Thought I was dead, didn’t ya? That’s the problem when you blog for a hobby. You write whenever the hell you feel like it.
VIDEO: Atheist Asks Obama About Faith-Based Absurdities
VIDEO: Christopher Hitchens Debates Is the Catholic Church A Force Of Good In The World?
VIDEO: Senator Franken Shames Homophobic Imbecile
A large list of awesome female atheists
I swear I didn’t post this just to get me laid.1
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia
The site’s creator believes that atheists can use Wikipedia entries to help further skepticism throughout the world (or at least the web) while minimizing belief in superstitions and quack science. Her web site tells us how this could work.
Since Richard Dawkins’ landmark book, The God Delusion, was published in 2006, one frequent criticism that has been levied against it is that the treatment of Christianity is insufficient and too naive. Professor Dawkins has very little of a religious background, and I would agree that it shows in his book. The same may be said for Christopher Hitchens and god is not Great or Sam Harris and Letter to a Christian Nation. While there is still plenty to appreciate about each of those books, they have not offered a thorough refutation of Christianity. Although several other authors have produced wonderful works criticizing Christianity, this ex-Evangelical minister, John Loftus, has compiled an outstanding anthology of scholarly essays that strive to expose The Christian Delusion.
Scientologists, Catholics and More Money Than God
We do not need these books to tell us that money and religion make for a poisonous combination. But it is of some interest to see that ancient truth confirmed in both a church as relatively new as Scientology and one as ancient as Roman Catholicism. Even religious leaders develop a certain swagger when they know they are backed by bundles of cash. When a French court fined Scientology nearly a million dollars, one of its officials shrugged that off as “chump change.” And when the Vatican ran a deficit of nearly 2.4 million euros in 2007, an Italian journalist familiar with the church’s finances dismissed the debt as “chopped liver.” Chump change or chopped liver, both churches have bigger sums they can get to and use, and few outsiders are given a look at how they do it. These two books trace the cash source of theological confidence.
As an ex-Witness, I would find it neat if they wrote something like this about the Watchtower Society. Still, it’s good to keep things in perspective. The Society may be rolling in cash by any sane human standard, yet the bank accounts of the Catholic Church or the Church of Scientology would crush theirs like a bug.
Are you an “apatheist?”
Judge suspended for requiring church attendance as bail condition
Anti-Porn event – emotional appeals and dangerous misinformation
Sensory Perception Linked to Conceptual Perception
An inability to distinguish between internally-generated and externally-generated physical sensations appears to be linked to having trouble distinguishing between delusions (generated internally) and facts (that exist externally). This means that there seems to be a bond between sensory perception concept generation — between our ability to perceive the world through our senses and our ability to organize what we understand of the world through our mental concepts.
Victory for evolution in Texas
I Do Not Think This Means What They Think It Means…
Nor do I.
Pat Robertson is Bat Shit Crazy
1947 heat wave caused Catholic school girls to go wild
Someone filmed my dream. Again.
How to get people to quit using homeopathic medicine
I have an in-law I’d like to try this one on.
- But I totally would have if I thought it would work. Alas, few things do. ↩