Dan Wall's Blog (27)

Good Without an Apology

Atheists can’t provide a sound basis for their morality.

…it’s the kinder gentler version of “atheists can’t be moral,” which is a common theme among Christian apologists. To be sure, some folks go back and forth between the two messages, but at least some apologists do seem to keep a clear distinction between the claim that atheists cannot be moral and the claim that whatever morals we may have, we simply cannot justify them in rational terms.

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Added by Dan Wall on October 6, 2016 at 12:19pm — 9 Comments

Let Us Not Praise the Prosperity Gospel With Faint Damn: It’s Worse than its Theology!

“Joel Osteen’s Fake, Heretical ‘Christianity’ Isn’t Any Better Than Atheism.”

That’s the title of an article from blogger Matt Walsh published yesterday on The Blaze. If Matt Walsh ever does have a thought worthy of publication, he will no mistake it for a bad cold, and there is certainly no chance The Blaze would publish anything that challenges the grade-school…


Added by Dan Wall on August 5, 2016 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” …In Which I Read Snake Oil

I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the fate of prominent atheists to end up with Christian apologists for spokesmen. Okay, I don’t literally believe in fate (either), but let’s just say the pattern is starting to look a little too common.

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Added by Dan Wall on April 21, 2016 at 7:51am — 1 Comment

Eight Tips for Writing an Eight-Tip Advice Post (Crazy Uncle of A Bullet Point Mind)

The internet is full of pages providing us with numbers.

Numbers and tips!

Numbers OF tips.

That’s right. The internet is full of posts containing a designated number of little advisatory gems. I don’t know how much use there is in reading these lists, but I’m convinced there must be a point to writing them. I reckon the wisdom must reside in the numbers. So, the secret to providing advice online must be to put the advice in the form of a list of useful tips. Most…


Added by Dan Wall on March 31, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Argumentation and its Narrative Payoff

It’s been a long time since I read Lakoff and Johnson’s book Metaphors We Live By, but I was recently thinking the internet has surely added a lot of good material for some of its central themes. The the notion of argumentation as warfare comes to mind. In that book, they advanced the notion that a lot of the metaphors people use for argumentation are those associated with warfare and violence in general.…


Added by Dan Wall on March 20, 2016 at 3:45pm — No Comments

When Arguendo Argues Itself Into a Somehow

Pop-apologists love to tell stories about how much atheists hate God. It’s a powerful claim, not because it’s accurate, but because it’s a bit like wishing us into the cornfields. All at once everything we say and everything we think is effectively removed from consideration and we sit mute despite our best efforts well beyond the eyes and ears of the one who put us there. You can try to reason with people who make this argument, but to them you might as well be out in the cornfield after…


Added by Dan Wall on March 11, 2016 at 4:48am — 3 Comments

Today’s Kinda Loaded Question – How Do You Read a Bible?

Today’s Kinda Loaded Question – How Do You Read a Bible?

I always wonder what it means to ‘read the Bible’. The question comes to mind when people tell others to read the Bible; when they say they’ve read the Bible, and when they ask others if they’ve read the Bible. These questions and comments often seem intended to pack an extra bit of punch; something…


Added by Dan Wall on September 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — 23 Comments

Ask Not What the Alibi Buddy Says About You!

Ask Not What Your Alibi-Buddy says About You?

We’ve all heard about the alibi buddy. He’s that gay guy whose best friends with the man telling you he’s against gay rights. He’s also the black guy who hangs out with the fellow bashing African-Americans. He’s the Muslim who totally agrees with all of someone’s generalizations about Muslims, Arabs, and even Sikhs, cause…


Added by Dan Wall on August 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

There are More Persons in this Conversation than are Dreamed of in Your Philosophy!

“I don’t believe in atheists.” That’s a phrase I’ve been seeing a lot lately. It passes for clever in apologetics blogs and it helps many a drive-by tweeter to troll the atheist hashtags. I somehow doubt the majority of these people are making references to the Chris Hedges book from 2008, but who knows how the meme rolls. The…


Added by Dan Wall on May 22, 2015 at 7:15am — 1 Comment

Sartre Was Right, But Hell Sometimes Has an Endearing Quality

So, awhile back I’m sitting at a booth for the place I work at a largish regional conference. I’m the last guy on the planet that you want to be selling anything (trust me!), but the others are busy with an event of their own. Anyway, I’m sitting at the booth answering questions, handing out stuff, and just…


Added by Dan Wall on April 30, 2015 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

The Trouble With Deepak.

Deepak Chopra wants something from atheists. I somehow doubt he knows what that is anymore than the rest of us do, but his efforts to feign dialogue with unbelievers are among the creepier things one can encounter on the net. If you’re not careful you may encounter his particular brand of word salad on the #atheism hashtag at twitter, but don’t try too hard to make sense of his posts. That way lies madness!

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Added by Dan Wall on April 5, 2015 at 10:27pm — 5 Comments

A Damnable Dilemma

Seems like I’m always reading (or hearing) that atheists are just as bad as religious folks. This theme has a few funny variants! Pushy atheists are just as bad as pushy  believers, or maybe they are just as closed minded as fundamentalists. Atheists who force their views on others are just as obnoxious…


Added by Dan Wall on March 25, 2015 at 4:52pm — No Comments

An Uncommon Pitch Line

Have a look at the pitch line on this movie. “In the chaos of war, peace can only come from within.” What’s odd about that, you may ask? It is after all a story about a soldier and the psychiatrist who has been assigned to help him recover from Shell Shock. So, the line makes a lot of sense right? Well, yes it does...

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Added by Dan Wall on January 10, 2015 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

Satirical Santa Only Visits Talking Heads Who Remember to Bring the Irony

What so many in the right wing echo chamber do not seem to get is that Satire does not begin the moment you are called out for making an ass of yourself. You cannot simply toss bigoted statements about the airwaves and play the irony card whenever someone says no to your bigotry.

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Added by Dan Wall on December 8, 2014 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Pay No Attention to the Abe in the Corner!

One of the most beautiful gifts of the internet is the ability to learn at a glance the wisdom of America’s founding fathers. In fact, one can often find these pearls of wisdom beautifully packaged in nice visuals. They are perfect for a tweet or a quick illustration, and so very informative. Most of all, they are ever so conveniently one quick google away...

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Added by Dan Wall on December 7, 2014 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Reza Aslan and New Atheists Who Really are Atheists After All

The ongoing feud between Reza Aslan and the so-called “New Atheists” continues to shed more heat than light. The latest round of this race to the bottom of the intellectual barrel comes to us in the form of a Salon piece written by Aslan. It presently carries the provocative title, “Reza Aslan: Sam Harris and “New…


Added by Dan Wall on November 30, 2014 at 3:39pm — 3 Comments

A Rambling Little Bit About Rock Lyrics

So, I’m tooling around Vegas a couple weeks back, listening to Ozzie’s Boneyard when I hear this story about the origin of No More Tears. Apparently, Ozzie was in the bathtub, so the story goes, when inspiration struck.

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Added by Dan Wall on July 24, 2013 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Fragments of Skepticism


A CARTOON BIBLE AND AN EAGER YOUNG MIND: No sooner had I learned to read than I decided to tackle the cartoon Bible sitting beside the bed. In fact, I think the ability to read that bible had been one of the major selling points for learning to read to begin with. Cartoons or not, this was a…


Added by Dan Wall on May 3, 2013 at 5:18am — No Comments

It’s the Sub-Deduction Stupid: Scalia’s Thoughts on Absurdity and Gay Rights


Time was when Antonin Scalia seemed fairly dedicated to the pretense of Judicial restraint. These days he appears content to be known as a political lobbyist for the right wing echo chamber. We can see this in the increasing number of…


Added by Dan Wall on March 30, 2013 at 5:55pm — 3 Comments

A Hyponym Walks into a Bar…


I Grumble: I wish I had a nickel for every time a Christian told me that my take on the existence of God isn’t really atheism; it’s agnosticism. No, those nickels wouldn’t make me rich, but they would add up to a nice meal at a decent restaurant, and with enough change to leave a damned good tip.

Added by Dan Wall on March 18, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment


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