Weekend Coffee: January 10

Coffee

• A can't-miss account of Charlie Hebdo's first editorial meeting since last week's horrific attack.• One-man outrage band Bill Donohue didn't kill anyone at Charlie Hebdo, but he's understanding and sympathetic towards the Muslims who did. They made fun of the Pope, after all!• "The right to blaspheme religion is one of the most elemental exercises of political liberalism."• The "radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Trying to Tell You All It’s Sabotage

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIIFrancisco asks Dagny what she thinks about the men who quit their jobs and vanished, and she says she can't blame them anymore, that she now feels the same way even if it's psychological torture for her to walk off the job. He says that he's been through this same struggle himself, that it's the way he felt when he gave up his company:"But you didn't give it up," she said. "You didn't quit. You're still the President of d'Anconia Copper, only it … [Read more...]

#JeSuisCharlie

JeSuisCharlie

While trying to absorb the awful, awful news out of Paris this morning, I kept thinking of this passage from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, addressed to the poet's detractors:But yours the cold heart, and the murderous tongue, The wintry soul that hates to hear a song, The close-shut fist, the mean and measuring eye, And all the little poisoned ways of wrong.Although these words were penned almost a thousand years ago, you couldn't write a more apt description of the men who … [Read more...]

New on the Guardian: The Peaceful Side of Atheism

PeaceSymbols

I've published a new column on the Guardian: "If peace on earth is our goal, atheism might be the means to that end".From the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to the disintegration of Syria, to the atrocities of Islamic State and Boko Haram, it sometimes seems as if the world is spiraling down a vortex of bloodshed and violence. But in spite of these headlines, the truth is that the world is becoming more peaceful, not less. In the new piece, I argue that the rise of atheism in America and … [Read more...]

On the Importance of Firebrand Atheism

Firebreathing

Steve Neumann, one of my colleagues on the Patheos atheist channel, has written an essay titled "The Case Against In-Your-Face Atheism" which argues that the firebrand style of atheist advocacy does more harm than good. Since he quotes me in it, I thought I'd offer a reply.This is his definition of firebrand atheism:The president of American Atheists, David Silverman, defines firebrand atheism as simply telling the truth about religion, with the emphasis on the telling. He says we … [Read more...]

Lee Strobel Says Atheism Is Winning

VForVictory

Here's some welcome news to start out 2015: Lee Strobel, the famed Christian apologist, says that atheism is winning and evangelical Christianity is "facing a crisis":"We are facing a crisis in America. Skepticism is rising. Too many young people are leaving the faith. Few Christians are able to effectively share Jesus with others," Strobel said in a statement released exclusively to The Christian Post. "At many churches, reaching spiritually lost people falls to the bottom of their … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: To Have and To Hold

Consolation

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIIHappy New Year! If you haven't already seen it, here's an article that's worth a laugh: an Ayn Rand acolyte pens an editorial in the Washington Post explaining how to have a properly selfish Objectivist Christmas, and why the holiday season is really about gratifying your own desires rather than caring for or thinking about the less fortunate.I think this is my favorite line: "When we wish happy holidays to strangers, that, too, stems from … [Read more...]

Threads of 2014

Mixed Media Painting (Detail) by Choichun Leung / Dumbo Arts Cen

As 2014 draws to a close, it's time for the annual wrapup. Here are the major threads that I kept returning to on Daylight Atheism over the past year:The New Civil RightsIn January, I reviewed Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, the most important book in American politics of the last decade, about the prison-industrial complex and how it preserves de facto racial segregation.But that was soon eclipsed. Over the summer, the country was riveted by the fatal shooting of Michael … [Read more...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 9

This is part 9 of my "Think! Of God and Government" debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew's reply.Hello Andrew,Just to briefly return to our previous topic, on Heaven and the problem of evil: If you say you don't know why God does or doesn't do X, that's fine. But in that case, don't also say that God is good, or that his actions advance a greater good that we can't perceive. Saying that someone is good (or evil) requires some understanding of … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Buy Local

Farmer's Market

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIIIWhen the villains put Directive 10-289 into effect two chapters earlier, Dagny quit her job and flounced out. This chapter opens with her living in hermetic solitude, at an old rural cabin in Woodstock that she inherited:The sun touched the tree tops on the slope of the hill, and they looked a bluish-silver, catching the color of the sky. Dagny stood at the door of the cabin, with the first sunrays on her forehead and miles of forest spread under … [Read more...]


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