Conservative Bible???

Leonard Pitts wrote an article a couple of weeks ago noting that the editors of "Conservapedia" are preparing a "conservative" translation of the Bible that will eliminate all "liberal bias" in extant bible translations (Damn those pointy-headed, bleeding heart, knee-jerk liberal King James translators!). Woo Hoo! I can't wait to see it! In fact, I think contributors and commentators on this site should offer to help. Here is my offering, the beatitudes for the "conservative" Bible:(FROM THE … [Read more...]

Debates

I was recently offered an opportunity to debate a creationist, on the existence of God. I was intrigued by the idea at first, but then I took some advice and turned it down. There's a stereotype of scientists taking on creationists with the naive notion of presenting some basic science and contributing something to the public understanding of science. They then discover that a debate with a creationist is a totally different proposition. I admit, I have no experience with formal debates with … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

More of a tangential tract complaining about Bibles with alleged missing verses. … [Read more...]

It’s all in the interpretation

More woman-friendly interpretations of Islam may be penetrating into the grassroots more and more. For example, in an interview, Zakia Nizami Soman of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, "a movement of Muslim women across India struggling for their citizenship rights," says:Islam speaks of a God who is just. The Quran has given women equal rights and equal dignity. We are as much God's followers as men are. The problem arises not from the Quran but from distorted, patriarchal interpretations … [Read more...]

When is a religious public sphere acceptable?

My default view of religion and public life is hard-core secularist: the less our public conversations are conditioned by supernatural beliefs, the better.Having said that, I also have to acknowledge that the current reputation of secularism among political thinkers is ambiguous at best. Many religious people don't like secularism. That isn't surprising, but many religious thinkers have been more successful lately in pressing their view that secularism illegitimately handicaps people of strong … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

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50 Voices of Disbelief

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, edited by Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk, is now available.It turned out to be very good book. I contributed one of the chapters, so I didn't want to say anything about the book before I read it all through. But now that I've done so, I'm impressed. Almost all of the short chapters, which range from personal reflections to more detailed arguments, are both very readable and quite interesting as well. In many cases, I learned something. The wide … [Read more...]

Fairness doesn’t enter into it

Saturday we adopted three kittens from the local animal shelter. But one died overnight. The other two got an emergency vet visit.We were worried about the other two for the next few days, but they seemed fine. Then, yesterday, another one suddenly collapsed without much warning. We rushed her to the vet, but in a few hours she was dead. The third is now at the vet, and his prospects are not good.My wife kept saying this was not fair. I kind of understand what she means. On the other hand, I … [Read more...]


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