It Shouldn’t Be Difficult to Find Words to Say at a Non-Religious Funeral

Before Baptist minister Steve Holmes‘ grandmother died, she made a simple request: She didn’t want a religious funeral. Holmes led the service with respect to her wishes, but he had a difficult time finding the right material:



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The Problem with the Fine-Tuning Argument: An Excerpt from Victor Stenger’s Last Book God and the Multiverse

Before he suddenly died two weeks ago, Dr. Victor J. Stenger was cranking out large books every year, tackling topics both large (the universe) and small (atoms).

His final book (as far as we know) is officially released today. It’s called God and the Multiverse: Humanity’s Expanding View of the Cosmos and Stenger, as always, makes difficult concepts accessible to those of us without strong science backgrounds.

The excerpt below, reprinted with permission of Prometheus Books, explains and thoroughly dismantles the “fine-tuning argument.” (I’ve excluded footnotes.)

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The Founder of Chick-fil-A is Dead

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, died early Monday morning.

I don’t take any joy in his death and I wish the best for his family as they grieve.

I do, however, want to point out one lesson we can learn from his life.

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Victor Stenger, Physicist and Prolific Atheist Author, is Dead at 79

Dr. Victor J. Stenger, the physicist and prolific author who wrote the 2007 New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, died late Wednesday night in Hawaii at the age of 79. Phylliss, his wife of more than 50 years, told me via email that the cause was “an aneurysm next to his heart.” He will be cremated on Saturday and a memorial will be held in Honolulu on Sunday.



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Would You Still Fight Religion If It Did Nothing Worse Than Provide Comfort?

Three years ago, Anna Whiston-Donaldson, a mother and writer in Virginia, experienced the almost unimaginable pain of losing a child. Her son Jack drowned in a creek just up the street from the family’s home. He was only 12. DonaldsonĀ just published a memoir of her grief.

Here’s one quote:

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