Starvation

This ripped my guts out to watch. Thanks to the “Let’s Lodge A Complaint Against God” Facebook page for the video.  But the takeaway from this video should not be just another reiteration of the problem of evil, it should be refreshed urgency in our thinking about proactively remedying the problem through humane human efforts. [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: Jesus The Tea Partier

Portraits of Jesus captioned with the statements of various right wingers from recent years: Many more great pictures, all linked to the sources of the quotes, here.  I imagine they’ll keep updating in the future, so remember to revisit. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Socialites Without Borders

The Onion reports: KIGALI, RWANDA—In an effort to provide relief to a people devastated by civil war, genocide, and poverty, members of the humanitarian aid group Socialites Without Borders spent several hours this week teaching destitute Rwandans how to mingle.   Arriving on private jets from their headquarters in Martha’s Vineyard, volunteers from Socialites Without [Read More...]

Is God Needed For Us To Care About Starving Kids A World Away?

A few weeks ago now, I wrote a post, Commitment To Value Without God, in which I discussed how even when I was a Christian, I realized that I did not need to make reference to God in order to either psychologically recognize the value of sumptuous food or good friendship or any of various [Read More...]

Judge This: Middle-Aged White Man And Impoverished Bangkok Girl

Could you describe the girl who sees with this perpsective as in love rather than exploited?  Can this be an ethically healthy relationship?  Is it formally very different from love-relationships oriented around economic security since the dawn of time?  Or do power, class, and wealth disparities destroy any possibility for moral requisites of free consent [Read More...]

Graphs Suggest Secular Countries Less Corrupt, More Peaceful

An interesting graph: Here’s Tom Rees’s interpetation of the data: the graph (as shown on the right) shows a dramatic and strong relationship between religiosity and corruption. This does not mean that religion causes corruption. A more likely explanation is that a common, third factor explains both. And the obvious explanation is wealth. Rich countries [Read More...]

Greg Laden’s Qualms With Missionaries

Just learned about this from PZ Myers. Sounds most interesting, their last episode in their current format (before they switch to a podcast) starts at 8 am this morning. But more than just the concept of an atheist talk show is this really intriguing and morally urgent topic for today’s show: Missionaries tell us that [Read More...]


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