Alain de Botton Gets it Backwards

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here. Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, is, as you might guess, a bit persona non grata with the New Atheist blogosphere.  After reading his most recent CNN Opinion piece ("What atheists can learn from religion"), I'm guessing religious folks will also be thinking, "Please, don't help us." … [Read more...]

Picking the Boring Fight

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[UPDATE: I've just started a hopefully non-boring fight with a couple Dominicans reading Edward Feser's defense of Aristotle and Aquinas. You can keep track of all posts in that series here: The Last Superstition Index Post] In the comment thread for my Hitchens post, Lukas complained that he found god is Not Great unreadable and linked to a critique from First Things.  David Bentley Hart has a number of complaints about Hitchens's book and a collection of essays titled 50 Voices of … [Read more...]

If This is Religion, Why Bother?

Following a link from A Practical Heretic, I came across a rather bizarre portrait of religion at New Scientist.  Kate Douglas appears to be working her way through a series titled "Starting Over" where she imagines how you would redesign certain institutions and conventions if you weren't limited by prior practice.  She's looked at timekeeping, toilets, and voting, and this week she turned her attention to religion. By the end of the article, she's designed a faith that Alex Knapp … [Read more...]