May 16, 2010

Editor’s Note: Back in March, I wrote an essay encouraging atheists to join the Foundation Beyond Belief, a new charitable group doing good for human beings and the world in the name of freethought. I also offered to write a front-page post interviewing anyone who agreed to join the Foundation as a result of hearing about it on my site. This is the next in that series of interviews, and the last for now. Please welcome D! Tell us a… Read more

May 14, 2010

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m getting married tomorrow and will be away on my honeymoon for the following two weeks. I have a few posts written which I’ll schedule for publication, and I may check in from time to time, but it’s likely I’ll be absent most days. However, Daylight Atheism won’t be left to languish. I’m happy to introduce four regular commenters who’ve graciously agreed to step up as guest administrators while I’m gone. They’ll monitor… Read more

May 14, 2010

Despite endless reiterations of how atheists find justification for morality, we all routinely hear from apologists who claim that without believing in God, we can have no basis for ethical behavior. That’s one thing, but today I want to discuss a far stranger and more disturbing variant of this argument. Regardless of whether we agree about the existence of God, you would think that atheists and believers would agree that good behavior should be encouraged. You would think that a… Read more

May 12, 2010

By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am an incipient First Amendment lawyer and a staunch church-state separatist. I surpass even my most progressive friends and colleagues in my unflinching and unwavering support of the freedom of speech and expression, including religious expression. I am pretty much the only person I know who hates hate crime legislation as little more than bald-faced thought crime legislation. I am not infrequently verbally… Read more

May 10, 2010

In a previous post, “An Unserious Response to the Theist’s Guide”, I poked fun at a religious apologist – apparently a Jewish rabbi – who made a set of obviously insincere demands for what evidence he would require to become an atheist. So much for that. But our friend the rabbi also thinks that he has convincing evidence for the existence of God. In this post, I’ll consider his claims and see how they hold up. The following quotes were… Read more

May 9, 2010

Editor’s Note: Back in March, I wrote an essay encouraging atheists to join the Foundation Beyond Belief, a new charitable group doing good for human beings and the world in the name of freethought. I also offered to write a front-page post interviewing anyone who agreed to join the Foundation as a result of hearing about it on my site. This is the next in that series of interviews. Please welcome John McNally! Tell us a little about yourself. Who… Read more

May 7, 2010

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 10 In this section, J.P. Moreland (with the help of softball questions obligingly lobbed by Lee Strobel) continues to pour scorn on the idea that the brain could produce consciousness. As in the last installment, his rhetorical strategy is to attack only the weakest and most simplistic hypothesis of how this could occur – to set up a straw man that he can easily push over – and when he’s done this, he declares… Read more

May 5, 2010

By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (1/28/86 – 02/02/10) Masters of the shell game have been swindling and duping the overconfident and the ignorant for millennia. The game operator places a “pea” beneath one of three “shells”. The operator then shuffles the shells in front of the player before asking the player to guess at the pea’s location. Unbeknownst to the player, the operator has removed the pea via a sleight-of-hand technique. It… Read more

May 4, 2010

Editor’s Note: Back in March, I wrote an essay encouraging atheists to join the Foundation Beyond Belief, a new charitable group doing good for human beings and the world in the name of freethought. I also offered to write a front-page post interviewing anyone who agreed to join the Foundation as a result of hearing about it on my site. This is the next in that series of interviews. Please welcome StaceyJW! Tell us a little about yourself. Who are… Read more

May 3, 2010

Since I’ve written a fair amount lately about the child-rape scandal engulfing the Catholic church, it would be unfair of me to overlook any steps they’ve taken toward reform. Well, you all know I’m nothing if not fair, so I have to report on this tiny, hesitant step: Last week, the Vatican for the first time issued guidelines telling bishops they should report cases of abusive priests to police where civil laws require it. Marvelous! At long last, the Vatican… Read more

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