Life on Other Cells?

I saw this on Facebook: It reminded me of an analogy I’ve often used, of two cells in a human body talking about their place in the grand scheme of things, and the meaning of their existence. One says that it looks around and says “Cells are all there is – we’re born, we die, [Read More…]

Rebuttals to Ray Comfort

Hemant Mehta recently shared this video response to Ray Comfort’s deceitful movie about evolution. It makes some excellent points, including highlighting the irony of Comfort saying “Just look at this banana! Proof of God!” and yet complaining, when scientists have so much evidence for evolution they can point to, “Sorry, that’s not good enough!” Mehta [Read More…]

Beyond a Copernican Spiritual Revolution

David Hayward posted this cartoon, depicting the sea change in the direction of so many being “spiritual yet not religious”: Some will find the shift from the church at the center to the individual at the center offensive and problematic. But it isn't that different from what Jesus talked about when he said “the Sabbath [Read More…]

Ray Comfort’s Latest Attempt to Deceive is Online

As several bloggers have already noted, Ray Comfort’s new movie, which deceitfully edits what scientists and even random bystanders have to say in order to deceive people about science, is now on YouTube: Use the comments section to discuss the lies, errors, and anything else that is wrong with the contents! I’ll get the ball [Read More…]

Perfect Bible, Imperfect God?

Another quote from a recent Facebook discussion that I thought I would share here: To believe that the Bible is inerrant, literally the words of God, you have to view God as morally flawed, since God pretends to be different human authors, and then apparently hates it when people fall for his trick.   [Read more…]

Worthy of Worship?

I’ve assigned Aaron Smuts’ chapter “‘The Little People’: Power and the Worshipable” from Philosophy in The Twilight Zone when I’ve taught my class about religion and science fiction in the past. Here is a link to the episode “The Little People” to which the title refers, in case you’ve never seen it: It turns out that not [Read More…]

When a God Requires Custodial Protection

When a god begins to require the custodial protection of those who worship him, he is no longer a god. He becomes an idol. May we all find the courage and wisdom to never make ignorance the aim of religion, nor idolatry the replacement for faith. — Crystal St. Marie Lewis, “On Christian Fundamentalism’s Ongoing [Read More…]

A Different Sort of Gnostic

Marc Cortez shared this diagram, which is like one that I shared previously, but is a bit more helpful in spelling out what the axis lines represent. What do you think? I think it is also perhaps more helpful than the Dawkins Scale. But the footnote suggests that things are still complicated, and there is [Read More…]

Sir Nevill F. Mott on Religion and Science

This image with a quote from Nobel prize winner Nevill F. Mott came my way via Facebook. “Science can have a purifying effect on religion, freeing it from beliefs from a pre-scientific age and helping us to a truer conception of God. At the same time, I am far from believing that science will ever [Read More…]

God is a Mystery

These words emerged in a discussion of God as koan in a comment thread here on this blog. I thought I’d turn them into images that can be shared. [Read more…]


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