Resources

This page is primarily for my own reference as a reminder of the books and sites I’ve discovered and that I want to read or revisit. Feel free to suggest any additions that you think would be particularly relevant. The lists are constantly growing and I suspect many books (maybe most) will never be read, but at least I have something to choose from.

My reading list

I am managing my reading list on goodreads.com. Feel free to browse the listing there.

Informational resources

Blogs I follow

See the bottom widget on the right sidebar for the list of blogs which are actively posting about seeking truth and the God debate in general. I have also compiled a few category feeds to organize the more academic blogs that I follow (requires WordPress account to view):

Lastly, there are a few inactive blogs which are so well done and worth exploring that I felt compelled to include them in the list here:

Podcasts worth listening to (mostly)

  • Unbelievable – This is by far my favorite active podcast. It is a UK radio show that (usually) brings together believers and unbelievers to openly discuss different views.
  • Rationally Speaking – Runner-up for favorite active podcast. “Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense.
  • Reasonable Doubts – No longer active. This was essentially dedicated to counter-apologetics and, though it was sometimes condescending to the religious perspective, it was very well done and very informative. Justin Scheiber has gone on to host…
  • Real Atheology – Deeply philosophical assessment of religion from an atheistic perspective.
  • Ask Science Mike – Christian turned atheist turned liberal Christian mystic. Very respectful and intelligent discussion, typically in a Q&A format using questions submitted by listeners.
  • Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot – No longer active, but was an excellent series produced by Luke Muehlhauser, author of the Common Sense Atheism blog.
  • NT Pod – Mark Goodacre’s podcast about the New Testament and Christian origins.
  • Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean – Philip Harland’s podcast, primarily focusing on Christian origins and the relationship between early Christianity and other religions.
  • Dogma Debate – Popular atheist \ secular humanism show, hosted by David Smalley.
  • The Thinking Atheist – Popular atheism focused show, hosted by Seth Andrews
  • The Friendly Atheist Podcast – Usually an interview with some prominent secular figure or a review of recent events at the intersection of the secular and religious worlds.
  • Sin Boldly – Podcast from a Houston pastor that sometimes brings believers and non-believers together to discuss apologetic topics.
  • A Christian and an Atheist – No longer active. Very interesting, yet informal, philosophical discussions between a Christian and an Atheist.
  • You Are Not So Smart – Highlighting findings from the social and psychological sciences.
  • The Partially Examined Life“the philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it”. This is usually not focused on religion but I have come to see that philosophy is critical to religious inquiry.
  • Stand to Reason – Evangelical radio show from Stand to Reason (Greg Koukl). A mix of apologetics, philosophy and theology. I usually skip past his introductory editorial and just listen to everything after, which is more focused and includes Q&A sessions with callers. I also wish he’d spend less time talking about LGBT issues. It’s really becoming annoying. Also see STR Ask, a companion Q&A for written questions.
  • Waking Up with Sam Harris – I used to avoid Harris, counting him a vitriolic atheist, but after becoming reacquainted with his work I have developed an appreciation for his clear thinking and willingness to engage different opinions. I have also found that either the reputation for vitriol was substantially overstated or his tactics have changed.
  • Brain Science Podcast – Reviews of the latest Neuroscience books and interviews with neuroscience researchers and authors.
  • Talk Nerdy – Weekly interviews with scientists, or science writers.
  • NPR Hidden Brain – “Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.”
  • BBC Discovery – Explorations in the world of science.
  • Bart Ehrman Blog Podcast – Weekly readings from Bart Ehrman’s blog.
  • Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe – Weekly roundup of science news.
  • Starts with a Bang! – Monthly podcast, usually describing some feature of cosmology.
  • The Psychology Podcast“we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in.”
  • The Here and How Podcast“weekly, science-based podcast where we discover mind-blowing facts about how we got here – from the Big Bang all the way up to last week’s science breakthroughs”
  • Point of Inquiry“The Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics”
  • The Don Johnson Radio Show – Intelligent apologetics show with a philosophical leaning. Now with Catholic flavor!
  • I Didn’t Know That! – Reasons to Believe podcast that offers impromptu answers to listener questions.

Other sites about the search for truth and rational thought

  • http://www.closertotruth.com/ – Site of the PBS series “Closer to Truth”, which engages with leading scientists and thinkers on the topics of Cosmos, Consciousness and God.
  • http://lesswrong.com/ – Discussing how we can overcome inherent biases in human perception

Sites which defend a Christian worldview

You may notice the absence of dedicated young-earth creationists sites (answers in genesis, institute for creation research, etc…). I’ve chosen to dismiss those on the grounds that they seem to readily reject well founded science. The other Christian sites seem to at least accept the science and try to interpret it within their framework.

Sites which argue against theistic worldviews

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9 thoughts on “Resources

  1. I have not updated it for a long time, with the exception of outright errors that readers still sometimes bring to my attention. I am still pursuing my interests in early Christian history, but am doing a lot more reading and notetaking than presenting of data on my site.

    • Well, I don’t think there’s any better place on the internet for people to clearly see the nature of borrowing in the synoptics. I hope it stays around for a long time, even if little more is ever added. Thanks again.

  2. I am happy to say that I have been enjoying your blog posts on editorial fatigue, the Marcionite gospel, and the synoptic problem. You and I share an interest in the work of Alan Garrow; I have his book on the dependence of Matthew on the Didache, and I think he is onto something.

    • You’ve confused me with Paul’s isthatinthebible site, which I agree is a great read – though I still lean toward something akin to a Farrer hypothesis, using a pre-nativity proto-Matthew which could very well also explain some of the observations he’s noted.

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