Babies: Atheists or Religious?

If a baby is born, it seems obvious to me that it would be an atheist — at least in the sense that it has not yet been taught the concept of God, so it can’t possibly believe in a God. It’s the very reason Richard Dawkins, in The God Delusion, says it would be [Read More...]

The Brown Bible

I’m no expert on the Bible or anything… but I’m pretty sure this depiction of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus is just a bit inaccurate: Barefoot and wearing a sari, with a bindi on her forehead and a naked baby on her shoulder, the woman in the picture is unmistakably Indian. So is the man [Read More...]

Religious Children Have Questions About Barack Obama

Landover Baptist Church is getting many, many letters from young Christians inquiring about presidential candidate Barack Obama: “Is Obama really gonna make momma get an abortion? I wanted a little brother and she promised to make one for me!” — Mark Ingram, Age 5, Home Schooled “Does every Christian family move to Canada if Obama [Read More...]

Humanist Chaplains in the Military?

My friend Greg Epstein, also the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, has written a piece for the On Faith blog about the need for Humanist/atheist chaplains in the military. He writes that the non-religious are not trying to eliminate religion from the military. Certainly, anyone can practice their faith as they wish. What we are [Read More...]

The Leviticus Challenge

What comes to mind when you think of the Book of Leviticus? Christianity Today asks that very question: … Leviticus often becomes that graveyard where read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plans go to die. Skeptics know it as ammunition for homosexual haters or as a target for animal-rights activists. Many Jews regard it as awkward and outmoded. To slog [Read More...]