Category Archives: Accommodationism

145 writers sign letter protesting PEN award to Charlie Hebdo

About a week ago, six writers who are members of PEN, an organization that promotes and supports freedom of literary expression, refused to attend and be “table hosts” at a PEN banquet. This was a protest against PEN’s giving a “freedom of expression award” to Charlie Hebdo after the brutal murders of its outspoken writers and artists. […]

Two readers testify that evolution helped them give up religion

Since Tuesday I’ve gotten two heartening letters from readers, both erstwhile religionists who abandoned their faith at least partly after learning about evolution. One was a Mormon, the other a Jehovah’s Witness. And both gave me permission to publish their emails and their identities. I have to admit that I’m pleased that I was given credit […]

More nonsense at NPR about God

I am frankly amazed that National Public Radio (NPR) would publish this mushy reconception of religion, for it’s worse than that purveyed by apophatists like Karen Armstrong. In fact, Nancy Ellen Abrams, who is flogging her new book A God that Could Be Real: Sprirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet, was given two mini-essays in […]

The worst accommodationism EVER: Nancy Abrams says that God is naturalism (sort of)

All the good that Salon has done by publishing the eloquent antitheist essays by Jeffrey Tayler has been wiped away for good by a new essay on the site, “You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer.”  It’s by Nancy Abrams, and is an excerpt from her new book A God […]

PBS: How unbelievers should talk to their kids about faith

Author Wendy Thomas Russell, a nonbeliever, just came out with a new book, Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious; and PBS (the Public Broadcasting System) gave her a platform to talk about in. Her article, “10 commandments for talking to your kid about religion,” isn’t […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ve left most of my photos on my laptop in Chicago, so I’ll be largely restricted to posting things that are sent while I’m in Boston (till April 9).  Fortunately, Stephen Barnard sends photos regularly, and, even more fortunately, they’re good ones. Here are a few Northern harriers (Circus cyaneus): I was walking along an […]

National Geographic allows Francis Collins to spout theology in its pages

Okay, this really burns my onions: the latest National Geographic has a piece by Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in both the paper and online version: “Why I’m a man of science—and faith.” Aside from science popularizers like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Collins is probably America’s most visible (and certainly its most powerful) scientist—and […]

BBC hosts debate on whether and where the Dalai Lama will reincarnate

What the bloody hell is up with the BBC? Reader Steve (with the side comment “fookin idjits!”) called my attention to a discussion on the BBC News site in which four people debate whether and where the present Dalai Lama will reincarnate. That’s like the Beeb having a serious debate on whether Xenu stored preserved […]

British primary school prevents kids from watching eclipse because it might offend their faith

Speaking of religion in Britain, here is some news that’s been widely reported on secular sites, so I won’t dwell on it long. But it does show how ridiculous the British school system is when it comes to religion. Not only are there faith-based schools—an offense to an enlightened democracy—but there are also state-run “council” schools like North […]

The BBC coddles faith, falsely claims harmony between science and religion

There’s a new accommodationist piece on the BBC’s website called “Can religion and science bury the hatchet?” It’s written by Caroline Wyatt, the Beeb’s Religious Affairs Correspondent, and of course the answer to her question is “YES!” When reader Jim sent me the link to her piece, his email was headed, “There’s £700,000 down the drain then”, […]


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