Sound of my Voice 2012: Christianity is a Cult, is Jesus a Fraud?

If you need a mystery to solve itself by wrapping up all loose ends, you might not like Sound of my Voice, the new movie directed by Britt Marling, who also plays the main role as Maggie -- a time traveler from the future sent back to save the ones she loves from the coming economic and ecological collapse. The plot follows Lorna and Peter, a young couple determined to do something important with their lives, ...

Why the End of the World Makes us Feel So Good: Revolution Season Premiere vs Hunger Games

Procrastinating from work (which I always feel to be a colossal waste of my life, yet necessary to prolong it in comfort) I downloaded the Series Premiere of a new TV show called "Revolution". It's just beginning. It shows a modern family: toddler playing with an Ipad, daughter zoned out watching cartoons on a plasma screen, mother on her phone with daddy, and another pair of guys driving and sexting someone. Suddenly, all the power goes ...

The Other Side of Evil: The Truth about the Fall of Lucifer and the Tyranny of Heaven

Several months ago I stumbled across a book on Amazon. A mediocre cover, no reviews, but I flipped through it and it caught my interest: speeches by Satan defending himself, a topic close to my heart (and my research). This week, stalling on some other projects and feeling inexplicably lazy, I spent most of my time on my antique oriental couch absorbed in what turned out to be one of the greatest books I've read, ...

Is Diablo III the Bible of our Times? How Video Games are “Corrupting” our Youth

Stories have always had the magical power to give our lives meaning and perspective. Stories about how the world was created, why there is evil in the world, why we should be good even when no one is watching, and what happens after death. Around 2,000 years ago, some guys cobbled together a book of recycled pagan stories and pinned it to a Jewish cosmology of Good and Evil, resulting in the Christian Bible. Good people ...

How a beautiful book cover made me a “hater of Christ”

I wish Christian books came with warning labels. I had a strange experience recently. I downloaded a book and hated it so much that I had to get out of bed and write a scathing review, starting with the title "How did this trash get on my Kindle." Since I rarely write reviews, and even then feel bad giving less than 3 stars, what did this book do to piss me off? I've discovered that bad reviews are ...

Custom Satanic Superhero Action Figure – 3D printing or China Outsource?

Something I'm excited to do for my next book is a make a 3D action figure/collectible. My book basically ties contemporary superheroes to a tradition of revolutionaries that started with Prometheus and was given definitive shape in the heroic Satan of Milton's Paradise Lost. Nearly every modern value - from free speech, human rights, civil liberties, racial and gender equality - my book argues, stemmed almost directly from the influence of Milton's Satan on political rebels and ...

My list of things to do before Skepticon 5

So it's official. In a couple of months I will pack up, sell or throw away most of my possessions and hit the circuit of cheap international cities that offer good living for internet entrepreneurs. It's scary. I'm not quite at a comfortable, waterfall of money level but I make enough online to support myself; but getting rid of our Taipei apartment really pushes me to get my game together. And the absolute freedom of not ...

Batman vs. Occupy Wall Street: Is the Dark Knight Rises the propaganda of the 1%?

It's no surprise to see the theme of political revolution in the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Revolution is a no-brainer plot template that is successfully integrated in about half of all big Hollywood Hits: a corrupt totalitarian government (or the threat of one) taken down by a time of rebel freedom-fighters. What I found a little surprising, however, was that the revolution featured in The Dark Knight Rises is the same one that ...

Was James Holmes an Atheist? Religious motivations for Colorado Batman Movie Shooting

A 24-year-old neuroscience doctoral candidate in a Batman costume walks into a theater... it sounds like the beginning of a joke, but we know this story has a tragic conclusion. And now begins the fight for James Holmes' Soul. Here is the expected Christian response, from thread on Huffington Post: Expect to see more of this, as we continue to move toward a Godless secular culture with no respect or recognition of authority or value for human ...

Jesus goes undercover to sleep with Muslims

I can't help but write a post after reading an article called "Is Jesus Christ Reaching Out to Muslims Through Their Dreams?" I found on The Blaze. Basically, (according to the article), devout Muslims are having spontaneous dreams about Jesus, who touches their hearts and foreheads and says "You're mine, Follow me." That's freaking fantastic (not in the sense of good, but in the sense of "fantasy"). If it's really happening, it's a small miracle, because it's hard ...

“Atheists should be banned from Public Office because they are immoral”: a Rational Response

Today on Facebook I found this excellent conversation between a Christian and David G. McAfee, author of "Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings" and someone who thought Atheists should be banned from government. Personally, I no longer engage in debates like this because I don't believe the party on either side is open minded enough to change their views - so it always becomes a shouting match that makes each side more righteous. But that said, David ...

Find meaning in your life by following the signs (Jeff who lives at home, 2011)

It's 7:38 in the morning. I stayed up late watching "Jeff Who Lives at Home", which completely surprised me. It starts of with a douchy character talking about Mel Gibson's "Signs" movie (Jason Jordan Segel). He's a 30 year old pot-smoking loser who lives at home and has no job. I thought the film was making fun of him. The movie begins with his mom demanding he get off the damn couch, pick up some wood ...