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Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation and End of Faith argues that we need to stop treating faith as an untouchable subject.  Just as we expect people to defend their political beliefs, we should also expect them to defend their religious beliefs.  Simply answering, “It’s just what I believe,” should not entitle anyone to a lack of critical inquiry.

I know that the host cut the debate short, but I think Hewitt skirted the final issue by simply telling Harris his ideas weren’t new.  This may be true, but doesn’t address the actual point Harris was making.

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There’s been some heavy stuff on this blog in the last little while, so here’s a video to make you smile — theist and atheist alike.

Blogger Doug from dougsploitation premiered a video by ska praise-band Sonseed called “Jesus is a Friend of Mine” a few weeks ago. Ever since then, it’s been a source of online controversy. Real? Or a goofy jab at praise music?

The general feeling on the interwebs is that it’s legit. But really, who cares? The song is catchy, and the words are good for a chuckle.

Choice lyrics (1:40):

Once I tried to run,
I tried to run and hide.
But Jesus came and found me,
And he touched me down inside.

He is like a mountie,
He always gets his man,
And he’ll zap you any way he can…
Zap!

more_you_know.jpgOften enough, I get visitors that read a post or two of mine and then leave a comment that they think is going to change my mind about all this atheism business. Sitting in my comments list, I routinely find nicely formatted arguments that invariably end with “Therefore, God must exist.”

Now let’s think about this for a moment. I run a website dedicated (mostly) to atheism and secular humanism. It stands to reason that I’ve done a fair bit of research about the things that I believe. I’m not just some “Sunday Atheist,” passively not believing in God. And I have no reason to cling to my ideas if I change my mind about their validity. In fact, a little over a year ago, I stopped eating meat. Previously an avid omnivore, I chronicled my decision and the reasons for my new-found vegetarianism on this blog. Clearly, I’m capable of admitting when I’m wrong about something when new information presents itself.

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proud-lucifer.jpgThere’s a lot of talk among the pious about pride. They all seem to agree that pride is bad, and that bad people have pride. But what about evangelism? Is it a fundamentally proud position?

For a change, this post isn’t about the origins of the universe or the possibility of God.

I’m going to submit that evangelism is a prideful activity, and that if one believes pride is a sin, that person cannot (in good conscience) evangelize.

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A while ago I received a Twitter friend request from a blog called CultureFeast. I added them back, but didn’t really follow much of what they Twittered about. However, a blog link published this week caught my eye: Defend Your Faith. Read the rest of this entry »

33Whether or not you’re Catholic, you’ve probably heard of the Pope. He’s that old man who lives in a castle in the world’s smallest country, wears a funny hat, and emerges every once in a while to make goofy assertions — which over a billion people take at least somewhat seriously.

Even the more “liberal” Popes come up with crazy ideas, like suggesting that condoms do not effectively prevent the spread of AIDs.

The current pope (Benedict XVI) was quoted back in 1990 (when he was just a cardinal) as saying that the trial and execution of Galileo was “reasonable and just.” It seems that he’s still suspicious of this whole “earth isn’t the centre of the universe” business.

But these modern Popes have got nothing on the Popes of Yore, especially my new favourite, Pope Innocent VIII.

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Blaise Pascal.  Mathemetician to the stars.You’ve probably heard of Pascal’s Wager before, even if you didn’t know that it had a name. Blaise Pascal was this French fellow, alive in the 17th century, and he thought he’d come up with the ultimate answer for the question of God’s existence.

Pascal decided that the existence of God could neither be proven nor disproven using reason and logic, but that if you were a betting man, you should bet that God exists.

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