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Archive for March, 2007

The meaning of life

New scientific research (reported in the Chicago Tribune, 3/26/07) studied how and when people find meaning in life and came up with one of those “Well, duh!” answers: people ponder the meaning of their existence when they are confronted with their mortality. They sure do.
That’s why one of the major forms of spiritual […]

The blog so far

If you’ve just joined us, as the TV announcers say, here’s what the blog has been about so far:

(1) The need to see that secular humanism is recognized as a religious option, complete with revelation, salvation, and conversion (defined elsewhere in the blog).
Admittedly, talking about these regious concepts is a short-term rhetorical strategy, […]

Jews in the news

I accept it as given that religion will get much more than its deserved share of attention in the media. Richard Dawkins has documented at length the extent to which religious activities and pronouncements are regarded as disproportionately important. The mere fact that some religious story is often front-page news is daily evidence […]

“If there is a hell, it is modeled after junior high.”
Lewis Black
When I first decided to write this blog, I thought I would just put a few entries up and freshen them from time to time. But just as The Daily Show need look no further than the day’s news for satirizable material, the […]

“Strange a God who mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness, then invented Hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none Himself; who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon […]

“Bloviating” means bullsh**ing, and the BS was flowing thick and fast as Northwestern professor Charles Margrave Taylor enjoyed a $1.5 million payday, having received the Templeton Award, an amount of cash which, according to the Chicago Tribune report (“Prof’s spiritual hunger pays off,” March 15, 2007) “exceeds the amount given to Nobel Prize winners.”
The article […]

“Americans get an ‘F’ in religion,” announces a USA Today cover story (sec. D, 3/8/07), reporting on a new book, Stephen Prothero’s “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know.”
The author laments the fact that people don’t know the first thing about their own religions (many think Sodom and Gomorrah were married), much less those […]

After years of agonizing over whether the New York Times was going to come down for or against God, I can now rest. God exists. All is right with the world.
God exists – NOT
One of the great things about being a secular humanist — or at least an agnostic — is that […]

“Argument seldom convinces anyone contrary to his inclinations.”
– Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732)
For people like me, of course, Dawkins’ book is great stuff. As I expected, it gave me more intellectual ammunition, as if I needed it, e.g., the tragic case of Edgardo Mortara, described in Chapter 9. Somebody had to write […]

This is my second look at Richard Dawkins. My first look came during a recent viewing of an episode of South Park, in which the great man was placed in a, shall we say, compromising (no, let’s go further: degrading) position, as if to illustrate that the even skeptical atheism can be desecrated…or whatever […]

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