Monthly Archives: April 2009

NYTimes on Atheism

The New York Times posted a brief and generally positive article on the 26th about atheists in South Carolina.  Lots of quotes from active members of the nonbelieving community, including Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America.

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Evolution and Human Nature

I’m still a tetch queasy about forwarding anything sponsored by the Templeton Foundation; still, “Percontations,” a new series of dialogues posted at, has been very interesting thus far.  I think this is the second installment, featuring Robert Wright (The … Continue reading

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Religion Clause

(I’ll be out of town for a couple of days, and I might not be able to post everyday.)  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

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Way to go Malawi!

First I hear that Nigerians are planning a conference to combat witch-hunting, child abuse and Christian fundamentalism.  Now Malawi is stepping up.  I have no idea how many people this message will reach via my blog, but since I think … Continue reading

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Witch-hunting is no laughing matter

If, like mine, your first reaction in hearing about modern-day witch-hunting is to snicker–don’t.  It’s just a bunch of superstitious silliness, right?  Think again.  Witch-hunting kills.  It destroys lives.  Read this chilling article from Johann Hari. Maybe we won’t snicker … Continue reading

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It’s just the peas that he has on his fice…

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.  A South Carolina woman is among the latest whack-jobs … Continue reading

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Getting all “historical-critical” on the Koran

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

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Podcast #51 – Bart Ehrman

We interview Bart Ehrman, Biblical scholar and author of the new book 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

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Hawking expected to recover

Physicist Stephen Hawking is expected to recover from a chest infection, his family reports.  Hawking was admitted to a hospital in England yesterday.  For regular updates on Prof. Hawking’s condition, visit his official website at

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Urban legends and Columbine

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the horrific mass-murder at Columbine High School.  It was one of the most-reported events in recent memory, with hundreds of eyewitnesses and endless media saturation.  And yet…much of what we think we know about … Continue reading

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