by Hank Fox
I found these Medium listicles today, and they are well worth reading, if you have the time. The point of the weekly lists is to … well, to cut through the overflow of information and to keep you from normalizing all this stuff in your head. The hazard in the early stages of every authoritarian [Read More...]
by Jonathan MS Pearce
This past week, liberal comedian Bill Maher brought conservative provocateur (the politically correct term for troll) Milo Yiannopoulos onto his show, Real Time with Bill Maher. Left leaning outlets have been abuzz detailing and discussing the encounter. If you’re interested, here is the overtime segment with the panel. Personally, I was greatly disappointed with the [Read More...]
by Horus Gilgamesh
January 31: “The Master’s Handiwork” (Of Feigned Humility) Part 31/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here’s a little background.) Dear Karen, We made it – a full month of devotions from everybody’s favorite, Jesus Daily! I guess there’s no more fitting way to end the month than [Read More...]
by Matthew Facciani
Conservatives were fine with Milo's bigotry, but him advocating for sexual assault finally crossed the line.
by Galen Broaddus
You can care about sensitivity — and also not be a jerk in the process.
by Stewart Felker
Or Women in the Apostle Paul’s Anthropology: the Image of God, Once Removed? I once told Nehama [Leibowitz] that the Abravanel does not believe that woman was created in the image of God. At first she said, ‘No!’ and I said, ‘Yes.’ Then she said, ‘Show me.’ When I did, she whispered, ‘Don’t tell anyone!’ (Yaakov [Read More...]
by Martin Hughes
Last week I sat down with Philip Rose, who goes by the YouTube moniker “The Liberal Ogre.” We talked about free speech and Milo Yiannopolous. I enjoyed the conversation, which included discussion on Milo’s game plan, the behavior of his followers, and the behavior of protesters. Yes, we agreed on much of what we discussed, [Read More...]
by Richard Haynes
Why I Am Proud to Be an American During Trump’s Inauguration Today, I am very proud of my country. Here me out. No one was more anti-Trump than me during the election season. Yet, as I sit and watch the inauguration, I am in awe of our tradition of a smooth transition of power. Our [Read More...]
by Daniel Fincke
It is time for a negotiation, not a coronation.
by Chris Kavanagh
The Breitbart ‘journalist’ Milo Yiannopoulous has been in the news a lot recently. Violent protests against a talk he was supposed to give at Berkeley led to President Trump tweeting out his support, not so long ago he secured a controversial $250,000 book deal and a few days ago he appeared on Bill Maher’s Real Time show [Read More...]
by Bob Seidensticker
A Christian writer promises to illustrate the dreadful consequences of bad atheist arguments. Read on to see if any of your arguments are dreadfully bad. (Part 9)
by Various Authors
Nonbelievers don't receive the same level of respect from hospital and nursing home clergy as believers from faith traditions.
by Dan Arel
Trump is mounting his attack on the transgender community and it's students who will pay the price
by Adam Lee
One month into the Trump administration, I’m looking for any reason to be optimistic. One that’s occurred to me is that I have to wonder whether I’m not falling into the trap of present bias – exaggerating how bad things are now, just because I wasn’t around in past eras when things were far worse, [Read More...]
by Ed Brayton
Neil Carter writes about the slaughter of the Canaanites in the Bible and how that played a pivotal role in his leaving Christianity. It echoes very much my own thoughts, though the key trigger for me was the slaughter of the Midianites in Numbers 31. Speaking about an adult Sunday school class that focused on [Read More...]
by David Smalley
Perhaps Liberals don’t want atheists on their team anymore. In fact, more nonbelievers and the religiously unaffiliated are identifying as Libertarian, Independent, and even Conservative than ever before. Why? Because the vast majority of skeptics are reasonable people, who quickly identify hyperbole and extremism, and avoid it like the plague. Many of us grew up [Read More...]
by Tomas Rees
Back in 2010, I made a prediction: that the financial crisis of 2008 would lead to an uptick in religion. It seemed reasonable enough. After all, the study I quoted showed how, in the USA, religious beliefs and attendance acted as a buffer against the stress of poverty. And I wasn’t flying out on a [Read More...]
by Minette Bryant
The word “Atheist” has a bad connotation. But many people do not realize that they are actually atheists too when it come to other gods. There are over 2,500 deities and most does not believe in them. Do believing in only one god and not 2,499 deities make you any different from atheists who doesn’t [Read More...]
by Jeana Jorgensen
If it's difficult to write or talk about, then I'm generally in favor of doing so. However, applying this idea to my own life, and specifically my divorce, hasn't been a a walk in the park.
by Freedom From Religion Foundation
To insist that someone who is suffering from a terminal illness must endure pain and anguish is not civilized.
by Deanna Boudov
I reconnected with my mom in her hospital room on October 16th and was with her when she died on October 21st. Watching my mother rapidly die, and the way in which that death came about was one of they most painful experiences of my life. I'm still struggling with both not being surprised because it was something I saw coming, and being shocked because it was the result of so many choices she made that a healthy person would have avoided.
by Hemant Mehta
This is a fantastic visual that shows why vaccination is so important for everyone in the community. When parents are allowed to opt out of having their kids vaccinated, it could hurt all of us.
by Neil Carter
I quit attending church nearly six years ago, at which point I had already been an atheist for two. And let me tell you, it’s not easy attending church as an atheist, much less teaching Sunday School as one (interesting story I’ll tell you about another time). Today I’d like to tell you about the last [Read More...]
by Paul Fidalgo
I am now experimenting with Patreon, the crowdfunding service, in order to see if I can ease some of my financial stress by creating meaningful units of consumable Content™. I feel a little weird about it, and I’m a little uneasy about the idea that there might be people who want to give their money [Read More...]
by Warren Tidwell
I am a human being. That means I am flawed in myriad ways, but I’m working on it. I try my best to see the best in others and do my best to act in a civil manner towards others. But I am well aware I have blind spots, and I often fall short of [Read More...]
by Andrew Hall
I don’t want to be Captain Buzzkill, but before we get to Putin: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) I just want to confess that President Trump’s handling of foreign affairs scares me more than his bungling of America’s domestic problems. Let me be clear, the foreign bungling affects domestic policy big league. I’m 48 years [Read More...]
by Jonny Scaramanga
An ACE escapee finds his place in the universe after years of indoctrination. Contains references to corporal punishment.
by Libby Anne
HSLDA has time to oppose legislation acknowledging that disabilities can make children more vulnerable to abuse---but they apparently don't have time to craft push for legislation that might help protect children with disabilities, like those mentioned above, from being horrifically abused under the guise of homeschooling.Click through to read more!
by Stephanie Savage
Liberals will have to take the longview of Donald Trump's disastrous presidency and hope he serves out his entire (and only) term.
by Wendy Thomas Russell
Hi friends, A quick note to let you know I’m taking a hiatus from Natural Wonderers, as I’ve begun writing a new book and need to focus my very-limited-even-on-the-best-days mental energy on that. In the meantime, consider finding me on Twitter or Facebook, checking out my column at the PBS NewsHour, or tracking me down at Brown Paper Press — a boutique publishing [Read More...]
by Kathleen Johnson
Speaking FRANK-ly About Jesus: Critique of alleged evidence of the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. (Ed. Note: This is the 30th post in Frank Zindler’s Speaking Frankly About Jesus blog which is dedicated to the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. This is part V of a mini series debunking “The Myth of the Mythical [Read More...]
by Vlad Chituc
The climate talks in Paris are in their second week, and it’s sometimes difficult on such a global stage to appreciate the small and local ways that climate change affects us. Consider the Hampton Roads region in Virginia, a collection of seven coastal cities including Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Writing for Scalawag, the Durham-based magazine covering Southern [Read More...]
by Sincere Kirabo
Sam Harris has once again appointed himself a relevant arbiter on matters he is only tenuously familiar with. In a recent episode of his Waking Up podcast titled “Racism and Violence in America,” Harris shared what he believed to be enlightened ideas on racism and declared that he wanted to gain greater clarity on issues [Read More...]
by Steve Neumann
Christianity Today has an article up today titled, “Franklin Graham’s Call to End Muslim Immigration Could Backfire.” Now, that headline might lead you to think that Christians are concerned that Graham’s racist, xenophobic comments in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting might incite retaliatory violence against Muslim Americans. But you’d be wrong. No, Christians are [Read More...]
by Kaveh Mousavi
I believed in heaven and hell even after I had stopped believing in god and religion. It wasn’t this strong, righteous, assertive belief but in some small subconscious way, I continued to believe in heaven and hell. I believed in hell much more so than heaven. Or perhaps, you could say that the fear of [Read More...]
This post is part of a series, to start with the introduction click here. It feels a little silly to write the last planned post of this series when I stopped adding to it over a year ago! But It still feels incomplete to me, and so here I am. Relating to non-affirming friends and [Read More...]
by Dancing Devil
How to be in the world I found being in the world pretty scary. For those of you who have never been an evangelical christian, being “in the world” means being in the ungodly parts of society and associating with people and things that are deemed unholy. At various times in my life I attended Pentecostal, [Read More...]
by Michael Stone
Conservative troll Milo Yiannopoulos is caught on tape endorsing pedophilia while thanking the Catholic priest who molested him as a child. The internet blew a fuse last night after right wing provocateur and senior Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was caught on tape advocating for sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.” As a result [Read More...]
by Aron and Lilandra Ra
My username Lilandra Ra is listed on Names.org as a famous Lilandra. I suspect it is mentioned there because it is just basically me and my name inspiration alien Lilandra Neramani, Empress of the Marvel Universe’s Shi’ar and a few others you may not have heard of either. The name is not that popular and, in fact, [Read More...]
by Linda LaScola
Editor’ Note: This is an excerpt from a recent interview that Scott Jacobsen of Conatus News did with me. He has generously offered to conduct interviews with Clergy project members for the Rational Doubt blog, so I offer this excerpt as an example of his work. Please note that I have kept the original Canadian [Read More...]
by Neil Carter
I saw the symbol for vagina on the back of a car the other day. I also saw one on a business card, a necklace, a church bulletin, and even a Bible. Vaginas are everywhere! People in America must really love female sexuality. Of course I’m talking about the fish symbol. The vulva-shaped ichthys or “Jesus [Read More...]
by Cassidy McGillicuddy
I recently ran across this gobsmackingly self-deluded blog post from fundagelical group The Gospel Coalition (TGC) about why they think Christians don't read their Bibles enough. It gave me such a fit of the giggles! After I recovered, I thought maybe I'd help them out a little by showing them why they really shouldn't trust Christian surveys--and what the problem likely actually involves.
by Contributing Writers
Before I critique Jon’s talk (you can watch it here), I should mention that I’ve been a fan of his for years; it’s why I asked him to serve on the advisory board of my former journal The Evolutionary Review: Art, Science, Culture, which he was kind enough to do. And I’ve cited his scholarship on ‘the sacred’ in [Read More...]
by Andrew Spitznas
Drawing from the writings and life experience of James Baldwin, this documentary is rare cinematic perfection.
by Kevin Davis
With this move, the Good News Club is bringing their normally intensely-protected curriculum out into the public for all of us to see.
by Luciano Gonzalez
I think that video games are one of the ultimate art forms. I also think that video games present an opportunity for communicators of history and folklore to be really creative in our story telling. Video games are an interactive medium which communicators can use to tell vibrant stories and to create fantastic landscapes that [Read More...]
by James Croft
“Tzedek, tzedek tirdof” – “Justice, justice you will pursue.” This phrase, which I learnt from my Jewish clergy colleagues while protesting together in Ferguson, lies at the heart of faith for many. Almost all religious traditions, somewhere in their scriptures or practices, make a call to justice. From the Muslim call from god “O you [Read More...]
by Jeffrey Taylor
My dog died a couple of weeks ago. His name was Statler.
by Jeffrey L. Falick
Anyone remember the Jewish Defense League? Not to be confused with the Anti-Defamation League, the JDL was founded by Meir Kahane, a New York Orthodox rabbi who went on to become a Knesset member in 1984. His party was later outlawed by Israel for advocating the kinds of things that modern Israeli right-wingers only talk [Read More...]
by The Big Mr. E
I recently spoke at a church. I used no Bible passages. I used no Bible quotes. I spoke about balance in one’s life. I even said people can spend too much time working on spiritual things and not enough on the mental and physical aspects of life. I challenged them to think about their life. [Read More...]
by Callie Wright
I’ve seen several friends and acquaintances cite Dr. Frances’ letter to back up their belief that Trump is not ill, but simply malevolent. As a person with higher education in psychology, I take exception with some of the claims and assertions that Dr. Frances employs to reach this conclusion.
by Greg Epstein
Is Humanism about reason or about emotion? It might seem that reason is all we need, but as scientists such as Antonio Damasio have demonstrated, without feelings, we are unable to make choices. Reason guides us toward our goals, but to have goals and values, we need preferences, which come from emotions. So, is it [Read More...]
by Alix Jules
Plans Expected to Eliminate Public Funding for Arts, Humanities Cuts are coming and they are drastic. According to reports, there’s an expected reduction of federal spending by $10.5 trillion dollars over the next 10 years in the incoming administration’s proposed budget. Although it’s unclear whether the first draft will include initial cuts to Social Security and Medicare, [Read More...]
by Jeffery Jay Lowder
President Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is very likely a supporter of teaching Intelligent Design (ID) in public schools. Her husband, Dick DeVos, ran for Governor of Michigan in 2006 and explicitly stated his support for ID ( http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2006/09/21/devos-and-intelligent-design/ ). It is not unlikely, then, that ID proponents will be emboldened to [Read More...]
by Various contributors
Caption: Arguing people (Kick-ads, used with permission) Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. ________________________________________________________________ We frequently use debates to resolve different opinions about the truth. However, debates are not always the best course for figuring out the truth. In more emotionally charged situations, the technique of collaborative truth-seeking is often better. [Read More...]
by Kylie Sturgess
The launch of the 365 Days of Philosophy podcast in 2017 starts today! Here’s something I posted for my Patreon supporters – if you’d like to support a year-long critical thinking series, you can head to: Patreon for Kylie Sturgess. ********* Well, I’m home, safe, the cat snoring besides me… and I still have glitter [Read More...]
by JT Eberhard
Hey gang! I’ll be the speaker and musical guest at Wichita Oasis this weekend. The gathering is at 200 N. Broadway on Sunday, February 12. The doors open at 10:30 and program begins at 11. It’s free to get in! I’ll be bringing one of my students with me for a duet. Bryna is a second [Read More...]
by Ryan Bell
It’s been six months since I’ve posted here, but I haven’t just been sitting around, I assure you! Most of my online activity now happens over at Life After God, including the podcast. Here are one or two highlights if you haven’t heard the podcast yet. I’m going to be dusting off this blog a little [Read More...]