Category Archives: books

The Missing Links: On assisted dying, a great atheist book reprinted, and some justice in the case of First Nation children murdered by faith

I basically got nothing today: it’s one of those days when I come to work with a few lame ideas that I can’t work up enthusiasm to write about. Fortunately, Ceiling Cat usually saves me by the intervention of kindly readers, who send me items that are more interesting. I have three today, which I’ll combine in a […]

A new must-read book

H is for Hawk, a new memoir by Helen Macdonald,  came to my attention through a hugely favorable review in yesterday’s New York Times. Although it hasn’t quite been released in the U.S.—it comes out on March 3, published by Grove Press, but has been out in England for a while—it’s already #39 on Amazon, has […]

Simon Conway Morris’s new book on evolutionary convergence. Does it give evidence for God?

The eminent paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris, who did seminal work on the Burgess Shale Fauna, has a new book out. Published on January 19, it’s called The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware. And it was published by Templeton Press, which should tell you something about its contents.   Now the subtitle does seem […]

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder

I have to admit that I never read Little House on the Prairie, or the seven other books in the “Little House” series, nor did I ever watch the t.v. show; but I’m sure there are sufficiently many readers to be impressed by today’s Google Doodle honoring Laura Ingalls Wilder (click on it to go to a bunch […]

A note on buying The Albatross outside of the U.S. and Canada

I’ve received both emails and comments about my post from two days ago flogging Faith Versus Fact and telling you how to order it. Readers in places like New Zealand, the UK, and Australia wanted to know how they could order the hardcover, which comes out May 19. First, a correction: I gave a number of […]

Ordering Faith versus Fact (i.e., do it now, please)

A kindly reader emailed me some information that I decided to investigate, to wit: It would be a good idea to encourage everybody who follows WEIT and who intends to make the purchase not to wait, but to pre-order. Your readers will help the book gain the attention of many more readers by pre-ordering at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, […]

Dan Brown the accommodationist

Dan Brown, author of the Dan Vinci Code (a book I read during a week’s vacation in Devon since it was the only literature available in the rental home), seems to be a pretty smart guy, even though I wasn’t keen on that book. His intelligence is palpable in the video below, which shows about half […]

E. O. Wilson: “I’m not an atheist—I’m a scientist” (and ant lagniappe)

The January 27th issue of New Scientist contains an interview with Ed Wilson that has a few interesting tidbits. The tile, “E. O. Wilson: Religous faith is dragging us down,” makes you think it’s going to be about the problems of faith, but it’s mostly about the loss of biodiversity and about his new book, The Meaning […]

Boy who wrote bestseller on visiting heaven retracts his claims

In 2010, a ten-year-old boy, Alex Malarkey (note the name), wrote a book along with his father that described how Alex had gone to heaven after a car accident four years earlier and then came back. The book, originally published by Lifeway and shown below, became a New York Times bestseller along with other “heaven […]

Alvin Plantinga savages Philip Kitcher’s new book, but makes dumb philosophical errors

My friend Philip Kitcher (a philosophy professor at Columbia who also teaches courses on James Joyce!) has written a new book, Life After Faith: the Case for Secular Humanism, based on his Terry Lectures at Yale. After dismissing religions as fairy tales (not his language. for he’s a gentleman), Kitcher gets down to his real […]


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