Our Ancestors Weren’t Idiots

Cardinal Hugh of Saint-Cher at study. wearing the first eyeglasses ever depicted in art. (Tommaso da Modena, 1352)

I spend much of my of time reading the words and trying understand the thought processes of the medieval mind. Christendom between about the year 1000 and the Reformation was a time and place with a view of the world profoundly different from ours. (The idea of the Renaissance as some great opening of the [Read More...]

Disqus and Combox Blacklisting

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It looks like it’s time for my quarterly reminder that there is a combox policy, and that dialog with trolls is not part of my job description. I know a lot of bloggers just have a free and open comment policy: anything goes! I don’t. If you’re too tired to check out the whole combox [Read More...]

It’s Raining Fundie Atheists Today!

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You know, they’re actually less entertaining than fundie Christians. Judging by the sewage suddenly washing up on my shores, it was pretty obvious that I was linked somewhere evangelical atheists roam. Turns out the always-hateful “Friendly Atheist” was offended by the Happy National Atheist Day post and the comment that atheism is as intellectually credible [Read More...]

Happy National Atheist Day!

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“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.”–Thomas Nagel Go ahead and hug an atheist today. They need it. They live lives of sad desperation caught in a meaningless universe and protest that they’re happy because [Read More...]

The “Amazing” Randi is Just a Nasty Old Eugenicist

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Some choice quotes from the favorite skeptic of the atheist and “reason”-based community: magician, bigot, and eugenicist James “The Amazing” Randi: [T]hose individuals who were stupid enough to rush into the arms of the mythical houris and/or Adonis’s they would expect to greet them, would simply do so and die – by whatever chemical or biological fate [Read More...]

St. Augustine is Annoyed: Or, Don’t Wrestle With a Pig

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There are a number of things that draw people to St. Augustine: the power of his prose, the clarity of his faith, his humanizing struggles, and his centrality to Christian doctrine. No other saint (or, indeed, any single figure of the ancient world) left us so many words, and in these words we find an [Read More...]

St. Augustine Asks the Hard Questions Atheists Don’t Ask UPDATED

Atheists think Christians believe this is how things really happened.

It’s fun to read or listen to super-duper-smart professional atheists (well, they think they’re smart) banging on about the book of Genesis. It’s a useful issue for them, because the primeval history in scripture is mysterious, complex, and rich in symbolism. So, naturally, Reason Warriors approach it with the childish literalism of a young-earth creationist. Perhaps this works for them [Read More...]

Atheists in the Comboxes UPDATED AND BUMPED

This is a special note to evangelical atheists, religion haters, and members of the Church of Scientism who are haunting my comboxes leaving snippy little screeds. You bore me, and you’ve been boring me for far too long. When I was returning to the Church after being out for 15 years, my first task was [Read More...]


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