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Works at Naturography - The nature photography of Mike Spinak, specializing in showing the extraordinary in the landscapes and life forms of California and the Western United States.
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Today's AntiTheo blog post, How Can the Universe be so Finely Tuned for Life?, addresses the fine-tuning argument, which a theist asked me about the other day. I don't exactly answer the question, but I do show why the assertion that our world is finely tuned for life is questionable, and show why taking fine-tuning as evidence for God is a self-defeating argument.

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When I launched this website a week ago, publishing my About page, I almost immediately got a comment from a theist, arguing in favor of theism. His comment made several different kinds of points in rapid succession. While each assertion and each question deserved its own considered reply, ...
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I had understood "Fine Tuned" referred to the fundamental forces (e.g. fixed physical laws, natural constants) regulating the universe, which allowed earth to sustain life. Unfortunately, this article has gone thru a process of dumbing down the term while adding no significant insight. 
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Today's AntiTheo blog post asks theist readers a simple question:
What reason can you give for your conviction in your religion, that others with beliefs in contradicting religions could not also give as reasons for their convictions?
I would love if you leave an answer in the comments on my blog, but an answer right here would also be great. I look forward to your replies. Thank you for considering my question.
My Dear Theist Readers,. What reason can you give for your conviction in your religion, that others with beliefs in contradicting religions could not also give as reasons for their convictions? I look forward to your considered answers. Thank you. July 28, 2015 July 28, 2015 Mike Spinak ...
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Today's AntiTheo blog post, Open-Minded Versus Close-Minded, explains how the scientific endeavor is not necessarily close-minded in its rejection of the supernatural, and the religious endeavor is not necessarily open-minded in its acceptance of the supernatural.

I hope you find it worthwhile. If you like it, please share it and help me gain traction with my new blog. Thanks.

(This is a slightly rewritten, expanded version of something I posted on G+ a couple years ago.)
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In today's AntiTheo blog post, we explore an often overlooked part of the Bible's Exodus story, wherein God admits to doing something dastardly.
Editorial Note: This is part of a regular series that shares notable and perhaps surprising facts that pertain to religion. Some amusing, others shocking. Manu of them will correct misinformation that various religious groups like to spread, and / or reveal things they like to hide.
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A couple years ago, when Money Magazine called smart watches "the hottest new trend in tech," I predicted that smart watches will not take the world by storm like smart phones did:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/DEptowyjxKb

So far, that prediction seems to have borne out. I'm sticking to that prediction.
Apple says that it is attempting to hurt competitors by hiding the performance of its newest product, but the true victim could be Apple stock.
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I own two smart watches.  I wore one to a party last year.  The other I use when I race boats because someone wrote a Pebble app that works with my Android phone app.  That one is really nice.  Between the two watches, I much prefer the Pebble over the Android smart watch.
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Here's my first post on AntiTheo, wherein I answer a question from a struggling Christian about whether Christians can support same sex marriage, from my atheistic perspective. I hope you find it worthwhile.

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I recently had some correspondence with a fellow on a Bible forum where I participate as the resident heathen. It started with him asking a question on the forum, “Is it possible to be Christian and support same-sex marriage?” There were many answers, most of them saying, “no,” many of them ...
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Thanks, +Olav Folland

I'll be putting up lots more posts, soon.
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Today's AntiTheo blog post, What Are the Tenets of Atheism?, answers this question, which a theist asked me last week. Cheers!
Question: What are the tenets of atheism? If all atheism is about is not being a believer of a religion, or being against religion, then what are the principles of atheism? What do atheists stand for? Answer: Atheists are not one organized group, and thus they have no semblance of an agreed upon ...
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Today's AntiTheo blog post, Why Don't More People Read the Bible?, provides a clear answer to this question believers often ask — then brings up an important related question, and answers that, too.
Editorial note: One of the ongoing features on this website will be answering questions I come across, asked by theists. I may slightly modify these questions, for brevity and clarity, but these are their real questions. I will be providing straight answers, from my atheistic perspective.
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+Brian Rush, thank you for your thoughtful comments. I'm not ignoring you, but I'm going to reply when I have the time and opportunity to reply with attention you deserve.
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Today's AntiTheo blog post, Bible Magic, shows that the Bible is rife with questionable magic spells.
One of the unpleasant discoveries in store for intrepid theists who actually read the Bible cover-to-cover, is that the Bible is loaded with goofy magic ceremonies and spells. For example, here's how God commands a priest make a magic potion to make a woman have an abortion and become infertile, ...
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Thanks, Shelly. 

There will be lots more coming.
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In my latest AntiTheo blog post, The Bald Avenger, I share the curious little Bible tale of Elisha and the Two Bears. It's not the kind of story most preachers choose for a Sunday sermon, as you'll see.
Editorial note: Believers like to cherry-pick favorite quotes from their religious texts, often ones they've heard from others, when they haven't even read their scriptures for themselves. This is the first of an ongoing series wherein I'll be sharing some of the less comfortable passages in the ...
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In my latest AntiTheo.com blog post, The 17-or-More Commandments, I show that the Ten Commandments in the Bible may be different from what you think they are, and explain what that tells us about our morality. If you like it, please spread the word and help me gain traction with my new blog. Thank you.
Editorial note: I'll be posting a regular series that shares notable and perhaps surprising facts that pertain to religion. Some amusing, others shocking. Many of them will correct misinformation that various religious groups like to spread, and / or reveal things they like to hide.
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I'm starting a new website. (This one is in addition to my other websites, not instead of the others.) The new website is for voicing my contrarian, atheistic views about religious topics. I just launched the About page a few moments ago, wherein I discuss what the website is about, why I'm doing this, what I hope to accomplish, and what you can expect to see on the website. If you are interested, go to http://antitheo.com/about/

I hope you find this new website worthwhile, and please let me know whether you encounter any technical issues I need to address.

Thank you.
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Author and Photographer of Growing Up Humming

I began photography in 1998. I've been writing since I was little. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in writing and photography.

I photograph landscapes, wildlife, flora, patterns – anything and everything nature. I use naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes that people rarely see; then use photography and writing to share my experiences with others. I strive to show people the beauty and wonder of the natural world, so that people feel kinship with nature.

My nature photography studio is wherever he find myself with a camera and Nature’s largess.
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