Quote of the Day (Robert Oerter)

“If religion teaches us atheists one thing, it should be this: to be skeptical of claims that we want to believe. Some atheists seem to have fallen into the trap of believing in a pagan origin for Christianity because it suits their agenda, rather than on the basis of the evidence. We should instead be [Read More...]

Critical Thinking

Anna Blanch of the blog Goannatree has a post on critical thinking, complete with diagrams of key elements. Here’s a sample: [Read more...]

Climbing Mount Slippery

I have blogged before about the metaphor of the slippery slope and suggested variations on it or rejecting it entirely. The image came up again in Sunday school this week, when Scot McKnight (in his book The Blue Parakeet) problematized the notion that changing your mind in one area automatically leads down a “slippery slope” [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Too many interesting things today to fit in the sidebar, and so here are links to posts on other blogs that deserve attention: Scotteriology, Verily Verily, The Church of Jesus Christ, Friendly Atheist, Pharyngula and others mention that the “Touchdown Jesus” statue has either been destroyed by the forces of nature, or been tackled by some [Read More...]

Facebook: Jim Likes The 101 Hottest Women In The World

There’s a malicious application spreading around Facebook at the moment. I first encountered it on Jim Davila’s Facebook feed, where it said: Jim likes :|:| 101 Hottest Women in the World :|:| on :|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:| :|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:| :|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|:|… Jim’s blog and Facebook had already informed us that Jim had travelled from St. Andrews to California, and so [Read More...]

The World Cup vs. the PhD

From PHD Comics HT Marc Cortez and Goannatree [Read more...]

Barbara Walters Visits Afghanistan: Not A True Story, But A Good Joke

Today in church the preacher told the following story, which is not a true story but is a good joke: Barbara Walters of 20/20 did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands. She recently returned to Kabul [Read More...]

Interview at Common Sense Atheism

An interview I did with Luke Muehlhauser at Common Sense Atheism has been posted. Have a listen and let me know what you think! [Read more...]

Rachmaninov (via Romania)

In a recent exchange of e-mails I recommended listening to Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 and his Piano Concerto No.2. Both pieces can be found on the Romanian site Trilulilu which I’ve mentioned (and embedded music from) before. Below are one movement from each of the aforementioned pieces of music. Go to Trilulilu to hear more! Rachmaninov, Symphony [Read More...]

Exorcising Gay Exorcism

Unreasonable Faith has a post today about “Gay Exorcism” – the attempt to treat homosexuality as a demon and command it to come out of a homosexual in Jesus’ name. When such attempts fail to have any effect on the person, and clearly do not render the person heterosexual, should this not lead Christians to [Read More...]

Sad Ads – How Creationists are Getting their Message onto Science Blogs

It dismays me whenever I see a pseudoscientific young-earth creationist or intelligent design advertisement that has been added to a science blog because of shared keywords that suggest it might be of interest to the blog’s readership. For instance, this came up on a post on the primate family tree in the Google Reader feed: [Read More...]

Prophecy News Watch

A Facebook friend suggested that I might like Prophecy News Watch. I took a look, and found a discussion of why the United States seems not to have been mentioned in the Bible. Since it is (from their perspective) inconceivable that such an important world power would be overlooked or omitted, it must be an [Read More...]

Diglotting, Theology and Aliens

Diglotting has posted asking how much Christian theology might be affected by the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligent life. It’s something that I’ve blogged about here before, and since it is a topic that interests me, I thought it deserved a link! [Read more...]

Skepticism In Song

First, let me share this hilarious remake of a Gospel classic, giving it a philosophical agnostic twist (HT Luke Muehlhauser): And now, on a more serious note, a challenging video on how to make a difference in the world – including response to possible skeptical objections (HT Daniel Florian; the charity that produced it is [Read More...]


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