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December 28, 2013
Weekend Coffee: December 28
While you rest and recover from all the holiday feasting, some links: • The eruption...
September 13, 2013
Atlas Shrugged: Terror on the High Seas
Atlas Shrugged, part I, chapter VI As Dagny drifts through the crowds at Hank's party,...
August 18, 2013
Ingersoll Sunday: On Divorce
In 1889, a literary magazine called the North American Review solicited essays on the question...
July 29, 2013
Remembering the Holocaust, Respecting the Constitution
In Ohio, the state legislature recently approved a plan to build a Holocaust memorial on...
July 14, 2013
Ingersoll Sunday: Civil Rights
There was a great disgrace in this country today. Backed by the laws of the...
June 16, 2013
Ingersoll Sunday: Eight Hours Must Come
I've been reading The Great Agnostic, Susan Jacoby's biography of Robert Ingersoll, which has only...
December 05, 2012
The Bible as Engine of Extremism, Continued
In my previous post on "Southern Slavery As It Was", I cited two modern-day Christian...
December 03, 2012
Southern Slavery As It Was: The Bible as Engine of Extremism
This weekend I saw Lincoln, which was a tremendous movie. Daniel Day-Lewis gives a compelling...
October 22, 2012
Book Review: The Swerve
Summary: The compelling true story of the Renaissance humanists who rescued Greek and Roman philosophy...
October 01, 2012
9 Great Freethinkers and Religious Dissenters in History
This article was originally published on AlterNet. What kind of world would we have if...
September 24, 2012
Blogging Better Angels: The Escalator of Reason
In my last post, I talked about some of the cultural factors Steven Pinker identifies...
September 10, 2012
Blogging Better Angels: Changing of the Norms
In my previous post, I discussed how the invention of government led to a major...
September 03, 2012
Blogging Better Angels: Hobbes Was Right
The most famous human being of prehistoric times is probably Otzi the Iceman, a Neolithic...
August 18, 2012
The Godless Constitution and the Ratification Battle
Over the weekend, JT linked to this post on Patheos by Ben Witherington, an evangelical...
August 10, 2012
Blogging Better Angels: The Bad Old Days
Back in May, I reviewed Steven Pinker's hugely ambitious new book The Better Angels of...
July 09, 2012
Apocalypse Soon: Why Are Christians So Obsessed With the End Times?
This essay was previously published on AlterNet. In the summer of 2010, I saw him...
May 11, 2012
Book Review: The Better Angels of Our Nature
I've just finished reading Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature, an extraordinary book...
April 30, 2012
Rehabilitating the Inquisition
These days, one of the blogs where I spend the most time commenting is Leah...
April 29, 2012
Book Review: Letters From an Atheist Nation
(Author's Note: The following review was solicited and is written in accordance with this site's...
October 23, 2011
Is America a Christian Nation?
This essay was previously published on AlterNet. In a campaign speech in September, Rick Perry...
October 11, 2011
American Secularism and Christian Tolerance
My recent post on the godlessness of the Constitution has attracted some attention. Over the...
October 06, 2011
Is America a Christian Nation?
My latest article has been posted on AlterNet, Conservatives Want America to be a "Christian...
July 31, 2011
Photo Sunday: Valencia
We saw a lot of churches and cathedrals in Spain, but the Cathedral of Valencia...
July 10, 2011
Photo Sunday: Seville
To see the pictures, click the link to continue: The next stop on our tour...
June 26, 2011
Photo Sunday: Córdoba
To see the pictures, follow the link to continue: Our third day in Spain included...
June 19, 2011
Photo Sunday: Toledo
More pictures from my Spanish trip. Click the link below to see: Our second day...
June 06, 2011
Strange But True: The Misnumbered Pope
I've been reading Bob Curran's book Unholy Popes, an extremely amusing chronicle of papal misbehavior...
June 04, 2011
Darwin’s Long Regret
Since we've been reading a lot lately about scientists pandering to religion, it's worth remembering...
May 08, 2011
Words Worth Reading: The Mother’s Day Proclamation
As you probably already know, today is Mother's Day. But I learned something very interesting...
March 21, 2011
Movie Review: Agora
When I wrote my review of Creation last year, a commenter suggested I see Agora,...
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