Herman Krieger is “a non-practicing Jew who has not been to synagogue since he was 12.” He is also the author of Churches Ad Hoc: A Divine Comedy. It’s a photo essay and you can see the contents online. As Kern Trembath of the University of Notre Dame writes in the foreword: The first time you read this book, you will know that it is one of those that you will return to again and again in the future. Is… Read more

Sam Harris gave a speech recently at the Aspen Ideas Festival. It was titled “Believing the Unbelievable: The Clash Between Faith and Reason in the Modern World.” Here’s the video: (Thanks to Maria for the link!) Read more

Relish, a weekly newspaper in Northwest North Carolina, has a book review of I Sold My Soul on eBay. The piece is written by Mick Scott. I wonder how I should take it… I mean, they criticize parts of the book! How dare a critic do such a thing… You can get anything over the Internet these days. Even a Christian Dog, I might add. His quest may not have been so successful had the high bidder not been Jim… Read more

I missed one this morning. Thanks to TXatheist for sending it along to me! It’s from today’s Houston Chronicle. Here’s the front page of the Religion section: And on the left side of the page, you see a blue book… Woo! (Funny coincidence that it’s next to the article on Faith in India.) It reads: I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist’s Eyes, by Hemant Mehta (WaterBrook Press, $14). Atheist books are everywhere this year, but… Read more

You want to know the difference between Craigslist and its competition Kijiji? Kijiji has ads like this one: Cute and Adorable English Bulldog Puppy. Very socialized with kids and other animal. She is vet check and all her shots are given up to date. We are willing to give her to a christain family only. Because if the dog went to a non-Christian family, it would be shot and eaten…? Roy submitted this link, adding: “Are they worried the dog… Read more

A couple cartoons courtesy of Home on the Strange: (Thanks to Andrew for the links!) Read more

Laura Lopez (center) with son Jesse We’ve now heard of yet another lady, Laura Lopez, who tried to ban books from a school library. They never seem to understand that banning books just makes children want to read them even more… Which books did she want off the shelves? Two of the books that Lopez challenged are: Sexual Values: Opposing Viewpoints by Charles P. Cozic and Abortion: Opposing Viewpoints by Tamara L. Roleff. What?! Opposing viewpoints? A debate on the… Read more

We have a lot of great reading material today! The Morning Call newspaper (of Pennsylvania) has an article about the not-so-angry atheists from reporter Daniel Patrick Sheehan. The headline is “Area atheists put a friendly face on their convictions, but don’t avoid debate or confrontation.” You don’t see pieces that focus on the up-side to non-religiosity very much, so savor this one. Here’s a sampling of excerpts from the piece: But, while they may hail [Sam] Harris and company as… Read more

Time magazine has a short article this week that describes just how “radical” the Harry Potter books are when compared to similar series in the fantasy genre: In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien fused his ardent Catholicism with a deep, nostalgic love for the unspoiled English landscape. C.S. Lewis was a devout Anglican whose Chronicles of Narnia forms an extended argument for Christian faith. Now look at [J.K.] Rowling’s books. What’s missing? If you want to know who… Read more

Chris Hallquist and I will be appearing on The Debate Hour online radio show tonight at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) to discuss various atheist tactics. The show is live and listeners are welcome to call in with questions! More information is here. [tags]atheist, atheism, God, Chris Hallquist, The Debate Hour, The Infidel Guy, Reginald Finley[/tags] Read more

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