Some of my most frequently visited sites on the Internet are Google and Wikipedia. But I’m going to assume that if you don’t know those you probably shouldn’t be reading my blog. I also consult various cricket and tennis sites frequently, sometimes multiple times a day, but I’m assuming that most of my readers are not as interested in cricket or tennis as I am. Here are a few I consult that are less known and perhaps more relevant to the general reader.
Much more focused than my blog, this blog gives a thoughtful analysis of various Christadelphian arguments. Even when I disagree with the arguments they are harder than most to dismiss out of hand.
Patheos nonreligious blogs cover many different perspectives, and I usually learn something from both the posts and the comment threads.
The first blog on the site I discovered was Bob Seidensticker’s Cross Examined. I came upon it shortly after leaving Christianity, and found that he made some of the same arguments as me, but fleshed them out much better than I had. He has also written a couple of interesting novels about apologetics: Cross Examined and A Modern Christmas Carol.
Many apologists make claims about the Bible’s accuracy as a historical record, and how a historian would approach the Biblical texts. Celsus is run by a historian, and I think the most valuable parts are his demonstrations of the historical sources and techniques that apologists have missed (for an overview, see the History & Philosophy FAQ).
Oh, and history is fascinating, full stop.
Language Log contains many fascinating posts on language usage, by linguists with considerably more expertise than I have. I particularly use it whenever I want to ignore a language rule that appears arbitrary (in Language Log parlance, “prescriptivist poppycock”). For example, not to end a sentence with a preposition. Or that “their” cannot be singular. Or that you should never split an infinitive.
Not only do they tell me I don’t need to worry about the rule, but they often tell me that the rule was made up, has never had any basis, and has not been observed by great writers throughout history (sometimes with long lists of examples going back to Shakespeare or even Chaucer).
This one is perhaps the strangest link in this collection. Tim Challies is a fairly conservative Christian, so naturally there are many topics we don’t see eye to eye on. However, I have followed his site for a while, and I like it because it gives a conservative perspective which is different from Christadelphian teaching as well as from my current beliefs. Tim writes well, obviously cares about what he writes, and has a good roundup of news from a variety of sources (again, mostly conservative Christian). And if I come across an article that I really disagree with, I just skim through it or skip it and move on to the next one.
Like fiction, comics show that entertaining and communicating truth are not incompatible. A few that I follow: