What’s Wrong With Religious Scientists?

As we have already noted previously, Jerry Coyne has attacked the notion that scientific illiteracy can be blamed on the recent rise of the New Atheists as though they have scared religious people away from science in their mere 5 years as an identifiable movement. Recently in reply to this debate between “New Atheists” like Jerry Coyne on the one hand and those who think science should accommodate faith as a separate respectable arena of knowledge from the scientific one… Read more

Catch Up Day

I might not blog at all today as I’ll be concentrating on my dissertation pretty heavily.  I’ve bumped many of my more substantive posts to the front page for you to peruse and consider catching up on.  I also encourage you to find more pieces in the right hand column’s “recommended posts” list as well as to search for posts by categories by using the links in the left hand column (or at the top of the page under the… Read more

Woodstock And The Wonder Years

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock—Joe Cocker needs a little help from his friends: And the way the song will always sound in my heart: Read more

Dispelling The Myth That Nazism Was An Outgrowth Of Darwinian Atheism

In April of last year, Richard Dawkins wrote this letter (which should be read in full) to someone duped by the slander that Darwinian atheism led to Hitler’s ideals and goals: His horrible bidding was done by millions of ordinary German footsoldiers, and the great majority of them were Christians. Many were Lutheran, and many (like Hitler himself) were Roman Catholic. Very few were atheists, and whatever else Hitler was he most certainly was not an atheist. And Hitler himself… Read more

The Meaning Of The Parthenon

Camels With Hammers regular (and my former student at Fordham), Evangelos has revived his blog and has a fascinating post which weaves together all the various things that Greece has stood for, both to Greeks and to the rest of the West at various times and places, and which explains how the competing attempts to co-opt Greece into these various narratives are in tension with each other in numerous ways.  He does all this as part of discussing a controversial… Read more

Sundaily Hilarity: Entrances To The Afterlife

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Brad Pitt’s No Religion Platform

Atheist Media Blog is all over this story. Read more

Bill’s Asked, Bill Tells

Clinton replies to a request that he call for the end of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” by recounting his side of the story of what happened 16 years ago: [P]residents aren’t dictators. They voted — they were about to vote for the old policy by margins exceeding 80 percent in the House and exceeding 70 percent in the Senate. The gave test votes out there to send me a message that they were going to reverse any attempt I made… Read more

In Defense Of Mocking And Embarrassing Religion

Unreasonable Faith just profiled this interesting looking documentary on a tour of debates between Christopher Hitchens and Doug Wilson. In the comments section to that post, Custador wrote the following about Christopher Hitchens: Generally I find his demeanor to be too confrontational to be productive. It’s like he’s trying to embarasse theists into seeing reason. I much prefer Dawkins, who I think is the more reasoned and balanced of the two. This is an issue that I find particularly frustrating… Read more

Logic, Numbers, and Mary’s Conception

Numbers 5:14, 18, 44: If feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure—then he is to take his wife to the priest…. After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that… Read more

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