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Archived Since:October 26, 2010

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A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 5

This is part 5 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Andrew, Thanks again for making the trip out to my neck of the woods the other week. I thought the turnout for our second live debate was excellent! I was [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 13

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 13, “Unafraid of the Dark” For their final episode, the authors of a show usually focus on their core message, on the one element that lies at the heart of what they want to say. The new Cosmos is no exception, and for the series finale, what they chose to [Read More...]

#800deadbabies: A Fresh Catholic Horror

In the last few years, Ireland has been reckoning with a shameful part of its history: the Magdalene laundries. Established in the 1700s and surviving well into the 20th century, these were church-run institutions, overseen by nuns, where women were sent for transgressing against conventional morality or custom, or simply because they were viewed as [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Incorruptibles

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II The time has come for the first of The Speeches. These are Ayn Rand’s infamous filibusters in which the action comes to a halt so that one of her characters can deliver a lengthy philosophical lecture expounding their author’s views. The speech in this chapter is one of the [Read More...]

Religious Violence Isn’t a Mental Illness, and Neither Is Misogyny

In the wake of the mass shooting in California last month, committed by a killer who left a long, misogynist manifesto vowing to punish women for not dating him, many pundits and commenters have strained to blame something other than sexism for his rampage. The most common claim is that the shooter, Elliot Rodger, was [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 12

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 12, “The World Set Free” For its penultimate episode, Cosmos returns to the subject of climate science, a familiar variation on a sermon [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: Catholicism’s Demonic Revival

My latest column is up on AlterNet, Why Do Many Christians Still Literally Believe in Demons and Satan? In it, I sum up the Harvard Black Mass fracas and place it in a wider context, showing how Pope Francis and the Catholic church are pushing a major revival of belief in the demonic. Read the [Read More...]

Comments Fixed

Disqus comment threads weren’t working on some of my posts yesterday, including the newest Atlas Shrugged review. That should be fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Atlas Shrugged: Offshore Accounts

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II All the movers and shakers, including Hank and Lillian, have showed up for James Taggart’s wedding in New York. Dagny is also there, and obviously she and Hank have to keep up the pretense that there’s nothing between them. This makes Hank grit his teeth at his inability to, [Read More...]

The Supreme Court’s Ignorance on Secularism

I’m coming late to the subject, but I wanted to circle back and talk about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway, where a 5-4 conservative majority held that official prayers before town meetings are constitutionally permissible. Make no mistake, this is a bad ruling, although not as bad as it could [Read More...]

Male Entitlement Is a Deadly Drug

When I wrote about atheism’s MRA problem, I wrote that it was imperative to drive these sexists off because of the harm they do through harassment and threats against women. Now there’s a much more graphic and horrible example of the threat posed by misogynists: a mass shooting in the California town of Isla Vista [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: The Marital Contract

Following his illegal meeting with Ken Danagger, Hank Rearden is still in his hotel room in New York, eagerly anticipating a night of adulterous sex with Dagny, when he has a surprise visitor: When the door of his room flew open without warning, he did not quite hear or believe it, at first. He saw [Read More...]

Reminder: NY Debate This Weekend!

Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I’m pleased to announce that this weekend we’re holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you’re in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go [Read More...]

On Paying Your Atheist Speakers

I was at Women in Secularism 3 this last weekend, a fantastic and nearly flawless conference put on by the Center for Inquiry. I greatly enjoyed every part of it (including Ron Lindsay’s opening speech). I intend to write a longer report later, but first: On a Sunday panel, there was a question from an [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 11

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 11, “The Immortals” As the new Cosmos approaches its final episode, it’s about time that the series started looking back on the ground [Read More...]

Boko Haram Is an Islamic Terrorist Group

I would have thought some facts were too obvious to need proving, but if these past few years of atheist blogging should have taught me anything, it’s that no excuse is too far-fetched for those who bend over backwards to excuse religion from blame for every evil it gives rise to. Such is the topic [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Black Lung

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II Because of the looters’ Fair Share Law, Hank Rearden can no longer choose his customers. In particular, he can’t legally sell to Ken Danagger, the owner of Danagger Coal in Pennsylvania, who badly needs Rearden Metal to brace the shafts of his coal mines. But Hank knows that Danagger [Read More...]

Open Thread: Advertising Complaints

I realize that Patheos has to pay the bills somehow, but lately I’ve noticed a definite uptick in complaints about the intrusiveness of the advertising on this site. I plan on taking this up with the management, but I want to know what the general sentiment is, so here’s an open thread. Are Patheos’ ads [Read More...]

Sympathy for the Devil

I wanted to write about something important this week, like the Greece v. Galloway decision, but events have conspired to thwart me. The story I covered earlier has had some dramatic new developments that cry out for a followup. So: Satanism. On Monday, I wrote about the Harvard student club that wanted to stage a [Read More...]

TV Review: Cosmos, Episode 10

(I’ve decided to review the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that’s airing on Fox. If you missed it, you can stream full episodes online.) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Episode 10, “The Electric Boy” Up till now, Cosmos has used historical sequences as an adjunct to the science, just as a way of [Read More...]

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