The Supreme Court ruled
(PDF) this morning that the town of Greece, New York did not violate the Constitution by starting its public meetings with a prayer from a “chaplain of the month." [more inside]
In this short documentary, filmmaker Darrin Johnson explores the status of atheism within African-American families and communities, and meets some non-believers from California about their experiences with breaking from religion
"I'm making it official and embarking on a new journey. I will "try on" atheism for a year.
For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. (I trust that if there really is a God that God will not be too flummoxed by my foolish experiment and allow others to suffer as a result)."
From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader.
Jerry DeWitt is a former Pentecostal pastor in the evangelical parish of DeRidder, Louisiana who slowly lost his religious faith. Last Fall, he went public with his atheism, committing what he calls "identity suicide," and instantly becoming "the most disliked person in town." Since then, Mr. DeWitt's lost his job, his wife, his community and may be losing his house, but is still persevering and working
to help others
who find themselves in similar circumstances. [more inside]
The Human Bible
is a podcast by Robert M. Price
, professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and author of a number of books on theology. Though an atheist -- and skeptical of the very existence of the Jesus portrayed in the Gospels -- Price's great knowledge of (and love for) the Scriptures is evident throughout. No matter what you believe, you won't regret listening to these podcasts.
Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election. [SLYT]
Via BigThink, "A knowledge forum featuring the ideas, lessons, stories and advice of leading experts from around the world."
A bridge builder, a student of how societies hold together; an advocate of dialogue. Standing against polarized and simplistic styles of thought. Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor is Canada's best known and most widely read contemporary thinker. In books like Sources of the Self and A Secular Age, he has attempted to define the unique character of the modern age. He maps the fault-lines in our modern identity, and points to both the pitfalls and the promise of our condition. Learn about his life, history, upbringing, and... ideas.
Now available, CBC IDEAS in five one-hour parts: the malaise of modernity
(this special program has the same title as the 1991 Massey Lecture of the same name, but is not the same [MP3's, get them now, they will go away, and then you can only stream them]).
. [more inside]
The Thinking Atheist: 'Nothing More To Talk About'
(SLYT) - Many religious family members pray for their atheist and agnostic loved ones graciously, honoring personal boundaries and showing respect for the skeptic's right to form his/her own worldview... This video is not about them...
On the cusp of Holy Week, Ricky Gervais enlightens with an essay
outlining why he is a good Christian. [more inside]
Dare 2 Share Ministries offers profiles and tips
on how to "share your faith" with fourteen different types of friends a teen Christian might have, such as Andy the Atheist
, Marty the Mormon
, Jenna the Jew
, Sid the Satanist
, Mo the Muslim
and Willow the Wiccan
. If none of those strategies work, they also offer articles
on how to "use the buzz in current teen culture to initiate God-talk with your friends" by "sharing your faith" through Indiana Jones
, Halo 3
, Brokeback Mountain
, Kung Fu Panda
and The X Files
Ray Comfort calls the Atheist Experience.
The Atheist Community of Austin run a live call-in show
on public access. Over the years, they have challenged Ray Comfort
to call in
. This week, he finally does, and talks to AE hosts Matt Dillahunty
and Russell Glasser
. The only banana joke
is visual. Ray reacts
. Matt D reacts
. AE fans react
. [more inside]
The New Ten Commandments by Christopher Hitchens
The Ten Commandments were set in stone, but it may be time for a re-chisel. With all due humility, the author takes on the job, pruning the ethically dubious, challenging the impossible, and rectifying some serious omissions. [more inside]
"The debaptism certificate
started out as a kind of satirical comment on the idea that you could be enrolled in a church before you could talk, but it seems to have taken off from there. People are beginning to take it seriously
10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On.
"Celebrating the death of somebody you disagreed with pretty much makes you a dick."
Does God Exist? The Nightline Face-Off
Former child star Kirk Cameron
and his evangelist colleague Ray Comfort
(infamous for their banana
argument) take on atheists
in a debate over the existence of God. Per usual, you can expect calm, cool, collected temperaments and absolute respect for a difference of opinion. Especially since both parties have been previously featured on Nightline, the former taking to the streets to challenge atheists
and the latter proposing a God-rejecting blasphemy challenge
. You know you're rubbing your hands in anticipation of the fireworks, but you better let Bill O'Reilly
weigh in first. For more youtube goodness, parts 1
of the Nightline piece (the full debate is available in the first link).
What are you doing on May 3rd?
Atheist Volunteers, in conjunction with The Rational Response Squad
, want you to spend National Day of Prayer
(or is the the National Day of Reason?)
donating blood and signing up to be an organ donor. How are other people commemorating NDOP? Christians
will be exercising their right to freedom of worship, the Presidential Prayer Team
will be doing what their name implies, Bush will probably do what he did last year
, and Larry Flint
will be praying for the death of Bill O'Reilly.
Sam Harris, an atheist, and Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic, debate whether moderate religion makes any sense
. Harris: "Religious moderation is the result of not taking scripture all that seriously." Sullivan: "Blogger, please."
"The Naked Truth"
This Google Video
is a documentary (pack a lunch, it's nearly two hours long) that systematically eviscerates the purported origins of the Old and New Testaments. Turns out, it's really all about astrology. Who knew?
The evidence is tremendously compelling, well documented, and sure to raise the ire of people whose minds are made up on the subject.
Do you ever get the calling to witness to atheists but don't respond because you don't know how to start? Have you ever tried, but got pulled around from one point to the next spending hours getting nowhere? Are you just too chicken to do it? Well fret no more - help is here! The Chat-O-Matic
is specifically designed to get you started on the right foot when debating skeptics on the Christian faith. It will also help you obey Jesus' command in not throwing your pearls before swine. (An Atheist Witnessing Tool for the rest of us)
From Skepticism to Worship.
"I made a resolution to read the entire Bible again, only this time I was going to read it as I would poetry or fiction, and not as a proposal of fact." An ex-atheist's
Breaking the Science-Atheism Bond.
"When I was growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the 1960s, I came to the view that God was an infantile illusion, suitable for the elderly, the intellectually feeble, and the fraudulently religious."
reviews "The God Who Wasn't There"
in three parts: [1
]. (Religion not your thing? He also does comics
. And video games
Did Jesus Really Exist?
Also some notes on the doubtful existence of Hannibal.
If You're a Christian, Muslim or Jew - You are Wrong
- A rant over at the Huffington Post
And let's be clear about this, it IS a rant, and a beaut at that. But it's a sentiment that's run through the head of everyone who isn't a member of the three mentioned groups. No one in the mainstream media says things like this, I wonder why?
The post is made. Let the emphatic agreements, and the vicious denials... begin!
is a Texan warrior-academic
who's well-known as an apologist on many Christian
forums. I've had hours of fun trying to rebut the modal ontological
arguments he promotes. Lazy atheists who are used to arguing with more naive flavors of Christianity
will soon find themselves overwhelmed by Metacrock's relentless logic and philosophical scholarship. However, he's the furthest thing
from right-wing fundamentalism you can find among Christians and you might find yourself agreeing with his points
much of the time or at least being surprised
by them. (pardon the spelling, it's not his strong suit)