Philip Paulson passed away yesterday. Liver cancer. It wasn’t unexpected– he had known there wasn’t much time left– but it is still upsetting. He had fought for many years to remove the Mount Soledad cross from public property in San Diego. This year, President Bush transferred ownership of the cross to the Department of Defense in response to Paulson’s An article on Paulson can be found here. [tags]Philip Paulson, Mount Soledad, atheist, President Bush, Department of Defense[/tags] Read more

As I mentioned before, Wired magazine has an article on The New Atheists. It’s getting a lot of circulation and the article itself raises an interesting question: How are the “new” atheists different from the “old” atheists? I don’t mention Daniel Dennett very often since I haven’t read his book Breaking the Spell yet, but a few possible answers to the question are below: 1) Age When asked about the difference between old and new atheists, someone commenting on… Read more

I’ll be back to normal posts soon, but just wanted to clear a slight backlog: — Can someone please explain why contestants on “Deal or No Deal” actually think that case #[whatever] is the lucky one? Because they know it’s right? Because a voice is telling them to do it? Because they feel that it’s the lucky case? Someone tell me there’s not a connection to religion there. And does anyone else also feel *really* good when the contestant picks… Read more

For those who would like to hear the interview from last night, going here is the best way to hear it. Otherwise, you can subscribe to GodTalk on iTunes and hear the podcast. [tags]GodTalk, CJOB, Winnepeg, Manitoba, eBay atheist, Jim Henderson, Christian, Hemant Mehta[/tags] Read more

A couple interesting links: — A gay-friendly pastor, Andrew Marin, promised to build bridges between evangelicals and the LGBT community. Many groups put their trust in his message. Turns out that at the same time, he was leading training sessions for anti-gay groups and saying on Christian radio that homosexuality was a sin. There’s a conflict of interest if ever there was one… — A new Bible just cuts out all those confusing, controversial passages. According to this article, …those… Read more

Tonight (Sunday night) at 8:30 CST, Jim Henderson and I will be guests on GodTalk, a Canadian radio show. If you’d like to call in to the live show and ask questions, the information to do so can be found here. You can also listen live by going here. If you can’t make it, I’ll post information on how to listen to the show afterwards. Any feedback is always appreciated. 🙂 [tags]CJOB, GodTalk, Jim Henderson, Hemant Mehta, atheist, Christian, eBay… Read more

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by some people associated with Willow Creek Community Church. (Willow Creek is the most influential mega-church in the country, according to The Church Report.) (more…) Read more

Here’s the video! [tags]Stephen Colbert, Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion[/tags] Read more

On tonight’s episode of the Colbert Report, the guest will be Richard Dawkins, talking about his book “The God Delusion.”  Go watch!   [tags]Richard Dawkins, The Colbert Report, The God Delusion[/tags] Read more

This article is just plain disturbing. It describes the Jain ritual of fasting and how some followers in India take it to its extreme. Jainism is my family’s religion, and the whole fasting thing is part of what drove me away from the religion (and all religion) in the first place. Granted, in America, I’ve never heard of Jains fasting until death, but there are many Jains who fast for eight days straight (boiled water being one exception) during the… Read more

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