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...]

A Legal Development

I've said on previous occasions that Daylight Atheism is a weblog devoted to commentary and analysis, not breaking news. However, I've heard of a case sufficiently noteworthy that I think it merits an exception. Last month, the indomitable P.Z. Myers of Pharyngula posted a review of Stuart Pivar's book Lifecode, which purports to explain the embryonic development of organisms through topological manipulation of an initially fluid form. Myers' review, though sympathetic to the principles … [Read more...]

Some Remarks on Biblical Prophecy

Recently, Greta Christina of Greta Christina's Blog invited me to comment on a post of hers in which a theist mentioned my article "The Theist's Guide to Converting Atheists". This person claimed that the fulfillment of prophecies in the Bible should be sufficient reason for atheists to believe in Christianity. That comment can be viewed here. Below is the text of my reply: * * * Hi all, Greta Christina invited me here, since Mr. Cawley was commenting on an article of mine. I'd like to … [Read more...]

Poetry Sunday: Creation

The third installment of Daylight Atheism's Poetry Sunday is some time overdue. Once again, I'd like to welcome back Philip Appleman, whose contribution this week is the poem "Creation". (I will feature other poets - but Professor Appleman has written so many beautiful works, I can't resist sharing them with my readers.) The Lascaux cave complex of southwestern France is famous for its cave paintings: hundreds of strikingly lifelike depictions of horses, cattle, bison, stags, and other animals. … [Read more...]

A Reply from D.J. Grothe

A few days ago, I criticized Matt Nisbet and D.J. Grothe for asserting that "there is no such thing" as discrimination against atheists, in the post "Atheism Is a Civil Rights Issue". I also wrote to Grothe to raise some of the points made in that post, asking him if he stood by his claim that there are no known examples of atheist bashing. I've had two replies from him now, which he's given me permission to quote in full. I'll do so and then voice my remaining objections. As we say in the … [Read more...]

Book Update

I've finished the fourth chapter of my book, which deals with the argument from reasonable nonbelief and draws on the Ebon Musings essay "One More Burning Bush", plus its subsidiaries. As before, any regular commenter who's interested in reading the chapter and offering feedback is welcome to do so. E-mail me or leave a comment if interested. … [Read more...]

A Threefold Anniversary

When I look back on my life, it seems sometimes that significant events tend to cluster around certain dates. This is almost certainly a product of the law of large numbers and the selective memory of the mind, as opposed to some cosmic kismet, but we can still recognize and commemorate these dates for what they mean to us and what they have brought into our lives. Today's date, June 25, is an anniversary of threefold significance. First, as I noted on this date last year, June 25 is the … [Read more...]

Open Thread: The Problem of Evil

I'm creating a thread to address this comment by Mollie: I've only been familiar with your site for a few days, so I'm not sure if this is the right place to discuss what I'm about to say. If not, please direct me to a more appropriate place. My husband thinks it's a bad idea to debate with you guys because we come from two totally different backgrounds of thought- I believe that God exists and that the Bible is totally true and you do not. Therefore, you will not convice me of anything and I … [Read more...]

Book Update

I've finished the third chapter of my book, which deals with the argument from evil and draws on my Ebon Musings essay "All Possible Worlds". As before, any regular commenter who's interested in reading the chapter and offering feedback is welcome to do so. E-mail me or leave a comment if interested. I'd like to stress something here: This offer is open to regular commenters, not just to people who read my site. I'd like to foster a strong community of atheists and freethinkers on this site, … [Read more...]


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