This one’s for my new friend Ennis.
My latest apologist interloquitor and I are starting to narrow down the issues somewhat in a dialogue aiming to tease out the real moral lessons of the Bible. We’ve agreed to cross-post our responses, and I’m concerned that stand-alone posts… Continue Reading
In my now-famous post Top Ten Worst Bible Stories, I singled out the Massacre of the Midianites in Deuteronomy 7:1-6 and Numbers 31:1-18 for particular criticism. It is, in fact, a story of genocide, the bloodthirsty and unprovoked annihalation of… Continue Reading
What need have we of the Gods?We have conquered their domainsAs they conquered the Titans. I look about my own landAnd I see the elementsHarnessed, domesticated. Wind and sun are made lightning,A lightning shorn of thunder,Jewels bring it where we… Continue Reading
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: We all make choices based on incomplete information, all the time, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One’s choice of religion is usually not a choice at all and is certainly based on incomplete information. That goes… Continue Reading
Brit Hume, a former anchor and host and still part-time commentator on Fox News, suggested over the weekend that Tiger Woods should become a Christian. He [Hume] is under criticism for saying he does not think that Buddhism offers the… Continue Reading
A commenter, Ennis, has taken the time to respond to my post from a few weeks ago about the top ten worst Bible stories with some extensive comments on his blog. Ennis is clearly smart, articulate, and intellectually committed to… Continue Reading
Merry Christmas to my Christian readers! Today, I give you a Green Christmas. We begin by debunking some ecological myths. Well, sort of. Then, I’ll point you to an interesting set of thoughts about global warming as an ethical and… Continue Reading
It’s time for Bible stories. And they’re awful. In fact, they’re so bad I feel compelled to put them below a jump so that squeamish Readers can avoid them. Disclaimers first, and then the blood. So you can skip the… Continue Reading
A nicely-thought out piece on trying terrorists — the emphasis should be on due process and justice, and those are concerns that do not change based on the identity of the defendant.