Season's Change

I awoke this morning to the pattering of a soft November rain. Though I am not usually a morning person, I don't mind saying that I sprang out of bed today with more enthusiasm than I have in a long time, and with good reason. Last night's preliminary election results made it clear that there would be much to feel joy about this day, and I was not disappointed by that prediction.I deliberately avoided all news sources for most of yesterday, knowing that until the polls closed, there would be … [Read more...]

Is Atheism Unnatural?

"This persistence is what any scientific attack on religion must explain — and this one doesn't. Dawkins mentions lots of modern atheist scientists who have tried to explain the puzzle: Robert Hinde, Scott Atran, Pascal Boyer, DS Wilson, Daniel Dennett, all of them worth reading. But he cannot accept the obvious conclusion to draw from their works, which is that thoroughgoing atheism is unnatural and will never be popular."—Andrew Brown, "Dawkins the dogmatist" (emphasis added)In a r … [Read more...]

Tipping the Scales

"The book (The End of Faith) has spent nearly 20 weeks on bestseller lists... Presale orders of 'Letter to a Christian Nation' earned the book a spot among Amazon.com's top 10 a month before its Sept. 19 publication. It debuted at No. 7 on the bestsellers' list and is now in its sixth printing with 110,000 copies in print and a mammoth $200,000 ad campaign behind it."—Gina Piccalo, "Oh, dear God - it's him again", The Los Angeles Times, 2 October 2006In a recent post, "The Quiet … [Read more...]

The Roar of Many Waters

I have often described atheism as a positive and hopeful worldview, and I stand by that description. I truly do believe that humanity has the potential to inherit a future glorious beyond imagining - not an imaginary heaven, but a real and genuine utopia existing in this world, one built up by our hands and our effort. But I cannot deny that this vision still lies far in the future, and some days it seems as if it is receding farther away, rather than drawing nearer. The problems we face seem so … [Read more...]

An Atheist’s Creed

Before launching into the weightier topics which this blog will cover, I thought it would be helpful to first establish who I am, what I believe and where I am coming from. This, then, is an atheist's creed - not in the sense of a dogmatically imposed set of standards, but rather a set of general principles, refined from experience and reflection, that guide how I try to live my life. You are welcome to share them if you like.These truths I hold to be self-evident:We are human beings, … [Read more...]


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