Open Thread: Christianity and the Enlightenment

This is an open thread to address John's comment regarding Christianity and the origins of the Enlightenment. Comments and replies are welcome. … [Read more...]

A Note on the IIDB Situation

There are many reasons why I didn't want to write this post. Unfortunately, they are outweighed by the reasons why I did have to write it. A serious wrong has been done to a friend of mine, a once-thriving atheist community has been mortally wounded by an unaccountable few whose actions reflect poorly on the freethought movement, and I fear that if I don't report on this matter, those same few may erase the fact of its occurrence from history. I detest politics, gossip, and drama, and alas, this … [Read more...]

I Don’t Like to Brag…

...and I also wouldn't normally use this blog to inflict personal photos on you all, especially vacation photos.But today I'm going to make an exception to both rules.Anyone care to guess where I was last week?Yes, you guessed it: after a three-hour plane flight and a two-hour drive along narrow, winding backcountry roads, I arrived at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the largest radio telescope in the world.Here's me at the observatory complex's front … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Dirge Without Music

Today's edition of Poetry Sunday features another freethinking poet of the 20th century, the American playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay. Joseph Parisi's 100 Essential Modern Poets calls her "glamorous and bold", and notes that she was known "as much for her unconventional lifestyle as for her gift for poetry". Millay was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, the second to win the Frost Medal, and the English novelist Thomas Hardy called her poetry one of America's two greatest creations (the … [Read more...]

Book Update

I'm pleased to announce I've finished the sixth chapter of my book, which lays out the case for atheism as a positive worldview. This chapter draws on my essay "Life of Wonder" on Ebon Musings and from several posts from the Garden here on Daylight Atheism.I think you all know the drill by now. Who's interested in reading it? … [Read more...]

The Secular Society and Its Enemies

Just a quick note to announce that I'll be attending The Secular Society and Its Enemies, a conference sponsored by the Center for Inquiry that will take place in New York City the weekend of November 9. I'm already looking forward to the event - CFI has lined up a top-notch slate of speakers, including Christopher Hitchens, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, Susan Jacoby, Michelle Goldberg, Eugenie Scott, and more. If any of my readers happen to live in the New York metropolitan area and are … [Read more...]

Open Thread and Revised Comment Policy

I've updated Daylight Atheism's comment policy. I felt the old one was too vague, and I wanted to be clear in enumerating the types of comments I consider abusive. If you're a regular visitor, you probably have no need to read this, but it's there just in case.I'd also like to announce that Daylight Atheism passed its one millionth hit yesterday. I don't think it will take as long to get to the next million. :)This is an open thread. Comments and discussion are welcome. … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Selections from "Sunday Morning"

For the fourth installment of Daylight Atheism's Poetry Sunday, I'm presenting selections from the poem "Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens. In this work, Stevens' nameless narrator finds happiness and comfort in a humanist philosophy, expressing the view that the only good we can expect to receive is from our fellow human beings, and that this world provides all the beauty we could ever wish or ask for.Wallace Stevens was born in Pennsylvania in 1879 and attended Harvard University, and after … [Read more...]

New Capsule Reviews

Following a reader's suggestion, I'm going to start adding brief reviews on the books read page for books where I don't feel a full-length review is necessary. I plan on going back and adding reviews for older books as I find the time. … [Read more...]

Book Update

It's been a while, but I haven't forgotten. The fifth chapter of my book, which covers the argument from religious confusion and is based on the Ebon Musings essay "The Cosmic Shell Game", is finally complete.I realize this chapter has taken a while - as for that, I can only plead work and other commitments that have been playing a larger role in my life than usual lately. But I don't intend to let the next one take so long!As always, any regular commenter who'd like to read this chapter and … [Read more...]


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