My debate with Justin Martyr of The Faith Heuristic is drawing to a close. His rebuttal to my opening statement is up here. My final post in this series will be up by Sunday. (This post will be sponsored by antibiotics and the friendly staff of Washington DC’s walk-in medical clinic. Thanks for getting me back on my feet guys!).
An interesting development following the ouster of Austrailian PM Kevin Rudd: his successor Julia Gillard is an atheist!
Interesting that the way an ‘out’ atheist became head of state was not through popular election. Reminds me of the frequent attempts
in fiction to introduce a female president as a replacement after the death of the president, since the idea that a woman would be elected would be pushing suspension of disbelief too far.
On practically the other end of the globe, another head of state is making waves. Congratulations to Johanna Sigurdardottir, Prime Minister of Iceland, who married her long term partner Jonina Leosdottir
on the day that Iceland’s legalization of gay marriage went into effect. Who wants to start a pool on how long it will be before Pat Robertson starts predicting doom
for these two nations?
Speaking of Christian groups making unjustified claims: New York City Catholics are trying to get the City Council to force the owner of the Empire State Building
to honor Mother Teresa by lighting up the building in blue and white on the 100th anniversary of her birthday. The Empire State Building is privately owned and the owner has a perfect right to not commemorate the anniversary. Nevertheless, Bill Donahue, President of the Catholic League, has deemed the decision “indefensible and obscene
.” He went on to say:
“It’s time for people, the rank and file to say enough is enough. I hope it’s going to be nonviolent, I wouldn’t encourage violence but I know there’s a lot of anger.”
And, in a final dispatch from the agrieved atheists, John Loftus has a great post up showing the inherent weakness of an argument for faith
that rests upon revelation. How do religious people handle the claims of revelation or divine visitations when they come from other sects? Is there any standard for true revelation (besides accordance with the believer’s preferred faith)?
And now for something completely different.
I never appreciated classical music very much until I ran across these visualizations while doing research on synaesthesia. The animations let me see the complex patterns of interwoven motifs that I was never able to pick out by ear. The videos let you appreciate Beethoven and Bach. If you want to appreciate synaesthesia, I recommend Jeffrey Ford’s novella: “The Empire of Ice Cream.”