Introducing a New Guest Author

Tomorrow, a new guest author will be making her debut on Daylight Atheism. I'm particularly proud of being able to feature her work here, and once I've introduced her, I hope you'll see why.I first heard of Sarah Braasch through the Freedom from Religion Foundation, where she worked as a legal intern, after coming across two outstanding essays of hers in Freethought Today: The Real Religious Terrorism, about her upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness and how she broke away, and Moroccan Feminine … [Read more...]

Vote for Daylight Atheism for the 3QD 2009 Science Prize

I'm no PZ Myers, but I've always wanted to try my hand at stuffing a ballot box, and now I have an opportunity. The science and culture blog 3 Quarks Daily has officially begun the voting for its 2009 Science Prize, and I'm pleased to announce that two posts from Daylight Atheism are in the running!Here are my two entries:The Age of WonderBands of IronThe voting began today and closes in one week, on June 8. I'm up against some tough competition, including Carl Zimmer, Phil Plait of … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Dulce Et Decorum Est

In honor of Memorial Day, I've chosen this poem for this week's Poetry Sunday, a classic on the horrors of war written by the English soldier Wilfred Owen.Owen was born in 1893 in Oswestry, England. His parents were evangelical Anglicans, and Owen himself was a devout believer when young. But, according to Joseph Parisi's 100 Essential Modern Poets, he had an early crisis of faith: after studying religion, he found that "he could not reconcile Christianity with the findings of science". He … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread & Links

• You may have noticed the new "Bookmark/Share This" link below each post, which expands to display links to a variety of social bookmarking sites. If you're a member of any of them, please make use of this! Quite a bit of Daylight Atheism's traffic comes from these sites.• Next up, Andrew Sullivan criticizes Buddhism by quoting John Horgan, who asks:It seems legitimate to ask whether a path that turns away from aspects of life as essential as sexuality and parenthood is truly … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: A.E. Housman

Today's Poetry Sunday introduces another renowned, classic author who was also an atheist: the English poet and scholar A.E. Housman.Housman was born in Worcestershire in 1859. His personal life was marked by tragedy: his mother died while he was young, as did four of his six siblings, and his father squandered much of the family fortune. A homosexual, he fell in love with a fellow student while attending Oxford, but was rebuffed. The rejection left Housman emotionally scarred for life, and … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: Tell Your Deconversion Story

Of all the essays I've written for Ebon Musings, one of my favorites is "Into the Clear Air": a chronicle of the stages of deconversion, as told by people who were going through them.What shines through from these testimonies again and again is the pure relief, the freedom experienced by people who left behind their oppressive, confining religious beliefs and found exhilaration and joy in finally taking control of their own lives. Closely intertwined with this feeling is a newly arisen sense … [Read more...]

Rebutting The Case for a Creator

In my third anniversary post, I discussed some of the directions I'd like to take Daylight Atheism in during this year. I mentioned that I've always admired Fred Clark (a.k.a. Slacktivist) for his methodical, page-by-page deconstruction of the Left Behind series from a progressive Christian viewpoint. It's a very cool idea, and a successful idea, one that I thought worthy of imitation. I wouldn't want to go after Left Behind myself, as that ground is already well-trodden. But there are plenty of … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Leaves

Today's Poetry Sunday features the American poet Sara Teasdale. Like other female writers of the nineteenth century, she lived a quiet and reclusive life, yet was acclaimed in the wider world for compositions showing far greater skill and beauty than her seemingly limited perspective should have allowed. Unlike her predecessors, however, she lived to see the feminist movement take shape and win some resounding victories. One biographer wrote that she spoke for "women emerging from the humility … [Read more...]

New Post on Dangerous Intersection

I've put up a new post on Dangerous Intersection, "A 24-hour news network lineup I’d like to see".This is an open thread. … [Read more...]

New on Ebon Musings: Dating the Good News

I've uploaded a new essay to Ebon Musings, "Dating the Good News". This essay attempts to fix a date of composition for the New Testament's four canonical gospels based on documentary evidence, both positive and negative, and draws some conclusions on what this date tells us about the evolution of early Christianity.This is an open thread. Comments and discussion are welcome. … [Read more...]