Richard Dawkins Recalls the “Passionate Hatred of Religion” of Nobel-Prize-Winning Chemist Harry Kroto

Sir Harold Walter Kroto is dead at 76. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a new arrangement of carbon called the buckyball (after the architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller).

Harry Kroto was a passionate advocate of science who, by the way, delighted in calling himself “a devout atheist.”

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Christian “Prophet” Explains How Prince’s Death Fulfilled Biblical Prophecy

William Tapley, a.k.a. the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse, wants you to know that Prince‘s death verifies biblical prophecy.

Why? Because, as a letter writer explains, he was the Prince (of peace!), referenced purple rain in his music, and talked about partying like it’s 1999.

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The Legacy of Prince’s Jehovah’s Witness Beliefs, As Explained by a Former Believer

Lloyd Evans, who was raised in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and now speaks out against them, ran through a number of clips of Prince speaking about his JW faith.

Evans gives a little more background and details about what Prince is really saying, how messed up it all is, and why many current JWs may not be able to relate to the icon.

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Prince Remembered: A Final (Church) Sign o’ the Times

A United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma commemorates Prince with the opening lyrics from “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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While We Mourn Prince, Let’s Not Forget His Severe Christianity… Or His Door-to-Door Proselytizing

Prince Rogers Nelson — that’s just Prince to you and me and millions of other music fans — escaped these earthly bounds today, and, according to his beliefs as a longtime Jehovah’s Witness, drifted up to heaven to be with his Creator forever and ever.

I loved Prince, at least up until the brilliant double album Sign o’ the Times, whose title track is as dark and searing an account of natural and man-made disaster, and temptation, and human frailty, as any certified genius could possibly cram into five minutes. Even the overtly Christian “The Cross,” from that same album, was a strong musical statement, although I never could get on board with the devout lyrics.

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By the early 90s, though, Prince seemed to have lost the drive or the ability to soar that high, coinciding with a pronounced U-turn back to his religious roots. He was raised a Seventh Day Adventist, and, after years of steamy musical exploits that included songs about masturbation, orgies, and brother-sister incest, eased back into Christianity’s fold by joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

That meant he sometimes went door to door to convert people. Really.

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