Disambiguating Faith: Heart Over Reason

In reply to Rod Dreher’s recent post explaining his decision to train his children’s wills to be faithful since the intellect was not a firm foundation of faith, I critically characterized his position as essentially boiling down to the following: So, the solution is not to train your children to be intellectually scrupulous but to [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...]

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...]

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...]

Buzz-Killing The Atheists Are Awesome Videos

George dissects the atheism videos we featured earlier today which showed just how awesome atheists are and how much everyone would miss us if we took our awesomeness away.  George kills some buzz with a little fact checking: I am going to begrudgingly play devil’s advocate here so don’t panic, I have not gone off [Read More...]

Classic Pat Condell Video On The Benefits Of Atheism

Rarely does someone say so much so right so well in just over 4 minutes: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

An America Without Its Atheists?

How would it be different? (via GodlessBlogger) Atheists are so awesome.  Let’s watch another video!  One following up to comments on the previous one! (again via GodlessBlogger) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

On Meeting People Where They Are

While he was hospitalized a couple years ago, Daniel Dennett got irritated when people offered to pray for him and insisted that they thank doctors rather than offer their ineffectual prayers.  The Wittenburg Door was appalled and inferred (quite unjustifiably) that Dennett did not understand that all many people mean to say when they say [Read More...]

‘Nuff Said Award Winner: “Time To Think” On Helping Instead Of Praying

Shortly after posting my thoughts on what to say as an atheist to those who are in situations where it is traditional to offer the promise to pray, I came across this article via Hemant Mehta.  In the article, Stephen Bates talks about how much his experience covering religion for 7 years as a journalist [Read More...]


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