Weekly Link Roundup

For the holiday season, some goodies this weekend:• First up, some music for the season: the blogger Lirone, of Words That Sing, in collaboration with William Morris, composer in residence at the British Humanist Association (did you know the British Humanist Association had a composer in residence? me neither!), has written a humanist carol, Gathering Round the Fire. It's 99 cents on iTunes, and all profits will go to the BHA. I downloaded and listened to it, and I enjoyed it greatly. … [Read more...]

The Case for a Creator: A Parade of Horribles, Part I

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 7Most of chapter 7 focuses on Guillermo Gonzalez's "privileged planet" hypothesis. This argument, as he uses it here, consists of listing every way in which our planet or our solar system could have been different, and concluding that every single one of them would be completely fatal to life.Throughout this chapter, neither Strobel nor Gonzalez ask any of the obvious follow-up questions, such as whether different kinds of life could exist in these conditions, … [Read more...]

A Response to "The White Stuff"

Earlier this week, I posted a piece by Sikivu Hutchinson, "The White Stuff", about the legacy of racism in science and to what extent issues of race affect the atheist movement. Today, I want to write a response to that piece and venture some of my own thoughts on the subject.To begin, I want to echo one of the more common objections raised in the comments: this piece was long on criticisms, short on suggested solutions. Granted, it's not the responsibility of every woman or member of a … [Read more...]

Suggestions for the Conservative Bible Project

Although I haven't commented on this previously, I'm sure you've heard of the Conservative Bible Project, a brilliant initiative proposed by the savvy folks at Conservapedia. The plan is that they'll retranslate the Bible to eliminate "liberal bias" in existing verses - but not by going back to the oldest manuscripts or the original languages or anything like that. No, the Conservapedia community simply plans to take an existing, modern English translation of the Bible, and when they come across … [Read more...]

The White Stuff

A note from the editor:Hi folks,Before I get to today's post, a guest essay by Sikivu Hutchinson, I want to preface it with a few remarks.I've posted guest essays on Daylight Atheism from a variety of viewpoints, not all of which I personally agree with (as I hope should be obvious). I ask readers to keep that especially in mind with this post. I realize there's little probability of a visitor confusing a Christian guest viewpoint with my own, but since Sikivu Hutchinson and I agree about … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Bright Angel

Bright Angel Point, Grand Canyon. Photo credit: Pradeep Satyaprakash. … [Read more...]

Atheists Helping the Homeless

Since I often write about charitable works done by atheists, I'm happy to be able to report on a new one. Joe Zamecki informs me of a new Austin-based charitable group, Atheists Helping the Homeless.I'll let Joe explain his group's purpose and mission:Atheists Helping the Homeless is a new, and still very small group of Atheists who are helping the homeless here in Austin, Texas, by giving them free items that fall into the category of toiletries. Not food, mainly because that's already … [Read more...]

A Daylight Atheism Public Service Announcement

I have some urgent news to pass along to my readers:If you have any vacation time accrued, you may want to use it before May 2011.Why, you may ask? Well, because the world is ending - again:I learned this important news from a pamphlet that a street preacher was passing out at the Veterans' Day parade the other week. (You can read the full thing if you're really interested: pages 1-8, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7.) This information was brought to you by Family Radio, the "Bible-based … [Read more...]

Why Won't You Atheists Just Go Away?

The Newsweek/Washington Post blog On Faith has posted a series of responses from panelists to the American Humanist Association's new holiday ad campaign (HT: An Apostate's Chapel). Here's the question they asked:What do you think of the American Humanist Association's new "Godless Holiday" campaign? The ads, displayed on transit systems in five major U.S. cities, will say: "No God? ...No Problem! Be good for goodness' sake. Humanism is the idea that you can be good without a belief in God." … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Reader Feedback

I haven't had an open thread in a while, and I wanted to post one for this purpose. This is a thread for Daylight Atheism readers' feedback: on the site and the way I'm managing it.Do you have any complaints or grievances, general or specific, about the way the site is being run? Extravagant or effusive praise? Any recent posts you especially liked or disliked? Are there any regular features you'd like to see more of, or less of? Suggestions for something I haven't done yet but should? No … [Read more...]