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...]

Poetry Sunday: Gathering at the River

For Daylight Atheism's second installment of Poetry Sunday, I'd like to reprint a beautiful composition by the distinguished Philip Appleman, who's written a rich vein of atheist and freethought poetry in his career. Many religious traditions imagine that when we die, our souls stand before a river that is the gateway to the next life. In this poem, Prof. Appleman provides a freethinker's twist on this hoary religious cliche, and offers us a glimpse of a dynamic, harmonious world unlike the … [Read more...]

Book Update

I've finished the second chapter of my book, which deals with the argument from scriptural atrocities and draws on my Ebon Musings essays "A Book of Blood" and "Infinite Punishment for Finite Sins".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...]

Poetry Sunday: Credo

Today I'm proud to introduce another new feature to Daylight Atheism, Poetry Sunday. While we atheists see no need to attend church, every human being's life could use a touch of beauty and artistry now and then. And what better time to celebrate human creativity, and appreciate the perspective on the wide world it gives us, than the day when the Christian faithful are sitting on musty pews listening to stale sermons?And for the first Poetry Sunday, I'm privileged to have a very distinguished … [Read more...]

Some Items of Note

Following my earlier announcement, I'm now very pleased to announce that the Humanist Symposium now has hosts for its first seven editions, up through September 2. My sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who stepped up to volunteer!Also, the carnival home page, linked above, now offers some graphic logos thanks to Intergalactic Hussy, proprietor of The Atheist Jewish Zen Buddhist, who kindly volunteered her time and effort. Please feel free to download and use them to promote this carnival … [Read more...]

New Book Reviews on Dangerous Intersection and Ebon Musings

I've posted a new blog entry at Dangerous Intersection, a book review of Peter Galbraith's The End of Iraq. Galbraith's book deals with the chaos the American invasion has unleashed and argues that the only feasible solution remaining is to partition Iraq into three states.Also, I'm pleased to announce that while I personally remain on hiatus from updating Ebon Musings, frequent Daylight Atheism commenter James Bradbury has contributed a new guest essay there, a review of C.S. Lewis' book … [Read more...]

Book Update

I'm pleased to announce that I've finished the first chapter of the book I've been working on. (Actually it's been finished for over a week - my apologies for procrastinating on the announcement.) Although this chapter has taken almost a month to write, it will probably end up being the one with the most original material in the entire book. My plan is for subsequent chapters to incorporate substantial parts of my Ebon Musings essays, so I expect them to take considerably less time to put … [Read more...]

Announcing the Humanist Symposium

Welcome, friends, well-wishers and regular readers! I have something to tell you all about which I'm very excited. There's an issue that I've been mulling over for some time, and tonight I intend to announce its resolution.Specifically, I've been thinking about carnivals. The Carnival of the Godless, founded in March 2005 by Brent Rasmussen of Unscrewing the Inscrutable, is a wonderful forum for atheist writing and is still going strong. However, since that time there's been a proliferation of … [Read more...]


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