7 Quick Takes (7/2/10)

--1-- 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!). --2--An interesting development following the ouster of Austrailian PM Kevin Rudd: his successor Julia Gillard is an atheist! Interesting that the way a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (6/25/10)

--1-- My debate with Justin Martyr of The Faith Heuristic rages on.  His replies to my rebuttal are posted here and here.  My opening statement for the second half of the debate will be up sometime this weekend. --2-- Daylight Atheism has an excellent debunking up of some of Lee Strobel's claims about near death experiences from The Case for a Creator.  The post goes back through the study he cites with a fine toothed comb. --3-- I'm always a fan of Eve Tushnet, and her column for Inside Cat … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (6/18/10)

--1-- First things first: I'm very excited to announce that I will be debating Justin of The Faith Heuristic on the merits of evidence for the existence of God. His first salvo is up today, and I'll be responding this weekend. Justin always has an open challenge for atheist debaters. You can check out some of his previous debates and future topics here. --2--And speaking of evidence, Iamanatheist.com has a great post up that asks us to apply the standards of testimony that apply to … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes (6/11/10)

  --1--   Today, I'm moving to Washington DC for my summer internship and the packing and preparations for said trip are the reason the blog's been dark this week (and probably next as well). After my first week on the job, though, I'll be starting regular posts, beginning with a discussion of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity (the first apologetic work I ever read).--2--  And speaking of the move, I'm still trying to attend Mass every week, so I'd be grateful for any … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes (6/4/10)

  --1--   I have an opinion piece up at The Huffington Post criticizing the Dalai Lama's recent op-ed in The New York Times. One quick quote from the piece:  To praise individual parts of [religious sects'] morality in isolation, as the Dalai Lama wishes to do, is to do their beliefs a disservice. --2--  While on HuffPo's Religion tab, I ran across this dreadful article on spirituality. Not only does the author water down the definition of 'spiritual' until it's … [Read more...]