An Opportunity Suggests Itself

On the flight back from my honeymoon, I noticed an ad on my airplane promoting this sweepstakes - and my attention was drawn to the grand prize:Win a one-on-one meeting with the renowned author and mind-body expert, Deepak Chopra, M.D. and rejuvenate your spirit with his Seduction of Spirit Retreat at the Chopra Center. Dr. Chopra is a global force in the field of human empowerment and the prolific author of fourteen bestsellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality and peace. … [Read more...]

The Case for a Creator: Science by Armchair

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 10Science is hard work. Normally, to make any significant contribution to human knowledge, a scientist really has to get their hands dirty - experiments in the lab, research in the field, long days and longer nights, and the meticulous testing of hypotheses. But J.P. Moreland must be an especially brilliant scientist, because he doesn't even need any of those trappings. In this chapter, Strobel interviews him not in a lab or an office, but at his own … [Read more...]

I Have Returned

Hi everyone,As of today, I'm back from my honeymoon and ready to take the reins once again. My special thanks to Ritchie, SuperHappyJen, Teleprompter and Thumpalumpacus for taking over administrative duties while I was away. It looks as if Daylight Atheism has been thriving without me, so much so that I didn't even feel the need to put up any of the posts I had written in advance. My guest editors are threatening to put me out of a job!In all seriousness, I'm very pleased by the job they've … [Read more...]

Surprise Me With A Fact

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)I thought I'd do a something a little different in this post.Sometimes, when I read a science book explaining something new, I get a feeling when a piece of fascinating trivia just 'clicks' into place. I'm not sure I can better describe it, though I'm sure I'm not doing a good job of it. Like a minor epiphany where something previously unknown or unclear suddenly comes into sharp focus.So I thought I'd throw the ball out there and ask everyone to share their … [Read more...]

Militant Atheism?

By Jennifer Filipowicz (aka Super Happy Jen)I posted this a while ago on my blog.  This morning it occurred to me that it belongs here.The other day I was at dinner with my family when my mother refered to me as a militant atheist. It bothered me. One because she waited until I was out of the room to say it (possibly to avoid a theological discussion). But really it was the word "militant". To me this describes someone who is agressive in forcing people into their way of thinking, maybe even … [Read more...]

A Life More Magical

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)The most magical Christmas I can remember happened when I was, maybe, 12 or 13.It had certainly been many years since I had believed in Santa, and in all honesty I don't actually remember ever sincerely believing in him at all. Maybe it was something to do with not having an open fireplace, or my parents being terrible liars, or perhaps my older brother had something to do with it. Or perhaps, as I am inclined to suspect, a child's belief in Santa is less … [Read more...]

Spread the Good News

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)Two rather interesting and welcome stories have hit the headlines in as many days that I thought I'd bring up here.The first bit of news is that from next week, for the first time, an abortion advisory service is to screen an advert on TV in Britain. Centred around the slogan 'Are you late?' the commercial will advertise the services of the organisation Marie Stopes, which offers advice on sexual health matters, including abortion services.Abortion has been … [Read more...]

What I Will Teach My Children

By Jennifer Filipowicz (aka Super Happy Jen) “What will you teach your children?”  This was a question posed to me when I recently wore an atheist t-shirt to a child’s birthday party.   What a broad question, thought I, and not knowing quite how to answer, it stuck with me.Today my three-and-a-half-year-old found a fly buzzing around my bedroom.  “When flies are outside we don’t kill them but when they come inside we have to kill them!” he exclaimed.“Or we could just live and let live,” I r … [Read more...]

God Kills A Baby

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie)I'm sure that this title is neither new information nor in the slightest bit shocking to those familiar with the atrocities found within the so-called Good Book (of which, Ebonmuse, this site's author, has amply documented). After all, this is the God who cheerfully devastates armies, obliterates nations and once even drowned every living thing on Earth bar a boatful of humans and animals.And yet for all that - and maybe this is just me - I've always found big … [Read more...]

Find Me in Free Inquiry

By EbonmuseBefore my flight leaves, I'm just dropping by to post a quick note: the newest (June/July 2010) issue of Free Inquiry magazine contains an original article by me, "Diplomats and Rabble-Rousers". The article discusses my views on the New Atheist movement and those who criticize it, pointing out that our accommodationist opponents are overlooking a basic lesson from history about what makes social reform movements successful. Go check it out! I'll post a web link at a later date if … [Read more...]


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