Smoke had a great line last night on what it’s like being in a world where not only is religion dominant but where even most of the secularists (in Smoke’s specific case, this means his secular wife) cling to vague “spiritual” notions: I feel like Jimmy Stewart’s character in Harvey, in reverse; everyone but me sees the giant rabbit.   He then quoted Sam Harris getting the issue we face exactly right: “Reason is bigger than atheism.  We have a problem of good… Read more

Laura Marling has one of those rare voices and phrasing styles that seriously makes my heart hurt with its sublimity and keeps me repeatedly hitting the repeat button on my i-pod.   Out of the nearly 9000 songs on my i-pod, those featuring Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Neko Case, Lykke Li,  Amy Millan, Nina Persson, and Victoria Bergsman get the most obsessive play.  Put simply, a woman with a unique voice who can perfectly phrase a brilliant lyric has the power to utterly bewitch me… Read more

Richard Wade regularly provides wise advice to readers with issues related to socially engaging the world as an atheist.  Today he deals with a really interesting letter from an atheist struggling with his religious parents over the ability to raise his daughter as he sees fit: It’s no secret that my family is discouraged and disheartened by our change of religious views.On several occasions they have made remarks and at one point even gave us a letter stating that they… Read more

Neat stuff.  Of course, having no drawing ability myself, I’m impessed if someone can draw a sandwich let alone the whole map of the US: via Pharyngula Your Thoughts? Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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