John Loftus, the co-founder of the Skeptic Ink Network (who has since gone back to solo blogging), has been one of my heroes for many years. I have profoundly enjoyed reading his books, and what I learned as a result has played a deep part in who I am. I have also occasionally enjoyed the opportunity of taking on those challenging him-a fairly easy task!
John’s blog, which I have been following for a long time, is “Debunking Christianity”, and is focused mostly on fundamentalist Christian claims. On the other hand, doing so brings with it a bonus: due to deep historical (some might say plagiarized) ties been monotheistic, patriarchal religions of Middle Eastern origin, debunking claims made by fundamentalist Christianity has the effect that it often debunks claims made by Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, and all their branches too. As an easy example, Luke and Matthew claim that Jesus was a descendant of King David through Joseph (who was not his father?). But what if an historical King David of Israel and Judea did not exist? It is not an established historical fact that he did. And if not, that topples one of the most prominent claims of the Jewish Tanakh, and further, pokes another whole in the inerrancy claims about the Koran, all too common among Muslims.
And hence just recently John changed the name of his blog to “Debunking Abrahamic Religions”-very aptly, in my opinion. This in turn, made my writings, focused mostly on political Islam, relevant material to his blog.
Now I am happy to say, for the first time a piece authored by me has been posted on his blog, which he kindly accepted from me. I expect to make further contributions in the future, while, of course, keep most of my writings here on this blog.
This is a very exciting development and I am looking forward to working with John.