Daily Hilarity: Benny Hinn: Dark Lord Of The Sith

Thanks to Ben for the heads up. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Apostasy As A Religious Act (Or “Why A Camel Hammers The Idols Of Faith”)

In “The Three Transformations of the Spirit” in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and Nobody, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra describes the human spirit as successively taking three different forms: the camel, the lion, and the child. The transformations begin with the spirit of the camel, which Nietzsche characterizes as consisting of obedient, self-sacrificing, reverential, [Read More...]

Faith Is Not A Virtue; Faith Is Gullibility

There are many virtues the religious have, even in distinctively religious forms which an atheist like I can appreciate specifically as religious virtues, but faith is not one of these virtues. It is a vice. And Matt Dillahunty’s video below features, especially in the last few minutes, an eloquent, passionate, personal explanation of what makes [Read More...]

What Can An Atheist Love In People’s Religiosity?

Earlier today, I argued that atheists can vigorously and outspokenly oppose bad faith-based ideas, values, and behaviors, but still love other aspects of the religiosity of their religious friends (and of religious people in general). I argued that religion can be as central to personal identity formation as sexuality is and that to indiscriminately hate [Read More...]

Can You Really Love Religious People If You Hate Their Religion?

Atheists do not exactly claim to “love sinners but hate sins” (if for no other reason than that most, if not all, of us reject the category of “sin” as a meaningful or valuable way to talk about ethical failure). Also, atheists may be more realistic than to think that we really do, or feasibly [Read More...]

You Might Be An Atheist Even If You Hate The New Atheists

There are a lot of people who dislike Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, PZ Myers, and other prominent “New Atheists” (or, as some prefer “Gnu Atheists”) so much that they do not want to be called atheists. ┬áJohn Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts had a post (and many remarks in the comments section [Read More...]

Loving Doubt’s Journey To Atheism Part 1: “Mishearing God”

As Marty Pribble correctly notes, another major atheist YouTube video maker whom I unfortunately omitted (because I did not yet know her) when I made my list of Top 10 Favorite Atheist/Rationalist YouTube Channels a while back was Loving Doubt, who chronicled all the steps of her deconversion from being a Pentecostal Christian in her [Read More...]

Questions Intelligent Christians Must Answer

Earlier tonight on the internets I went around promoting a list I made a while ago of my then 10 favorite atheist YouTube video makers. One glaring omission from that list was the great ProfMTH, so I felt obliged to call attention to one of his videos tonight: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

PZ Myers Shouldn’t Sound Like Sarah Palin

Alright, before I get into my possibly anal critique of an off-hand remark from the good Dr. Myers of Pharyngula fame, let me preface what follows with the disclaimer that I really love PZ Myers. I think he’s great. There are few bloggers I read who make both my brain happy and butter up my [Read More...]


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