About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

Religion in Human Evolution

I tried to read Robert N. Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution. It should have been interesting—prominent social scientist writes ambitious, sweeping book about religion—but I abandoned it about a third of the way through. I rarely fail to finish books. But I couldn't stand this one any more.My impression: it's a profoundly learned but also profoundly superficial book, because it's so obsessed with finding transcendent depth in every religious and wisdom tradition. Bellah just seemed inc … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

You can't even tell where the religious weirdness ends and the political right-wing weirdness begins. … [Read more...]

Oxford Handbook of Atheism contents

Here's the contents list of a book coming out in about a year, with some chapters appearing online earlier. It should be interesting... The Oxford Handbook of Atheism[FINAL CONTENTS LIST]Editors: Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s University College) and Michael Ruse (Florida State University)Introduction: The Study of Atheism – Stephen Bullivant (St Mary’s) and Michael Ruse (Florida State)Part 1: Definitions and Debates   … [Read more...]

Freedom of the Press Foundation

Nonbelievers have a strong interest in free speech and a free press, particularly where freedom to publicly criticize religion in concerned.This is particularly clear in Islamic contexts, where religion is socially very powerful. Since censorship is usually deployed by the powerful in protection of their interests, it's understandable that Muslim countries are often in the lead in attempts to suppress mockery and criticism of religion.In the United States, religion is not quite so powerful … [Read more...]

It’s because of no school prayer, of course

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Ted Rall comes out?

I've occasionally referred to Ted Rall, the cartoonist and author, as an example of an ultraliberal theist who was indistinguishable from a godless humanist (especially a left-wing godless humanist) on ethical matters. But in a recent column, he saysScience isn’t reconcilable with faith. Rubio knows that. But he also knows what would happen to his presidential aspirations if he admitted the truth.God is a lie.If you believe in God, you are stupid.If you think the earth is 6,000 years old, that h … [Read more...]

Hurting God’s feelings…

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New Chick Tract

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