Blogroll Update

As you all may know, I try to make my blogroll a list of sites that I personally know, like and recommend, not just the equivalent of a telephone directory. Usually, I don't even consider adding new sites until they're at least a couple of months old, because I like to get a feel for the author's voice and see if their beliefs resonate with mine. But I have to make an exception just this once, because the author of this new site happens to be the person I'm married to, and I'm pretty sure our … [Read more...]

The Only Way to Win Is to Fight

My earlier post, "Storming the Ivory Tower", discussed the real harm that religion is doing in the world, harm that Very Serious People overlook while tut-tutting at atheists. The natural follow-up question is how to respond. I want a soft landing as much as anyone; the question is how we get there. Will strong criticism of religion aid our cause by bringing people over to our side? Or is it the case that religion is already on the decline and the best thing we can do is to say nothing at … [Read more...]

On the Uses of Ridicule, Part II

A few months ago, I wrote a post about the uses of ridicule and the role it played in my own journey to atheism. I want to say some more about this subject, and a Daylight Atheism reader (thanks, Peter!) pointed me to this white paper from the Institute of World Politics that I'll use as a jumping-off point. It's titled "Ridicule: An instrument in the war on terrorism", but it has some broader lessons that the atheist movement - or any other underdog group fighting a battle of ideas - can … [Read more...]

Open Thread: New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty good about 2011 so far. This is an open thread. Have you made any New Year's resolutions you'd like to tell us about? … [Read more...]