“Just Leave Us Our Fictions”

Patrick Appel objected to Dan Dennett’s recent piece in The Guardian countering those faitheists who do not actually have religious beliefs themselves but believe in the necessity of religious beliefs for others to achieve various social goods.  In reply, a reader wrote the following to him: Ironically, I don’t see any support in the quote [Read More...]

On The Alleged Intolerance Of The New Atheists Towards “Faitheists”

In reply to Daniel Dennett’s attack on “belief in belief”, Patrick Appel wrote the following: I consider myself an agnostic or pantheist depending upon how you define such labels but still have an acute nostalgia for my Catholic upbringing. I find the certainty of some atheists and most fundamentalists deeply grating. In reply, one of [Read More...]

Sympathies For The Religious

An hour or so ago, I explained my reasons for agreeing with Daniel Dennett’s recent attack on the “belief in belief.”  But Patrick Appel was less thrilled with Dennett’s piece.  Appel wrote: I consider myself an agnostic or pantheist depending upon how you define such labels but still have an acute nostalgia for my Catholic [Read More...]

It Sounds Like Bart Simpson Is Shilling For Scientology

But it’s just the woman who voices him using his voice for their nefarious purposes: Fox is having a cow over an automated voicemail message left by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, recruiting attendees for a Church of Scientology event, reports USA TODAY’s Gary Levin. In the message, Cartwright, who introduces herself as [Read More...]

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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]


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