What is the God of the Gaps Argument?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: What is the God of the Gaps argument?

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What I Wish Richard Dawkins Would Have Told Jon Stewart

On tonight’s episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart asked Richard Dawkins the following question:

Do you believe that the end of our civilization will be through religious strife or scientific advancement? What do you think will, in the long term, will be more damaging to our prospects as a human race?

(***Update***: Mediaite has the video.)

Dawkins responded by saying “Both.” His argument was essentially that scientific advancement would give us weapons that, in the wrong hands, could be used for evil. And if religious fundamentalists ever got their hands on those weapons, we’re screwed.

That’s a fair point.

If Dawkins had the chance to elaborate, though, here’s what I wish he would’ve said:

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The Universe Verse: The Rhyming Scientific Comic Book That You Know You Want

James Dunbar has been working on a rhyming scientific comic book for several years now. It has resulted in three books — BANG!, It’s Alive!, and Great Apes! — which take us “from the Big Bang to evolution to the dawn of human civilization” and now he wants to combine them all into one high-quality edition he’s calling The Universe Verse.

I want this. I want to have babies just so I can buy this for them.

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Ken Ham: Atheists Are Starting ‘Churches’ Because They Secretly Believe in God

I’ve been posting a lot about the “atheist church” that began in London and has since spread worldwide because I think it’s a neat idea for the people who enjoy that sort of thing.

If you miss singing as a group, listening to inspiring speeches, or being part of a community, the idea of a non-religious gathering has a lot of value.

Some will dismiss the idea wholesale because it’s “too much like religion,” but I don’t buy that. There are no mandatory beliefs, no Gods (or their messengers) to worship, nothing you have to take on faith. The “church” isn’t even about spreading atheism — it’s open to everyone who wants to celebrate life, listen to music, appreciate science, etc. You won’t hear anyone telling you not to believe in God if you attend one of the gatherings.

It’s just the sort of thing we need to help closeted atheists transition out of faith — it gives them something that resembles a church structure without all the bullshit that’s said and done within it.

And if it’s not for you, then don’t go. It’s that simple.

Ken Ham can’t wrap his brain around any of this, though. He read an article about the Sunday Assembly and it’s too much for him to handle:

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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: ‘God Created the World in 7 Days’ So Surely We Can Avoid Government Shutdown in 10 Days

Will Congress be able to avoid a government shutdown because Republicans want to defund the Affordable Care Act?

Newsmax TV interviewed Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) to ask him about it and his response was… well… just watch at the 1:43 mark:

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