On the Rapture

The rapture isn’t going to happen on 21 May 2011. And that implies an ordered series of disconfirmations: (1) Harold Camping is wrong about the Bible; (2) his way of reading the Bible (that is, Biblical numerology) does not reveal anything trans-scientific about the future; (3) evangelical ways of reading the Bible reveal nothing trans-scientific [Read More...]

Bill Maher’s Challenge To Those Expecting Jesus To Return May 21

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Johnson & Johnson Comes Out As Pro-Superstition?

In a bafflingly stupid and irritating new ad, Johnson & Johnson make the case that part of the special “human” touch that nurses add to the care of patients is their willingness to employ superstitious techniques to help them: Yes, superstitiousness is very human, but that’s to our embarrassment, it’s not a sign of our [Read More...]

Derren Brown’s “Miracles For Sale”

Brown’s site’s description: With the cameras in hot pursuit, Derren faces his toughest project yet, going in search of an unsuspecting member of the British public prepared to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker. His chosen one then has six months to learn the trade and flourish across the pond as a [Read More...]

Robert Price on the Mythic Precedents of the Jesus Story

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Einstein On God And Religion

A nice set of quotes setting the record straight: I’m not crazy about his NOMA-like tacit approval of religion having a say in values. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

On God And The Japanese Earthquake

Edward Tarte says everything that shouldn’t need to be said on the topic, but sadly does: The word poison is a bit unnecessarily strong, but the rest is spot on. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

On Zealously, Tentatively, and Perspectivally Holding Viewpoints

In a recent post, I wrote the following: Changing people’s minds to make them stop holding positions dogmatically and instead hold them tentatively is still a change of mind one may zealously pursue. On Facebook, Greg writes in reply: I want to address the peculiarity of this statement. One may passionately pursue such a change [Read More...]

Is it Too Risky to Debate Morality’s Foundations in the Public Square?

Jean Kazez argues that the public square is not the place for atheists to be arguing that science and religion are incompatible. I strongly reject her position on this point because not only do I believe that ordinary people are quite capable of handling a vigorous, no-holds-barred debate about religion but because I believe the [Read More...]


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