About Ericka M. Johnson

As a lover of science and reason, Ericka M. Johnson has an affinity for evolutionary biology and is the president of Seattle Atheists. She revels in any opportunity for a thoughtful debate on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (especially over a pint.) Follow her on twitter @ErickaMJohnson

Mark Driscoll Will Be Answering Questions On Twitter This Morning (UPDATED)

Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll will doing a Q&A live on Twitter today morning, from 9:15a-9:45a (PST). Have a question for him? Tweet to @PastorMark and use the hashtag #AskPM. (Need ideas? You can find a few here.)

Remember, don’t be rude. We’re better than that. But tough questions are perfectly acceptable.

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The Atheist Church Could Be Coming to Your City!

Sunday Assemblies are breaking out all over. Now, you have the chance to start one in your neighborhood and get a visit from co-founders Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones!

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Ask an Atheist Radio Show Goes On Tour

Sam Mulvey and Becky Friedman of the Tacoma-based radio show Ask An Atheist are taking the broadcast on a roadshow tour across America.  They will be stopping in eight cities over the span of a month. Visit their website for complete schedule details as well as their day-by-day audio diary of the trip.

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Atheist Church Comes to America This Week

Being faithless opens us up to a whole range of human experiences free of theistic baggage. But once you’ve shrugged off religion and any semblance of a belief in the supernatural, what comes next?  For many, it’s not enough to just not believe in any gods; many want something more.

And now, for some atheists, many of the biggest pieces missing from their lives (and from the larger atheist movement) are being filled by the Sunday Assembly, the godless gathering out of London nicknamed “the Atheist Church.”

Right this instant, Jones is here in the US to help local groups start their own Sunday Assemblies. He just visited us here in Seattle and will be in Chicago today (to plan an Assembly) and New York later this weekend (to conduct one). 

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Congressman Cites Biblical Flood As Proof That Global Climate Change Isn’t Human-Made

On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act which deals with the Keystone pipeline. If approved, the pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada into the U.S. Many environmentalists don’t want to see the pipeline approved because they fear that the increased access to petroleum products could accelerated global climate change. Whether you agree that the pipeline is a bad idea or that the benefits outweigh the risks, the scientific consensus regarding global climate change is that the current spike we’re seeing is, at least in part, caused by human activities.

But Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) disagrees. He believes that Noah’s Flood is proof that global climate change is not human-made:

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