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  • His argument on contamination is new to me and he uses it here very persuasively.
    It was new to me too, and struck me as a very useful concept.

    Thanks for the additional info on Doherty & Carrier.

     

  • Hi Cairsley,

    It’s a long piece, so I might have missed something, but I didn’t read it as suggesting there is no evidence for Jesus having originated as a figure of myth: just that he doesn’t find the evidence […]

  • Alan

    Yes, there are numerous arguments, expressed in many different ways. What impresses me about the blog I linked to is its thoroughness and objectivity. The way it presents a method for exploring such […]

  • Well, here’s a good (long) read to kick things off.

    Stephen Law is an English philosopher and author of Humanism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP). In this blog post from 2012 he forensically dissects the […]

  • It is indeed ‘preposterously idiotic’, but it all falls into place when you realise that, for a certain type of American, Christianity has next to nothing to do with the story of the carpenter from Nazareth, and […]

  • Marty, welcome. Your post moved me very much.

    I know from experience, Marty – though mine, bad as it was, can’t compare with what you have been through – how very hard it can be to move on from a childhood lived […]

  • Last night I watched the DVD of Night Train to Lisbon (based on the novel by Pascal Mercier) and was forcefully struck by this speech given by one of the main characters. I’m sharing it here because it seems […]

  • Jon #210

    Oh my! Hope you’re buckled up, Jon, because you’re in for one hell of a ride 🤣🤣

  • Marco commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    It’s Bloomsday! Rejoyce!

    [Yes, I know: I’m a day late. But let’s face it, no one minds 24 hours less of a bad pun 🙂 ]

  • So, as threatened a few days ago, I have been thinking thoughts …

    This thread hasn’t been the first time we’ve had fundamentalists drop by to tell us that, without their God, our lives have no meaning, the thing […]

  • WalsallBoy

    If a theist is someone who believes there is a god, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe there is a god.

    Most theists, if pushed, will accept the possibility – however tiny – that they cou […]

  • Vicki & Phil re the waste of time

    I do see where you’re coming from, and very much agree with Vicki that there have been some excellent responses from “our” side (thanks for numbering mine among them, Vic […]

  • Sorry to belabour this – I know the point has already been made. But I’ve just checked back through Jason’s comments on earlier threads. Take a look at this one: see how people genuinely tried to engage with him o […]

  • Yes, I saw that, Michael. To be fair, it’s possible he just teaches during the week and only does his pastoring at the weekends. On the other hand, one of his blogs I linked to in #131 – the one attacking a […]

  • Far be it from me to spoil anyone’s fun, but I would just suggest that anyone feeling inclined to indulge Jason B. any further might like to take a look at the website of the Truth Reformed Bible Church, where h […]

  • Marco commented on the post, BOOK CLUB 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    WalsallBoy #174

    I think it very much depends on the extent of your current scientific knowledge and interest. If you’re already well versed in science and are used to reading about it in some detail, you’ll get […]

  • Jason #79
    If someone attempts to make a perfect cup of coffee, he is by definition presupposing that an eternal, transcendent standard of a perfect cup of coffee exists.
    For as long as I am only attempting to make […]

  • P1. Human attempts to make the perfect cup of coffee presuppose an absolute standard of coffee-making.

    P2. If the absolute standard of coffee-making were not based in an absolute cup of coffee, then the […]

  • Phil

    The hard right agenda behind the Leave campaign was so obvious, I’ve never understood why so few people seemed to spot it. You only had to look at the key people driving the campaign to Leave and then look […]

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