July 9, 2020

  In case you are too young to have encountered Pac Man, it was an early computer game in which the player is a chomping mouth rushing through a maze, eating fruits and evading ghosts. The rewards and hazards are in front and can be selected or avoided by taking a different path. The successes are behind in the form of a mountain of scored food and a route safely cleared of ghosts. It’s a perfect analogy for Science. The… Read more

July 4, 2020

      It’s interesting, in a morbid sort of way, to watch beliefs giving way to evidence on this Covid-19 ridden planet. Since the outbreak, we’ve heard lots of beliefs, here’s just a small sample: “There is no new virus disease,” the Chinese government. “Coronavirus is just like the flu, it’s a little bit different, but we have it so well under control,” President Trump. “Face masks are unnecessary,” the UK government. “God will save us from the virus,”… Read more

July 1, 2020

  Over the years, I have debated many supporters of different religions. I’ve done it online, in university lecture theatres, in churches and pubs and it doesn’t seem to matter what faith, sect or denomination they are, from my point of view, theists are all the same: they suffer from wishfulthinkianity! In these encounters, I present evidence. I give information based on repeatable shareable observations and, wherever possible, actual empirical or statistical numerical quantities. Where I can’t do that I… Read more

June 24, 2020

  Many theists don’t understand that mutation happens every day… All organisms are constantly exposed to mutagenic rays and chemicals and are always undergoing cell division. There’s literally no escape. If you hid alone in a dark cave for all of your life, you would still experience mutation. It might be speeded up by the radon gas invisibly emanating from the rock surrounding the cave, but it will be happening anyway due to inaccuracies in the process of your own… Read more

June 23, 2020

The Quebec government recently passed Bill 21 which bans the wearing of religious symbols by state employees while they are at work. This is reasonable because laws already forbid the overt promotion of political allegiances by teachers, police, prison warders etc, so why should religious endorsement by government officers be permitted? Although the law has been passed, that’s not stopping faith motivated opponents from trying to prevent it from being enacted! Please donate to the legal fund here: https://www.atheology.ca/briefs/legal-fund/ Read more

June 20, 2020

Blasphemy is hitting the news again, for two reasons: Scotland is considering repealing the ancient law, and a humanist leader in Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has been detained in police custody for months on allegations of insulting the prophet. The countries that still have blasphemy laws are shown on the map. Laws have been created to address malicious activity and grievances. A person who feels mistreated can inform the police who should decide whether they have a case or not. If… Read more

June 15, 2020

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June 13, 2020

  Teaching people about evolution is simultaneously one of the most difficult and most important jobs on the planet. It’s difficult because the concepts of evolution are contrary to many of our experiences in daily life, and it’s important because it gives us a realistic perception of how things work. Without an understanding of evolution, all sorts of irrational ideas can spread into government and education, resulting in bad decisions, such as the opening of churches to large singing congregations… Read more

June 12, 2020

Some time ago, in his blog Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig described eight reasons why he thought god exists. See  here: https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/existence-nature-of-god/does-god-exist1/?fbclid=IwAR2TtlM0M-gBuTOIImag-0iJlOmY_sfQI20XlFqtvHpT0BvPk5JmrSzBGzA  I respond to his eight reasons below. 1. God is the best explanation why anything at all exists. That’s just an assertion. The truth is we have no answer to that question. In fact, the ‘why question’ is not just a question – it is an opinion that there must be a purpose or meaning. I could ask, “Why… Read more

June 9, 2020

Jim Dorans, who guest wrote a recent blog on this site‎ (link below), very effectively debunked some of the arguments for god. I’m going to go one further and make a point that few theists understand: argument is NOT evidence.  Apologists like William Lane Craig, Jonathan McClatchie, David Salako, John Lennox and Zach Ardern seek to justify their belief in the existence of their god. They would like there to be evidence. After all, they’ve seen how powerful evidence is… Read more

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