Open Thread: An Unwelcome Change [Updated]

As you may have noticed, post pagination is back, and I'm not happy about it. This isn't of my choosing; it was imposed on Patheos atheist bloggers without our consent and with very little advance notice.This is a cheap and artificial way to inflate page view counts, and it does so at the cost of actively antagonizing people who want to read a longer essay all the way through. It makes information harder to search for and makes the site almost impossible to read on slow or data-limited … [Read more...]

Programming Note


Just a note about what's coming up: Posting will be as normal this week, but on Friday, the 18th, I'm going to Iceland for a week's vacation. I'll schedule some greatest-hits posts while I'm away so things don't get too quiet around here, and I'll check in as I'm able to approve comments and answer e-mails. Pictures when I come back, of course!Also, check out my Icelandic money. I'm rich, baby! (OK, not really: a króna is the equivalent of a penny, not a dollar.) … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Advertising Complaints

I realize that Patheos has to pay the bills somehow, but lately I've noticed a definite uptick in complaints about the intrusiveness of the advertising on this site. I plan on taking this up with the management, but I want to know what the general sentiment is, so here's an open thread.Are Patheos' ads crashing your browser, interfering with your ability to view the site, or just being egregiously annoying? Let me know. (Or if you like them, let me know that too. Hey, someone must.) … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events for Fall 2013


Here's what I'm doing with my time over the next few months:• First of all, from October 4 to 13, I'm going to be on vacation in Belgium. As I've always said, if I had to make a list of the best things that religion has contributed to the world, Trappist beer would have to be near the top. (Chimay? Oh yes indeed.)I expect things will be quiet on the blog, but I'll schedule some posts to go up while I'm gone, and I'll check in and approve comments as I have the time and internet … [Read more...]

Midweek Miscellany

• On Monday, I was on episode 3 of Ashley Miller's web show/podcast, along with her FTB co-blogger Kate Donovan, to discuss sterilization of prisoners in California, The Lone Ranger, and mental illness. Here's the YouTube link - check it out. (Yes, I know, I was harder to hear than everyone else. I need to fix my microphone settings for next time.)• We have two new atheist bloggers here on Patheos! Go say hello to Creative Atheist and Rock Beyond Belief.• And if you'd … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism Has Moved to Big Think

Change has come at last! As of today, Daylight Atheism is officially moving to its new home at Big Think. I'm planning to hit the ground running, so be sure to go there to see all my new posts.For the moment, still goes to this site, but expect that to change very soon. Within a few days, I'm going to put in a redirect that will send anyone who types that URL to my blog's new address at Big Think, which, again, is: site … [Read more...]

Still Here, For Now

As I mentioned earlier, yesterday was my official start date as a blogger for Big Think. However, it appears they're not quite ready yet, so I'm going to continue blogging here for now. I'll update with more information when I have it. … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism Moves to Big Think

Well, I think I've kept you all in suspense long enough. :)Today, I'm announcing that I've accepted an offer to join Big Think, a media website whose purpose is to bring together ideas, opinions and commentary from some of today's great minds. Big Think's signature offering is its video interviews with an impressive range of newsmakers and luminaries, including Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, James Randi, Daniel Dennett, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, … [Read more...]

A Change Is In the Air

Here in New York, it's been a hot, relentless summer. But in the last few days, the first hints of fall are making themselves known: the earlier fading of the light, a sudden crispness in the air, a touch of cool in the breeze. And since autumn is a time of change and transition in the wider world, it's only fitting that it be the time for a change in this site as well.Daylight Atheism has been my home on the 'net for over five years. I've always thought of it that way, as you can probably … [Read more...]

Batten Down the Hatches

As I've mentioned before on this blog, I'm a born-and-bred New York City native. And as you may have heard, there's a bit of rough weather headed our way this weekend. In fact, it seems like freak events are becoming the new normal: first, the absurdly huge blizzards we got this winter, then the earthquake earlier this week (yes, I felt it), and now the hurricane. Sheesh, nature, what did we ever do to you to deserve this? (Don't answer that.)There's no need to fret about me: I'm fully stocked … [Read more...]