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Monthly Archive: March 2010

Mar 15 2010

Why ‘Life Had To Have Been Designed’ Is a Terrible Justification for God’s Existence

“Just look around you. Look at life, and the universe, and everything. Doesn’t it seem like it had to have been designed?” A lot of arguments for religion are very bad indeed. A lot of arguments for religion aren’t even arguments: they’re deflections, excuses for why the believer isn’t making an argument, bigoted insults, expressions …

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Mar 15 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not Having a “Schism”

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! The atheist movement is not having a “schism.” We have differences and disagreements. But this is not new — it’s been true for as long as we’ve …

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Mar 15 2010

Why “Everything Has a Cause” is a Terrible Argument for God

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “If there’s no God, then where did all this come from?” I’ve written a fair amount about some of the more painfully bad arguments for religion and against atheism. I’ve written about the argument that religion is just a story, not meant to be taken literally… a story …

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Mar 13 2010

Jesus H. Christ with Biscuits and Gravy

Last week, my mothers- in- law gave me a gravy boat for a late birthday present. (Three gravy boats, actually. Long story.) This morning, Ingrid and I went out for breakfast, and brought home the leftover biscuits that we didn’t eat. And this afternoon, when I got home from breakfast, I found a religious tract …

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Mar 12 2010

Friday Cat Blogging: Violet Channel Surfing

And now, a cute picture of our cat. “The Office… The Simpsons… America’s Best Dance Crew… sweet Bast in heaven, do these people have no taste? Ah, there we go! A special about tuna fishing on the Food Network! That’s more like it!”

Mar 12 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion is a Bad Answer for the Unexplained

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “Science can’t explain X, therefore X must be supernatural” is a lousy argument for religion. It takes the empty spaces in a coloring book, and fills them …

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Mar 11 2010

Penitence as a Perpetual Motion Machine

“I’m here to see Sister Catherine.” “Yes. It’s nice to see you again, Mary. Please have a seat. Catherine has just finished up with another — visitor. Why don’t we take care of business now. She’ll be with you in a moment.” Mary Elizabeth nods. She hands the woman behind the desk four hundred dollars …

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Mar 11 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Reality Trumps Wishful Thinking

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “People find religion comforting” is a terrible defense of religion. It treats what’s really true as less important than what we would like to be true. If …

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Mar 10 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not Narrow-Minded

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Most atheists say, “I don’t see any good evidence for God… but show me some good evidence, and I’ll change my mind.” So why are atheists seen …

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Mar 10 2010

The Fat-Positive Feminist Skeptical Diet, Part 3: The Actual Diet

(This is Part 3 of a three-part series. You don’t have to read Part 1 or Part 2 to get this, but it doesn’t hurt.) So how, exactly, have I been going about losing weight? In the last 10 months, I’ve lost 50 pounds. And in the last couple of days, I’ve been writing about …

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