Threads of 2013

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

The sand is draining from the last hours of 2013, so here's a look back at the passing year. Of course, it started off with Daylight Atheism moving to a new home on Patheos, but there were lots of other major developments as well:Feminism and the Atheist MovementIn January, I launched a petition calling for more emphasis on feminism and diversity in the secular community, which garnered over 2,000 signatures and was delivered to the leaders of many atheist and secular organizations. … [Read more...]

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Postcards

As reported by Against the New Taboo, the magazine Popular Science announced last month that they're shutting off comments on new articles. Popular Science's post cited research on "the nasty effect", which found that hostile comments contribute to a polarized and dogmatic reaction from readers on both sides, impeding rather than advancing understanding.The way I see it, the fundamental problem of comment threads is that ideologues and crackpots almost always care more about a topic than … [Read more...]

Welcome to Daylight Atheism

A sudden wind parts the mist, and where only yesterday there was nothing, there now stands a tall and stately mansion. Through the arched windows, you can catch glimpses of the rooms within:An entrance foyer, where deep, soft chairs gathered around a brick fireplace welcome old friends and shelter storm-tossed travelers...A majestic library, where ceiling-high shelves filled with well-worn, lovingly-tended books overlook reading tables of polished wood...A domed observatory, a … [Read more...]

Threads of 2012

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

To know where you're heading, it helps to know where you've come from. And with the last grains of sand slipping through the hourglass, now is the perfect time to look back over the year that was and survey the major themes which wove throughout my writing during the past twelve months. So, without further ado, here are the threads of 2012:The Emergence of Atheism PlusAs I expected, the battle against sexism and other prejudice in the atheist community and beyond continued to smolder … [Read more...]

Threads of 2011

One of the traditions of my old site was, at the end of each year, to choose a selection of my favorite posts from throughout the year and highlight them as the classics that give the best sense of what Daylight Atheism is all about. On the new site, I'm going to do something a little different: I'm going to pick posts which address themes that kept recurring throughout the year. In my mind, these were the most significant threads of 2011: The Arab Spring The biggest worldwide story of the … [Read more...]

Welcome to Daylight Atheism

Welcome, all, to the new Daylight Atheism! I'm pleased to be officially joining Big Think as a blogger-in-residence. Whether you've just come across this site or are a long-time reader from my previous home, I hope you'll stick around and become a return visitor. To those who aren't familiar with my views, I'd like to begin with a quick summary of where I'm coming from.As you've doubtless already grasped, I'm an unapologetic atheist. I don't believe in any supernatural beings - gods, angels, … [Read more...]


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