Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance.
Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school. It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area. More… Continue
Added by Dr. Bob on April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm —
Well, well. The cleansing spread of toppling Catholic aristocracy has claimed it's latest victim: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski! He should be more than just defrocked.…
Added by Ed on June 28, 2014 at 12:58pm —
I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order. I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here.
It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.… Continue
Added by Dr. Bob on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm —
I've been thinking lately about moving back home. I will be there soon after eight years and thousands of miles of being away. My father the other day on the phone said that we needed to have a “long talk” when I get back. He never referred to what it was that he needed to talk about, but it's got me thinking about what it could be. At this point, it could be a lot of things, so I've tried to keep myself from speculating. My father, for those of you who don't… Continue
Added by Sagacious Hawk on July 3, 2013 at 5:17pm —
One argument that I tackled in an earlier post was the fine tuning argument. I thought about it for a while, and I thought of one of my interests: Astronomy. I realized that there are thousands of galaxies and millions of stars and planets out there. So are we really "fine tuned"? Why us and not any one of the other millions of planets? Why haven't we found life on other planets? For those of you who do not know much about cosmology or astronomy there is a certain Goldilocks zone that a… Continue
Added by Real Life James Bond on April 2, 2013 at 12:00am —
For hundreds of years it has been thought that this world is a result of God. God made everything we see, hear, touch, etc. but is this really the case? In science, once a theory has been proposed it is tested in a way to try to disprove it. If it cannot be disproved, then it works. Does God work?
In an earlier post
i took some religious claims and how science has refuted them. In a way I am simply continuing… Continue
Added by Real Life James Bond on March 31, 2013 at 3:24pm —
Jake Finkbonner was injured while playing basketball and ended up with a split lip. He developed a Strep A Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh eating disease). His face, neck and chest were disfigured before the infection was put under control. Today the Vatican declared his healing a miracle. NPR Link As the story goes, at the point the disease stopped progressing, a relic… Continue
Added by Gaytor on December 20, 2011 at 11:55pm —
I made my good Christian Pilgrimage to see the bones of St Peter recently. Alright, maybe it wasn't as a Christian, but it's something very sought after by some Christians and Catholics. In my case, I was travelling to Italy, including Rome, seeing the Vatican anyways, and my wife ran across the tour. Normally it's way too busy to get in and you have to make reservations months in advance. Since we were travelling in November, we got in with like six weeks notice. I was excited. I love… Continue
Added by Gaytor on December 2, 2011 at 4:11pm —
Was it two years ago, or three, when Bishop Thomas O'Brien of Phoenix was convicted in a hit-and-run incident that killed a pedestrian?
Today's news includes a story reporting that Bishop Robert Finn, of Kansas City, has been arrested for failing to report a priest who was discovered to have a trove of child-porn images on his computer.
Thomas O'Brien, before his… Continue
Added by Thaddeus Dombrowski on October 14, 2011 at 9:30pm —
I've recently entered college, and my college of choice was fortunate enough to be 20 miles down the road from my aunt, who has agreed to let me stay with her for free. Upon the conditions that allow me to stay here are doing chores around the house, taking care of her autistic son with her (he's my cousin, it's not like I was going to say no...) and attending church with the family on Sundays.
Does this make me a "bad" atheist? I mean, singing and pretending I believe in the… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on August 25, 2011 at 2:34pm —
Theatre of Blood is the first horror flick I recall ever seeing.
I saw this film in the early 70’s when a network station broadcast it edited for television. I was 7 or 8 and my older cousins were all hanging out in the dark with the eerie glow of the… Continue
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on May 26, 2011 at 1:00pm —
Last night I watched a fascinating show on the Smithsonian Channel about the (alleged) events that the movie The Excorcist
is loosely based on. In case you are not familiar with the story, a thirteen year old boy appeared to slowly become possessed by a demon. The event happened not longer after the unexpected death of his aunt. Weird things are said to have happened in the house and marks started showing up on the boy's body. The family took him to… Continue
Added by Pesci on October 28, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Dear Mr. Pope!
You're full of it! Another show of crocodile tears and
empty promises that something will be done to give the illusion of
caring! Another call for prayers, as if THAT will get results!
Honestly, I don't expect ANYTHING to be done! You hide behind opulent
walls and wear threads of gold while you send your minions to starving
third world countries to preach the evils of birth control! When are
you going stop acting like putting two hands together… Continue
Added by Mario Rodgers on April 19, 2010 at 12:39am —
I'm sitting back reading Nelson's Sunday School
and something has occurred to me. After decades of this inaction on priests whom have raped children all over the world, we have seen little to no action from governments and parents. Governments aren't prosecuting the church for having protected these guys. They aren't prosecuting Priests and telling the… Continue
Added by Gaytor on April 18, 2010 at 12:00pm —
In 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote the “Evangelium Vitae,” a letter directed at the entirety of the Roman Catholic Church. The primary topic of this encyclical is the sanctity, value, and inviolability of human life. Along with discussions of murder and euthanasia, the Pope includes a lengthy section in which he condemns abortion as a “particularly serious and deplorable” crime against life (Hurley 23); he immediately lists abortion alongside infanticide with no justification for how… Continue
Added by Shine on March 31, 2010 at 11:30pm —
A very dear friend of mine was just sent away to a relative's house because he refused to babysit while his parents spent the worker's compensation check at a casino to nurse their habits. They then punished him, called him a godless creature (again), and sent him away to live with his brother, and might send him back to Poland to live with other relatives if he does not comply. He does not have internet or any other means to contact me or anyone else.
He's still technically a minor… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on March 8, 2010 at 7:17pm —
I'd like to establish why I have such a username. But more importantly, I want to truly establish myself here since I'm new. :D I want to tell you all who I am and how I became an atheist. :D And also I'll end up telling you how I turned my family onto atheism. I know this is LONG, sorry. Insanely long truly. But in the future my blog posts will probably be a LOT shorter.
I don't believe (and quite frankly have never believed) in Heaven. I've also never believed in God I don't think.… Continue
Added by luvtheheaven on December 23, 2009 at 4:36am —
Did anybody watch the Intelligence Squared debate, on the BBC News channel, yesterday? There's a video of Christopher Hitchens, at the debate, below, at the bottom of this post. The Catholics got trounced by the atheists. I’ve been waiting for the transcript but, so far, none has materialized. So I gathered the stats instead.
Before I continue, I should describe the Intelligence Squared debate format. Each debate has a proposition. In this case, the proposition is: “The Catholic… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on November 9, 2009 at 8:00am —
From Not My God
Here in the Not My God penthouse, I focus on stories of atheists that are particularly difficult and moving for the purposes of illustration and because this obviously makes for a more interesting book. So if anyone out there thinks I cherry-pick the extremes, yes, I am, but that’s sort of the point.
I found this story on Dawkins’s Converts Corner.
“For many years I was a victim of… Continue
Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on November 5, 2009 at 4:08pm —
I know I said I was going to post about something else first, but I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately.
As I'm sure most of you know, a few days ago, the Catholic Church offered something of a warped olive branch to the Anglican Church, saying that if any of their members were unsettled by the fact that the Anglicans were (gasp!) allowing women and gays to be ministers, they could simply defect back to the Catholics, where a warm and welcomed seat would be waiting for… Continue
Added by Jake on October 31, 2009 at 2:43am —