a tippling philosopher

Welcome to the site of author and tippling philosopher Jonathan M.S. Pearce. May it be a fountain of reason in a desert of nonsense.

New Nativity Book Out Now

My new book, 'The Nativity: A Critical Examination' has now been released. The foreword was written by American author David Fitzgerald. It is being released through Onus Books and is available from all good internet retailers and available to order from bookstores (it is distributed by Ingram). Do it!

It is also available in Kindle format, available from the links above on Amazon.

And the Kindle links for the book on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk!

 Here is the book description for "The Little Book of Unholy Questions":

Jonathan M.S. Pearce's second book (after Free Will?) continues along the same philosophical and theological vein, aiming to provide a cumulative case against the existence of God, and more specifically, God's triple characteristics of omniscience, omnipotence and omnibenevolence. Split into useful categories with an introduction to each category, these are questions that demand to be answered adequately and plausibly in order for the believer to retain a rationally-based faith. 

Pearce's easy writing style and explanation of philosophy, theology and science on the popular level make this book as enjoyable to read as it is thought-provoking. Does God change his mind when prayed to, and why has he never produced a miracle since biblical times that couldn't have occurred naturally anyway, like re-growing an amputee's leg? God only knows. 

"Pearce demands from God a rational explanation to all of the problems that seem illogical or incoherent. These are ... damningly challenging inconsistencies in the Christian narrative that necessarily antagonize any rational reader. If you are still or used to be Christian, "The Little Book of Unholy Questions" is an overview of the critical questions you need to be asking yourself." - Derek Murphy, Jesus Potter Harry Christ

I am really happy with the reviews on amazon so far for the book.

 5 star review on Amazon.com for my TLBOUQ book:

Every aspiring apologist or theologian ought to become familiar with the questions in this book, because folks are starting to ask the tough questions they were afraid to ask in generations past. I'd sure love to hear the answers to these questions from those who claim God speaks to them. Will they get the same answers as each other?


Can religious faith stand up to such probing questions as: Can you (God) get bored? Without sensory organs, how do you feel anything? Where did you (Jesus) get the male half of your genome from given that Mary had an immaculate conception? Were you naughty as a child? Did you ever lust after anybody? If you did not, then how can you claim to be fully man? When you prayed to God, how did that work, since you are God?


There are also very specific questions about Bible passages: The Old Testament declares that the smell of burnt offerings (sacrifices) pleased you (for example, in Leviticus 1) - is this true? In saying in Ephesians 6:5 that slaves need to obey their masters just as they would obey Christ, are you implying that slavery is acceptable?


This is an important book to have on hand for anyone wondering if their faith stands up to scrutiny. It's sure to prompt interesting thoughts and discussions. It's also a handy little book for freethinkers-- the questions will keep the proselytizers too busy to do much proselytizing; the book provides ongoing fodder for internet debates as well.


No matter where you are coming from, this book is chock-full of questions that will have you pondering things you've never pondered before. It contains the sorts of questions we should all be asking those who claim to know what God/Jesus did, feels, thinks, or wants. Heck, we should be asking these questions to anyone who claims to know God exists. I want to know what their god has to say!

Youtube channel!

Check out my Youtube channel for interesting videos on topics covered in my books, blog and concerning other things philosophical and theological.

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 Book of Advice For Dads Of Twins

I have also written a book of advice for dads of twins aimed at UK twin dads:

Free Will?: An investigation into whether we have free will, or whether I was always going to write this book.  

This is my first book, published in 2010.

Available as Kindle editions too!

 Free Will? extract is published on John Loftus' Debunking Christianity - the most popular Biblioblogger site

I'm over the moon that John Loftus has published an extract from the book on his excellent website Debunking Christianity. The extract details how God hardened the heart of the Pharaoh in biblical times and restricted his free will, bringing death and destruction on the Egyptian people. I chose this extract because it was clearly relevant to the genre of the site, although the whole book has a similar vein running through it.

There is an interesting debate in the comments section under the extract in which I partake. Big thanks to John Loftus, and I advise looking at his site.

My extract can be found here.

There are over 290 comments resulting from this post!!

Book on sale around world!

Right now my first book "Free Will? An investigation into whether we have free will or whether I was always going to write this book" is on general release, mainly through internet retailers (distributed by Ingrams). The book has received a 5* review on Amazon.co.uk, and sales in the UK are bubbling along. I am thinking of ways in which to market it, particularly in the US. As mentioned on this page, John Loftus has kindly posted an excerpt on his blog, and there is a possibility that the New Humanist magazine might be reviewing it, as they have a copy, so fingers crossed there.

Jonathan M.S. Pearce is a teacher from South Hampshire, UK, who has dedicated many years to studying all manner of things philosophical and theological. Studying for a Masters in Philosophical Studies from the University of Wales, Lampeter, he also holds a degree from the University of Leeds, and a PGCE from Southampton. As a founder member of the Tippling Philosophers, a friendly group of disparate believers and non-believers (and sort-of believers) based in Hampshire, he is a big advocate of casual philosophy groups meeting over pints of good ale. He lives with his partner (and twin boys) and wonders how she puts up with him.

Pearce is currently working on other titles whilst The Little Book of Unholy Questions is out now.

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