Ridiculous: Jefferson High School Online and Vencer High School Online BBB has received complaints from consumers in Texas, Ohio, and South Carolina who say they passed Jefferson High School Online’s test and paid more than $200 to receive a high school diploma. When the students tried to enroll in college using the diploma they were told that it was not valid. The first part of the test is a questionnaire that asks students several “life experience” questions, including what type… Read more

Prometheus Unbound takes issue with PZ Myers: I certainly understand why people like PZ Myers’s style. It is easy and uncomplex, and impatient with nuance. It’s what makes Fox News so popular. And it may well draw a crowd of young people. Myers is ever on the ready to stir the shit. And he is supremely confident. These are attractive features to many insecure people. They are also the characteristics of the demagogue. I know I take a harsh view… Read more

VorJack summarizes Robert Jensen’s thesis that God is mystery itself, rather than a principle that hopes to explain them: Jensen is not saying that God is a mystery. Instead, he is saying that God is mystery itself. God is what we call all those things about the universe that we don’t or can’t understand. Let me put it in a more familiar way. This isn’t a God is in the gaps argument. This is an argument that God IS the… Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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Atheist Media Blog is all over this story. Read more

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