How to Spot the Secret Atheist Handshake

Jim West often has a bee in his bonnet about atheists, but he doesn’t always seem to have actually observed any, and so I thought I would share this to help him out. From The Far Left Side.   [Read more...]

Doesn’t Sound Like My Sunday School Class

Hemant Mehta shared a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. This is where it ends up: Click through to see how it got there, and be sure to click on the red button for the final punch line. In my class, I’m the one raising the issues. Which I suppose also makes me more like the [Read More...]

Why Be an Atheist Rather Than a Pantheist?

I keep coming back to this question. Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion, says that pantheism is just “sexed-up atheism” (p.40). I have never been able to grasp why someone who believes this would choose atheism over pantheism. Seriously, if you had a choice between anything, and that same thing sexed-up, which would [Read More...]

Are the Bible and the Qur’an like TRON?

This image has been circulating on Reddit and elsewhere: I think it is an interesting comparison to think about – as one who has blogged on more than one occasion about the relationship between religion and both the original Tron movie and the sequel Tron: Legacy. On the one hand, it certainly is mistaken to [Read More...]

James McGrath + Miley Cyrus + Lawrence Krauss – Friendly Atheist = Richard Dawkins?

I’ve gotten quite a number of visitors today from the Richard Dawkins Foundation web site, via a repost there of my recent blog entry about Miley Cyrus, and her tweet of a paraphrase of something Laurence Krauss said. The byline of the repost there says “James McGrath – Friendly Atheist.” I’m not sure whether someone [Read More...]

Does Reading the Bible Lead to Atheism? Does Losing Faith Save one from Fundamentalism?

Hemant Mehta shared this cartoon about the year after the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania: Reading the Bible can indeed lead to people losing their faith, if their faith was placed in the Bible, which they believed to be inerrant. But that is only a natural (or perhaps nearly inevitable) outcome if one has [Read More...]

“Forget Jesus” – Controversy at the Intersection of Miley Cyrus, Lawrence Krauss, Christianity, Atheism, Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology

There’s quite a kerfuffle over a tweet by Miley Cyrus which was an image of Lawrence Krauss together with an inexact quotation of something he said. Here’s a picture of the tweet: While it is not surprising that some Christians balked at the words “forget Jesus,” the suggestion that the sentiment in the post is [Read More...]

Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer in Indiana Public Schools?

As if the news of attempts to get creationism into science classrooms were not bad enough, there is another proposed law that seeks to allow schools to mandate the recitation of the Lord’s prayer. Here’s the text of Senate Bill 251: Sec. 4.6. (a) In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development [Read More...]

Jesus: “Hitch Didn’t Hate Me”

HT The Lead While there have unsurprisingly been arrogant, misguided and unhelpful comments from Christians, there have also been some particularly appreciative ones. Here’s an example from Bo Sanders: “Hitchens helped me by rabidly critiquing that false god of Empire and cutting open the giant bloated carcass of Christendom with razor-sharp clarity.”   [Read more...]

Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, sometimes referred to as one of the “four horsemen” of the “new atheist” movement, has passed away. He was 62. As a liberal Christian, I appreciate individuals such as Hitchens, since the same problems he highlighted with respect to the Bible and historic Christianity are the reasons I find conservative Christianity unpersuasive. The [Read More...]


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