Catholics: why aren’t you Protestant?

This week Andrew Sullivan posted two things from Catholics who oppose the hierarchy but aren’t leaving the church, explaining why not. One was a video from Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun who founded an organization that advocates for gay Catholics. The other is a column in TIME by one Tim Padgett, who admits the Catholic hierarchy has [Read More...]

Still don’t think I can vote for Obama, but this has me rooting for him

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Bill O’Reilly’s argument for the existence of God

When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly interviewed Richard Dawkins on his show, he opened by saying, “I think it takes more faith to be like you, an atheist, than like me, a believer, and it’s because of nature. I just don’t think we could have lucked out to have the tides come in, the tides [Read More...]

There are no good arguments for the existence of God

One of the less silly-sounding criticisms made of popular atheists is that we don’t deal with the best arguments for religion out there. That criticism was one of the main reasons Michael Ruse gave, in his review of The God Delusion in the academic journal Isis, for claiming the quality of popular atheist writing is “downright awful.” Similarly, the New York [Read More...]

Tim Minchin: “I don’t know how to say that nicely, but…”

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The strange case of Chris Mooney

It isn’t just pointing out the ugly side of holy books that will have people saying how rude you are. Unfortunately, some people will call you rude for literally any criticism at all of religion. It’s hard to believe, I know, but if you’ve read chapter 1 I hope you won’t find it too surprising. [Read more...]

Tweaking the “beta testing a book” project

After thinking about it a bit, I’ve decided the “force myself to post a chapter every week” strategy was not the best one. Instead, I’m simply going to things as I write them – usually by posting subsections as blog posts. These smaller posts will not generally be marked for what they are, though often [Read More...]

American “separation of powers” means we don’t know who to blame when things go wrong

A couple weeks ago, Matt Yglesias had a post arguing, correctly, I think, that the current economic conditions in the US aren’t Bush’s fault. Yeah, Bush was president when things went south, but a better government could have done a lot more to fix things by now. [Read more...]

Mind uploading: a link to a bunch of more links to preprints of journal articles

Compiled by Ben Goertzel here, HT to Kaj Sotala on LessWrong. Posting this partly as a note to myself so I don’t lose the link, but may be of interest to other people here. [Read more...]


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