The White Stuff

A note from the editor:Hi folks,Before I get to today's post, a guest essay by Sikivu Hutchinson, I want to preface it with a few remarks.I've posted guest essays on Daylight Atheism from a variety of viewpoints, not all of which I personally agree with (as I hope should be obvious). I ask readers to keep that especially in mind with this post. I realize there's little probability of a visitor confusing a Christian guest viewpoint with my own, but since Sikivu Hutchinson and I agree about … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Bright Angel

Bright Angel Point, Grand Canyon. Photo credit: Pradeep Satyaprakash. … [Read more...]

Atheists Helping the Homeless

Since I often write about charitable works done by atheists, I'm happy to be able to report on a new one. Joe Zamecki informs me of a new Austin-based charitable group, Atheists Helping the Homeless.I'll let Joe explain his group's purpose and mission:Atheists Helping the Homeless is a new, and still very small group of Atheists who are helping the homeless here in Austin, Texas, by giving them free items that fall into the category of toiletries. Not food, mainly because that's already … [Read more...]

A Daylight Atheism Public Service Announcement

I have some urgent news to pass along to my readers:If you have any vacation time accrued, you may want to use it before May 2011.Why, you may ask? Well, because the world is ending - again:I learned this important news from a pamphlet that a street preacher was passing out at the Veterans' Day parade the other week. (You can read the full thing if you're really interested: pages 1-8, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7.) This information was brought to you by Family Radio, the "Bible-based Christian … [Read more...]

Why Won't You Atheists Just Go Away?

The Newsweek/Washington Post blog On Faith has posted a series of responses from panelists to the American Humanist Association's new holiday ad campaign (HT: An Apostate's Chapel). Here's the question they asked:What do you think of the American Humanist Association's new "Godless Holiday" campaign? The ads, displayed on transit systems in five major U.S. cities, will say: "No God? ...No Problem! Be good for goodness' sake. Humanism is the idea that you can be good without a belief in God." … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Reader Feedback

I haven't had an open thread in a while, and I wanted to post one for this purpose. This is a thread for Daylight Atheism readers' feedback: on the site and the way I'm managing it.Do you have any complaints or grievances, general or specific, about the way the site is being run? Extravagant or effusive praise? Any recent posts you especially liked or disliked? Are there any regular features you'd like to see more of, or less of? Suggestions for something I haven't done yet but should? No … [Read more...]

A God of Obsessions

In the books of the Torah, Yahweh devotes entire chapters to explaining in exacting detail what kind of animal sacrifices he expects from his people. The one common thread, repeatedly emphasized, is that the animals to be slaughtered must be "without blemish":"And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish." —Exodus 29:1"And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: American Grandeur

Snow on the Teton Range, Jackson, Wyoming, September 2006. Photo credit: Jerry Donnelly. … [Read more...]

Revised "About the Author" Page

I've revised the "About the Author" page that can be found via a link on the bottom of the sidebar. The first version of this page was dashed off just before Daylight Atheism was launched, and was never very informative. The new version is more detailed, so if you want to know more about the mysterious fellow behind this website, now's your chance.I've also added a new page, "Statement of Principles", also linked from the sidebar. This one sums up my core beliefs on a range of philosophical … [Read more...]

The Case for a Creator: Galileo the Troublemaker

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 7To start off his interview, Lee Strobel asks Gonzalez and Richards about humankind's great demotion: the medieval religious belief that we were at "the center of the universe, sort of the throne of the cosmos, the most important place that everything revolved around" [p.160] and the overturning of this belief by science, which proved that we are not at the center of the universe either physically or metaphysically. Richards claims, however, "that this … [Read more...]


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