The religious state of Islamic science

The Secular Outpost's Taner Edis is interviewed in a feature story at Salon.com about "The religious state of Islamic science," a subject which he is extremely qualified to comment on.Also check out his book, An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam (2007, Prometheus Books). … [Read more...]

L.A. Times religion reporter loses faith

William Lobdell, religion reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has written a moving account of the some of the stories he has covered and his journey into and out of faith. … [Read more...]

I.I. Sponsors Internet Debate on God’s Existence: God or Blind Nature?

(Update 7/9/07: forced this post back to the top of the blog. --ed.)After five years of planning, preparation, and work, the Internet Infidels will officially announce on July 1 the first installment of its "Great Debate" project, God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence. (I've been given the OK to post this early.) The project, coordinated by agnostic philosopher Paul Draper, will present four written debates involving nine distinguished philosophers, each examining different areas … [Read more...]

Born-again British Olympic gold medalist becomes atheist

Jonathan Edwards, who won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, was an evangelical Christian who "decided to risk everything to follow God’s revealed path, moving to Newcastle in 1987 to become a full-time athlete in the belief that his preordained success would enable him to evangelise to an unbelieving world; since he withdrew from the World Championships in Tokyo in 1991 because his event was scheduled for the Sabbath."But now that he's retired from athletics, he's lost his faith: “I ne … [Read more...]

Christian deception about The Art of Deception

I recently read a review of Robert Morey's 21-year-old book The New Atheism at Bill Muehlenberg's CultureWatch blog, which describes Nicholas Capaldi's The Art of Deception as "a famous atheist debating guide, in which every trick in the book is offered to fellow atheists as they attack theists."There are just a few problems with this statement--Capaldi is a Catholic, not an atheist; the book is an introduction to informal logic, not an atheist debating guide; and most of the few examples in the … [Read more...]

Global trends towards secularization

Brink Lindsey has an interesting post at his blog about the increasing numbers of nonreligious people globally over the last five decades, and speculation about why the U.S. remains so religious. He suggests that it's not the separation of church and state (with Australia and New Zealand as counter-examples to the U.S.), but ethnic heterogeneity and geographic mobility--that church membership acts to ease the transition of a move to a new geographic region.The post that inspired Lindsey's … [Read more...]

Clark Adams, RIP

I received the unfortunate news this morning that Clark Adams has died, and that he took his own life.Clark was a long-time board member of the Internet Infidels (and for many years its public relations director) and a frequent speaker and attendee at atheist, freethought, humanist, and skeptical events. He was a jovial, funny man whose talks about atheism in popular culture were always crowd-pleasers. He was not particular about what label to put on his nonbelief, and was supportive of all … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson’s continuing influence on the Bush administration

Complementing Jim Still's post about "The Family," Ed Brayton writes at Dispatches from the Culture Wars about how Pat Robertson's Regent University Law School, a 4th-tier law school barely half of whose graduates pass the bar exam, has managed to be the source of at least 150 appointees to the Bush administration. Perhaps the fact that Bush appointed former Regent University law school dean Kay Coles James as the director of the Office of Personnel Management has something to do with it?Not … [Read more...]


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