Can my idea of God “live long and prosper”?

My post on mystics and atheists got a lot of attention. Dale Tuggy has responded (and the ending of his post inspired the title of this one). In response to his last question, I like Hans Küng’s way of putting it – that God ought to be thought of as “at least personal” rather than impersonal, but [Read More...]

Historical Jesus, Mythicism, and Miracles around the Blogosphere

Hemant Mehta explains his view on the historical Jesus, miracles, and what the implications are for atheism: Interestingly, even Neil Godfrey agrees with Mehta on one point, that if you aren’t an expert in the field of historical Jesus studies, then it is better to be agnostic about it rather than hold firmly to a [Read More...]

Studying Jesus without Religion?

Richard Carrier gave a talk which is on YouTube, “Imagining the Study of Jesus without Religion.” Historians have worked hard to set aside those demands and desires arising from religious convictions out of the picture when looking at the figure of Jesus. They have done so so successfully that time and again they have produced [Read More...]

Angels vs. Atheists

Hemant Mehta highlighted this fascinating new comic book. In a manner that is typical of much supposedly secularist or atheistic science fiction, the story has people rebelling and fighting against “gods” and other such “outside actors,” but in the process, makes them literally exist as well. Here’s an example: It’s a theme I’ve explored before, [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

There are so many interesting posts today on blogs that I subscribe to, as well as a few backlogged ones that I had not managed to find the time to blog about yet, that I thought it made sense to do a round-up. I can start with Larry Hurtado, who posted about a week ago [Read More...]

Obama’s Faith

Hemant Mehta asked in a recent video whether president Obama is an atheist. TL; DR “No” I appreciate Mehta’s treatment of this topic, on the whole. My biggest disagreement is with his statement that president Obama supports marriage equality in spite of his faith and not because of it. I see no reason to accept [Read More...]

Amazing Science?

Atheist Jaclyn Glenn rewrote “Amazing Grace” and performed it (HT Hemant Mehta): In this instance, I really don't find the new song at all appealing (lyrically speaking, I mean – Glenn sings nicely). I have no objection to “Amazing Grace” being rewritten. And I don't always disagree with atheists, even about their criticism of Christianity. [Read More...]

Limits to Religious Freedom

Since Tuesday is Constitution Day, and I will be gathering students from my course on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” soon for the first time to talk about Randall Bezanson’s book How Free Can Religion Be?, I thought I would see if there is interest in discussing the topic on this blog. As a starting [Read More...]

I Find Your Faith Disturbing

Jeremy Smith came across a sticker that took a phrase from Star Wars in what was intended to be an atheistic direction: In Star Wars: A New Hope, Darth Vader says “I find your lack of faith disturbing” to a skeptic of the Force. Jeremy Smith finds a more positive interpretation of the phrase: religious faith should [Read More...]

A Different Sort of Gnostic

Marc Cortez shared this diagram, which is like one that I shared previously, but is a bit more helpful in spelling out what the axis lines represent. What do you think? I think it is also perhaps more helpful than the Dawkins Scale. But the footnote suggests that things are still complicated, and there is [Read More...]

Imagine No Religion

From The Far Left Side. HT Hemant Mehta. I think this cartoon makes two important points. One is that human beings are perfectly capable of fighting over things other than religion, and so blaming human conflict on religion is probably a mistake. The other is that those of us who want to see less violence [Read More...]


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