Robot Fundamentalists

The website IO9 highlighted my work on religion and artificial intelligence today. Click through to take a look. The chapter that article mentions is available on my Selected Works page. It is from the volume I edited, Religion and Science Fiction:. The coolest part was that a former student of mine spotted the piece even [Read More...]

All Believers Are Atheists, All Atheists Are Believers

The quote from Mark Russell comes from an article which asks whether the “new atheists” are making old mistakes. The above is just one of several memorable quotes in the article. Another is when Russell writes, “I began to wonder if the New Atheists were combatting fundamentalism by duplicating its mistakes.” Or related interest, approaching [Read More...]

Biblical Literalism’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

David Hayward’s cartoon above illustrates the reason why I consider Biblical literalism to be an attack on Christianity, rather than an expression of faithfulness to it. No matter how much they insist otherwise, no one actually takes the Bible literally – not even all the bits that are “clearly” non-poetic. But that doesn’t stop preachers [Read More...]

Doubt in Faith’s Clothing

The quote comes from a 2009 post “Doubt in Faith’s Clothing,” which points out that what fundamentalists call “faith” actually looks a lot more like doubt, and vice versa. [Read more...]

Features of Fundamentalism Mnemonic

  Paul Regnier shared the above useful mnemonic for remembering key features of fundamentalism. Here is his further explanation of the points: Science – Rejection of scientific views when they conflict with sacred texts. However, many fundamentalists have made effective use of modern technology to promote their message. Elect – The view held by some [Read More...]

Defending and Betraying Christianity

I was reminded yesterday of the above quote from Tim Gombis, part of which I shared here before. It seemed to me to deserve to be turned into a meme. [Read more...]

Unfalsifiable Inerrancy

When pastor Peter LaRuffa recently said that he would believe the Bible even if it said 2+2=5, he probably thought he was standing up for Biblical inerrancy. In fact, he was undermining it, showing it to be meaningless. It is less obvious for some people to see the problem when fundamentalist Christians dismiss evidence from [Read More...]

When to Run

Via Marc Cortez   [Read more...]

Say NO to Fundamentalism

Steve Caruso shared the above image he made, in a post which suggests that the most relevant verse in the Bible when it comes to young-earth creationism might not be something in Genesis 1-3, but Matthew 18:6. Click through to read the rest.   [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language (and More)

Race Hochdorf has a new website which readers will find interesting, and on it a new post, “The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language.” He writes: The reason why it is impossible to debate a fundamentalist, is because their very language psychologically traps them into their frames of mind. Click through to read the whole thing, including [Read More...]

Reading Genesis Literally

There’s a new blog, Scribalishess, written by a Hebrew Bible professor. Here is a quote from the end of the first substantive post, on reading Genesis literally: This is why biblical literalism (in the sense stated at the beginning) fails. It fails to read Genesis 1 literally. It fails to acknowledge the ancient writer’s worldview. It [Read More...]


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