Challenging Myths Of Eden

Below is a thought-provoking video which critiques the notion of fallenness from several angles.  It builds off of one point I’ve wanted to write about for a while and that’s that the non-literal reading of Genesis is just as false as the metaphorical one.  When religious people argue that the Garden of Eden story is [Read More...]

The Draconian Rules At Pensacola Christian College

The Student Voice, an unofficial website for discussing Pensacola Christian College describes some of the creepy and invasive extents to which their restrictions and punishments go. Here’s a kind of punishment called “Shadowing: Though not a specific punishment, it often accompanies the above disciplines. Shadowing is when a student is made to accompany a floor-leader or other [Read More...]

Convincing Muslims America’s On A Crusade

Chris Rodda has ten great tips on how we can do it! via Friendly Atheist Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

‘Nuff Said Award Winner: Mike Speir On The Sources Of Evangelical Americanism

Forgive me for mining the comments on Unreasonable Faith for yet another post but their community of commentators is spectacular, so it’s inevitable that there will be multiple things worth calling attention to.  This comes from  Mike Speir (who is also something of a Camels With Hammers regular): My thinking is that Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians in [Read More...]

“Why Should God Bless America?”

This laughable awfulness would be qualify as funny if the theocratic attitudes it expressed were not so serious and were the forum for this nonsense was not a presidential debate. Rachel Maddow had a great report last night on this year’s meeting of the same group that sponsored this. The footage of the astoundingly self-absorbed [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...]

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...]

Kirk Cameron Announces Plan To Disseminate Lies

The plan is to distribute specially written copies of The Origin of Species which include a creationist introduction that slanders of Darwin (including attempts to blame Nazism on him) and creationist “refutations” of the theory to 50,000 college students on the upcoming 150th anniversary of the book’s first publication.  In protest I will be burning [Read More...]

Biblical Scholar—Western Ethics Come From The Greeks, Not The Bible

Biblical scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Sheffield, Philip Davies writes that the idea that religion bestows ethical value on human life is the most ridiculous thing he’s ever heard.  First he lays into the divine command theory throughout the Torah and proverbs as genuine routes to proper (or even defensible) moral motivation [Read More...]


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