Disambiguating Faith: Can Rationality Overcome It?

Evangelos asks another excellent question in reply to my latest installment of the ongoing “Disambiguating Faith” series: I hope you can do an entry on the practicality of rationality. As you know, human beings are by default not rational beings; as a psychology professor once told me, “our brains have evolved for survival, not calculus”. [Read More…]

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In Honor Of The Feast Of St. Augustine

Let me just take a moment to express my profound hatred for Augustine, one of most loathsome influences in all of intellectual history.  If you’ve ever suffered nights of mental torture over a religiously inspired, disproportionate and overblown sense of your own utter worthlessness and sinfulness simply for being human, be sure to offer a [Read More…]

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Vatican Snubs Kennedy Over Inconsistent Fielty

One can understand cool feelings and justifiably harsh moral judgments of Ted Kennedy over his behaior at Chappiquiddick.   But the Roman Catholic Church apparently takes more offense at his political independence of itself.  The pope has yet to issue any statement in the wake of Kennedy’s death and when Obama hand delivered a letter [Read More…]

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Does Religious Misogyny Get A Free Pass?

Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom have a book out called Does God Hate Women? Nick Cohen quotes it thusly, Well, what can one say. Religious authorities and conservative clerics worship a wretchedly cruel unjust vindictive executioner of a God. They worship a God of 10-year-old boys, a God of playground bullies, a God of rapists, of [Read More…]

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“Faith Killing”

You know, I’m tired hearing of these blood-boiling cases of children dying because of their parents influencing them to substitute prayer for medicine.  Here’s the latest such murder to make the news, via Mojoey)  I’m also tired of the term “faith healing” to describe these events.  I suggest we call it what it really is: faith [Read More…]

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Judge This: Should 13 Year Old Girl Be Allowed To Sail World Alone?

Dutch officials have detained a 13 year old sailor in order to evaluate her psychological fitness to make the decision to sail the world: 13-year-old Laura Dekkerwants to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, a goal her parents support. But today, Dutch authorities put her in temporary state custody while psychologists assess [Read More…]

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Alan Colmes Vs. Homophobic Pastor Steven Anderson

In four crazy parts that Anderson put up online himself afterwards.  It’s a wild listen. Part 1: Anderson makes clear that the Bible calls for hate and so that’s why he hates.  He makes clear that he thinks he believes every gay person in the world is a predator and every homosexual he has known [Read More…]

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A Lutheran Bishop Stands Up For Pro-Gay Ruling

Michael Rinehart is wise on how to handle ultimatums and on how not to read the Bible: I have a letter from an angry member, who is threatening to leave the church if I don’t do this or that, or say this or that. I sit on the couch and smile, but it is a [Read More…]

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Defend Maine’s Same-Sex Marriages

Greta Christina sends out the rallying cry: momentum is huge in politics. A win makes the next campaign on the issue seem less radical and less scary; not just for voters, but for politicians and public figures, who are way more likely to fight for a cause if it looks like it already has some [Read More…]

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