On “Concern-Troll Apologists”

Daylight Atheism exposes a disingenuous tactic for addressing atheists: Concern trolling is defined as masquerading as an ally or a friend in order to offer your enemies “helpful advice” that, if taken, would hurt and undermine them. For example, take this condescending report by Zoe Brennan of the U.K. Daily Mail on the summer camp [Read More...]

“Sexpelled: No Intercourse Allowed”

Via Dread Tomato Addiction comes this brilliant looking follow up to Ben Stein’s Expelled. RichardDawkins.net explains more about the controversy.  A taste: the team has moved on to promoting other theories that they feel are being suppressed by the scientific community. Sexpelled: No Intercourse Allowed tells of how Sex Theory has thrived unchallenged in the [Read More...]

Secularists Vs. The Creationist Museum

Tomorrow PZ Myers, biologist and prominent New Atheist blogger, joins the Secular Student Alliance to visit the infamous Creation Museum.  See the latest drama of the build up to  this big trip here, here, and here.  (Camels With Hammers junkies who can’t get enough of what we do here may appreciate my contributions to the [Read More...]

Richard Dawkins on “Thinking The Improbable”

A captivating lecture: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Theologians Vs. Professors Of Religion

A terrific article from The Chronicle from K.L. Noll, (via a not-surprisingly miffed An und für sich) that addresses the issues that I covered here.  Noll brings considerably more depth and distinctions than I did and on some points may disagree with me, but has the same basic perspective at many essential points.  Check it [Read More...]

Illusionist Derren Brown Explains The Techniques Of Self-Proclaimed Psychics

6 parts, start here: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Empirically Testing Theological Claims

PZ Myers recaps some of the highlights of what he found to be a frustratingly insubstantial discussion between historian of science Ron Numbers and creationist Paul Nelson.  Myers writes: His example was to talk about the argument from imperfections, the fact that many of the points Coyne made as evidence of evolution were from sub-optimal [Read More...]

Atheism, Certainty, Mysticism, And Faitheism

In reply to Daniel Dennett’s attack on the supposed need for belief in belief, a Daily Dish reader writes: Something I find annoying about this atheist-believer dispute is that it all depends on what you mean by “god”. If you require the talking snake, then, yeah, Dennet rules, in my opinion. But if you are [Read More...]

How Atheists Can Avoid Other Fundamentalisms: By Focusing On Rationalism First And Foremost

I agree with this a whole lot (I most recommend the last link to PZ Myers’s assessment of Hitchens on war): The real-world implications of the “New Atheists” ideas are not insulated from the same dogmatism and intolerance that they decry. To get back to my original point about rationalism, the religious aspect is only [Read More...]


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