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Go to: Inspirational atheism

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First, I think you heard Susan Jacboy talking about the lack of charismatic leadership within the atheistic community on Up with Chris Hayes. Second, it's a tough question because it's difficult to create a community or an agenda around not believing in something. It's hard to be an "expert" in atheism as a standalone thing for example, whereas there are “experts” in theism who get paid to lead entire congregations of people. That said, you can find eloquent expert cosmologists like Carl Sagan or expert evolutionary biologists like Richard Dawkins or expert philosophers like Bertrand Russell who all happen(ed) to be atheists, but they didn’t or don’t rally people together once a week to discuss their atheism.

Wed, 16 May 2012 20:00:19 UTC | #941909

Go to: Want People to Trust Atheists More? Remind Them of Cops and Courts, Says New Study

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One of my favorite arguments is the judicial analogy. Let's see, if you're a believer and you've been wrongly convicted of a crime, would you want your defense attorney to introduce the evidence that establishes your innocence or would you rather she simply ask the jury to have faith that really didn't do it? Suddenly the concept of evidence starts to look pretty good.

Wed, 16 May 2012 17:36:41 UTC | #941879

Go to: Evolution-denying Commencement speaker stirs controversy at Emory University

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Remember, most medical doctors, especially surgeons, are really manual laborers - highly skilled and highly intelligent but manual nonetheless. His rejection of 7th grade science in favor of a religious myth to explain life really just speaks to an extreme anti-intellectual bias (or a highly successful brainwashing by the 7th Day Adventist Church - probably both). While his "story" may be inspiring and his surgical gifts may be exceptional which together make for a good speech; knowing his inability to think rationally is going to make it tough for a lot of these Emory students to pay much attention to him.

Tue, 08 May 2012 19:35:33 UTC | #940597

Go to: Unbelief in the pews

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Mike, great interview. I hope you're post coming out meetings with your congregation went well!

I have a theory ( ) that we may have to thank folks like Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Michelle Bachmann for some of what I'm sensing as a burgeoning wave of secularism and reason.

For the past six plus months until quite recently, the country has listened to them very publically bang a Christian drum while spouting homophobic and anti-intellectual garbage and I think the sheer publicity of it in debate after debate, forced some of the "on the fence" folks to question Christian "moral authority," particularly when trying to square it with an instinctually better way to treat people.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:53:07 UTC | #935743

Go to: Interview: Richard Dawkins Celebrates Reason, Ridicules Faith

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I don't find Richard Dawkins bombastic at fact, I'm always amused at the people who suggest for example, when Dr. Dawkins calls the notion of transubstantiation absurd, that he's being provocative. Remind me again who is being provocative: the folks claiming to eat flesh and drink blood, or the guy saying they're looney?

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:44:03 UTC | #930737

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