Category Archives: books

What I’m Reading: The Darkening Age

For those interested in reading along with me, I’ve just started Catherine Nixey’s The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World. I’ll likely discuss it in some detail during a future podcast, so if you want to add … Continue reading

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Podcast #267 – Dan Barker (Mere Morality)

I interview Dan Barker (co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and co-host of the weekly show Freethought Radio) about his new book Mere Morality. What’s the minimum requirement to be considered a decent human being? Can morality be boiled … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Seven Types of Atheism

For those interested in reading along with me, I’ve just started John Gray’s Seven Types of Atheism. I’ll likely discuss it in some detail during a future podcast, so if you want to add your thoughts here, please feel free. … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Branch

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been obsessed with the current struggle in the Senate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. (In fact, things are moving so swiftly … Continue reading

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The Triumph of Christianity

Are you an atheist wanting to up your game when debating with Christians about the inerrancy of the Bible? You need to read Bart Ehrman. Are you a devout Christian wanting to understand how anyone could NOT believe that the … Continue reading

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Books I’m Reading 2018

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould (1980) – Gould’s first long-form book, it’s a look at the history of “biological determinism” (i.e. scientific racism, the mis-use of science in the service of preconceived biases, downright bad science, etc.). … Continue reading

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A Colony and a Nation by Chris Hayes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that touch on African-American history as well as current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement: older works like W.E.B. du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the essays of Lillian Smith, but … Continue reading

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Letters to a Young Muslim

Hardly anyone would disagree that Islam is at war. But who defines what it is to be a Muslim? And who exactly are the combatants? These two questions are almost impossible to answer, and without answers it is nearly impossible to solve the … Continue reading

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Podcast #259 – Karen Garst (Women Beyond Belief)

We interview Karen Garst, editor of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. This new collection contains 22 essays by women from various backgrounds, telling their stories of how the decided to leave religion and embrace secular, rational values. Women Beyond … Continue reading

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Podcast #256 – Matthew O’Neil (After Life)

We interview Matthew O’Neil, author of After Life: Solving Science and Religion’s Great Disagreement. In his new book, he looks at what the Bible actually says about things like Heaven, Hell, the soul and Resurrection, and how it differs from modern, … Continue reading

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