Monthly Archives: April 2009
The New York Times posted a brief and generally positive article on the 26th about atheists in South Carolina.Â Lots of quotes from active members of the nonbelieving community, including Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America.
I’m still a tetch queasy about forwarding anything sponsored by the Templeton Foundation; still, “Percontations,” a new series of dialogues posted at Bloggingheads.tv, has been very interesting thus far.Â I think this is the second installment, featuring Robert Wright (The … Continue reading
(I’ll be out of town for a couple of days, and I might not be able to post everyday.)Â Meanwhile…if you think issues of church-state separation just pop up every once in a while, you should visit Religion Clause, a … Continue reading
First I hear that Nigerians are planning a conference to combat witch-hunting, child abuse and Christian fundamentalism.Â Now Malawi is stepping up.Â I have no idea how many people this message will reach via my blog, but since I think … Continue reading
If, like mine, your first reaction in hearing about modern-day witch-hunting is to snicker–don’t.Â It’s just a bunch of superstitious silliness, right?Â Think again.Â Witch-hunting kills.Â It destroys lives.Â Read this chilling article from Johann Hari. Maybe we won’t snicker … Continue reading
If, as J.B.S. Haldane reportedly said, God has an inordinate fondness for beetles, then His Son has an inordinate fondness for making Polaroids of Himself out of cheese and grain products.Â A South Carolina woman is among the latest whack-jobs … Continue reading
Hot on the heels of our conversation with scholar Bart Ehrman on the historical-critical method of studying the Bible comes this commentary in the New York Times from journalist Nicholas D. Kristof, in which he points out the growing movement … Continue reading
We interview Bart Ehrman, Biblical scholar and author of the new bookÂ Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them). Dr. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the … Continue reading
Physicist Stephen Hawking is expected to recover from a chest infection, his family reports.Â Hawking was admitted to a hospital in England yesterday.Â For regular updates on Prof. Hawking’s condition, visit his official website at http://www.hawking.org.uk.