September 28, 2009

Answering A Commenter on Motivations

Posted in Atheism, Personal tagged , , at 12:13 pm by Andrew

A commenter asks:

You might consider one more argument (thought) to tackle. Why have you dedicated so much time and effort to destroying “pixies in space?”

Well, I think maybe you’ve misinterpreted the mission of this site. As it says right up there on the top of the screen, I write this blog to evaluate apologetic arguments for Christianity. If you have some personal faith in Jesus that makes you happy, and you’ve got a live-and-let-live mentality, then we’re not going to have much to discuss. Most of my family members are Christians; most of the people I interact with on a daily basis are religious. My favorite baseball player is a Christian. And so on. Believe what you believe and be happy with it!

On the other hand, if you think you have a good argument why I should believe in Jesus, then I’d like to hear it. So far, I’ve found those arguments pretty unavailing, but who knows — maybe you’ll come up with a good one. Until then, all I can do is evaluate and answer the arguments that people make to me.
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EC is back from the grave!

Posted in Atheism, Personal tagged , at 10:03 am by Andrew

I want to apologize for disappearing on everyone over the past few months — I had two major cases prepare for and go to trial at the same time, and I was pretty much unable to devote the time that this blog sometimes requires.

The good news is that those cases are over, and Evaluating Christianity is back! Thanks to all the well-wishers who contacted me either via email ( or in the comments — I appreciate them all.

March 17, 2009

Open March Madness Thread

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 11:33 am by Andrew

If you don’t care about college basketball, feel free to skip this post. If you want to see my picks, top resources for filling out your brackets, and generally talk hoops, click on the more link. 🙂
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February 23, 2009

An Irrational Meal

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:27 pm by Andrew

What would you do if you were asked to serve a predictably irrational meal?

For me, what comes to mind immediately are things like Michel Richard’s “breakfast for dessert” at Citronelle (which I have had, and is incredibly yummy) or Homaru Cantu’s impromptu “road kill” entree — which, sadly, I have not tasted (but would in a heartbeat). In general, I’m a big fan of the molecular gastronomy school of “hey-this-looks-like-something-but-tastes-like-something-else” to begin with, and in particular chefs who haven’t forgotten how much fun it is to play with your food.

And with respect to Predictable Irrationality: hey, what’s more irrational than cognitive dissonance??

February 20, 2009

America’s Heroes

Posted in Atheism, Personal tagged , , at 2:55 pm by Andrew

According to this Harris poll, the top 5 people Americans name as their “hero” are:

1. Barack Obama
2. Jesus
3. Martin Luther King
4. Ronald Reagan
5. George W. Bush

I think the strangest part of this story is, according to another account, that “God” ranked 11th. I’m no theologian, but shouldn’t the “God” and “Jesus” votes have been aggregated? Maybe then he (they?) could have beaten out Obama!

February 17, 2009

Ranking the Presidents (with a little help from Davey Concepcion)

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 11:58 am by Andrew

If you turned on any cable newschannel this weekend, you probably saw a story about C-SPAN’s Ranking of the Presidents, with Abraham Lincoln on top and James Buchanan at the bottom.

On the one hand, these kinds of lists are meant to spark casual debate — like, say, VH-1’s “100 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time. On the other hand, the Presidency is at least a little more important than whether the Eagles are better than the Rolling Stones (answer: yes), so perhaps it’s worth a blog post….

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