The Case Against Being “Spiritual But Not Religious”

Greta Christina on the claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” I’m not sure I agree in all the particulars about which is worse, but she makes a developed argument, worth reading in full.  Here are just two key sections. When I’m in a less generous mood, though, I see this trope as totally smug [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: “The Reason For Everything and the Purpose of Life”

Bill Maher reads from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life for an encore… “Rick Warren, he knows God–Knows him? He talks about him like they were in the Rat Pack together” [Read more...]

Free Speech is Sacred

Old news from when I was not blogging that I want to make sure I have a post which is a resource on this topic. Lou Dobbs and Christopher Hitchens with invaluable report on UN Resolution And for more about the issue of the Orwellian UN resolution against “defamation of religion,” these two articles by [Read More...]

“You’re An Atheist Because You Want To Sin”

Austin Cline has a really nice reply that points out the unintelligibility of this old ad hominem: It is simply nonsensical to insist that people don’t believe in some particular god simply because they don’t want to be held accountable to that god. Do Christians disbelieve in Zeus because they don’t want to be held [Read More...]

Sincerity, Hypocrisy, and Mark Sanford

I loathe witch hunts over people’s personal lives.  What interests me are some observations on sincerity and hypocrisy which seem apparent to me watching the bizarrely unself-aware and narcissistic way that Sanford has acted as though he is a character in the Bible or some other morality tale in which he is the star. I [Read More...]

Palin As Your Heavenly Father

I don’t think anything could say God-complex any clearer than this: When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.” [Read more...]

Against Faith and In Defense of Naturalism and Induction

It should not be necessary for understanding this post, but in case you’d like to catch up on the full debate with Camels With Hammer Reader/Debate Spar Extraordinaire Shane leading up to this post, here are the previous installments: Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellecuals 1 Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals 2 Objections to [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: “Possession”

Legal blogger Eugene Volokh writes the following about the attempt to rid a teenage boy of a “homosexual demon” “Come on You Homosexual Demon”: That’s a line from an apparent “gay exorcism,” according to ABC News. The article saus that “Robin McHaelen, executive director of the Manchester-Conn., True Colors,” “a nonprofit group for gay and [Read More...]

Genesis As A Scientific Account

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