Bob Dylan Christmas Album Preview

This has to be heard to be believed.  My friend put it best on Facebook: How can something be so awful and so great at the same time? I have to admit that as much as I love Dylan to death, sometimes there is such a dour ponderousness about him, that this sort of charmingly [Read More...]

Blaghag’s Pastafarian Protest Makes The News

Film at 11: via Blaghag (of course) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Try Not To Laugh

The challenge is not even to break a smile during this 4 minute video which consists only of people laughing.  Sounds easy enough, right?  I made it maybe a minute and a half.   I admit to being a little creeped out by the mind’s desire to mirror others and, for example, laugh just because [Read More...]

The Bible On What’s To Be Done With Non-Virgin Brides

via 13Suppose a man marries a woman, but after going in to her, he dislikes her 14and makes up charges against her, slandering her by saying, “I married this woman; but when I lay with her, I did not find evidence of her virginity.” 15The father of the young woman and her mother shall then submit the [Read More...]

Tom Petty On The Beatles

Tom Petty writes about the Beatles’ legendary Ed Sullivan appearance: I think the whole world was watching that night. It certainly felt that way – you just knew it, sitting in your living room, that everything around you was changing. It was like going from black-and-white to color. Really. I remember earlier that day, in [Read More...]

The Value Of Religious Moderates And The Danger Of Isolating Religious And Political Fundamentalists

Recently Karen Armstrong is coming out with a book arguing for an extremely apophatic conception of God that rejects all manner of biblical literalism but still insists on some important reference to God and is critical of the New Atheists.  Recently she and Richard Dawkins both responded to a Wall Street Journal solicitation for their [Read More...]

Judge This: Is It Wrong To Rip The Creationist Introduction Out Of Ray Comfort’s Propaganda Version Of The Origin Of Species?

Creationist Ray Comfort has put together a version of The Origin of Species which contains an introduction (which you can read here) which falsely blames Nazism on Darwin, promotes creationist pseudoscience, and lies about the scientific credibility of evolution.  Yesterday I relayed a video in which Kirk Cameron touts plans to distribute 50,000 copies of [Read More...]

Georgia O’Keefe’s Blue Flower (1918)

See more early Georgia O’Keefe paintings from the new Whitney exhibit and read the New York Times review of it. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

On Comparing God To The Tooth Fairy

As I argued to Clergy Guy recently, there is a qualitative difference between talking about the possible scientific/metaphysical principle of a ground of all being defensibly called “God” and talking about one of the personal deities of historical religions who are claimed to engage with each other and with humanity in highly specified ways by [Read More...]


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