Attacking Religion at Easter

It isn't actually an attack on religion. But that is surely how it will be depicted by some, and misconstrued deliberately by others, when the ad below appears in the New York Times tomorrow, sponsored by an organization whose name says it is seeking freedom from religion.   The cause of keeping religion and state [Read More...]

A Brief Manifesto Against Trains

Hemant Mehta shared the above image, supposedly of a letter to the editor printed in an Indiana newspaper in 1830. I’ve learned to be skeptical of such alleged examples of people complaining about advancing technology and breakneck speeds which, from our perspective, seem slow and simple. Whether it is authentic or not, the fact that [Read More...]

Darwin Didn’t Recant Evolution on His Deathbed

Hemant Mehta provides a nice brief treatment of this hoax that still circulates in our time.   [Read more...]

Unsinkable

I shared a link on Facebook to Hemant Mehta’s blog post, which points out the irony of Ken Ham running an advertisement on a billboard in Times Square complaining that religious freedom is allegedly under attack. Steve Caruso responded by adapting Ham’s billboard to feature another supposedly unsinkable ship, and I’ve shared it above.   [Read more...]

More Biblical Than Left Behind

Benjamin Corey nominated ten movies in the category “more Biblical than Left Behind.” One of them was Shrek, which features a talking donkey, as does the Balaam story. And so when Hemant Mehta drew attention to Corey’s post, he also shared this: Also Biblical is the girding up of one’s loins, and so here is [Read More...]

Crocoduck Discovered

It turns out that I was wrong and Kirk Cameron was right. Evolution should be able to produce a crocoduck. And it did. Hemant Mehta pointed out on his blog that a paleontologist Paul Sereno described the recently-rediscovered Spinosaurus aegyptiacus as “a chimera — half duck, half crocodile.” See Science magazine for more details. And [Read More...]

Christianity vs. Humanism?

Hemant Mehta shared this. It certainly bears some resemblance to the differences between many conservative Christians and at least some humanists. But for many liberal and progressive Christians, the left hand side is simply false. We don’t subscribe to much in the way of dogma, and have been at the forefront in pointing out that even when [Read More...]

Jesus and the Aliens

Hemant Mehta shared the image below, offering it as a response to Ken Ham’s silly remarks that we should not be looking for aliens, since they are doomed to hell because God became man and not Klingon: IO9 also had a piece dealing with the range of Christian responses to the possibility of extraterrestrial life. [Read More...]

Jesus’ Appearances

Via Hemant Mehta: [Read more...]

Facts Should Change Your Beliefs

Hemant Mehta shared the above image. I obviously agree with the sentiment. No one should think that this stance is an atheist one. Certainly, many atheists are committed to being rational. But if you have talked to an atheist who is an anti-vaxxer or a Jesus-mythicist, then you realize the two are not synonymous. Likewise [Read More...]

Counter-Protest Done Right

Hemant Mehta shared the above image from a counter-protest to Westboro Baptist Church's protest at a Lorde concert. That is what it means to counter-protest. Responding to hate with hate is simply joining in the hatred, not objecting to it. To take a stand against hatred, your words and actions need to express the opposite [Read More...]


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