Author: John Richards

Irreducible and Specified Complexity

Things fester on the internet. Propositions that were refuted long ago don’t go away; there’s always someone who hasn’t been brought up to speed yet, paddling the same old canoe that has already been sunk many times over. Irreducible Complexity and Specified Complexity are terms used by the proponents of Intelligent Design to support their proposition that there is a creator deity. There’s a backs...

The AAI Interviews: Ariane Sherine

John Richards interviews Ariane Sherine.

Stoning gay people to be legalized in Brunei

From April 3, 2019, those found guilty of same-sex relations, adultery, sodomy, rape, and blasphemy in the Sultanate of Brunei, will be whipped and stoned to death. Robbers will have their hands or feet cut off. These new punishments are proposed by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. What could be behind this return to an ancient barbaric standard of punishment? No prizes for guessing it’s th...

The AAI Interviews: Dr Lauryn Oates

John Richards interviews Dr Lauryn Oates. Lauryn is a Human Rights activist turned Education Organizer for the Taliban conflict zone of Afghanistan.

The AAI Interviews: Aron Ra

John Richards interviews atheist, author, anti-creationist, and pro-science activist, Aron Ra.

Christ’s missing witnesses

Being a witness is an easy position to explain—it means someone who can stand in front of us and tell us what they saw, in a ‘witness box’ if necessary. We shouldn’t have any confusion understanding the word ‘witness’ but, due to Christian equivocation, there are difficulties. The word, ‘witness’ confers a sort of credibility, a flavor of evidence. Consequently, many Christians apply it to sources...

Why the First Cause is a Lost Cause

Every effect we have observed in nature has a cause. We have extrapolated from that incomplete data set the idea that it’s reasonable to assume that EVERY effect must have a cause and we’ve named this the Law of Causation. Of course, we haven’t observed all of the causes of all of the effects that have ever happened, so we are making an inductive argument. Inductions are not absolutely certain but...

The AAI Interviews: Richard Carrier

Did Jesus ever exist? AAI discusses this question and more with ancient historian and Jesus mythicist Richard Carrier.

The AAI Interviews: Keith Lowell Jensen

John Richards and atheist comedian Keith Lowell Jensen talk about Keith's new comedy album “Bad Comedy for Bad People” and a whole lot more.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly…

“Why?” my ten-year-old daughter asked. “And why Ivy? Isn’t that poisonous?” “Good question!” I said, “It is perplexing isn’t it!” So I explained that, historically, when Europeans perceived that the days were finally beginning to get longer again, they wanted to celebrate, to hold a midwinter feast and drink wassail (a beverage made from fermented roasted apples). In those early days of Roman rule...

Muslim attack on Christian church in Pakistan

Religion poisons everything, I wrote only this morning, quoting Christopher Hitchen’s famous subtitle to his best-selling book, God is not Great. In that article, I pointed out that heinous, religiously inspired, atrocities occur every day and sure enough, I didn’t have to wait long; this afternoon, one such event has happened. ‘Suicide bomber kills 7 at church in Pakistan’ shouts the CNN headline...

Christopher Hitchens

It’s the 15th December, the anniversary of the death of the late, great, Christopher Hitchens. Unbelievably, it’s already six years since Hitch left us in 2011. He is so missed and remembered around the world that people are calling today, ‘Hitchmas’. Every day, some heinous, religiously-inspired, news item reminds us of his best-selling book’s subtitle: Religion Poisons Everything. It must have b...

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