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 has soured him on religion.  But then he laments that while in the hospital a couple of stranger Christians came by to pray for him,… Read more

Joe Bob Briggs from The Wittenburg Door visited a convention of atheists last year.  The Wittenburg Door is primarily a satire magazine written by Evangelicals with a sense of humor and perspective which I remember fondly from my teen years. So, writing for a “with it” sort of Evangelical publication, Briggs’s barbs at the atheists in whose company he spent a few days are measured and infrequent (and mostly ineffective as far as I’m concerned).  I may in the future… Read more

In reply to this post from late last night in which I took a first pass at trying to sketch out my views on fate, George writes: Dan, Again I find myself thanking you for this blog. Good blogging is all for naught without good readers (and especially without good readers who contribute excellently and actively), so the gratitude is most definitely mutual! You make me wish that I had have signed up for those philosophy courses in university, although… Read more

ABC News reported on the discovery of another CIA secret prison that was being used for some period of time between 2001-2005.  This one in Lithuania.  Red explores its long bloody history and one of its recurring themes: Vilnius has a long and bloody history. There are mass graves there containing the remains of tens of thousands of Poles and Jews exterminated by the Nazis. It is also the tomb of the tattered remnants of Napoleon’s Grande Armee. During a… Read more

In reply to some remarks I made about the recognition of genuine meaning without reference to religion, George replied with this challenge: Dan, Now you have got me thinking…. I’m not entirely clear about your point of meaning in everyday events. My logic tells me that a completely statistically probable event happens and I impart meaning to it that does not really exist outside of my INTERPRETATION of it. True enough that meaning exists simply because I perceive it to… Read more

We’ve been simply delighted to be added to the Planet Atheism feed this week.  As the  awesome song below (from the utterly infectious and charming Lykke Li) was playing on my computer just now, I figured it the ideal way to express just how happy we are about getting to introduce ourselves to Planet Atheism’s readership and to see some of the early effects it has already had on helping to boost our own on-site readership.  We’re just so happy… Read more

It slices! It dices! Click here to see it at work! Read more

Her crime:  wearing trousers. via Atheist Media Blog Read more

In reply to this post from the other day and subsequent discussion in the comments section about the ways that religious belie can interfere with both reason and love, George writes, For the past year I have been trolling blogs and websites trying to wrap my brain around religion in general and evolution denial in particular. This ironically enough ties into the post you just made. A good friend of mine whom I fell out of touch with for a… Read more

It’s astonishing how much we take for granted what human reason has achieved since scientists have committed themselves rigorously to the scientific method.  The evidence of our rational potential with science vs. what it was without science but with faith is really indisputable: Your Thoughts? Read more

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