I don’t know if it’s the warm weather here in New York that’s bringing out the crazies, but these past two weeks, I’ve encountered more than the usual number of street preachers handing out loony religious literature. Because I know you wicked, godless atheists need to hear the word of the Lord, I thought I’d share some of the best examples with you. This first one is my favorite. Last week, I was out on my lunch break when I… Read more

Editor’s Note: Considering the date, I can’t think of anything more appropriate to post today. I don’t agree with the religious language added as window dressing, just as most people today would disavow the archaic sexist terminology or the unthinking racism against Native Americans. Still, it remains one of the finest pieces of political rhetoric ever written – a stirring defense of the right of free human beings to choose their own system of government, and the ends which that… Read more

I have a confession to make: I’m one of the New Atheists. You know the type. Our reflexive, unjustified hatred of all religious people is matched only by the venom of our arguments against them. The mere thought of religion of any kind makes us irrationally furious, like waving a red flag at a bull. We ignore the existence of real religious people because we find fundamentalists easier to attack, and when we’re not ignoring them, we’re driving them away… Read more

The Case for a Creator, Closing Thoughts It’s been said that one of science’s greatest virtues is that it’s not dictated by a tyranny of the majority or guided by irrational human whims. After all, science is the search for the true nature of reality, and reality isn’t decided by our preferences. No matter how many people prefer an experiment to turn out one way, it may in fact turn out another, and the scientific community will just have to… Read more

In the past two months, the Catholic pedophilia scandal has largely dropped out of the headlines. But it was still simmering, and it looks poised to erupt into public consciousness again after this raid by police in Belgium: The declaration to the police set off four raids in which the authorities seized hundreds of case files from the commission’s current leader, detained a group of bishops for more than nine hours and disturbed the tomb of a cardinal where construction… Read more

It’s been a few weeks since any Serious Person told us atheists to shut up, so we’re overdue. Well, Chris Mooney doesn’t disappoint, writing a gushing post on a recent “science/faith dialogue” held by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and funded by the Templeton Foundation. As you’d expect from anything underwritten by Templeton, the AAAS panel was carefully chosen to contain several vocally religious scientists, but no one who believes that science and faith are incompatible. As… Read more

A special video edition of Photo Sunday! Last month on our honeymoon, my wife and I went on a whale-watching tour in St. Lucia. We only saw one whale – at a distance, and he didn’t let us get close enough for me to take any good pictures – but the dolphins were another story. We encountered this school of dolphins off the southwest coast of the island. There must have been dozens of them, leaping out of the water… Read more

The Case for a Creator, Closing Thoughts After spending over a year on this project, we’ve come to the end of The Case for a Creator. Before bringing this series to a close, I have some closing thoughts on the overall message and tactics of the book. First: Although Lee Strobel tries to pass Case off as a dispassionate examination of scientific findings that just happen to support the existence of an intelligent designer, the obvious truth is that it’s… Read more

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

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