Online Betting Website Offers 666:1 Odds on Richard Dawkins Becoming the Next Pope

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has already set the odds on who will become the next Pope. While the favorites are Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana (3/1 odds), Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada (7/2 odds), and Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria (9/2 odds), there’s an interesting name in the mix… [Read more...]

This Church Doesn’t Know How to Do Math

Over the weekend, I was handed a program from a church service. (Not because I went to one, but because these things just happen to me…)

I was going through the pages and suddenly came across the greatest thing *ever*:

I can’t tell what I love more… [Read more...]

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Paid More Than Other Teachers?

Lawrence Krauss gives his take on a touchy subject: Should math and science teachers get paid more than those who teach the humanities?

As much as I want to get behind this, it’s a short-sighted solution… [Read more...]

They Must Not Teach Probability in Seminary School…

Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro of the St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas is a Catholic priest with a blog, and he has a post up about how atheists don’t believe in God because we had bad childhoods or really want to sin…

He’s wrong, but I don’t even care about any of that.

It’s this part that infuriates me (italics his):

… Even [atheists] still buy a lottery ticket, while at the same time denying any chance in heaven that God exists.

What chance is there of winning the Powerball or Mega millions lottery? One in a billion. What chance is there of God existing? Fifty-fifty. After all, either God exists or He doesn’t. But if he does and I believe, then I just won the jackpot!

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Some Good News on the Teaching Front… I Think

I found out on Saturday that I passed my National Board Certification for high school math. (Cue mini-celebration.) [Read more...]