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Go to: Who Was More Important: Lincoln or Darwin?

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Both Richard Dawkins and Yvon Marcoux were born on March 26, 1941. Who was more important?

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 11:39:00 UTC | #192212

Go to: Who Was More Important: Lincoln or Darwin?

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Darwin and Lincoln were both godless*.

"Lincoln, the Freethinker"

* although Lincoln did convert to Christianity shortly after his death.

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 11:28:00 UTC | #192205

Go to: Evidence can't shake your faith if your faith excludes it as evidence

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"5. Goldy: So, if I get this right, there is no evidence as such..."

No, there's no evidence, but suppose there were! Then Dawkins would be guilty of ignoring that supposed evidence. Doesn't this ironclad argument convince you to change your godless ways?

BTW, want to buy a bridge?

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:23:00 UTC | #126743

Go to: An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins

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Fr. Morris repeats the lie about Hitler being an atheist evens as he challenges Dawkins' honesty. Surely that violates a commandment, the good father had better buy some indulgences.

And perhaps Fr. Morris could elaborate on this "true religion" he mentions. Does it involve wearing kilts?

Fr. Morris is on record as asking, "Have you ever met a really happy kid who is an atheist? I mean, give me a break.",2933,300737,00.html

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 10:03:00 UTC | #95103

Go to: Response to My Fellow 'Atheists'

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I think Harris is on the wrong track here.

If your point is that phrasing your communications carefully will get them better accepted, then accusing those who do not understand or agree with you of being a "cult" undermines your message and your point. Obviously you are not someone who is an expert in effective communication.

Does Harris really think that someone could criticise "religious metaphysics and superstition" and "faith-based thinking" and not be instantly categorised as an atheist?

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 14:18:00 UTC | #73494

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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If the audio material contains farting noises, we can suspect that William Dembski is involved.

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 07:09:00 UTC | #64691

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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Does anyone know if this Barry Kurch guy actually IS the entire "intelligence community"?

I don't know, and was unable to glean any insight into that from either or the website. The text at the website makes me think that perhaps it is some sort of anonymizer service: you contribute the content and "The Intelligent Community" publishes it under their brand. Perhaps when Beachbum provides his review, the material itself will provide some direct or indirect information on this point.

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 07:08:00 UTC | #64690

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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But the product description says one needs an iPod. I might void the warranty. I'd hate to leave them a loophole like that.

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 13:06:00 UTC | #64047

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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Someone's got to step up and "take one for the team," i.e. buy the product and listen to it so we can find out just how good the argument is. I don't own an iPod, so someone else will have to suffer.

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 11:38:00 UTC | #64023

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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WHOIS information for:

registrant-firstname: Barry
registrant-lastname: Krusch
registrant-state: NC
registrant-city: Asheville
registrant-ccode: US
admin-c-firstname: Barry
admin-c-lastname: Krusch
admin-c-state: NC
admin-c-city: Asheville
admin-c-ccode: US

Here's his resume:

I guess he figured the product wouldn't sell well under his real name.

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 10:44:00 UTC | #64008

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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Authored by "The Intelligent Community" - a bit presumptious there.

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 10:14:00 UTC | #64000

Go to: The Flea Circus moves to your iPod!

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"Note — to use this learning program, you must have all of the following:

• A copy of The God Delusion, and
• An iPod (or other MP3 player), and
• A broadband connection (to download the MP3 files)."


Excellent, they are encouraging sales of Dawkins' book.

Mon, 03 Sep 2007 10:12:00 UTC | #63999

Go to: The Flea Circus Invites a Newcomer!

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"An edited bible, with all the nasty stuff edited out, might not be such a bad idea."

Several people have done that already. Thomas Jefferson had his own version; a copy of the gospels with all the ludicrous miracle stories removed, leaving only the philosophy and moral teachings.

Civil rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked on something called "The Woman's Bible" with her own revisions and commentary.

I'm amazed at how many Christians claim they get their morality straight form the Bible, but if you ask them questions such as "do you believe slavery is immoral", it becomes clear that they don't.

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 13:49:00 UTC | #57076

Go to: The Flea Circus Invites a Newcomer!

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But wait, there's more:
(Sorry, couldn't figure out how to put in a link properly)

Letter to an Atheist Nation
by Micheal Allen Robinson

An Atheist Nation? How flattering.

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 13:26:00 UTC | #57070

Go to: The Flea Circus Invites a Newcomer!

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Does the David Robertson book make a case for the existence of pink unicorns?

Or is it wrong to judge a book by its cover?

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:04:00 UTC | #57043

Go to: OUT Campaign Launched, 'Scarlet Letter' Shirts Now Available!

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I see the T-shirt models don't have their faces in the frame. Perhaps you should look for people who are willing to wear the T-shirt and not afraid to show their faces.

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 13:46:00 UTC | #56050

Go to: Atheism shall make you free

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It is impossible to show god doesn't exit. It could be anywhere inside or outside the universe(s).
Hmmmmm. Interesting.

Well no, it's rather tedious. Could you define the term "god" first, so we can evaluate this statement? Saying "I believe in X, but I'll wait to define X until I find something that can't be disproven" is really really boring. Hobbes would slap you upside the head for that sort of wishy washy discourse.

Sat, 02 Jun 2007 12:54:00 UTC | #44100

Go to: Hitchens and Prager Debate

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Prager asks "If you saw ten men walking towards you late at night, would you be relieved to learn that they were coming from a Bible study meeting?"

Not if they were wearing white robes and hoods.

Wed, 30 May 2007 07:30:00 UTC | #43260

Go to: Fighting the Fundamentalists

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Americans in the middle—meaning, generally, religious Americans in the middle—get the message that science, and Darwinism particularly, threatens their faith. Dembski once wrote to Dawkins: "I know that you personally don't believe in God, but I want to thank you for being such a wonderful foil for theism and for intelligent design more generally. In fact, I regularly tell my colleagues that you and your work are one of God's greatest gifts to the intelligent design movement. So please, keep at it!"

If I had an argument that required the taking of William Dembski at face value, I would rethink my argument.

Fri, 25 May 2007 08:43:00 UTC | #41987

Go to: Better God-fearing than sneering

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It is a tenet of evangelical Christianity that the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ created a new covenant with the church, so they no longer believe that a man should stone his wife to death if she is not a virgin.

Matthew 5:17-18 -
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

I guess Stephanie Merritt disagrees with J.C about that point.

Wed, 09 May 2007 09:41:00 UTC | #36220

Go to: The Damned

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"Nations marked by high levels of organic atheism - are among the healthiest, wealthiest, most educated societies on earth."

What is "organic atheism"? Is it high in bran?

Wed, 02 May 2007 14:10:00 UTC | #34286

Go to: 4 Sermon for Matins: 'Dawkins and The God Delusion'

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Christianity begins with Jesus Christ and his summons to discipleship. Everything else in the Christian religion flows from that.

Really? So the original book is fiction, but the sequel is true? If there is no Fall of Man in the garden, why would there be any need for salvation?

Tue, 01 May 2007 10:26:00 UTC | #33931

Go to: God Is in the Dendrites

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Out of politeness, perhaps, or a hope for future Templeton grants, neurotheologists tend to play down the most direct implication of their research: that religious ecstasy is an illusion.

That is more interesting when the description of the journalist at the end of the article is included:

George Johnson, a 2005 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow, is the author of Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order.

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 07:52:00 UTC | #32923

Go to: Einstein & Faith

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the ghastly apparition of atheism

Oh yeah, the cardinal makes it sound so enticing.

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 13:43:00 UTC | #29197

Go to: The God Debate

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I think Sam was very gentle. I've seen him otherwise. Perhaps the strategy is to ease up on the stridency so the convicted will be less afraid to debate. A counterpoint to RD perhaps.

Another gentle voice is Carl Sagan. His new book, The Varieties of Scientific Experience is a pretty good read, and Sagan displays admirable patience and gentleness throughout. Sagan and Dawkins could team up as "good cop/bad cop", although it will be difficult for Sagan to make the talk show circuit, what with being dead and all.

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:19:00 UTC | #26943

Go to: The God Debate

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WARREN: Sam makes all kinds of assertions based on his presuppositions. I'm willing to admit my presuppositions: there are clues to God. I talk to God every day. He talks to me.


HARRIS: It is quite possible for most people to be wrong—as are most Americans who think that evolution didn't occur.

WARREN: That's an arrogant statement.

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 17:20:00 UTC | #26791

Go to: The God Debate

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WARREN: We both stand in a relationship of faith. You have faith that there is no God. In 1974, I spent the better part of a year living in Japan, and I studied all the world religions. All of the religions basically point toward truth. Buddha made this famous statement at the end of his life: "I'm still searching for the truth." Muhammad said, "I am a prophet of the truth." The Veda says, "Truth is elusive, it's like a butterfly, you've got to search for it." Then Jesus Christ comes along and says, "I am the truth." All of a sudden, that forces a decision.

Later on:

WARREN: The truth is, religion is mutually exclusive. The person who says, "Oh, I just believe them all," is an idiot because the religions flat-out contradict each other. You cannot believe in reincarnation and heaven at the same time.

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 17:09:00 UTC | #26788

Go to: The God Debate

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Sam makes the statement in his book that religion is bad for the world, but far more people have been killed through atheists than through all the religious wars put together. Thousands died in the Inquisition; millions died under Mao, and under Stalin and Pol Pot.

Oh jeez, not again. Most of the man-made evil in the world was committed by baptised Mormons.

Sun, 01 Apr 2007 17:01:00 UTC | #26787

Go to: Happy 66th Birthday, Richard Dawkins!

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Happy 666th birthday!

Wait, that doesn't look right...

Mon, 26 Mar 2007 05:24:00 UTC | #25391

Go to: When the ain'ts go marching in

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I'm sure the other side is wondering, 'Hey, how come he's not eating children and setting kittens on fire?' "

Funny line.

Sat, 10 Mar 2007 17:28:00 UTC | #22949