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...]

A God of Obsessions

In the books of the Torah, Yahweh devotes entire chapters to explaining in exacting detail what kind of animal sacrifices he expects from his people. The one common thread, repeatedly emphasized, is that the animals to be slaughtered must be "without blemish":"And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish." —Exodus 29:1"And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: American Grandeur

Snow on the Teton Range, Jackson, Wyoming, September 2006. Photo credit: Jerry Donnelly. … [Read more...]

Revised "About the Author" Page

I've revised the "About the Author" page that can be found via a link on the bottom of the sidebar. The first version of this page was dashed off just before Daylight Atheism was launched, and was never very informative. The new version is more detailed, so if you want to know more about the mysterious fellow behind this website, now's your chance.I've also added a new page, "Statement of Principles", also linked from the sidebar. This one sums up my core beliefs on a range of philosophical … [Read more...]

The Case for a Creator: Galileo the Troublemaker

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 7To start off his interview, Lee Strobel asks Gonzalez and Richards about humankind's great demotion: the medieval religious belief that we were at "the center of the universe, sort of the throne of the cosmos, the most important place that everything revolved around" [p.160] and the overturning of this belief by science, which proved that we are not at the center of the universe either physically or metaphysically. Richards claims, however, "that this … [Read more...]

The Lesson of Autumn Leaves: A Humanist Sermon

November is a good month for poetry.Most great poetry is about transience, and with autumn in full swing, there's much in November to inspire the poet's thoughts on that topic: the last yellow and brown leaves raining from the trees; the early fall of dusk as the days continue to shorten; the gray skies and cool days as the first taste of winter frost becomes perceptible in the air, and the world settles in for its yearly sleep.While I was walking in the leaves the other day, I had a … [Read more...]

A Sense of Kinship

This past summer, I was visiting the New York Botanical Gardens when serendipity struck: this beautiful little creature alighted on a stone railing around the edge of a pool, staying just long enough for me to snap this shot:I think, though I'm not an expert, that this is a blue dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis.I don't usually like close-up photos of insects - they have an eerie, alien feel that I find disturbing. (I admit it, I'm a mammal chauvinist.) But this one is one of … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Liberty Gold

Sunset over the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry, May 2008. Photo credit: Alex Weaver. … [Read more...]