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Atlas Shrugged: Midnight Train to Death, Part I

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII In the previous installment, I wrote that we were approaching the most infamous scene in Atlas Shrugged. The scene that ends this chapter, more than any other, lays bare what Rand thinks of people who don’t subscribe to her philosophy – and what she believes should happen to them [Read More...]

“Choose Faith in Spite of the Facts”

I usually don’t think it’s worth beating up on the purveyors of popular evangelical feel-goodism, for the same reason I don’t get in boxing matches with life-size Jell-O sculptures. But I had to make an exception for this tweet from human tooth-whitening strip Joel Osteen: The facts may tell you one thing. But, God is [Read More...]

Meet the American Religious Right Figures Thrilled by Russia’s Brutal Anti-Gay Laws

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. In the past few years, Russia has become a dangerous place for dissent. Its ex-KGB president, Vladimir Putin, has accomplished what Republicans in America only dream of: he’s built an electoral majority by appealing to the most religious and conservative elements of society, including by courting the alliance of [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Death and Taxes

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII When someone pops up out of nowhere on a lonely road late at night to hand you a bar of gold, it probably wouldn’t be your first impulse to wonder how they determined how much gold to give you. But Hank Rearden is curious, and Ragnar Danneskjold has an [Read More...]

The Fallout in Ferguson, Continued

Ever since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a white police officer back in August, the people of Ferguson, Missouri have been on edge, waiting to see if they would get justice. On Monday night, the grand jury that had been weighing the case for weeks came to a decision: [Read More...]

Weekday Coffee: Skepticon Edition

I’ve spent this past weekend at Skepticon 7, and I’m still recovering (especially from the Skeptiprom dance party on Saturday night). In the meantime, here are some links I picked up from the weekend’s talks: • My favorite talk of the convention was by Ben Blanchard, who spent a year working abroad with the Foundation [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Goldbuggery

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Ragnar Danneskjold continues explaining his business plan: “I have been selling the cargoes I retrieved to some special customers of mine in this country, who pay me in gold. Also, I have been selling my cargoes to the smugglers and the black-market traders of the People’s States of Europe. [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 8

This is part 8 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, We’ll get into consciousness soon, but before we do, I have a few more things I want to say about the problem of evil. Let’s jump right into [Read More...]

Rosetta’s Comet Rendezvous

The last few weeks have offered atheists and progressives ample reason to feel discouraged. Down on Earth, anti-rational fundamentalism runs riot, and angry, reactionary conservatism seems stronger than ever. But in spite of all this, in spite of the many obstacles that encircle us and limit us, humanity is accomplishing great things among the stars. [Read More...]

SF/F Saturday: The Years of Rice and Salt

I’ve been getting into alternate history novels lately – The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove, Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp – and one of the better ones I’ve read is Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2002 book The Years of Rice and Salt. I’ve read Robinson’s Mars trilogy, which I thought was [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Prince of Thieves

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Hank Rearden asks Ragnar Danneskjold, the pirate, why he’s chosen a life of violence against society, rather than just disappearing like the vanished industrialists: The shock that came next was to see Danneskjold smile: it was like seeing the first green of spring on the sculptured planes of an [Read More...]

Season of the Tempter

On a dreaming night not long ago, I was walking by myself along a lonely road, in search of reflection and solitude. The nearest homes were only a far-off and fuzzy glow, a fleeting scent of woodsmoke through the bare and tangled arms of dark trees. It was a chilly, blustery night, and the snap [Read More...]

Open Thread: An Unwelcome Change

As you may have noticed, post pagination is back, and I’m not happy about it. This isn’t of my choosing; it was imposed on Patheos atheist bloggers without our consent and with very little advance notice. This is a cheap and artificial way to inflate page view counts, and it does so at the cost [Read More...]

Brittany Maynard and the Right to Die

Brittany Maynard died this month. Diagnosed with brain cancer on New Year’s Day, at the age of 29, she opted for surgery, but the cancer returned and became even more aggressive. Deciding that radiation or chemotherapy was only delaying the inevitable and would destroy the quality of her life in what time she had left, [Read More...]

Open Thread: Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

I think it’s about time for another of these. This is an open thread for the purposes of self-promotion. Do you have a blog, a Twitter or a Tumblr account you’d like to publicize, a Kickstarter project you’d like to promote, a side business that does cool things for reason or science? Post in the [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Highwayman

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Hank Rearden has moved into an apartment in Philadelphia, so as not to have to see his family anymore. He’s also – finally – begun divorce proceedings against Lillian, handing his lawyer a blank check and telling him: “I don’t care what means you use, how many of their [Read More...]

Open Thread: Election Chatter

It was an exceptionally ugly night for Democrats. The Republicans winning the Senate is discouraging, though not unexpected. (I had held out hope of a 50-50 tie.) But the Democrats also lost multiple governorships, including several that should have been easy holds or promising pickups. A few scattered thoughts: • If you thought the last [Read More...]

Rebutting Reasonable Faith: A Feminized Atmosphere

I haven’t responded to William Lane Craig’s column in a while, but this question was too good to pass up: Dear Dr. Craig, I have usually found your words to be a source of information and reassurance in my Christian faith… So I was really disappointed, almost shocked, when I read your newsletter of April [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: November 2

• After serving most of a ten-year prison sentence for tax evasion, Kent Hovind was due to be released next year… but now the government is pressing new charges, saying that he filed fraudulent liens in an attempt to stop them from seizing his property as part of the punishment for his original conviction. • [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Violence Vouchers

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VI To finish off this chapter, I want to flash back to an earlier scene. In it, the villains are discussing the one part of Directive 10-289 they’re worried they may not have the power to implement: the part about the state taking over all existing patents. Somehow, they have [Read More...]

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