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Don’t believe in magic: believe in miracles, dummy!

As many of you know, I'm a staunch supporter of the science of evolution. Although it's a powerful yet simple idea, for many religious people, it's simply the most damning and damaging idea ever conceived. Despite the fact even the Papacy has finally and reluctantly agreed it does indeed exist, it doesn't stop people who have zero idea about how evolution works to deny it. I've read many articles and blogs ...

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Understanding the reasons for religious arguments

I'm beginning to understand intellectually debating religion is a giant waste of time. The blog Atheist Revolution has an interesting article on the types of 'religious trolls' who frequently comment in atheist's sites and the tactics they use. However, there's something important here that is not being mentioned: what exactly is their motivation? It's easy to dismiss trolls as simple troublemakers who want ...

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The illusion of design

I mentioned before that many individuals believe in religion because of what they perceive to be logical reasons, and it is often based on the illusion of design, both here on earth, and in the cosmos in general. The universe, as far as we can observe, seems to be both extremely complex and mysterious at first glance. Here on earth, the complexity of life is staggering; in a handful of dirt, there are milli ...

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Some atheists are taking themselves a bit too seriously..

Ggnothi seauton (Greek): It means know thyself, and it's something I've always taken to heart. I'm not always the most positive and easy going guy around. I've been known to kick some dust in the faces of my opposition. When you're in a fight, particularly one for the hearts and minds of your fellow human beings, you can sometimes lose sight of how the conflict changes you. When you have a website devoted t ...

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Book Review: The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

A few weeks ago, Penguin Publishing sent me an email offering a free copy of Andre Comte-Sponville's The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. Not being one to turn down anything free (I'm poor, what can I say?), I gladly accepted. When it was finally delivered, I was anxious to see if this book would provide new insights on the subject of atheism. I've read all the works of the four horsemen of the atheist ...

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The LA Times believes Digg has an atheist agenda

I frequently use Digg.com. I'll admit I am partial to the left wing slant most of the articles seem to have, but if I am to believe the LA Times, the site has some kind of atheist agenda. Call me crazy, but since when has expressing your opinions become equivalent to trying to spark a revolution? Yes, it's true a large proportion of Digg users appear to be atheists, but so what? Is it some dark agenda, or m ...

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A waste of time

If you want to know how to waste your time, then how about trying to prove to a rich creationist that transitional fossils exist. Adnan Oktar is a wealthy writer who is the Turkish equivalent of Richard Dawkins (in light of the country's failure to accept evolutionary theory, he's as good as it gets). He's supposedly put up a trillion lira up (that's roughly 7 million dollars), daring anyone to provide evid ...

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Chuck Norris is no fun

Trust Chuck (and Jesus) to ruin the fun everyone was happening with those cool "Chuck Norris Facts". This is old but still highly amusing: Chuck Norris telling us 'the truth' about Evolution. Alleged Chuck Norris Fact: "There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live." It's funny. It's cute. But here's what I really think about the theory of evolution: It's not rea ...

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Atheist dating strategies

The Atheist Revolution has two posts on the topic of atheist dating that I just HAVE to post up (and don't forget to read the comments, they're just as interesting). Jake (the Good Atheist himself) is constantly struggling with some of the issues and questions brought up by these posts, like "How do you respect people who believe in such dumb things?" And no, I'm not saying believing in a god is necessarily ...

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Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons

RedOrbit has a review of Peter Bowler's book Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons As one might gather from this brief outline, Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons does not set out to radically re-imagine the historical contours of the continuing struggle over evolution. Yet, because it assembles the crucial figures and events in an easily accessible and wonderfully economical package, the book is exceptionally w ...

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