Why would Christians support the Secular Student Alliance?

Tomorrow, I'm going to be participating in the Blogathon for Secular Student Alliance Week. This means that you're going to get twelve posts from me -one every hour from 9am to 9pm. (Yikes).They're all going to be short responses or reflections prompted by your comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread, which has reached a terrifying one hundred and fifty comments. I really appreciated everyone offering their thoughts/reading recommendations, but the thread … [Read more...]

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."  Here … [Read more...]

‘Atheist Lent’ and False Unity

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.I'm always pleased with the traffic bump that comes with a link from the Daily Dish, but the headline Sullivan used on my block quote gave me pause: Why Atheists Should Observe Lent.Look, let me be blunt: I try to be shamelessly opportunistic when it comes to reforming my character, and the Lenten season with attendant ritual and social reinforcement s … [Read more...]

Mixed Salad and Separate Cultures

Still working on a paper, still making short, standalone posts.  Gevalt.This week, the New York Times Magazine supplement was entirely about food, and, although as a college student with a meal plan I am singularly uninterested in cooking, one of the articles caught my eye.  Food writer Frank Bruni tries to understand the success of the Basil Pizza and Wine Bar in a Hasidic neighborhood of New York City.Bruni marvels at the Basil's ability to attract Hasids, West Indian immigrant, and lib … [Read more...]