Category Archives: atheism

HuffPo UK celebrates Dawkins’s birthday

Today is Richard Dawkins’s birthday, and he is, I guess, as “strident” as ever, or so PuffHo UK says: Richard Dawkins turned 74 today — and still no thunderbolt from the Heavens. The renowned scientist and strident atheist has been ruffling the religious for decades, introducing millions around the world to the beauty of non-belief. […]

Jeffrey Tayler: Let’s offend religion more often

I continue to be amazed and impressed by Jeffrey Tayler’s anti-theist writings at Salon (see here, here and here for earlier examples). And I’m nearly as amazed that Salon, the bastion of New Atheist bashing, publishes this stuff. Tayler, a contributing editor at The Atlantic who lives in and reports about Russia, and has written many books about […]

A new horseperson? Jeffrey Tayler rides again, attacking Obama’s execrable performance at the “National Prayer Breakfast”

Jeffrey Tayler, whose articles I’ve highlighted four times previously, is shaping up to be the new “Strident Atheist” to replace Christopher Hitchens, although I’d really nominate the underappreciated Ayaan Hirsi Ali to be Hitchens’s replacement horseperson.  (Why, when atheists call for greater diversity in New Atheism, arguing that it’s dominated by “rich old white men”, do they […]

The last words of Christopher Hitchens

When Christopher Hitchens was close to death, a veil was drawn around him by his friends and loved ones, and rightly so, I guess, for it’s intrusive to inquire how a man is faring on his deathbed. But I’ve always wondered, given that Hitchens was eloquent, brave, and an atheist, what his last words were. I haven’t read […]

A latter-day Hitchens decries the “No true Muslim” fallacy

I swear—Salon is driving me nuts. I swore off reading it after it went the route of routinely attacking (and mischaracterizing) the arguments of “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. But then someone comes along and writes a cogent Salon piece exposing the delusions and harms of religion and stating forthrightly that there’s no […]

Woody Allen on atheism

Here’s a collection of Woody Allen’s views on atheism and God, seen in both interviews and his movies. His dolorous take on the world is absolutely characteristic of a secular Jew, and I should know! (It’s encompassed in this joke: “Jewish telegram: Start worrying. Details follow.”) There’s a gratuitous but highly entertaining fight with a kangaroo at […]

Stephen Fry on God

Stephen Fry is one of my heroes, and I shouldn’t have to explain why. In this video Fry is interviewed by the famous Gay Byrne for Irish television, and stuns Byrne with some rational thoughts about God: I love that man! Oh, and as a relevant lagniappe, I’ll add this photo that I found on John Loftus’s […]

Seventh-Day Adventist pastor abandons belief in God, embraces reality

Note: I’m informed by Grania that she wrote a very short post about this lapsed pastor on December 26, but her treatment, based on Hemant Mehta’s fund-raising for the guy, is considerably different from mine below, so I’m going to post this anyway. ***** A pastor losing his faith and leaving the church is not a new story, […]

It’s easy, anyone can do it

by Grania A year ago, Seventh Day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell decided to spend a year living as an atheist, in his own words, “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.” […]

The Atheist Ten Commandments

by Grania CNN has a piece on a contest run on the Atheist Heart, Humanist Mind site where atheists were asked to submit modern alternatives to the original set in Exodus and Deuteronomy. CNN opines: There’s nary a “thou shalt” among them — nothing specifically about murder, stealing or adultery, although there is a version of […]

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