A Few More Thoughts on Francis Collins

After writing my own thoughts on Francis Collins and his appointment to head the National Institutes of Health, I read this piece by Chris Wilson at Slate. Two excerpts stood out to me, addressing the concerns of many atheists: This formula [between the "unsolved" and the "unsolvable"] offers a convenient litmus test for where Collins [Read More...]

Ask Richard: A Tricky Situation about Infant Vaccinations

Richard, I think it’s great you’re doing an advice column for us skeptics. My question: My wife’s office has become a maternity ward. Of the 10 eligible women, 5 are pregnant. In the last couple of weeks, they have begun passing books around and talking about their plans for their newborns. Unfortunately, one of the [Read More...]

Bill O’Reilly Caught in Another Lie

I mentioned yesterday that the Air Force did not fly over the God and Country Festival in Idaho last week. Here’s Bill O’Reilly talking about that festival tonight (beginning at the 1:38 mark): “No specific religion at play” at that festival? Here’s what the director — the freaking director — of the festival had to [Read More...]

Can a Christian Not Believe in Hell?

This is an old video, but I hadn’t ever come across it. Bishop John Shelby Spong explains how Hell is completely fictional. He adds that the church has a vested interest in not letting people grow up — “you can’t control grown-ups” — which is why they use the term “born-again.” You’re still a “child” [Read More...]

How Can Atheists Influence Kids Without Indoctrination?

Many atheists I know grew up practicing the religion of their parents. It’s a typical method of indoctrination. Your parents believe something (i.e. Jesus) and they want you to believe it. Of course, religious parents want their kids to think on their own as well. They don’t see themselves as “indoctrinating” their kids. But they [Read More...]