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Matthew 27:51-53: The Bible’s “Night of the Living Dead” Passage

Matthew 27:51-53. Have you ever noticed what it says? Immediately after Jesus’s death, Matthew has this very, very strange Night of the Living Dead story that he includes in his gospel. Matthew says that there was, immediately following Jesus’s death, an … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker is skeptical of new media skepticism

At the New York Times this week, Steven Pinker has a not-to-be-missed op-ed on new media skepticism. A taste: Media critics write as if the brain takes on the qualities of whatever it consumes, the informational equivalent of “you are what … Continue reading

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Doubting the doctrine of hell: India disorients a Christian

One of Andrew Sullivan’s blog readers wrote this today: I’m a Christian . . . I think. I say, “I think” because a recent trip to India left me stumbling on the foundation of faith laid since my youth. I … Continue reading

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Physicist Richard Feynman was a member of the doubting community, not the faith community

And he ended up in hell for it. Just kidding.

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Are you a member of the faith community—or the doubting community?

Because every other year or so I teach the Bible as literature course at my college, I was asked to be on a panel discussing how to deal with religion in the classroom. The event was held last night and one … Continue reading

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Today’s question: in the Bible, why didn’t God make critical thinking important?

If God exists, and really wrote the Bible, why didn’t He set critical thinking front and center in, say, the teachings of Moses or Jesus? Why, in other words, is God’s emphasis in the Bible upon the pragmatics of faith and obedience—but … Continue reading

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Silencing atheism: I find this news report sad

A billboard put up by an atheist group is vandalized by a theist who apparently could not bear a dissenting opinion on religion within his community: Oops. It doesn’t embed. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SO7K4UL7kk When you can’t even stand exposure to opinions … Continue reading

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An atheist writes a song: the Flaming Lips’ “Vein of Stars”

Here’s a really good song with atheist lyrics (or at least agnostic ones): Here are the lyrics: Who knows? Maybe there isn’t a vein of stars calling out my name. No glow from above our heads. Nothing there to see … Continue reading

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The emperor has no clothes watch: kudos to Jerry Coyne and Duncan Porter!

On the principle that no good deed goes unpunished, University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne states the obvious and receives a blizzard of freak-out mail, a lot of it ugly. Here, according to AP, is what Coyne said about … Continue reading

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Are you a person of doubt or a person of faith?

Of course, you might be someone in between: a person committed to certain beliefs in excess of the empirical who nevertheless carries them, not with the triumphalism of certainty, but with the cross of doubt. But I nevertheless think that these two categories—the person of doubt and … Continue reading

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Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster, California: “A true Christian community is one that will welcome anyone of faith.”

After Lancaster mayor R. Rex Parris claimed that he was “growing a Christian community,” he then seemingly backtracked. But on March 1, 2010 the mayor was once again quoted in the local paper, the Antelope Valley Press, alluding to Lancaster as a … Continue reading

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Why I’m an Agnostic (and Not an Atheist or Theist)

I would liken my agnosticism about God and the afterlife to someone who is agnostic about life on Mars. At this point in the 21st century, we have enticing Martian clues about methane on the planet, but nothing definitive (it could be … Continue reading

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Expert Physicists Say that the Large Hadron Collider is Safe and Won’t Create a Black Hole That Will Swallow the Earth. So How Come Conservatives Aren’t Freaked about This?

Most American conservatives (presumably) follow the expert advice of their family physicians when they are told that, say, they need to see a specialist with regard to a symptom, or need surgery. And they might well go under the knife … Continue reading

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1968 UFO or UF-NO?

This UFO photo looks rather intriguing, don’t you think? It’s in black and white, which is what you might expect of a photograph if it were taken in 1968, and the image was captured on a sunny day in Southern … Continue reading

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A Recent UFO Caught on Video by the BBC

Last week, the BBC caught an unidentified flying object passing through one of its live video feeds. No, it doesn’t mean it was an alien spacecraft from another planet or dimension. Nor does it mean that it was a fast moving … Continue reading

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Stanley Fish on the Cross of Doubt

The religions I know are about nothing but doubt and dissent, and the struggles of faith, the dark night of the soul, feelings of unworthiness, serial backsliding, the abyss of despair. Whether it is the book of Job, the Confessions … Continue reading

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I Am a Tennis Ball of Two Minds, Pressing Against the Net

I made this image last night as an artistic representation of my lifelong and chronic Hamlet-like agnosticism: All rights reserved.

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Still Another Good Reason to Be an Agnostic

I think an agnostic is in the unique (and enviable) position of being able to look sympathetically at theism and atheism, and actually feel some engagement with the arguments of both of them—to even feel their emotional power and pull—depending … Continue reading

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Advice to Young Theist and Atheist Contrarians

Think! Then think some more. The truth is the whole. You’ve got to have empiricism—it’s crucial—it’s the only way to reality test your mad speculations. But don’t ignore metaphysics and epistemology. Don’t, in other words, ignore the premises underlying your worldview. And … Continue reading

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Quote for a Sunday

Patrick Appel today at Andrew Sullivan’s blog: I’ve absolutely no problem with [Daniel] Dennett stating his opinions or arguing forcefully for what he believes. But telling fellow non-believers they ought to be less courteous to the faithful strikes me as … Continue reading

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