“Where Was His Miracle?”

A poignant two paragraphs from Jerry Coyne’s piece reporting from the AAI that I mentioned Andrew Sullivan maligned earlier: It’s the first time I’ve been in a group of fellow atheists (and I haven’t detected one sign of stridency or militancy), and it gives one a warm supportive feeling. One of the functions of speaking [Read More…]

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Tony Blair: All Faiths Should Unite Against Those Who “Scorn God”

Blag Hag reports: The Times reports on Tony Blair’s recent speech at Georgetown University, where he had some strong words to say about the irreligious: “We face an aggressive secular attack from without. We face the threat of extremism from within.” Arguing that there was “no hope” from atheists who scorn God, he said the best [Read More…]

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What Did Jesus Do?

John Loftus points out even some Christian thinkers know what Jesus did is not always anything we should do: Charles Sheldon’s 1896 book, In His Steps asked, “what would Jesus do?” in order to spur Christians on to imitate his behavior. This book has been widely criticized by Christian thinkers because Christians cannot do what Jesus [Read More…]

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Do True Christians Ever Leave The Faith?

Writerdd makes an astute observation: I’ve been reading the comments here lately and I have noticed that a lot of Christian readers say the same things over and over again: “If you REALLY had been a Christian you would have never de-converted.” I’ve been struck by another thing recently as well: noticing that many de-converts [Read More…]

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Navy Chaplain Prays Imprecatory Prayers Against Critic Of Military Proselytization, Provokes Harrassment

Here is the creepy and malicious prayer: Mikey Weinstein, the target of that mean-spirited prayer is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He is suing over such actions from Klingenschmitt and Jim Ammerman to stop them from “encouraging, soliciting, directing, abetting or attempting to induce others to engage in similar conduct.” Weinstein, who [Read More…]

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The Ten Commandments

The Thinking Atheist explores the big ten: It’s not as impressive as his previous endeavors—a couple of the digs are pedantic and stretching to find something wrong—but there are a couple interesting points.   His masterpiece in case you missed it when we featured it this summer was “The Story of Suzie.” Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Chemist Makes His Own Shroud Of Turin Medieval Style

Luigi Garlaschelli shows how the Shroud of Turin effect can be created with means available in the Middle Ages. The Shroud of Turin shows the back and front of a bearded man with long hair, his arms crossed on his chest, while the entire cloth is marked by what appears to be rivulets of blood from [Read More…]

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Thank God Prayer Doesn’t Work!

Good Atheist remarking on a campaign to pray for liberal politicians makes the following astute value judgment: It’s a good thing prayer does absolutely nothing (well, other than waste people’s time I suppose). If it did, can you imagine the kind of world we’d be living in? How many times have people prayed for terrible, [Read More…]

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Removing The Bible’s “Liberal Bias”

That’s the aim at Conservapedia’s “Conservative Bible Project”. Did you know that liberals are responsible for the story where Jesus rejects the idea of stoning an adulteress and so that part of the Bible should be taken out? Did you know that liberals also snuck in that part where Jesus asks for the forgiveness of [Read More…]

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