The Mormans Try for a Mitzvah

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on last week's Santa Claus debate.  I was very amused by how many other people had also tried to test Santa's existence as children.  As always, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu.The debate over whether Christians should pray for Christopher Hitchens in his fight against cancer has been raging across the blogosphere. Prayers seem to fall into two c … [Read more...]

Humanist Symposium #57

Welcome to the Humanist Symposium, installment 57!  And just as an fyi, 57 is both an idoneal number and also the smallest number with exactly 10 representations as a sum of 3 distinct primes (thanks, WolframAlpha!)Humanists and the SelfCritiquing Humanity wrote a takedown of our modern culture of extreme individualism, which is posited as "one of the three basic unethical ideas which predicate almost all immorality in the world."Leah at The Whore of All the Earth shares the … [Read more...]

Introducing Weatherwax Wednesday

I'm starting a new weekly feature today, subject to modification depending on how it goes over. I plan to post a quote from Granny Weatherwax, a recurring character in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series on Wednesdays, along with a brief commentary. Please leave feedback in the comments. A little about Granny Weatherwax It may not sound as respectable as identifying with Scarlett O'Hara or Jane Eyre, but Esme Weatherwax is the literary character I’ve always felt closest to. To put it b … [Read more...]