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Paradigms, dogma, and analytical eclecticism: A thought on religion versus science

This relatively long post reflects an idea I’ve been considering for a long time. It’s by no means fully fleshed, and I welcome commentary, criticism, or contribution to the discussion from thinkers from all sides. This post discusses three analytical … Continue reading

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Contradictions in the Hadith #3: Ablution?

Ablution, also called Wudu, is Islamic ritualistic purification by washing oneself with water. This must be performed prior to praying or even handling the Quran. Allah apparently can’t hear your prayers if you have a little grit under your fingernails … Continue reading

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The best apologist argument criticizing my list of bible contradictions guts the Christian bible

Of all the criticisms I’ve received of my ongoing campaign to expose bible contradictions, one in particular is quite a powerful argument. The argument is essentially this: The bible was originally written as an inerrant document with no contradictions whatsoever. As the … Continue reading

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According to statistical analysis god does not exist

In my field statistical analysis is arguably the most demonstrably powerful tool we have. And given our current quality of technology, it’s incredibly easy. There’s almost no math required! All one must do after formulating their research question, collecting data, … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions #52: Can “true” Christians leave the church?

Early Christians held a monopoly on the No True Scotsman fallacy. Actually, we still hear it on a regular basis. When a Christian does something crazy with which the majority of Christians disagree, people might say, “Yeah, but he’s not a real … Continue reading

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How to avoid building straw men (a post for atheists and believers)

Straw men — This is something I see far too often in blogs about religion or non-religion. And it happens way, way too often in the user comments on this blog. I’m considering blocking serial offenders, not because I want to limit … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions #51: What happened to the city of Ai?

    Joshua sacked Ai about 3,200-3,300 years ago (ca. 13th century BCE). After he burned the city to the ground, the prophet claims the city is “forever a heap of ruins.” This is similar to the prophesy about Tyre. … Continue reading

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Hierarchy of knowledge: Science, social science, pseudoscience (religion doesn’t make the list)

Like anyone with a university degree, a graduate education, and a devout affection for human knowledge, I fill much of my life with understanding our physical universe. I read academic journals ranging from Biology and Nature to Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern … Continue reading

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Quran Contradiction #8: Will Jews and Christians go to hell?

It’s very, very unlikely that hell exists. But if it does, can we rely on the Quran to figure out who’s going there and who isn’t? Well, no, we can’t. In verse 3:85 the Quran tells us that everyone who follows any … Continue reading

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Prominent Lebanese filmmaker and actress, Nadine Labaki, slams religion in Facebook post

I’m a huge fan of Nadine Labaki. Her films tackle serious sociopolitical/religious themes using Lebanon as a scenic backdrop, but the messages she conveys through film are universal. My personal favorite is Caramel, which explores gender roles and sexual taboos from … Continue reading

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