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Nexus Book Club

A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

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Welcome to the Nexus Book Club!

Hello to all our new (and old) members! We'd love to hear from you; please take the time to introduce yourself either on the forum or the wall.

Feel free to discuss the books you're reading at the moment, your favorite authors or works, and so on. I'm sure everyone has a book they think others here might find interesting!

Also, don't forget to check out the page Books by A|N Members Who are Published Authors, located just under the members section on your right.

Books of Interest to Atheists and Skeptics
Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett
A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Godless, by Dan Barker
Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Why I am not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Sites for Bibliotaphs
The Internet Archive
Project Gutenburg

Discussion Forum

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P Oct 11, 2016. 0 Replies

The Last Blade of Grass

Started by Robert Brown May 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Apr 30, 2015. 5 Replies

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat Jan 22, 2015. 5 Replies

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 23, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by Don. Last reply by Don Sep 13, 2014. 1 Reply

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7, 2014. 1 Reply


Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31, 2014. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23, 2014. 17 Replies

book recommendations?

Started by Fester75. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 11, 2014. 5 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joseph P on February 11, 2011 at 12:53pm

Yeah, particularly for something that freaking long, it's good to go into it forewarned.


At least I only have to deal with Thomas Aquinus's Five Proofs ... and 3 of those are the same damned things stated with barely different wording.  Then #4 is just ... silly.  It doesn't even make a logical argument, just a quick, bald assertion.  You effectively only need to deal with two arguments.

Comment by The Big Blue Frog on February 11, 2011 at 12:45pm

That's it! Thanks!


My wife's aunt is trying to save me, and she recommended ETDAV. I wanted to point out some of the flaws of the book, but I didn't want to have to reinvent the wheel.

Comment by Joseph P on February 11, 2011 at 12:27pm

Isn't there something associated with The Atheist Experience that did that?  The Iron Chariots Wiki perhaps?  I vaguely remember Russel Glasser saying that he had done that, but I'm not sure if that's where he stuck it.  And I could be remembering it incorrectly; it might have been Matt Dillahunty who did that.


Oh, here we go.  Iron Chariots linked to

That sounds like what Russel said, on The Atheist Experience, now that I think about it.


I love the name of one of the essays listed near the bottom of the page, too:

Evidence That Demands a Refund (2001) by Jeffery Jay Lowder

A review of McDowell's New Evidence That Demands a Verdict.

Comment by The Big Blue Frog on February 11, 2011 at 11:18am



I remember seeing a website that had a chapter-by-chapter refutation of Josh McDowell's Evidence That Demands A Verdict. Anyone know where I can find that?

Comment by The Big Blue Frog on February 2, 2011 at 12:21pm

I didn't consider that. If your column needs to stay on point, then you may be at an impasse. It might be best to just leave things as they are and get on with the rest of your blog/book.


I added a link to you on my blogroll.

Comment by Tony Davis on February 2, 2011 at 12:10pm

I think you have a good point.  Writing a separate article about Glenn's behavior is what I wanted to do.  I may still try to do that.  My only problem is that this is not a "blog" where I can write about anything I want, in the first person.  It is a column that is (in theory at least) supposed to be about skeptical thought and local to the DC area.  CLEARLY I don't keep it local (and got a "reprimand" for it on this last article).  I usually throw in a DC reference to get by.


I may still do what you said.  I've been thinking about it.  I did meet this guy on a flight to DC AND I am skeptical that being a Christian makes you any less of a hypocrite.  :-)

Comment by The Big Blue Frog on February 2, 2011 at 12:05pm

Yes, the universities in Alabama occasionally produce a well-rounded, educated skeptical thinker. ;)


I read the comments by Glenn, and your response. I would remove the response and address the issue of Glenn's posting in another separate post. You can refer back to the various entries he's commented on. Be sure to actually address his comments ("Jehovah's Witnesses are not real Christians" for instance.) I know it's a pain, but anything less looks like you're ducking his criticism just because he's the one making the charge.

Comment by Tony Davis on February 2, 2011 at 11:47am

BBF - Great blog.  If I can use your stuff I will definitely link it back to you.  I think we all need to support each other (as long as it is worth supporting anyway).  If we did this as well as the religious folks do every one of us would have best sellers on the shelves of Barnes and Noble!!


By the way, you went to USA??  I graduated from UNA!  And Troy for my Masters.  Small world!

Comment by The Big Blue Frog on February 2, 2011 at 11:28am

I'm glad I could contribute. If it's not too much to ask, if you credit me can you include the link to my blog?

Comment by Tony Davis on February 2, 2011 at 9:38am

Ian and ]3ig ]3lue,

Something I am doing lately (maybe a great idea, maybe a terrible idea) is that with most of the articles I am writing there are two versions.  One for my column (which is supposed to be very short) and one for my book.  The "book version" obviously is much longer and can include more info.


Every time I write an article part of the struggle is deciding which bits of information, which examples, I include.  Great points from you both and choice quotes from Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild are in the book version but didn't make it into the article.


Of course you guys can add all the info you want into the comments section.  I hate to admit it because I am trying to be a "writer" here, but some of the best reading so far on my column has been in the comments section.  ;-p


On an unrelated note, I think I will go back and revisit the comments section where I blasted Glenn for stalking me and making comments under three different names on my column.  I will shorten it greatly I think and just point out that he's been caught being a dishonest Christian, without all the details.  Any thoughts?  I fear that the way I did it, while honest, might look a bit petty of me and detract from the readers' experience.  What I am talking about is in the comments section of this article:





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