John Stewart and Richard Dawkins on Ted Haggard

Here is the description of the video as provided at YouTube:"Jon Stewart analyzes the latest gay surprise as the evangelical, gay-bashing preacher, Pastor Ted, gets caught with his three-year gay lover and supplier of crystal meth. What else is new? For an added bit of spice, there is an earlier clip of Haggard lecturing Richard Dawkins on arrogance. Just too beautiful."While Haggard's behavior (buying crystal meth and a "massage" from a gay prostitute) are clearly hugely embarrassing to … [Read more...]

Resurrecting solidarity

I want to point out a very good review, by Robert Fitch, criticizing a couple of recent and influential books by Michael Lerner and Jim Wallis arguing that the secular Left needs to get more religion. (Thanks to David R. Harding for leading me to the review.)Having leftish inclinations myself, I'm naturally interested in such debates. And even secularists who do not politically fall on the left might be interested—after all, the left-wing political tradition has been home to much serious … [Read more...]

Multiple Universes

A couple of my co-bloggers here thought I should say something about John Horgan's comments on Richard Dawkins vs. Francis Collins in Time, berating Dawkins on his endorsement of multiple universes as a solution to fine-tuning issues.My first inclination was to say something snide. After all, here are Dawkins and Collins, two non-physicists, arguing cosmology, and Horgan, a science journalist, pontificating on who is right and wrong. A perfect occasion for misunderstandings all around. Since I … [Read more...]

Public school teacher tells class: “You belong in hell”

This story, which I reported on my blog on Sunday, has hit the mainstream media today, with stories in the Newark Star-Ledger, The Jersey Journal, and forthcoming on NYC-area radio and television (WCBS radio, 1010 WINS radio, and Fox 5 News and NBC 4 News television).The basic story is that Kearny High School U.S. History teacher David Paszkiewicz used his classroom as a pulpit for evangelizing, as well as telling students that evolution and the Big Bang are false, there were dinosaurs on … [Read more...]

From Keith Parsons: Craig on the Relevance of Christianity

Keith Parsons recently sent me the following e-mail, which he has authorized me to post here on the Secular Outpost.Craig recently sent a message to Vic Reppert's Dangerous Idea blog"I argued that if Christianity is true, then it is hugely relevant because (1) there is meaning to your life, (2) there are objective values in life, (3) there is a purpose to your life, (4) there is hope for deliverance from the shortcomings of life, (5) there is forgiveness for your guilt, and (6) you can know God … [Read more...]

Time Magazine: God vs. Science

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Interesting Article on Debating Presuppositionalists

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Return to Enlightenment Ideals?

In the wake of yesterday's election, conservative Andrew Sullivan reprints a letter from a far-right conservative reader whose views have evolved [link]. Here's the last paragraph:I believe in smaller government. I believe in efficient government. I believe in honest government. I believe in reason informed by faith. I believe in politics, informed by faith, but not ruled by it. I believe in the principles of government as set forth by the Founding Fathers. I believe ours is not a Christian … [Read more...]


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