Religious Professors Mocking Students’ Loss Of Faith

The Peaceful Atheist, a Wheaton graduate who lost her faith early in her time at the Evangelical college describes being alienated by Wheaton professors using anecdotes of their former students who’d left the faith as “cautionary tales”: While I was at Wheaton I only came out to 2 professors, and it took both an extremely long time and a big leap of faith for me to trust them with my story.  What a shame, because most Wheaton professors are kind,… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

Via hurtlingthroughspace comes a charming send up of online fantasy geekhood: Read more

Ricky Gervais, Atheism, And The Invention Of Lying

I’m really excited about The Invention of Lying, the upcoming Ricky Gervais film.  I started the script last spring online and simply couldn’t stop reading until it was done.  It was not a terribly funny read (except occasionally) but I love films which explore a thought provoking “what if” in a sufficiently thoughtful way and this script certainly did that.   Being fascinated with questions of lies and honesty (a full chapter of my dissertation treats the subject of honesty… Read more

Flying Spaghetti Monster Appears In Rubber Band Form!

Another sighting! The Friendly Atheist has the details of this latest miraculous appearance! Read more

New Philosophers’ Blog Carnival At Brooks Blog

Today’s philosophy blog carnival is being held here. The September 28 blog carnival will be held here here (at Camels With Hammers).  Exciting, right?  I’m already pricing clowns and rides. Your Thoughts? Read more

Disambiguating Faith By Soul Searching With Clergy Guy

Please don’t dismiss this post as too long to take a shot on reading through.  The debate it features promises to be candid and thorough and, I hope, thought-provoking for believers and unbelievers alike.  I hope you find it as worth your time to read as I found it worth mine to write.  It set a CWH record for length for a good reason, I think.  If you don’t have time to make it through it now, consider bookmarking it for… Read more

Definitions, Maths, Big Bang, and Fables

Some nice meat and potatoes refutation of predictable Christian arguments.  What I found worth highlighting in particular here on the blog was akegg’s adept way of addressing the question of what the Big Bang is said to demonstrate. Your Thoughts? Read more

What Would Jesus NOT Do?

This is another truly spectacular video from Non Stamp Collector, whose new video we featured yesterday.  In this one he shows the real ways that a divine human could have provided evidence of his divinity and how a loving incarnated God could have morally and materially benefited humanity and demonstrated its benevolence and ethical interest. For further discussion of ways that religious claims are in principle verifiable and in practice not verified, see my response to Pastor Steven Anderson’s recent… Read more

2008’s 10 Best Philosophy Papers, As Selected By Philosopher’s Annual

via Brian Leiter comes this link to Philosopher’s Annual’s selections for best philosophy papers published in 2008. Sounds most intriguing.  I hope to find time to read a couple in particular. Your Thoughts? Read more

‘Nuff Said Award Winner: Lord Robert May On Religion’s Connection To Authoritarianism, Its Past Uses, And Its Current Fundamentalist Risk

via Jerry Coyne come remarks from Oxford’s Lord Robert May, president of the British Science Festival and  former chief scientific adviser to the British government, expressing views which I think are in keeping with (while further developing) the broader philosophical pictures that I lay out here, here, here, here, here, and, most of all, here. Lord May, a mathematical biologist, said in his presidential address to the conference, that co-operation between people globally will be needed more than ever in the… Read more

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