I want this blog to be different, in productive and admirable ways, from most other atheist blogs out there. Here are the ways in which this blog is – or strives to be – different:
- Correctable and honest. I do not pretend to have all the answers. Readers regularly correct me, and I post corrections and even apologies (1, 2, 3). I make mistakes and fix them publicly (1, 2, 3). I’ve changed my mind about some major issues since this blog began.
- Fair. I don’t think atheists are necessarily better or more rational people than believers. I regularly and harshly attack many popular atheist writers and doctrines.
- Broad and deep. I have posts on the Historical Jesus, early Christianity, Creationism, Islam, jokes, atheist films, ethics, logic, arguments, politics, and many more topics. But I also use extended post series to delve deepinto complex topics that are rarely discussed that deeply at a popular level.
- Cutting edge. I don’t merely rehash ancient arguments for and against God. I often engage them in their very latest and most compelling forms. For example, I will eventually have an in-depth post series devoted to each chapter of a recent and sophisticated defense of theism, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, published in 2009.
- Original. Mostly I just want to clarify and discuss what other people – who are smarter and wiser than I am – have already argued. But I do occasionally write original philosophical research. In particular, no philosopher has attempted anything like my project to create a complete taxonomy and map of all arguments supporting and attacking the Kalam Cosmological Argument for God’s existence.
- Constantly updated. In addition to posting regularly, I strive to keep most of my old posts up-to-date. Examples include my post series indexes and my list of 500+ atheism vs. theism debates, which can be updated several times a month. But I also go back and update other posts whenever I notice an error or broken link or something.