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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 28 2010

Because sometimes we’re not above cheap lulz

Surely we can find some example of hilarious and absurd behavior among the religious to mark the passing of this year’s Christmas season. Oh, here’s a fun one…

Dec 27 2010

Pretty crappy for a miracle, I’d say

Following up on our earlier miracles post, a viewer emailed Tracie with some other examples of miracles and, while not entirely endorsing them, still seemed to think there might be something to them. One of these was the story of eight Catholic missionaries who supposedly survived the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima without so much …

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Dec 27 2010

Presenting the most offensive email we’ve ever gotten

And it’s not even Christian hate mail. Hell, that stuff’s almost always penny ante. No, this is someone who claims to be a fan, but who has his head…well, let’s just say that the attitudes expressed here reflect a level of clueless douchebaggery and stupidity that I’ve rarely seen. I suppose this way of thinking …

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Dec 25 2010

Having too good a day to be annoyed by religion

It’s a gorgeous day in Austin today. Cold, but sunny and blue. In a few minutes, I’ll throw on the old hoodie, fire up the old iPod, leash up the old dog, and take a walk in the old park. Might even look for that old geocache that eluded me last time. In all, it’s …

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Dec 25 2010

A belated note on Isaac Newton’s birthday

Happy Newtonmas, everyone. (And most importantly, happy birthday to my Non-Prophets partner in crime Gia Grillo!) Here’s an announcement I epically borked, but hopefully I can make up for it. The fine crew of Seattle’s Ask an Atheist is shifting to AM radio in January. They have run up against a phenomenon that is sweeping …

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Dec 22 2010

On changing minds

In a previous thread, someone wrote: “While debating with a theist can be as invigorating as playing chess, one should bear in mind that it’s doing them harm. It’s driving them deeper into their psychosis.” This is simply not true, and yet it’s unfortunately a very common meme among the “Don’t be a dick” crowd. …

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Dec 20 2010

How useful is faith for obtaining knowledge?

This is a typical conversation between a theist and an atheist, and in fact something very much like it occurred over a lengthy series of back-and-forth comments on this blog last week. Please excuse this paraphrase; I want to boil the conversation down to its most important features, and I hope I’ve portrayed the theist …

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Dec 19 2010

Today’s Show: Deconstructing a Miracle

Since we’re only on for an hour now, I’m not sure how much time we’ll have for a topic, but if we have time, I would like to address the following miracle claim I was confronted with in a recent dialog: Out of curiosity though, I ask how you can scientifically prove how this happened:A …

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Dec 14 2010

Oh, we’ve hit the big time now for sure!

Today I was made aware of a Facebook group called — are you ready? — “catholics against ‘the atheist experience’”. That I know of, this is the first expressly anti-AETV Facebook group yet formed. Not that it’s a big thing or anything, with only 55 members at this point, the vast majority of whom appear …

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Dec 14 2010

No Phones for next Sunday’s show

Many of you are probably aware that the phone system in the TV studio wasn’t working last Sunday and the crew did whatever they could to make a workable show out of the situation. I’ve just been informed that the phone situation will not be resolved in time for next Sunday’s show. Tracie and I …

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