A captivating lecture: Your Thoughts? Read more

City of God argues that the New Atheists need to learn from history that reason is no guide to world-improvement If religion had motivated people to die for God and King, surely reason and science had made the dying that much nastier through the innovations of gas, flame-throwers, bomber aircraft, bigger artillery and the like. I would submit that WWI offered an equal rebuke to European notions of religion and science, indeed a rebuke to all myths of Europe as… Read more

Unqualified Offerings lives up to its moniker with this post: I often hear people explain that it is simply impossible to be a scientist and religious. They have eloquent arguments for why there shouldn’t be any people who are religious and also accomplished scientists. It’s a great, well-argued, self-consistent theory with impeccable logical foundations. There’s just one problem: The theory predicts that religious scientists shouldn’t exist, yet they do exist, and in significant numbers. As a theoretical evil fiziks type,… Read more

Wired’s got the run down, here they are in simple list form: 1 Sea mammal blowhole. 2 Hyena clitoris. 3 Kangaroo teat. 4 Giraffe birth canal. 5 Goliath bird-eating spider exoskeleton. 6 Shark-fetus teeth. 7 Human stomach. 8 Slug genitalia. 9 Quadrupeds. 10 Narwhal tusk. Click here to find out why they’re each so bad. Your Thoughts? Read more

A terrific article from The Chronicle from K.L. Noll, (via a not-surprisingly miffed An und für sich) that addresses the issues that I covered here.  Noll brings considerably more depth and distinctions than I did and on some points may disagree with me, but has the same basic perspective at many essential points.  Check it out: In sum, the religion researcher is related to the theologian as the biologist is related to the frog in her lab. Theologians try to… Read more

Via Christina: Read more

Truelogic, enlightened by the Birthers’ groundbreaking methodology for revealing birthplace conspiracies discovers that Obama is not the only one whose alleged birth circumstances are extremely dubious: I did a little research on the Birthers’ claims and investigative methods and was very impressed with what I found–so impressed, I decided to test those methods out myself.The resulting investigation turned my world upside down. You see, I thought I’d start out on someone I thought I knew better than I knew anyone… Read more

Anderson Brown has an interesting post arguing that agnosticism is not a theological position because it is the claim that one cannot make a metaphysical assertion about the existence or non-existence of God and, therein rejects both the possible alternative theological positions (that there is a God and that there is not one): A “theological position” would be an opinion of some sort (that’s the “position” part) about something (say, existence or lack thereof) specifically about God (that’s the “theological”… Read more

This has to be seen to be believed. Read more

Orac explains the prize (which is given by the Atheist Alliance, not Dawkins or his foundation themselves) : The Richard Dawkins Award will be given every year to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage advocates increased scientific knowledge; who through work or by example teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public posture mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr…. Read more

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