Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Pantheist’ WWII Dog Tags

Arthur C. Clarke was one of my favorite authors growing up. I never read his war-themed 'Glide Path', but I was aware that he had served in WWII. I had no idea that he rebelled against the RAF's liberal application of the "Church of England" on its service members. Clarke demanded that the RAF reprint his dog tags with 'pantheist' instead of 'Church of England'. He said that organized religion was basically antithetical to the scientific method. Personally, I don't see how 'pantheist' escapes … [Read more...]

I’ll take a baby on the rocks, shaken not stirred

So I get email. I'll spare you because it was simply lyrics to a god-botherer song. I replied "Poetry sucks. Get a guitar." That riled him up, so he expressed anger and then sent me another set of lyrics. This was my second reply: By the rivers of Babylon  You really did babble on Crazy - yet not like a fox  Your bible says to remember Zion I’ll Hide my kid from the rocks  That you want to smash her head on. Seriously, read Psalm 137 all the way through. Sing it to the tune … [Read more...]

Proof that babies are indeed atheists (short video)

Some would argue that all babies are atheists. Conversely, our 9 month old daughter has been speaking in tongues a lot. So we decided to just ask her how she feels about God: http://www.youtube.com/embed/MDX5_d7V5uU? Not surprisingly, her thoughts on religion mirror her parents' views. Another question I get is: Are you raising your daughter to be ATHEIST?!? I change my answer depending on the mood. (please leave suggestions in the comments, if you've got any.) No, we are … [Read more...]