Khomeini, Iran, and More Islamic Clerics on Sex With Children

Yesterday morning my traffic had enough of a surprise bump to indicate to me one of my posts must have been linked somewhere attention grabbing. With a little sleuthing. I traced the cause back to this Richard Dawkins tweet: User Actions Following Richard DawkinsVerified account‏@RichardDawkins “@ateisthafiz:” Is this a genuine quote from Ayatollah Khomeini? [Read More...]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Challenges Dawkins’s Confrontationalism

This is a great video from way back. In it Neil DeGrasse Tyson effectively gets across the point that you need to combine your mastery of the facts with sensitivity to how the others’ minds work if you are going to be persuasive to them, rather than just put them off with confrontationalism and dismissiveness. [Read More...]

A Documentary About the Clergy Project

Last week I wrote about Jerry DeWitt, the first “graduate” of The Clergy Project–an online community for non-believing preachers who are trying to figure out how to go about coming out as atheists and getting on with their post-religious lives. This fascinating looking documentary, currently in production, interviews Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola, who began [Read More...]

On Dawkins’s Cultured Despisers

I relatively often come across academics who express contempt for Richard Dawkins’s atheist activism and The God Delusion. What is interesting about these critics is how many of them share his contempt for fundamentalist religion. Ironically that is the core of his contempt for religion and theism too. These academics are usually people who will [Read More...]

Some Favorite Quotes

“You say you believe in Zarathustra? But what matters Zarathustra? You are my believers– but what matter all believers? You had not yet sought yourselves: and you found me. Thus do all believers; therefore all faith amounts to so little.” Nietzsche “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in [Read More...]

Dawkins To Write A Book About How He Became An Atheist Writer

Harper Collins says: “Dawkins will tell the story of his own intellectual evolution, explaining how his groundbreaking work as a scientist led to his work as an atheist.” The deal is done and the book is slated for 2014. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

On Mockery and Persuasion

Since I defended Richard Dawkins’s Reason Rally remarks calling on atheists to mock religious ideas the other day, there have been a lot of charges that he is merely calling for bullying. I was going to write a post on what does or does not constitute bullying in argument. But I have written a lot [Read More...]

Six Temptations Atheists Must Avoid

One of my mantras is that it is more important to me that we atheists live, think, and debate as rationalists and truly model rationalism (rather than tribalism), in our attacks on religion rather than that we deconvert people by any means necessary. If we make everyone atheists but those atheists are comparably irrationalistic and [Read More...]

Dawkins Responds To Me

Today starts a much easier two weeks for me with respect to traveling and lecturing, as several of the schools I teach at either have spring break or days off for Easter, so even though I will still have a lot of other academic chores to attend to, you can nonetheless expect me to be blogging [Read More...]