Martin Gardner 1914–2010

Martin Gardner died at age 95 on Saturday, May 22nd."This past weekend the world darkened with the loss of one of its brightest lights: Martin Gardner, polymath extraordinaire, founding father of the modern skeptical movement, and a friend. R.I.P. Martin." - Michael ShermerInterview of Martin Gardner by Michael Shermer: Times Obituary:;=Martin%20Gardner&st;=cse … [Read more...]

Hitler on Faith

"This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief. The great masses of a nation are not composed of philosophers. For the masses of the people, especially faith is absolutely the only basis of a moral outlook on life. The various substitutes that have been offered have not shown any results that might warrant us in thinking that they might usefully replace the existing denominations. ...There may be a few hundreds of thousands of superior men … [Read more...]


I've been in Ireland a week now. Interesting. The only person walking up to me to say "Jesus loves you" was an immigrant from Africa. We had a tour guide in a ruined abbey who had a great sense of humor about Catholicism. And most of the big impressive historical churches in the country belong to the Anglican Church of Ireland.Based on this experience, I expect I'll be pretending I'm knowledgeable about religious life in Ireland pretty soon. … [Read more...]

Away in June

I'm off to a conference in Ireland, and I'll be doing some touristing around while I have the chance. And when I get back, I take off again, now to California, in a few days.We'll see if anyone else picks up the slack, or if this will be a quiet June on this blog. … [Read more...]

Jesus and Mo

Time, once again, to advertise the "Jesus and Mo" online cartoons. … [Read more...]

What’s wrong with faith per se?

It's easy to get pissed off at religion, particularly the conservative monotheistic variety. Think of the Catholic hierarchy, or your favorite set of mullahs. Get your blood boiling over the misogyny, the homophobia, and the general attitude toward sexuality that is always stuck in ancient agrarian social realities. Roll your eyes at the boneheadedness regarding medical options, indifference toward the natural environment, and inability to extend genuine concern beyond the pale of orthodoxy.How … [Read more...]

Robin Collins on the Fine-Tuning Argument

Sorry for another long absence. I've been working on a project, and a draft of part of it is below. I present part of Robin Collins' defense of the fine-tuning argument (FTA) and a brief response. Comments would be appreciated. Statement of Collins' Argument ...we will focus on his defense of the FTA against what Collins calls “the atheistic single universe hypothesis”: “According to the atheistic single-universe hypothesis, there is only one universe, and it is ultimately an inexplicable, ‘brut … [Read more...]

New Chick Tracts

Some Muslim stereotyping:And a generic salvation story. Africans play the lead roles, but there's nothing specially African about it. … [Read more...]