1 in 5 Kids

Here's a fun new meme: "Talk to your kids about ..."(via Exploring our Matrix)I believe that the meme originated at the College for Creative Studies with this wonderful piece:I'd consider one about atheism, but many people wouldn't recognize it as a joke. Science, maybe? … [Read more...]

No Time for Questions

There's an argument going on in one particular blog circle: Personal Failure, Michael Mock (both atheist), and Former Conservative (liberal Christian) are arguing with Red Cardigan (Catholic) about atheists and philosophy.Red Cardigan has chastised atheists for not being particularly interested in philosophical questions like "Why are we here?" or "Why is there suffering?" She says, "The part that frustrates me is that people from the dawn of human history have grappled with these questions, … [Read more...]

The Big Think: Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry produced this Big Think video titled The Importance of Unbelief.Here it's broken into two clips. In the first he considers philosophy, in the second he considers religion. A transcript is available at the Big Think page.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpI7-HYaX-k][youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR5hWbfZsYs] … [Read more...]

Theodicy and the Three Legged Stool

Zach Weiner has put aside his dick jokes (temporarily, he promises!) to draw this very perceptive comic about theodicy.For those that haven't heard the word before, theodicy is an answer to the problem of evil. It's an attempt to explain how there can be suffering in a universe run by an omni-everything God.When I was a Christian, I always shortened the omnipotence leg: God has much more important things to do than micromanage human affairs. I think that eventually leads to deism. But in … [Read more...]

Rand and Christianity

This is interesting. The American Values Network is a politically liberal Christian interest group. They've started a new campaign attacking the tendency of American conservatives to idolize Ayn Rand.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TxCWbTqz9s]As an atheist, I'd be happy to trade Ayn Rand to the Christian conservatives if they want her. Unfortunately, atheism is woven into her philosophy of Objectivism. Ethics aside, Objectivism's system of epistemology rejects faith and internal … [Read more...]