Does the Irrationality of Religion Even Matter?

In Jared Diamond‘s new book The World Until Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about how our species’ past practices and traditions can give us insight into the present and future.

Salon excerpted a particular chapter dealing with religion and offers an explanation as to why religion is still such a powerful force today (spoiler: It strengthens community ties): [Read more...]

That’s Gonna Be One Awkward Flight…

Martin Rowson responds to today’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights:

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Young Atheist Blogger Stabbed in Bangladesh

A 29-year-old Bangladeshi man is in critical condition after getting attacked: [Read more...]

Gay Couple Will Receiving Blessing in Lutheran College’s Chapel

Augustana College is a private school (in Rock Island, Illinois) affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. That’s a relatively liberal church to be affiliated with, but what just happened there is still a news story because you wouldn’t expect it from a church-affiliated-anything: Two gay students were given permission to get married in the school’s chapel: [Read more...]

This is the ‘Most Helpful Customer Review’ for Pastor Mark Driscoll’s New Book

Stephanie Drury‘s scathing review of Mark Driscoll‘s new book Who Do You Think You Are? is the best smackdown I’ve read since Pete Wells went after Guy Fieri‘s restaurant: [Read more...]


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