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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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I don’t watch a lot of television, but whenever I catch the beginning of Law & Order, even if I’m in the other room, I can’t help but finish the episode.

The one I caught today, Episode 406 from Season 18 (“Angelgrove”) reminded me an awful lot of Jesus Camp. Read the rest of this entry »

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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As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found that God actually existed.On most demographic surveys that deal with religion, you’ll see many of the major faiths represented, and then a catch-all category for “Atheist or Agnostic.” This contributes to the popular confusion surrounding these identities.

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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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I received a comment today on one of my old posts, “Wait a second, are we positive Crocoducks don’t exist?” from a Christian blogger named Justin, who writes at Life of a Christian College Student. I found his comment troubling and began writing a response, but after perusing his blog, I decided to address it directly in a new post. I will deal with his specific comment at the end of all this. Read the rest of this entry »

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