Robert Wright with Bill Moyer’s Transcript Available

Bill Moyer's interview with Robert Wright, which aired last Friday, is now available on transcript here. My favorite part was when Moyer's challenged his Platonism: ROBERT WRIGHT: No. And I think, you know, in a way we shouldn't. I mean I think if there is you know, something out there called moral truth. And we should continue to try to relate to it in a way that brings us closer to it. And it-- BILL MOYERS: I don't understand what you mean. Out there? ROBERT WRIGHT: … [Read more...]

Whence Physical Laws?

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, physicist and Templeton Laureate Paul Davies revisits an age-old question:"The most refined expression of the rational intelligibility of the cosmos is found in the laws of physics, the fundamental rules on which nature runs. The laws of gravitation and electromagnetism, the laws that regulate the world within the atom, the laws of motion — all are expressed as tidy mathematical relationships. But where do these laws come from? And why do they have the … [Read more...]

Karl Rove an Atheist?

I'm not sure what to make of this blog post over at TPM. Neoconservative writer Christopher Hitchens says that White House political advisor Karl Rove is an atheist. Hitchens (an atheist himself) told the New Yorker that Rove "is not a believer, and he doesn’t shout it from the rooftops, but when asked, he answers quite honestly." I wonder if James Dobson ever asked? If not, he'll be picking up the phone now. If true it explains a lot. I could never quite see Rove as a fellow religious … [Read more...]

D’Souza Attacks Atheists

Dinesh D'Souza opens mouth and inserts foot essentially hijacking the Virginia Tech tragedy to attack atheism in general and Richard Dawkins in particular. I don't know whether to laugh or cry when he suggests that "we need something more than modern science." Clearly, following his latest disaster of a book in which he blames the secular state for the September 11 bombing, D'Souza is not keeping the first rule of holes firmly in mind. … [Read more...]

Clone Farms, Polygamy, and Pinkos

If recent history is any guide, expect the leaders of the religious right to blame the tragic shooting in Virginia yesterday on our so-called corrupt secular culture. In Adele Stan's fantastic summary of the recent "Reclaiming America for Christ" conference, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention said:“[A]ll the pinks,” Land said, “have become chartreuse; that’s the environmental crowd.” In an America run by “secularists,” Land’s hand-out reads, “[h]uman life would … [Read more...]

Update on “The Family”

Hullabalo provides a fantastic update on the intriguing story of The Family, the secretive fundamentalist group that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast and enjoys a powerful influence over U.S. national leaders. … [Read more...]

Those Crazy Jewish Evolutionists

International Jewish conspiracies and anti-evolution screeds all rolled into one [link]. The money quote:The memo points to "indisputable evidence" that "evolution science has a very specific religious agenda" and refers readers to a Web site that asserts the universe revolves around the earth. It also suggests that Jewish physicists are part of the force behind a "centuries-old conspiracy" to destroy the Christian teachings of Earth's origins. … [Read more...]

Silly Arguments

Taner Edis lists one of Harris' "silly arguments" against atheism in which "religion is used as a rationale for other aims." He concludes, correctly I think, that "paying attention to the political, economic, and social background of religious groups is indispensable." I agree. After all, the Abolitionist Movement in the U.S. probably would not have gotten very far in the North if its early adherents did not fashion a religious argument to bolster the main secular case. That's hardly a silly … [Read more...]

Another Gay Evangelical Minister

Just over a month ago New Life mega-evangelical Ted Haggard was outed by his gay lover. Now another evangelical preacher has resigned after being confronted by church elders. Paul Barnes of Grace Chapel in tony Englewood, Colorado recorded a taped confession that was played last Sunday for the 2,100 member congregation. According to the Reuters story and the Denver Post, Barnes was outed when an anonymous tipster told church leaders that he heard someone threaten "to go public with the names of … [Read more...]

Kuo Counters

Interesting counterattack by David Kuo against Focus on the Family's hit job against his book. … [Read more...]