Speaking in Las Vegas!

I’ve been invited to give a presentation on ancient science by The Center for Science and Wonder in Las Vegas (Nevada), this November 1 (Wednesday), from 7-9pm. I will of course have books to sell and sign. And I’ll be hanging out til late to chat and drink, there or at an adjacent pub (the…

Debating Jesus: A Course on Mastering the Subject!

Starting November 1, I will be teaching online my course on the historicity of Jesus! If you want to really master this subject, and learn the best arguments and evidence for both sides of that debate; if you want to learn how to critique and destroy mythicism, or historicity; if you have burning questions, uncertainties,…

The Cosmic Seed of David

Nicholas Covington just produced an intersting article on the cosmic seed hypothesis that so vexes Jonathan Tweet (see Jonathan Tweet and the Jesus Debate). In Seed of David, Take Two, Covington makes two valuable points: he correctly frames the logic of the argument (and thus what Tweet needs to argue), and he presents a valid…

Jonathan Tweet and the Jesus Debate

My debate on the historicity of Jesus with atheist activist Jonathan Tweet is now available to view. I don’t find it very useful as debates go. Overall, we tried covering too many tangential things in too little time, and it became disorganized and hard to follow. And to make it worse, as time went on,…

Sacramento: Where to Find Me This Sunday!

For Sacramento Freethought Day I’ll be selling and signing my books at The Hotel Bar on 1501 L Street, right across from the corner of Capitol Park by the festival (15th & L), from 2-5pm, this Sunday (15 October; and I’ll even be happy to stay later if you can’t make it before 5: just…

MythCon IV: What Organizers & Outreach Directors Need to Know

This fourth Mythinformation Con was fascinating, and overall quite excellent, even when it was disturbingly bizarre (video here). Most readers might want to know my take on the strange hour and a half of anti-feminist cult leader Sargon of Akkad battling feminist podcaster Thomas Smith. The only part of this convention that really got any attention….

Ms. Christian Apologist on Empty Tomb Stuff

You’d have to pay me to waste my time on any of the millions of amateur Christian arguments on the internet. But of course, that being the case, occasionally someone actually does. A benefactor of mine wanted an expert take on the specious argumentation of a woman tweeting avidly as “Christian Apologist” (@Lead1225) and blogging…

Kristi Winters on the Historical Jesus: Part 2

Yesterday I pointed out the defects of Kristi Winters’ YouTube case for the historicity of Jesus in 2015. Her case then, mostly, was at least respectably mainstream and just uninformed about a lot of things. But then in 2016 and 2017 her videos on this subject became more stalwartly ignorant and erroneous (links to all…

Kristi Winters on the Historical Jesus: Part 1

I’ve had on my to-do list for some time to write about all the weirdly inept videos on the historicity of Jesus posted by YouTuber Kristi Winters lately. So I’ll do that now. In two parts. In the first, she starts sensible and merely wrong. In the second, she descends into confusion and slander. Today,…