Atheist Manifesto

I'm new to this whole blogging thing, but I thought I would start off with a big post. A few weeks ago my nephew, who is an evangelical Christian of the progressive Jim Wallis type, not the neanderthal James Dobson type, asked me to explain briefly why I am an atheist. I wrote the following informal manifesto. I'd like to hear what some of you think, and maybe get some others to sumbit their own manifestoes. Thanks. Here goes:If somebody were to ask me why I am an atheist, my first response … [Read more...]

Living with Darwin

Here's a hearty, full-throated recommendation for Philip Kitcher's latest book, Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. If you're looking for a short, very readable but substantive book on creationism, intelligent design, and the very real challenge Darwinian evolution poses for any supernaturalistic faith, this is the one. Go out and buy one. Buy a stack and distribute to your friends. (OK, best wait for the paperback edition for that one.)Normally, I might temper my … [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...]

Atheist high school student’s ordeal ends

There are, no doubt, many quiet cases of religious discrimination that never make headlines. A submission to the News Wire alerted me to this one, but I was unable to post it on the Wire, because the story is told in three separate installments on a blog.The story begins on 27 April, when high-school student Reed Braden lends one of his atheist friends a copy of The God Delusion, incurring the wrath of his friend's father. Subsequently, Braden's principal opens an investigation on Braden and … [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...]

The Truth about Conservative Christians

There is an interesting recent book by two Catholic sociologists, Andrew Greeley and Michael Hout: The Truth about Conservative Christians (The University of Chicago Press, 2007). Much of it is not news to anyone who has been paying attention to the conservative Protestant subculture, though Greeley and Hout put a very useful emphasis on the diversity of this group and repeatedly moderate common stereotypes. What's more interesting is two side claims they argue for and present evidence in … [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...]

Creationism in Europe

There's an interesting draft of a report to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that lists recent creationist and intelligent design activity in Europe, both Muslim and Christian. It's interesting that enough of this is going on to require such a concerned report, though naturally the level of anti-evolution activity in Europe remains nowhere near that in the United States. Another illustration that in some aspects, US society is more similar to Third World examples than the rest … [Read more...]


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