If Kindness is Your Guide, You’re Doing it Wrong, Says Christian Writer

I have some advice for Christians (if they want it): When someone says that “kindness” is important, don’t argue against them. You won’t win. You won’t look good. And you’ll just give people like me blog fodder.

This all stems from writer George Saundersviral commencement address in which he said the following:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded… sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.

It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but c’mon, it’s a beautiful sentiment.

And hard to disagree with, right?

Of course.

Unless you’re Christian.

Jen Pollock Michel writes at Christianity Today that Christians would be misguided if they followed Saunders’ advice:

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This Anti-Evolution Video May Be Worse Than the One with Ray Comfort’s Banana

Get ready to cringe:

Rule #1: If you look awkwardly into the camera when you want to make a point, that doesn’t make you more believable.

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A Review of The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers

This is a guest post by Chantelle Moghadam.

[Hemant's Note: For the sake of disclosure, I wrote a blurb for the back of the book. This review, however, was written independently]

PZ Myers writes the first half of The Happy Atheist (Pantheon, 2013) with all the bound-up angst against religion that most atheists hold and, as an atheist myself, I completely understand where that frustration comes from. I can’t help but wonder, though, what a religious person might think of atheists if they read this book. The most convincing arguments against religion are not always the ones telling religious people how ridiculous they are, but ones that make valid criticisms of religion itself. Even someone who is on the fence about religion may be offended within the first few pages and unable to finish the rest of it. The Kirkus Review held nothing back when it said of the book: “Unlikely to change a single mind or cause even the slightest shift in perspective.”

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A Tsunami Every 10 Days

SkeptiSketch‘s video is fairly simple, but it’s very effective. It takes a soundbyte from Sam Harris about the nature of God and gives it some visual flair:

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The Creation Museum’s Trying to Increase Attendance by Resorting to Gimmicks

The Creation Museum recently added zip line courses to its property and an insect exhibit inside the building. Both of those things, on the surface, seem to have little to do with Creationism. So… what’s up with that?

The Associated Press’ Dylan Lovan writes about how it’s all about increasing attendance:

Museum co-founder Ken Ham said he knew when it opened to big crowds in 2007 that new features would need to be added from time to time. Total attendance since the opening is approaching 1.9 million, he said.

Ham said the museum is welcoming of people seeking fun without a creationism lesson.

“That’s what we wanted to see, because it will bring in a broader range of people in here and provide something for the community as well — they don’t have to go to the Creation Museum, they can just come for the zip lines,” Ham said.

I appreciate that Lovan added my own perspective to his piece:

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