Arguing Through Sarcasm And Strawmen

A couple years ago the Christian apologists at American Vision put up this ugly bit of fear mongering: To which Laci Green more recently retorted with this satire: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

If You Disobey God’s Laws He’ll Make You Eat Your Own Children

Seriously, this is straight from Deuteronomy 28:53 which you can find marvelously illustrated with legos by The Brick Testament (whose renderings of a series of God’s curses are helpfully grouped together by Dwindling In Unbelief) And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy [Read More...]

How Christians and Muslims Assess Their Holy Books Differently

Yesterday we reported on Sebastian Faulks retracting remarks criticizing Muhammad and the Koran with an apology which included the following paragraph: While we Judaeo-Christians can take a lot of verbal rough-and-tumble about our human-written scriptures, I know that to Muslims the Koran is different; it is by definition beyond criticism. And if anything I said [Read More...]

Is The Koran Beyond Criticism Simply Because Muslims Exempt It From Criticism?

Author Sebastian Faulks recently made derogatory remarks about the Koran saying that it lacked an “ethical dimension” and that it did not stack up favorably to the Christian tradition (which is his own): “Jesus, unlike Muhammad, had interesting things to say. Muhammad had nothing to say to the world other than, ‘If you don’t believe [Read More...]


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