By now, you’ve all seen this T-shirt, which began circulating approximately several years before 17 people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida: As many people have pointed out, the implication is that, against all theology, God—or at least the God of sanctimonious T-shirt wearers—is not omnipresent. That a simple legislative measure is sufficient to… Continue reading Hell Is a School, Apparently
There’s an argument I’ve run across several times, that theism, and specifically Christianity, forms a much better basis for science than does atheism. Indeed, some people go so far as to claim that only Christianity provides a foundation for science. Matt Slick at CARM lays it out well (though Don Johnson Ministries makes a similar argument). After listing a number… Continue reading Does Christianity Offer the Best Basis for Science?
I had a lengthy discussion with one Nathanael Brown. (I’m sorry that the discussion is disordered, that you have to read it bottom to top, and there isn’t good threading. Blame Twitter.) Since this started in the context of demonstrations on the National Mall, both for and against, about whether the Bible’s rules about marriage… Continue reading Christians Are Better than Their Religion
So I ran across this video of right-wing “historian” David Barton saying If you look at signers of the Declaration of Independence, they said America is a Christian nation. So were we? Yes. … Are we? … America’s 82 to 88 percent professing Christian. I would say that qualifies for a Christian nation. (emphasis added.)… Continue reading Dear Liberal Christians: Do You Know This Is A Christian Nation?
This weekend is Easter, at least by the calendar used in most of Christendom, so I thought it might be worth taking a look at the central message of Christianity. The story in a nutshell: way back in the beginning, Adam and Eve, the first two humans, ate a fruit that God told them not… Continue reading Easter
From the AP: BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The annual cleaning of one of Christianity’s holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks feuding over sacred space at the Church of the Nativity battled each other with brooms until police intervened. The ancient church, built over the traditional site… Continue reading Sect Fight!
Fitna is an Arabic word meaning something like “disorder” or “unrest”. It’s often used as a justification for women covering themselves up, by not tempting men into lustful thoughts and the depravity and civil unrest that are sure to follow. Now, I’ve always found this argument rather insulting: it basically says that men are weak-willed,… Continue reading Fitna in Arkansas
The Washington Post has an of a type that’s all too common. It involves the Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem. For those who don’t know the background, Holy Sepulcher is a church in Jerusalem that’s controlled by an alliance of six religious sects. And when I say “alliance”, I mean warring factions and an uneasy… Continue reading Religion Makes You Stupid, Part N
I was approached over lunch by a couple of student fundies trying to convert me to Christianity. They started with a slow buildup about whether matter and energy are all that exist, or whether it’s possible that the supernatural exists. I asked them to define “supernatural”, since as far as I can tell, that word… Continue reading IOKIYG
About a year ago, a group of us was* at happy hour downtown. There was a Secular Coalition for America meeting nearby, so I got to meet a few famous atheists (or at least famous in certain atheist circles), including Dan Barker and Brother Richard. The bit that sticks in my mind, though, is when… Continue reading Margaret Downey Can Go to Hell