Archives for August 2009

Soldiers for Christ

Hey, check out Liberty University's on-line theology and apologetics program! is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools! … [Read more...]

Unscientific America

Chris Mooney, journalist and author of the eye-opening The Republican War on Science, teamed up with Sheril Kirshenbaum, a scientist involved in science policy, to write Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future.It has its good parts. But possibly because I expected more from Mooney, my overall impression is one of faint disappointment. There is too much in the book that is unimaginative and superficial. Mooney and Kirshenbaum too often approach the cultural problems … [Read more...]

Transcendent values for radicals

I just finished reading Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges. He's an interesting writer, who has previously gone after both the Religious Right in American Fascists and the New Atheists in I Don't Believe in Atheists.My immediate interest in the book was due to a chapter criticizing the state of higher education in the US today. I was looking for something to start a discussion with beginning college students. And after reading the chapter, I … [Read more...]

“Investigating Atheism” web site

There's an interesting new(ish) academic web site called "Investigating Atheism." It collects some useful social science and historical information, and other stuff. The material has something of a theologically liberal spin on it, though the site disingenuously claims neutrality:The Investigating Atheism project is designed to stimulate interest, thought and debate on this important topic (one that has rapidly gained a whole new audience in recent years). The website has been put together by a … [Read more...]

Collins heading NIH

I've recently read a number of nonbelievers commenting on the appointment of Francis Collins to head the NIH. These include an editorial by Sam Harris, which expresses concern. Russell Blackford pragmatically accepts Collins's appointment as not that bad.From my point of view, there is nothing wrong with NIH being headed by an outspoken evangelical Christian, even one willing to mess with science at the edges to make it fit his faith. First of all, this is a political appointment, in a strongly … [Read more...]