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Monthly Archive: February 2009

Feb 26 2009

Get your nerd on, with Castles of Air

I apologize for the self-promotion, but I know we have a big audience and I’d like to drum up an initial following for my newest blog. Castles of Air is about the art and science of software development. While this is admittedly a very specialized interest, I know we are blessed by a high proportion …

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Feb 26 2009

The hilarious self-importance of Brannon Howse

In recent days, we’ve dealt with headier topics here (though no less incorrect) than one usually gets when responding to religious claims of one sort or another. But it’s been a long time since we’ve let our hair down, so to speak, and just smacked around some village idiots. So, in the spirit of mean-spirited …

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Feb 26 2009

Russell’s compiled responses to Chuck Colson

This message is part of a continuing discussion with Chuck Colson.  For my initial email to him, see this post.  For Chuck’s replies: Chuck Colson’s post #1; Chuck Colson’s post #2; Chuck Colson’s post #3   To Chuck Colson: It has taken me a while, but I’ve replied to the major points in the three …

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Feb 25 2009

Is Religion Beneficial to Society?

I’m currently in a correspondence with a person who is offering me the tired line that religion is helpful to people and not in conflict with science and has been involved in some worthy efforts. This morning, February 25, in the Austin American-Statesman, there were two articles—one on the front page of the National section, …

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Feb 24 2009

We get email

I imagine everybody’s good and fatigued by two solid weeks of playing philosophical word games with professional word gamers, so let’s dial it back and enjoy a more typical theist email. You don’t get the full effect of these two messages by “J” (full name withheld by me) because they originally arrived as giant unbroken …

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Feb 23 2009

Kazim to Chuck Colson: Slavery and Christianity

References: Kazim’s review of The Faith Chuck Colson’s post #1 Chuck Colson’s post #2 Chuck Colson’s post #3 Kazim’s compiled responses (including this post) I’d like to turn back to your second message, and the question of slavery. I pointed out in my earlier post that, rather than taking it as a given that Christians have always …

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Feb 22 2009

Open thread on today’s show

I’m actually typing this with about 15 minutes left to go in the program. But we’ve already had the epic 48-minute sequel discussion with Matt Slick, and I’m sure people will have a lot of feedback. Generally speaking, I think Slick really got his deer-in-the-headlights thing on when Matt D. pointed out the distinction — …

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Feb 21 2009

They do homophobia bigger in Utah!

If you haven’t seen this delirious anti-gay ad that recently ran in the Salt Lake City paper, placed by AmericaForever.com, one of those patriotism-is-the-last-refuge-of-scoundrels Christian hate groups, you haven’t lived. I don’t know what’s funnier here. Just basking in the raving paranoia and idiocy (seriously, people, if you really believe your own marriages will be …

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Feb 19 2009

Another friggin’ post on the Transcendental Argument :)

I’m never prouder of the Atheist Community of Austin than when we all manage to pull together in a discussion about serious topics of philosophy and presentation strategy. Last night six of us got together in an Austin coffeehouse to discuss several issues for the show, and for the first hour we went over Matt …

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Feb 19 2009

Should we send PZ a bag of these?

I wonder if they come in Fudge Stripe?

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