Category Archives: Faith

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ faith

Today’s Jesus and Mo, “wind2,” is an 8-year-old strip with new artwork. Despite the fervent attempts of Sophisticated Theologians™ to define faith otherwise, it always comes down to the definition given by philosopher Walter Kaufmann: “intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable person.” This is […]

NBC news touts the afterlife

As correspondent Andrea Mitchell was reporting the funeral of Nancy Reagan for NBC News, her commentary toward the end was this: “a love story for all time. . . Ron and Nancy, now together again, for eternity.” I may be wrong, I don’t think she was talking about “for eternity as corpses that are decaying […]

Peter Boghossian accused of hate speech for correctly defining “faith”

I’m not quite sure who “James Bishop” is, as I hadn’t heard of him previously, but he writes at the website Historical Jesus Studies, and the header of his public Facebook page is strange. Has anyone else described their official position as “apologist”?   What brought Bishop to my attention was his bizarre article called “Answering Peter Boghosssian—atheist hate […]

Brother Tayler’s secular Sunday sermon: a riff on a hoax

An article in The NewsNerd notes that the American Psychological Association is about to classify extreme religiosity as a mental illness. A true God Delusion!: According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common […]

My Slate article on the dangers of faith healing

I’ve been meaning to write this piece for Slate for a while, but couldn’t get to it because of The Albatross. As it turns out, the piece, about the unconscionable exemptions from prosecution given to religious people when they injure their children by using faith “healing” instead of western medicine, deals with themes in the last […]

Faith-based healing kills kids: this time U.S. gets it right and Canadians screw up

One of the worst aspects of the science-vs.-religion conflict involves medicine, in particular the tendency of some groups to abjure scientific medicine in favor of either religiously-based healing or unsubstantiated methods of folk or spiritual healing that are also based on faith. It’s especially invidious when “faith healing” is given to children. In many parts of the U.S., […]

“12 Years a Slave”—and a question about faith

I’m no movie reviewer (I’ll leave that to my nephew, who I hope will weigh in below), so my review of “12 Years a Slave,” which I saw last weekend, should be taken as the lucubrations of a tyro. I won’t recount the plot, although there’s not really a spoiler, except to say that it’s […]

Another child doomed by faith, and an “ad” for vaccination

This time the child, a girl, was reared in an Amish home, which means she has virtually no chance of escaping that bizarre religious milieu.  It also means she will die. According to Yahoo News, a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia has apparently disappeared, probably spirited away by her parents so she wouldn’t receive chemotherapy: […]

Another child killed by faith

This time the faith is not religious, but faith in homeopathy and herbal remedies; and the child is not from the U.S. but Canada. According to both the National Post and the CBC News Calgary, a 44-year old mother, Tamara Sophie Lovett, was charged two days ago with both criminal negligence and “failure to provide […]

Lara Buchak replies: faith can be rational

The other day I discussed an NPR “cosmos & culture” website post by Tania Lombrozo. The title was “Can faith ever be rational?“, and her answer was “yes.” This conclusion, of course, gives immense solace to the liberal listeners of National Public radio. In drawing her conclusion, Lombrozo, a psychologist at the University of California Berkeley,  leaned […]