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Severity of Threat = Degree of Bullshit?

A poster on another forum has an interesting idea.  He suggests that in religion, the severity of the threat for non-belief (or non-compliance) is proportional to the amount of bullshit you’re being asked to swallow. On the face of it, this seems intuitively true.  Go to a UU church, and you’re asked to believe that … Continue reading

250,000 animals sacrificed to bloody goddess

I just don’t know what to say about this. Hindus are slaughtering 250,000 animals. Thankfully, the carcasses are sold, and the meat gets used, but there’s still something a little chilling about this. With up to a million worshippers on the roads near the festival grounds, this year’s fair seems more popular than ever, despite … Continue reading

Gregory Paul: Is religion hurting America?

Autodidact paleontologist and self professed critic of religion Gregory Paul is back in the news again.   His 2005 paper correlating secularity and societal health was criticized severely in some circles, primarily for statistical reasons.  In an effort to shore up his data and refine his conclusions, Paul has published a new set of conclusions … Continue reading

Thanksgiving

I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating holidays since leaving religion.  It’s been more traumatic than you might think.  Easter was the only easy one.  I no longer celebrate Easter because it’s pretty much completely identified as a Christian holiday celebrating how Jesus dripped multicolored blood on eggs and turned his cross into chocolate bunnies … Continue reading

Terrorists Among Us

Think Christians aren’t like Muslims?  Think again. An atheist billboard in Cincinnati has been relocated after the landowner received “significant threats” demanding its removal. “Everything that has happened shows just how vital our message is,” said Shawn Jeffers, co-coordinator for the Cincinnati Coalition of Reason. “It proves our point, that bigotry against people who don’t … Continue reading

Doubt vs Doubt

I love discovering new conflations.   Or rather, I love discovering that there’s a conflation being bandied about that I hadn’t noticed before.  You see, I believe that a substantial number of disagreements, misunderstandings, and in general, a lot of the problems in the world, are caused by conflations.  There are two common ways in … Continue reading

Greta Christina — Top One Reason Religion is Harmful

I know I’ve directed your attention towards this argument before, but I honestly believe it is the coup de grâce in the debate over whether or not faith based belief is inherently beneficial or harmful.  Before I go on any further, I need to make my standard disclaimer.  In deference to Greta’s post, I used … Continue reading

Catholic Bishops Contradict Science Again

AP reports that the Catholic Church has again gotten things wrong with regard to gays and marriage: BALTIMORE – The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have affirmed that the church defines marriage between one man and one woman, and sex is meant for procreation. The pastoral letter was issued Tuesday in Baltimore by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. To … Continue reading

Design and Transitional Fossils

This is Tiktaalik.  It was discovered by Neil Shubin and several of his colleagues, who had been looking for it for over a decade.  In many ways, Tiktaalik is the scientific equivalent of the Crocoduck.  It really is a transition between two modern forms of life — fish and amphibians. The details of Tiktaalik‘s “transitional … Continue reading

Free Will and Christian Theology

I’ve written before that I don’t believe in free will.  The article itself needs some cleaning up and clarification, which I’m sure I’ll get to when I have another eight hours a day to work on writing.  I’m revisiting the idea today because memes seem to come in cycles, and I’m seeing a lot of … Continue reading

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