile at translating Medieval Arabic scientific treatises (in physics, mechanics, or engineering especially). For future research (and possibly my next book), I need a literal translation of two pages of the surviving Arabic translation of Hero of Alexandria’s Mechanics (posted here). And I need to be able to…