The Case for a Creator, Chapter 7 To 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

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… Read more

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.)… Read more

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

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 7 Chapter 7 of Case is about the argument from planetary fine-tuning. This time, Strobel has two interviewees: Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Wesley Richards, both affiliated with the Discovery Institute. Since we’re keeping count of scientific “authorities”, which is whom Strobel claims to be interviewing, let me point out for the record that Gonzalez has a legitimate Ph.D in astronomy from the University of Washington. Richards, meanwhile, is another Christian theologian, with a Ph.D… Read more

By Sikivu Hutchinson Taking its “life begins at conception” charade from State Legislature to State Legislature, one of the most dangerous political forces in the U.S. is stepping up its crusade for the “rights” of the unborn. Backed by an organization called Personhood USA, the latest offensive from the Religious Right involves a renewed movement to amend state constitutions to establish human rights and personhood status for fertilized eggs. Ever immune to morality, reason, church-state separation precedents and an understanding… Read more

(Author’s Note: The following review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site’s policy for such reviews.) Summary: Sparkling writing; marvelous characters; could have benefited from a tighter narrative. This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a work of fiction for Daylight Atheism, but this one was well in tune with my site’s mission and merited the exception: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s 36 Arguments for the Existence of God. Despite the title, it’s a novel, not an academic… Read more

The comments in a recent thread on same-sex marriage have been heading in this direction, so I thought I’d offer some thoughts about polyamorous relationships and how we can view them from a humanist standpoint. The reason I (and others) advocate full marriage equality for same-sex couples is straightforward. Marriage is a civil ceremony which confers many legal rights on both partners, rights which are either extremely burdensome or impossible to obtain any other way. At present, the law in… Read more

Sunset with clouds, Hudson Valley, August 2009. Photo by the author. Click for larger version. Read more

I’ve got plenty of goodies in the bag for this post. Frankly, more has been happening lately than I can write about – but that’s okay, because there are lots of other fantastic atheist bloggers who’ve said it all! • First, there’s this outrageous story out of Washington, D.C., where the Catholic church has threatened to completely shut down all the social services they provide to local homeless people if they’re forced to obey laws forbidding discrimination against same-sex couples…. Read more

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