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Go to: Dr Adam Rutherford criticises teachers' views on creationism

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i'm ashamed that there's such a Creation Group in my hometown of Edinburgh, otherwise a brilliant city with a history of good thinking and good universities. thankfully the group all seem to be far too crackpot to be taken seriously even by the more dedicated religious types here.

Sun, 09 Nov 2008 18:14:00 UTC | #267403

Go to: 'Probably' the best atheist bus campaign ever

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i hope this bus drives past a lot of churches on its route.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:25:00 UTC | #256596

Go to: Death for apostasy?

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only being killed once in a while is bad enough.

Sun, 19 Oct 2008 00:50:00 UTC | #252878

Go to: God is not the enemy of reason

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It is an article of faith (except, of course, among those who actually have a faith)

merely the first line is the sort of thing that one expects is an invitation for the writer's colleagues to start head popping and whooping "you go!".

Sat, 18 Oct 2008 18:28:00 UTC | #252819

Go to: Religion vs science: can the divide between God and rationality be reconciled?

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"Science will never offer an answer to the parents of Madeleine McCann. Nor will it ever be irrational to go to a Mozart concert, though science can never explain the genius of his music. The new atheism completely misunderstands the way that human beings experience the poetry and narrative of life."


yet another twat equating doubt in the existence of the supernatural with the inability to experience emotion.

Sat, 11 Oct 2008 17:03:00 UTC | #250049

Go to: Dawkins: a theologian's perspective

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Richard Dawkins reminds me of someone passionately convinced of the virtures of sight, confronted by people trying to explain to him the concept of smell. Such a person might be absolutely committed to the view that vision alone can understand and explain reality.

perhaps a more apt metaphor would be being confronted by people trying to explain the concept of telepathy.

Tue, 07 Oct 2008 03:20:00 UTC | #248093

Go to: The rival to the Bible

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The fact this book has survived at all is a miracle.

*takes a drink*

Tue, 07 Oct 2008 03:13:00 UTC | #248088

Go to: Catholic priests cane YouTube over blasphemous vids

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A group of US priests has demanded YouTube show Catholics the same respect it shows to Jews when it comes to removing sacrilegeous videos.

an ideological identity should (by default) never command the same protection as an ethnic identity.

edit: imagine "UK conservative party demands the same respect as granted to people of African American heritage".

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 01:44:00 UTC | #245721

Go to: Artist Builds Temple of Science

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as an artist, i'm always pissed off by other people trying to widen the schism between art and science.

Wed, 01 Oct 2008 00:58:00 UTC | #244293

Go to: Brunswick school board to consider creationism teaching

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"It's really a disgrace for the state school board to impose evolution on our students without teaching creationism," county school board member Jimmy Hobbs said at Tuesday's meeting. "The law says we can't have Bibles in schools, but we can have evolution, of the atheists."

wow, what a shithead.

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 01:11:00 UTC | #242918

Go to: Hail, ceaseless complexity: Review of 'Reinventing the Sacred'

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what an unpleasant-sounding person.

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 16:29:00 UTC | #242747

Go to: Why There Almost Certainly Is a God, By Keith Ward

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Rather neatly, Ward uses one of science's finest achievements â€" the discovery of the bizarre quantum world â€" as a weapon with which to undermine the materialist world-view championed by Dawkins. The appealing simplicity of the latter evaporates when you look at the building blocks of the universe closely enough: "What is the point of being a materialist when we are not sure exactly what matter is?" The fact that modern physics' best theories about the universe are verifiable experimentally counts in their favour, but Ward only needs you to concede that his "God hypothesis" is simpler to have exposed a chink in Dawkins' armour.


Sun, 28 Sep 2008 02:50:00 UTC | #242409

Go to: Pope: Religion has a place in politics

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i get the idea that when Mr Ratzinger calls for religion and politics to be more open to each other, he's not calling for a politcal incursion into religion.

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:41:00 UTC | #241204

Go to: Richard Dawkins infected with Satanic 'virus of mind', Christian group claims

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once again, there's that weird genre of apologetics that focuses on trying to sarcastically ridicule atheists (David Robertson's writing is a good example), which for some reason, always communicates a deep, uncharitable lack of humour. whether this is a symptom of genuinely cynical, dismissive nihilism, or just because the writers are naively inept at using satire, i will never know.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 21:36:00 UTC | #238564

Go to: Jewish 'ultras' defend morals with menace

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Extraordinarily, he admitted to slashing the tyres of women who have driven into the neighbourhood who, he said, were indecently dressed. 'There was a mess with the police,' he said. 'Now I'm trying new creative methods, not using violence. Now I make a small hole in their tyres and the air deflates slowly. I'm not destroying their car.'

wow, this guy is a complete cunt.

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 21:26:00 UTC | #238563

Go to: Eoin Colfer to write sixth Hitchhiker's Guide book

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Thu, 18 Sep 2008 19:47:00 UTC | #236940

Go to: Evolution fine but no apology to Darwin: Vatican

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The Vatican said on Tuesday the theory of evolution was compatible with the Bible

lucky for the Bible.

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 16:57:00 UTC | #236170

Go to: Pope condemns 'pagan' love of money, power

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everyone's bashing Mr Ratzinger for the hypocritical nature of his speech, but i think that, even more than that, it's worth noting the really cheap, obvious, croud-pleasing aspect of his sentiment. he's basically trotted out some standard, non-controversial social mores that Disney having been peddling for nearly a century. he may as well have added on "and if you fall out with a friend, always be the first to apologise", or "always eat your greens", and the crowd would still have lapped it up and gone home with the impression that the papal speech was fucking epic.

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 06:50:00 UTC | #235404

Go to: Creationism call divides Royal Society

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it scares me to think that the Templeton Foundation might have some influence in the Royal Society.

Sun, 14 Sep 2008 01:34:00 UTC | #234142

Go to: Sleek Probe To Map Earth's Gravity

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i'm sure i'm not the only person eagerly awaiting the results, so that i can run off to the point of lowest gravity and just jump up and down a lot.

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 22:16:00 UTC | #232551

Go to: Large Hadron Collider readies for world's biggest experiment

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dead exciting stuff.

Fri, 05 Sep 2008 08:13:00 UTC | #230318

Go to: Is our universe fine-tuned for life?

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well, it seems likely that if some things were different, then other things would be different too. just goes to show.

Wed, 06 Aug 2008 05:03:00 UTC | #213338

Go to: Embracing goodness, without God

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what a hideously clumsy article. i think the point where it totally went off the rails is about.... here....

But what ties them together is a strong belief in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and a reverence for those who dedicate their lives to it.
crazy stuff.

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 03:10:00 UTC | #212443

Go to: Vicar supports Life of Brian ban

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However, when it was released, critics accused the Python team of blasphemy with its story about a Jewish man who was mistaken for the messiah and then crucified.

hold on, that does sound like jesus.

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 04:21:00 UTC | #211325

Go to: Cardinal accuses Anglican Communion of 'spiritual Alzheimer's'

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He said: "When we live myopically in the fleeting present, oblivious of our past heritage and apostolic traditions, we could well be suffering from spiritual Alzheimer's.

"When we behave in a disorderly manner, going whimsically our own way without any coordination with the head of or the other members of our community, it could be ecclesial Parkinson's."

this man is labouring under a self-imposed emotional celibacy, intellectual celibacy, and indeed actual celibacy.

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 02:34:00 UTC | #205977

Go to: Antony Flew reviews the Index of The God Delusion

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what a totally incoherent article.

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 08:13:00 UTC | #203994

Go to: Richard Dawkins slaps creationists into the primordial soup

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i like the included photo of Professor Dawkins saving a wee dog from a bear.

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 01:22:00 UTC | #202843

Go to: Anti-Darwinists turned away by Israeli academia

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hey, so long as they keep finding faults with Darwinism, they might bring themselves up to speed with actual modern evolutionary synthesis.

- you'd think.

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 07:46:00 UTC | #201548

Go to: 'Condoms won't change HIV rates'

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A SOUTH African Catholic cardinal says the rampant HIV infection rate in Africa would not change if the church ordered its faithful to use condoms during sex.

this is where his thinking goes wrong. he seems to be suffering under a dichotomy where the church either does nothing, or bosses people around. provide condoms, and don't forbid people to use them. no ordering people around, no unnecessary further demeaning of people.

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 05:00:00 UTC | #201457

Go to: The Return of Religion

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didn't read past the first couple of paragraphs. for the record, in all the debates i've watched, all the tv programs i've seen, all the talks i've been to, i have never once heard Dennett or Dawkins raise their voices. i don't know enough about Harris or Hitchens to say the same for them, but i suspect they too are less than violent.

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 09:21:00 UTC | #200908