Category Archives: apologetics

Reza Aslan promotes himself, demonizes atheists, and exaggerates his credentials

Once again Heather Hastie, at her website Heather’s Homilies, has saved me from the wearisome task of writing about Reza Aslan.  Her latest post takes apart Aslan’s recent article in Salon, “Reza Aslan: Sam Harris and ‘New Atheists’ aren’t new, aren’t even atheists.” Read Aslan’s post if you can stand it, and then Heather’s, as Heather […]

Art imitates life: Babylon 5 and Karen Armstrong

Reader Grania sent me a clip from the television show Babylon 5 (I didn’t know of that show, of course) as well as an explanation of the similarities between the clip (below) and the logorrhea of Karen Armstrong. Her explanation: It reminds me of Babylon 5 again. I’ve mentioned this scene before. A terrorist-rebel turned peace-maker tries […]

Reza Aslan and Karen Armstrong are everywhere, and it’s not pretty

I can’t get enthused about discussing Karen Armstrong and Reza Aslan any longer. They’re both in the media spotlight because they coddle religion in an age when it’s eroding but some people desperately cling to faith; they’re both religious apologists, refusing to pin any malfeasance on faith; and they both say the same thing in interview […]

Mr Deity lays into Mormon apologetics

Many of you know that Brian Dalton (“Mr. Deity”) used to be a Mormon. Here, speaking from his nearly three decades in the faith, he takes the religion apart in a video that’s remarkably “strident” for Dalton. And much of what he says applies to religion in general. He’s clearly ticked off that he wasted […]

Reza Aslan denies that religious belief produces violence, misrepresents Sam Harris again

Reza Aslan is enjoying a spurt of fame (I’d call it notoriety) since the altercation between Sam Harris + Bill Maher vs Ben Affleck on Maher’s show. Always a Muslim apologist, who can’t even admit that Muslims believe that Muhammad deflowered a 9-year-old girl, Aslan has become the Karen Armstrong of Islam. In an op-ed on CNN, […]

Francis Spufford, former atheist, defends his faith in a new book

Since this site began I’ve written a few posts about Francis Spufford, a Christian writer who can’t stop attacking New Atheists, and in the most insupportable and mean-spirited ways. Spufford has just issued his recent book (which came out in March in the UK) in the US; it’s called Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make […]

Is atheism irrational? A philosopher says “yes”

Over at The Atlantic, you can read one of the more bizarre takes on atheism I’ve seen in a while. It’s not a nasty critique of New Atheism in the John Gray style, but a very strange piece about how New Atheism, LIKE RELIGION (these articles always draw that parallel), is based on wish-thinking. “What?”, you say. […]

Is religion irrational?

There is so much atheist-bashing appearing in the popular press that I can’t keep up with it. And so much of it is repetitive that there’s no point in taking it all apart. Someone should simply write a piece on “common journalistic criticisms of atheism and how to answer them,” but that person ain’t gonna be […]

NYT readers agree that doubt is an essential part of faith

In yesterday’s paper edition of the New York Times, the “letters” section highlights four responses to Julia Baird’s Sept. 25 op-ed,“Doubt as a sign of faith” (my post on here essay is here). Baird’s thesis, taking off from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent admission that sometimes he doubted God’s existence (but not Jesus’s), was that doubt is not a […]

Making a virtue of necessity: doubt as “a crucial part of faith”

On September 18 I discussed the confession of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, that he had experienced some heavy doubts about God’s existence, based on God’s distressing lack of appearance on the planet. Surprisingly, though, Welby had no doubts about Jesus. I found that quite astonishing, for Jesus has meaning to Welby only as the […]

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