July 15, 2016

One of the most fun things about Pokemon GO is that all the churches are Pokestops. One of the best things about living in the South is that there is a church on every corner (you know … lemons, lemonade). Perhaps you’ve heard that some ministers like Rick Wiles, believe that Satan is using Pokémon Go “to Spawn ‘Demonic Powers’ And Murder Christians,” and that The Prince of Darkness “is targeting churches with virtual, digital, cyber-demons.” That’s all kind of… Read more

July 15, 2016

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. It just seems so odd that truly committed Christians continue to come out and support Donald Trump. Yesterday, Raw Story posted a video of Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, providing a simple solution for Trump to “absolve himself of all his past scandals in one fell swoop: Come to Jesus and get born again.” Here’s the video: Yep. The “ultimate for America, would be we convert Mr. Trump.” Further, it “would send… Read more

July 15, 2016

I don’t know why I’ve never seen this. Over the weekend I watched, ‘The Hitch’- Christopher Hitchens documentary. It is a wonderfully produced by Kristoffer Seland Hellesmark, and features a compilation of some of Christopher Hichens best (and worst) moments. I found the segments from Hitch’s last public speech particularly moving. I was fortunate to be there and wrote about it before. Similarly, Richard Dawkins commented on that day, and the ones leading up to it. While Hitch’s predictions that charlatans would make… Read more

March 25, 2016

I have some advice for Donald Trump. Even though it seems unlikely, Ted Cruz may still be able to keep Trump from the 1,237 delegates needed to prevent a contested Republican convention, and resorting to tactics like attacking the appearance of Cruz’s wife are only having a reverse effect. Even though they have given us an excellent new version of George McFly’s, “Hey you, get your damn hands off her.” Nonetheless, this is just further kindling for the plethora of… Read more

March 10, 2016

After writing about what I have been up to lately, here’s a fun bit of news for you. A South African prophet by the name of Alec Ndiwane, recently took a group of church members to the Kruger National Park to show them the “power of the Holy Spirit.” And you can guess what happens next. According to The Southern Daily, after praying in tounges and going into a trance, Alec charged and challenged the lions to a duel. The… Read more

March 9, 2016

Hello, friends. It’s been a while, but I’m back. Before I begin with my regular postings, I thought I would let you know what has been going on in life. For those of you who do not know, here’s a little bit of my bio. If you’ve read any of my stuff, you know that as a kid, I was captivated by Carl Sagan, and in particular, his masterful presentation of the history of science. Early on, I determined that… Read more

January 15, 2016

Every Friday, the Oxford University Press blog highlights one of the books in their “Very Short Introduction” series. If you’re unfamiliar, each of these tiny books provide a concise summary of a wide variety of topics. Most of these you can find in your local library, and they are worth checking out. Today’s OUP blog post focuses on Julian Baggini’s Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. The article includes a written list of “10 surprising facts about atheism,” and this video… Read more

January 13, 2016

A couple days ago, Talks at Google posted the video of Richard Dawkins’ October visit to Google’s offices in Kirkland, WA to promote his book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. Here it is: When you have some time, it is definitely worth watching the whole thing. Also, be prepared for your favorite creationists to begin using one particular part of the video to demonstrate that Dawkins acknowledges the evidence for a Creator. When asked for the best argument… Read more

January 11, 2016

The concept of “original sin” is possibly the most wicked doctrine of traditional Christianity. The very thought that a newborn is innately evil, and therefore condemned to an eternity of torture, is (pardon the pun) unforgivable. It stems from the—not so new—creationist question concerning the origins of morality. In the post, “How Religious Beliefs Can Threaten Progress and Perhaps Our Existence,” I wrote extensively on how god(s) inhabit the edges of our understanding, and in “The Universe Should Be More Awe-Inspiring… Read more

January 8, 2016

Pretend for a moment that you believe in the Christian god and watch this news report from Knoxville, Tennessee’s WVLT: I have no desire to mock these people’s pain, and I am happy that no one was injured in the fire. That being said, if the Wagner’s god exists, their tragedy proves that he is far from loving. In what world would it ever be acceptable to burn down a house to communicate a message? Not only that, isn’t it even… Read more

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