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by Greg Mayer Jerry has been enjoying Bulgarian cuisine, and I’m he sure will continue his reporting, but I thought I’d report on a stateside culinary event. Southeastern Wisconsin is noted for its German heritage due to its large number of German immigrants. One of the traditions they brought with them is Oktoberfest, a fall […]

Francis Spufford, former atheist, defends his faith in a new book

Since this site began I’ve written a few posts about Francis Spufford, a Christian writer who can’t stop attacking New Atheists, and in the most insupportable and mean-spirited ways. Spufford has just issued his recent book (which came out in March in the UK) in the US; it’s called Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make […]

Guest post: How to make a mess of modernity

Reader Grania Spingies, one of the founders of Atheist Ireland, has kindly consented to write about the blasphemy law that is still on the books in Ireland. How to Make a Mess of Modernity by Grania Spingies Ireland should soon be having a referendum on whether to remove blasphemy as a criminal offence from the statute books. A […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho, sent on three successive days. First, a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) with the note: … about to eat what I think is a Mahogany Dun mayfly (Paraleptoplebia). A Maxfield Parrishian landscape photo, color manipulated (I’ve lost Stephen’s notes): This was sent yesterday: Moose in the […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Today we head back to Sofia, stopping at various scenic places on the way, and then tomorrow I take off on my own into the wilds of Bulgaria for a few days. We’ll see how I function in a country with the Cyrillic alphabet.  Meanwhile, in Dobrzyn, Andrzej produces one of his more enigmatic Hili […]

Cat Watch 2014

by Greg Mayer The BBC has been running a new series Cat Watch 2014, which started on October 7. There are three episodes, all of which have had their first run, but there are still re-broadcasts and the full episodes are available online in the UK. They are not, unfortunately, available in the US, so […]


Here are a few holiday snaps from Sofia, just so you can see some of the sights of Bulgaria’s capital. The most famous tourist site in the city is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  It’s fairly new, having been completed in 1912. It’s rarely used for services, I’m told, but can hold 10,000 people and, before the Soviet […]

Monastery of the Transfiguration of God

Today we visited a famous monastery near Tarnovo (itself 2.5 hours from Sofia): the Monastery of the Transfiguration of God, reportedly dating to the 14th century. No monks were evident (the place seems to be undergoing a renovation).  Located in the woods up on a mountain, it was very peaceful, and I got a special treat, as […]

Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman: Atheists and Muslims have lots in common and should be pals

When I stayed in England in my younger years, I used to read the Guardian, which I was told was the only good liberal newspaper in the country. But how low it’s sunk!  I find little of interest there, and what we find is polluted with the mush-brained and predictable rants of Andrew Brown, as well as a spate […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John sends us oodles of photos from The Gambia, and I’ve stuck a lizard (my own photo) in at the bottom: Having recently returned from NYC, the reported US cases of Ebola has prompted me to try and highlight the indirect impact of the virus on the West Africa country of The Gambia via […]


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