Against The Faitheists’ Belief In Belief

During Andrew Sullivan’s absence, this last week at The Daily Dish, there has been a flurry of discussion around issues related to Daniel Dennett’s recent attack on “belief in belief”. In a series of posts, I want to go through a number of these interesting lines of thoughts that have been raised and possibly bring in discussions on the themes raised from elsewhere on the internet. First, however, let’s put Dennett’s definition of “belief in belief” on the table and… Read more

Stem-Cells Reversing Blindness

Amazing: Thanks to Unreasonable Faith and Gizmodo Read more

Were The Israelites Polytheistic?

Robert Wright makes an interesting argument: Consider this innocent-sounding verse from the thirty-second chapter of Deuteronomy as rendered in the King James Version, published in 1611: When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. This verse, though a bit obscure, seems… Read more

Should Atheists Raise Their Kids As Atheists

Jen, an atheist blogger, makes an interesting case why not to and what should be done instead: Steve and I were both raised in secular families. Our parents didn’t go to church, didn’t talk about religion, didn’t explicitly teach us anything about God or Christianity, didn’t force some sort of belief system on us. So why do I think Steve ended up a Christian while I ended up an atheist? Because there was one thing my parents taught me that… Read more

The 90 Year Old Galapagos Giant Tortoise Virgin

until recently that is: Last Tuesday, amazed keepers discovered a clutch of unhatched eggs in his “bachelor” pen in the Galapagos Islands. No wonder they were amazed – a team of scientists have been doggedly coaxing the sullen creature to mate since 1993, when they introduced two female tortoises of a different subspecies into his pen. Until now, George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise had shown little interest in his companions. But at age 90, George, now said to… Read more

Pastor Ronald Cody Explains It All

The cartoon portions are rather lame but the pastor is rather enjoyably religulous. Read more

Atheist Groupthink?

Replying to a blog post at End Hereditary Religion, 0ne of the commenters spoke out against the “scarlet A.”  The scarlet A serves as the rallying symbol for Richard Dawkins’s “Out Campaign”, which is designed to encourage atheists to own up to their atheism more publicly and vocally, and to support one another as fellow atheists in a predominantly religious world. Here was the commenter’s objection: I’m disappointed in the red A. this will attract and encourage the development of… Read more

Dog Psychics?

A few years ago Harmon Leon did an experiment in which he called four dog psychics to ask them to analyze his dog over the phone—only Leon didn’t actually have a dog.  Below is a transcript of the 1st conversation, all four are hilarious and worth reading in full: I decide to test pet psychic veracity by phoning several. Since I don’t have a pet, I pose as my own dog, who happens to go by my name. Any true… Read more

Debunking Mediums

Thanks, as seemingy always, goes to the indispensable Atheist Media Blog for the find. Read more

Marcus Brigstocke On Cursing And The Ten Commandments

Fewer than one in 20 are able to name all Ten Commandments, while 62% did not know the parable of the Prodigal Son and 60% could not name anything about the Good Samaritan. The initial research findings from The National Biblical Literacy Survey 2009 also revealed that 40% did not know that among Christians the tradition of giving Christmas gifts came from the story of the Wise Men bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. While only 5%… Read more

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