Proving The Existence Of Atheists

Iambilly tries to do it to an elderly stranger after helping her out of a jam she didn’t even realize she was about to be in had he not intervened.  Her reply led to his attempt to prove the existence of atheists: She beamed at me and said, “Oh, you are so wonderful.  You are a good Christian and one of God’s people.” I grimaced (internally).  Then I realized that, what the hell, it is past 5:15 and I’m not… Read more

‘Nuff Said Award Winner:Vorjack

In this thread at Unreasonable Faith, a poster starts a discussion by talking about how he left his life in porn to become a Christian.  When confronted with the idea that everything he says he learned about God in the Bible came from human beings, the convert from the porn world in reply claimed that he didn’t learn of God from human beings but instead: I learn more about “the existence and nature of the divine” by spending time alone… Read more

Is The Unhinged Fringe A New Phenomenon In America?

One Andrew Sullivan reader argues no: They have always been with us, the people who believed in manifest destiny, who delighted in the slaughter of this land’s original inhabitants, who cheered a nation into a civil war to support an economic system of slavery that didn’t even benefit them. They are the people who bashed the unions and cheered on the anti-sedition laws, who joined the Pinkertons and the No Nothing Party, who beat up Catholic immigrants and occasionally torched… Read more

Lincoln And Religion

Christopher Hitchens reviewing Michael Burlingame’s new book, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, has this brief discussion of Lincoln and religion: Lincoln sought a deft means of negotiating the shoals of the religious question. Burlingame’s highly diverting early pages show Lincoln being actively satirical in matters of faith, lampooning preachers, staging mock services, and praying to God “to put stockings on the chickens’ feet in winter,” in the words of his stepsister Matilda. Reminiscing about frontier Baptists many years later, he told… Read more

Bad Evolutionary Psychology: Attractiveness

Sendai Anonymous tears into Satoshi Kanazawa for His ridiculous research trying (and failing) to link “attractiveness” with reproductive strategies and reproductive success, and all sorts of vacuous claims regarding “attractiveness”. His statistics proved to be flawed and were many times criticised, which Kanazawa obviously ignored. He also claimed that women are getting more “attractive” faster than men, which is absolutely ridiculous. Why it is so is obvious even to a non-specialist: males and females receive HALF their genes from BOTH… Read more

Round Up Of More Creation Museum Responses

Yesterday morning we liveblogged the creation museum twitter feed and then provided a wealth of photos from that same feed from yesterday afternoon. Today we profiled some of the videos circulating the ‘net and commented on one of the first mainstream media news stories about the event.  Now here come some more odds and ends (mostly found via Greg Laden’s helpful list of links) about yesterday’s secularist visit to the Creation Museum: The Empirical Infidel was doubly morally offended by… Read more

Video From Secularist Field Trip To Creation Museum

If you have not already, see Camels With Hammers’ coverage of yesterday morning’s creation museum twitter feed here.  For yesterday afternoon’s flood of photos, see this thread. Here’s frightening video of a Creation “Museum” dinosaur.  You can tell it’s impressive by the way one of the women surrenders to prolonged, uncontrolled yawning halfway through: Below we see the artistic choice to combine an intimate moment between Adam and Eve against the background of rule giving.  Adam and Eve also are… Read more

Are American Christians Really That Easily Offended?

From an article by the American Institute of Physics about yesterday’s Creation Museum field trip led by PZ Myers: William Watkin, a chemist living in Indiana, challenged one exhibit’s suggestion that the Grand Canyon could have been carved in hours by a process similar to how volcanic mudslides can rapidly create canyons in softer rocks. “Everything they said about sediment deposition, about Mount St. Helens … anyone in first year geology would say ‘wrong from top to bottom,'” said Watkin…. Read more

Ned Kahn’s Wind Sculptures

Beautiful stuff. This is called “Articulated Cloud” and this video of it in motion is must see. The description: Articulated Cloud – Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. 2004 Composed of thousands of translucent, white plastic squares that move in the wind, the artwork is intended to suggest that the building has been enveloped by a digitized cloud. The optical qualities of the skin change dramatically with the weather and the time of day. The articulated skin is supported by an… Read more

BlagHag Checks In

Jennifer has her own photos of the Creation Museum trip up and they’re terrific, here’s a clue about what she learned today: For the morning photos and commentary from the whole group tweeting see here if you haven’t already and for the fuller, clearer afternoon set of photos go here. Read more

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