As you’ve probably heard, last week a 60-foot-high Jesus statue in Ohio, nicknamed “Touchdown Jesus”, was completely destroyed in a fire after being struck by lightning. An adjacent amphitheater, part of the same evangelical church, was also burned and suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. The church has already vowed to rebuild the statue, but it seems to me they’re acting far too hastily. Why aren’t they considering the possibility that this destruction was an expression of God’s… Read more

If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that I got married last month. Until now, I haven’t said much about the event itself on Daylight Atheism. But now that I’m back from my honeymoon (slightly sunburned, but happy!) and I’ve had some time to reflect, I wanted to put into words some of my thoughts on what marriage means to me, as an atheist, and explain why I chose to enter into it. But first of all, let me… Read more

“A qualitative and quantitative study of the incidence, features, and aetiology of near death experiences in cardiac arrest survivors.” Resuscitation 48 (2001): 149-156. In my most recent post on Case for a Creator, I mentioned that Lee Strobel referenced a February 2001 paper which allegedly provided proof that people had conscious experiences during the time that their brains were not functioning. I have a copy of that paper now, thanks to several helpful readers, so in this post I’m going… Read more

I haven’t put up any pictures in a while, so here’s a new one. It’s from my honeymoon last month – we stayed at a resort on the west coast of the island of St. Lucia, a developing but beautiful country with some (in my humble opinion) of the world’s most gorgeous scenery, including a spectacular sunset every night. It was almost impossible to take a bad picture there, but this was one of my favorites: Boats at sunset, St…. Read more

By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) The other night I fled for my life. I fled a brawl in Paris. No, I didn’t get entangled in a drunken bar fight. Again. Actually, I was in an elementary school. Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS – Neither Whores Nor Submissives), the women’s rights organization in Paris where I have been working as a human rights fellow, organized a public debate on the… Read more

The Problem: Many religions, including Christianity, teach that unjustified anger and violence are sins that risk the offender’s eternal soul. The Ten Commandments order people not to murder – usually a crime committed in the throes of anger – while Jesus says that even a momentary outburst of anger can lead to damnation: “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to… Read more

On the sidebar of this site, I have listings of atheist blogs and podcasts that I like and recommend. The one thing I don’t have a good list of, however, is atheist web forums. I used to post on IIDB, but no longer, and I haven’t been a regular on any bulletin boards in a long time, so I don’t know what’s out there these days. So, I’m posting this thread to ask for recommendations. Do you know of an… Read more

(Editor’s Note: This review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) Summary: A scholarly survey of the atheism of dead white guys. Much like Christopher Hitchens’ The Portable Atheist, Dr. Michael Palmer’s The Atheist’s Creed is intended as an anthology of atheist thought from historical to modern times. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, Palmer traces the development of atheist thought to the European Enlightenment, then branches out into selections by historical and modern… Read more

I know that I haven’t updated Ebon Musings very often these past few months, but now that all my wedding-related activities are over and done with, I hope to change that. I have several topics in mind that I intend to write new essays about, probably later this year. In the meantime, as a promissory note, I’m proud to announce that we have three new deconversion stories – all of them excellent. Two came to me courtesy of commenters on… Read more

The Problem: According to the commandments of the major religions, God expects humans to have only a single lifelong romantic partner and to remain sexually faithful to them: “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Yet, as any given week of tabloid headlines will tell you, humans aren’t naturally wired for monogamy. Even after we’re married or in a monogamous relationship, the sex drive continues functioning, often producing strong feelings of attraction and lust for people other than one’s chosen… Read more

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