VIDEO: Beck vs. Aslan
Beck takes issue with a quote from Aslan, in which Aslan argued that the gospels “are not, nor were they ever meant to be, a historical documentation of Jesus’ life. These are not eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ words and deeds.”
Read more about Aslans book here.
VIDEO: Introducing Evolution at the 9th grade level
Presentation by AronRa.
VIDEO: Another Butthurt Christian
Jaclyn Glen on YouTube deals with complaints from liberal Christians about her videos. I understand the view of those offering the complaints. Not all Christians are fundamentalist homophobes who hate evolution and blah blah…. But as someone who has worked on books about issues like these, I also get what she is saying. The English language does not lend itself well to these subtle distinctions. It’s even harder to do so in writing than it is in a video.
Bonus: Check out this video if you haven’t already. It’s the video that first put Jaclyn Glen on my radar.
The U.S. military has a problem with atheists
Apparently, the Marine Corps thinks a “lack or loss of spiritual faith” could be dangerous.
When an active-duty Marine was given a Marine Corps training document describing “potential risk indicators” commanders should look for to prevent loss of life among service members, he found one checkbox that didn’t seem to fit. Among warning signs like substance abuse and prior suicide attempts was “lack or loss of spiritual faith.”
Richard Dawkins criticised for Twitter comment about Muslims
There are times when I worry about the Professor…
Controversial scientist accused of ‘dressing his bigotry up as atheism’ following comments on social networking site
An atheist addresses some of this here.
Five Things Christian Fundamentalists Just Don’t Get
Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’
Turn away from her mother like the rest of her congregation, or be exterminated by God at Armageddon — which could come any moment — with no hope of resurrection.
Golly. I wonder what denomination she is from.
‘Atheism to Replace Religion by 2041’: A Clarification
Now that makes more sense. I have serious doubts that religion will truly disappear, but I can believe that humanism will come to rival it.
More Internet Vigilantism as Shermer Accused of Rape
PZ Myers (Pharyngula) recently published an email he allegedly received from a woman accusing Michael Shermer of raping her at a convention. PZ says that too much time has elapsed since the alleged incident for law enforcement to be a viable option. He also notes that he has “no personal, direct evidence” that the alleged incident occurred as described but says that he knows the author “and she has also been vouched for by one other person I trust.” Evidently, that is enough to let us bypass any sort of investigation to determine whether the allegations have merit and proceed directly to damaging Shermer’s reputation. Mob justice at its finest.
Shermer is also one of several famous nonbelievers being accused of sexism. I have no idea if either allegation is true. Regarding sexism, either we have too many old-guy atheists who think it’s the fifties or someone is up to something here. I have no idea which one it is, however.
Whatever you do, make sure to read Al Stefanelli’s article called My thoughts on Myers’ post about Michael Shermer
William Lane Craig Prison Rapes The Use Of The Word Faith
I’m sorry, Bill, I’ve heard you many times discuss your interaction and direct experience with the Holy Spirit. Your “knowledge” of this interaction is either through faith, or you are hearing audible voices and if that’s the case, you may wish to speak with a mental health professional.
Catholic school dismisses gay teacher after publicized wedding
Divisive Bloggers at Atheist Conventions
While many potential attendees are undoubtedly thrilled to have yet another opportunity to hear from their favorite bloggers, others are asking whether conventions interested in promoting a cohesive atheist movement might be making a mistake by selecting speakers with a reputation for being divisive within the atheist community.
Explaining Socialism To A Republican