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Atheists in church: the course of true love may now run smooth

Mark Ribbands - 23 March 2012 60 Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, I need your help. I have among my friends (yes, both of them) one who stands out as the type-specimen of the ‘Strident Atheist’. He’s the kind of man who spends his days...

TAGGED: ATHEISM, FAMILY/FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES

Holy (roasted?) cow! My oven believes in God

Mark Ribbands - 18 March 2012 41 Comments

Atheists might well expect to find religious nonsense intruding, uninvited, into the most unlikely corners of their lives, but sometimes even their wildest expectations are exceeded. As were mine...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, RELIGION

When the magic of reality collides with the magic of childhood

Mark Ribbands - 09 December 2011 54 Comments

Yesterday we put up the Christmas tree in our house. That seemed like a good time to play a little game, exploring our seven-year-old son’s thoughts on theological matters. I asked him, “What do...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, FAMILY/FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES, REASON

On all things wondrous strange: ghosts, mediums, and rubber hands

Mark Ribbands - 20 May 2011 27 Comments

[Book review] Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there by Professor Richard Wiseman. Where Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion comprehensively demolishes the towering edifice of theology...

TAGGED: BOOKS

Signed books and other collectabilia: What’s the big deal?

Mark Ribbands - 13 May 2011 44 Comments

An earlier thread drifted into a discussion of signed books. Steve Zara, in his response to my mentioning that I do rather like such things, maybe touched on something more profound than was...

TAGGED: BOOKS, COMMENTARY, RICHARD DAWKINS

God's killings in the Bible

Mark Ribbands - 19 February 2011 87 Comments

Many here will know the Sceptics’ Annotated Bible website: the supremely useful, and equally entertaining, deconstruction of Biblical, Koranic and Mormonic knowledge. The author, Steve Wells,...

TAGGED: BOOKS

Why all the anonymity?

Mark Ribbands - 07 October 2010 97 Comments

Since these comments pages have not become populated by abusive idiots, as was sometimes the case with the old ‘forum’, why do so many people hide behind anonymity? I am puzzled by this...

TAGGED: WEBSITE