On November 30, 2008, I launched this blog with three posts:
January 2009 saw the launch of my podcast, Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot, including my 2.5-hour debate with Christian apologist Mike Licona. It was also the month I first interviewed Alonzo Fyfe, whom to my great surprise persuaded me to completely change my moral worldview, from error theory to desirism.
In March 2009 I began blogging my way through Richard Carrier’s worldview-in-a-box for atheists: Sense and Goodness Without God. Today, I’m half-way through the book. I also published a 40-page ebook explaining desire utilitarianism (aka desirism), and launched my Intro to Logic series. Traffic to my site really exploded during this month, which closed with my most-commented article up to that time: The Wrong Test for Ethical Theories.
In April 2009, my review of the William Lane Craig vs. Christopher Hitchens debate was linked from all over the web, including the Evangelical Philosophical Society. I also launched my largest project yet, Mapping the Kalam Cosmological Argument, and published my list of 100+ Living Philosophers of Religion and Their Best Work, both of which I continue to update.
In June 2009 I published 46 posts – quite an improvement from the eight of December 2008. The highlight of the month for me was a summary of how my readers had changed my mind during my first 6 months writing Common Sense Atheism. I also completed a 40-hour project: my list of 2000+ gods you don’t believe in. Later, I made it a poster.
In July 2009 I rushed forward in all of my open post series, and also published one of the most shocking posts on the site: Living Without a Moral Code.
In August 2009 I launched my Ultimate Desirism F.A.Q., which I continue to update. I also launched my Arguing About Evil series, a careful and fairly technical review of the philosophical literature on the problem of evil since 1955. One of my favorite posts was Society Without God, a summary of the research showing how healthy atheistic societies are compared to religious ones. Another was a fan favorite: My Fondest Memories of God. This month also saw my first guest post, from Dave Chaffee: Craig’s First Premise in 1979 and 2009.
In October 2009 I began my exchange of letters with Christian pacifist Mark van Steenwyk of The Jesus Manifesto, and also with Tom Gilson of Thinking Christian. This month saw two of my best podcast episodes: interviews with major moral philosophers Stephen Finlay and Don Loeb. I also invited Alonzo Fyfe to write a weekly column for my blog. His first post was: Are Creationists Worthy of Moral Condemnation?
November 2009 was a busy month. My review of the Craig vs. Ayala debate became my most-commented article yet, and I began blogging my way through Vox Day’s The Irrational Atheist. My favorite post of the month was The Enchanted Naturalist’s Guide to Reality. Another favorite was a guest post: Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection. My debate with Tom Gilson ended when I insisted that Jesus is Magic by simple definition. After a flurry of discussion I was persuaded that “magic” was not the best term with which to describe Jesus’ supernatural powers, and wrote a post entitled Jesus is Not Magic. Finally, I began my Intro to Religion series.
In December 2009, the lightning rod post seemed to be What Do Most Philosophers Believe, about the largest ever survey of professional philosophers. The results? It turns out most philosophers agree with me on most major issues. (Or rather, I agree with them). My readers also like two more personal posts, The Current State of My Atheism and How I Told My Family I Was an Atheist. Other popular posts were The Inner Witness of the Holy Spirit, My Own Scale for Dumb Theistic Arguments, and Are You a Sympathetic Atheist? I also began my letter exchange with Christian blogger Tim Challies.
In January 2010 I did four episodes of my podcast. I began a series criticizing Richard Dawkins’ main argument for atheism, and trying to see if it could be rescued in any way. I offered my Ultimate Truth-Seeker Challenge, and began tracking the people who took up the challenge. Many people enjoyed 16 Sexiest Female Atheists, but the highlight of the month was my rebuttal to a popular atheistic retort: Who Designed the Designer? I also began my Ask the Atheist series, and my Letters on Theism and Naturalism series.
In February 2010 I upped it to eight podcast episodes in a single month! I also listed my all-time favorite posts on Common Sense Atheism, finished my series on Mark Linville’s moral argument, published my booklet Atheism in 15 Minutes, and began building my massive index of Arguments for and against Christian Theism. But the most important post of the month, and perhaps of the entire blog up to this time, was Sean McDowell and Theistic Morality.
In March 2010 I produced another 9 episodes of my podcast and began another one, Counter-Apologetics. I offered an Easy Version of my Ultimate Truth-Seeker Challenge, and a massive bibliography on simplicity and complexity. Some of the most popular posts include Religion and Suicide Terrorism, I Don’t Care if God Exists, Top 10 Atheism Quotes, What I Think of the New Atheists, and Sam Harris vs. Sean Carroll on Science and Morality.
In April 2010 I invited another guest blogger to Common Sense Atheism: John Danaher of Philosophical Disquisitions. His first post series summarized and commented upon a paper by Erik Baldwin concerning Plantinga’s Warranted Christian Belief. I invited a third guest blogger, too: Ken Pulliam of Former Fundy. His first post was Does Penal Substitutionary Theory Make Sense? The most popular article of the month was William Lane Craig on Debating Atheists, in which I argued that Christian debater Bill Craig usually gave better arguments than his atheist opponents. I also published an excellent pamphlet by Mark Davis called Is God a Moral Monster? Finally, I launched my instructional series How to Produce an Interviews Podcast and published 6 more episodes of my podcast. April 2010 was my most productive month ever, at 74 posts.
In May 2010 I produced 7 episodes of my podcast, including “11 Responses to Fine-Tuning” with Luke Barnes. I was invited to give a speech at University of California San Diego: Why the New Atheists Failed, and How to Defeat All Religious Arguments in One Easy Step. The firebrand post of the month was Many Atheists are Hypocrites About Morality. I liked my post Greg Boyd’s Godless Sermon very much, and also published a bibliography of faith and reason.
In June 2010 I published another 8 episodes of my podcast, including one with Richard Carrier, and also one of the most influential interviews upon my own views: Konrad Talmont-Kaminski. I also published my first mini-book in the Painless Introductions series, Pre-Socratics: A Painless Introduction. The most popular post of the month was a very simple question posed to a Christian apologist: Dr. Craig and Objective Morality. I expressed shock at Richard Carrier’s performance in his debate with Mike Licona.
In July 2010 I published 7 more episodes of my podcast. Major comedy relief came from Top 15 Quotes from Kent Hovind’s Ph.D. Thesis. I also wrote Desirism and the Singularity and The Existence of God Means Nothing for Theists. The major event of the month came after my post 15 Sexy Scientists. A huge section of the atheist/skeptical blogosphere descended on me in wrath, prompting me to ask: Am I Sexist? Most of my critics had lots of hot air but not much argument, prompting me to seek good arguments in the work of a famous feminist philosopher – but I did not find them there, either. Finally, Alonzo Fyfe explained what was morally wrong with my initial post, and I apologized.
In August 2010 I finished blogging through Richard Carrier’s Sense & Goodness Without God. The most popular post was Why Atheists Lose Debates. I also reviewed two books on naturalism: Encountering Naturalism and Understanding Naturalism. I also launched a second podcast: Why Christianity is False.
I began September 2010 with a summary of my philosophical positions. Two popular posts were James Lee, Atheist Terrorist and Matt Flannagan on the Genocide of the Canaanites. I launched a series on The Fine-Tuning Argument, another series on Time and the Kalam Cosmological Argument, and also launched a third podcast: Morality in the Real World. I wrote a guide for how students and academics can use the Amazon Kindle. My favorite post was The Greatest Objection to Desirism, parts 1 and 2. The Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot podcast continued unabated, with 7 more episodes.
In October 2010 I revisited the blogosphere record of my deconversion in LiveBlogging My Deconversion. I also reviewed Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape and Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design, and published three important episodes of my main podcast in a row, with Lydia McGrew, Tyler Wunder, and Michael Bishop. I also wrote a brief bibliography of Historical Jesus Theories.
In November 2010 I launched my Philo-Explainer series and my Reading Yudkowsky series, gave A Chronology of My Life’s Paradigm Shifts, finished the first season of Morality in the Real World, and produced a map of Craig & Sinclair’s 2009 Kalam Cosmological Argument. My favorite Conversations episode of the month was with Robert Gressis on Christian Theism vs. Naturalism.
In December 2010 I released the video and transcript of my speech at Colorado State University, The Science of Morality: No Gods Required. I launched a series on The Absurdity of Life Without God, and gave some controversial advice on How to Do Philosophy Better. I closed out the year with Death is a Problem to Be Solved and a tutorial on Bayes’ Theorem.