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by Luke Muehlhauser on March 24, 2009 in News

Common Sense Atheism has been flattered lately.

John Loftus at Debunking Christianity wrote, “As I’ve said before, I like what I read over at Common Sense Atheism.AIGBusted says Common Sense Atheism is his “new favorite blog.” Popular atheist blogger Alonzo Fyfe has several prominent links to my site in his sidebar. I was also invited to post my deconversion story at a popular Christian webzine, the Jesus Manifesto.

And now, I’ve been added to the Atheist Blogroll: 800+ atheism blogs you can browse or search. If you write an atheist blog and want to be added, visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts.

My subscriber numbers also shot up, from 30 to well over 100, in just one week. You can subscribe via RSS or by email (see the sidebar).

I do my best to write thoughtful, insightful, clear, high-quality, ad-free posts. I do not post cat pictures or “quick thoughts.” And I’m happy to see there are other people interested in the same things that interest me! Thank you.

I’ve said in the comments that I have upcoming posts on William Lane Craig’s arguments, Plantinga’s “basic belief” arguments, and many other highly requested topics. Though I have more topics to discuss than I have time to write about, I’d still like to know: what would you like me to write about? What questions do you have for me? Which are your favorite posts, and which are your least favorite? Do you want to see more videos, more lists, more articles, more arguments, more rants, more reviews, or something new?

Thanks for your feedback, and your interest!

P.S. And remember, I keep adding to my online database of atheism-theism debates, several times a month!

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toryninja March 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I really enjoyed your D'Souza and Dennett debate review. You didn't pull any punches on BOTH sides and that I really appreciated.

Basically, I like that you are trying to point out errors of logic on BOTH sides. So for me personally I would love more posts like that. Let's promote reason and good argument over our respective metaphysical agendas. Anyway, that's my 2cents.

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toryninja March 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Also, could you maybe comment on how Christianity thrives under persecution while Islam thrives on violence and whether this should lead us to approach these two religions differently? Everyone seems to lump religion together as a whole but I am not sure that is the best route to go. Thanks!

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Geoffrey of Ballard March 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

This may be of interest only to me, but I would love to see a post about probability.

Both apologists and everyday Christians often use improbable events as proof of the existence of a god. This could be anything from the fine tuning argument to a chance encounter with a friend or stranger. I have a list of anecdotes that I've heard from people who use (im)probability as a certain proof of divine interaction in their lives.

Why is this so appealing? Does the logic make any sense?

Improbable events happen every day, and highly improbable events have happened in the past (abiogenesis, the American Revolution). In my opinion, improbable events are what history is made of. Yet people still use probability to try to disprove past events or prove divine activity.

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lukeprog March 25, 2009 at 11:49 am

Actually, I will do many posts on probability, as it is one of my intellectual passions! Thanks for the feedback.

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Crux Australis March 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Just found your blog; love it! I'm a physics teacher at a Catholic School in New Zealand, and the amount of inanity I encounter in a typical day would make your head spin as if you were possessed by an imaginary demon.

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exrelayman March 25, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Luke,

Nice new blog. Thanks for the computer safety tips on a separate page.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (see how old I am): review Wheless – Forgery in Christianity, and Benton – The Origins of Christianity and the Bible. The former is in a style too difficult for many to wade through (especially if they don't want to know anyway), and I think putting forth the gist in simpler language a very commendable enterprise. The latter is a wonderful contemporary book that doesn't get the recognition it should. These review requests stem from your current project on Ridhard Carrier's book.

No offense if these tasks are not undertaken. There would be a lot of work involved, but raw material for tons of posts. From what I have seen so far, you think and write very clearly.

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lukeprog March 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I've always wanted to read Benton's book, but haven't yet put out the money for it. Thanks for your feedback.

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Ibn Abu Talib March 26, 2009 at 12:45 am

Can you post a review of the following debate between William Lane Craig and Shabir Ally on the resurrection of Christ? It took place recently at McGill University.

http://apologetics315.blogspot.com/2009/03/will…

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