Monthly Archives: July 2010

Evangelical atheist polemics

‘One of the most interesting questions about Dawkins’s book The God Delusion is why it was written.  Why does Dawkins feel he has anything significant to say about religion and what gives him the sense of authority presumably needed to … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism

“The emergence of a new form of hysterical and repressive atheism”

‘My only concern, as an atheistic libertarian, is with analysing the emergence of a new form of hysterical and repressive atheism.  And the New Atheists are not the first group of people in history to pursue their own, deeply problematic, … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism

The Secular Inquisition

The Secular Inquisition by Brendan O’Neill, atheist

Posted in Atheism, Secularism

Negative, authoritarian secularism, spearheaded by the New Atheists

‘The New Atheist campaign to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when he visits Britain later this year exposes the deeply disturbing, authoritarian and even Inquisitorial side to today’s campaigning secularism.  There is nothing remotely positive in the demand that British … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Secularism

‘God’s Philosophers’: a book well worth reading

God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam

Posted in Book Reviews, History, Philosophy, Sciences

How the mediaeval world laid the foundations of modern science

The Importance of Medieval Science (video of a talk given at the Faraday Institute, 85 minutes long) by James Hannam

Posted in History, Philosophy, Sciences

Discrimination against Christian students and scholars

No Christianity Please, We’re Academics by Timothy Larsen

Posted in Secularism

One, holy, Catholic and apostolic church

Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism Under the radar of most observers a trend is emerging of evangelicals converting to Catholicism.  By Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Posted in Christian Churches, Presbyterian, Reformed, Theology

Aggressive secularist ideology successfully opposed — this time

Catholic professor allowed to teach at University of Illinois campus this fall

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

The ugly truth about Tibetan Buddhism: internal schisms, fist-fights, misogyny and an anti-gay Dalai Lama

The truth about Tibetan Buddhism by Brendan O’Neill [The various schools of Tibetan Buddhism] have hot-headed disagreements and have even come to blows in recent years over which deities should be worshipped and which should not.  Religion of peace?  Yeah, right. … Continue reading

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The New Atheists’ ideological exploitation of Catholic abuse scandals

‘Now the dominant liberal outlook of our age – in particular in the media outlets that have most keenly focused on the Catholic abuse scandals: the New York Times, the Irish Times, and the UK Guardian – the new atheism differs from … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Politics, World Events

More on atheist schools

‘A Soviet teacher must be guided by the principle of the Party spirit of science; he is obliged not only to be an unbeliever himself, but also to be an active propagandist of godlessness among others, to be the bearer … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism

“Harmless”, “recreational” illegal drugs destroy yet another innocent life

Drug-addict couple battered boy, 3, to death in ‘squalid’ bedsit after being paid £40 per week to look after him   Kayley Boleyn and Christopher Taylor inflicted more than 70 injuries on Ryan Lovell-Hancox. Boleyn was handed a 13 year … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events

What atheist schools are really like: a first-hand testimony

‘Most of my schooling took place in a country that no longer exists; East Germany.  The school system was officially atheist and one of the things the principal required all students to do was join a local organization called Liga … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, History

Richard Dawkins, sawing off the branch on which he sits

‘The materialistic Darwinism professed by Richard Dawkins is a self-refuting system.  It claims to tell us the truth about all living things, including the intellectual animals that we are.  But by claiming that we have evolved minds whose property is … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Philosophy, Sciences

Hitchens on the secularist attack against Christianity

‘We have travelled in almost no time from repression, through a brief moment of mutual tolerance, to a new repression.  And at the same time the freedom of Christians to follow their beliefs in workplaces is under aggressive attack. Small … Continue reading

Posted in Peter Hitchens, Secularism

Fundamentalist ignorance and distortion

Fundamentalist Distortion of Scripture Regarding Women’s Roles by Joe E. Lunceford

Posted in Fundamentalism, Theology

24th September 2182 — the end of the world?

Massive asteroid could hit Earth in 2182, warn scientists Any attempt to try and divert the asteroid and save the Earth will have to take place within the next 70 years to have any chance of success.

Posted in Politics, World Events, Sciences

Think you’re obese? No you’re not, you’re FAT

Don’t spare their blushes! Overweight people should be called ‘fat’ not ‘obese’, health minister tells doctors Doctors should stop mincing their words and tell fat people they are fat, the British public health minister said yesterday.

Posted in Popular Culture, Society

Catholic Church brokers release of political prisoners from atheist state

Cuba to release 52 political prisoners, Catholic Church says Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens remain typically silent . . .

Posted in Atheism, Politics, World Events

Yet more state-supported secularist bigotry

A graduate student in school counseling is accusing Augusta State University in federal court of violating her constitutional rights by demanding that she work to change her views opposing homosexuality.

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

A Nobel Prize winner on the limits of science

‘That there is indeed a limit upon science is made very likely by the existence of questions that science cannot answer and that no conceivable advance of science would empower it to answer. . . .  It is not to … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Sciences

Profile of victim of state-supported secular bigotry

The University of Illinois scholar who lost his job over his exposition of Catholic teachings has walked a winding path that includes a decades-long conversion, leaving other positions, including one as a Presbyterian minister, and facing down an armed man … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Events, Secularism

To deny sin is to treat human beings in a subhuman fashion

‘To say that human beings may sin is to say that they are fully, and immeasurably, human.  That is, it is to take seriously their volition as well as the incumbency of the moral law.  To say, on the other … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Popular Culture, Society

The secularist thought-police ‘Haf vays of making you hire’

Reformed Evangelical Christian school has been forced by law to pay reparations and have their management undergo “human rights education” because they dismissed a netball coach on the grounds that he openly engaged in homosexual conduct.

Posted in Politics, World Events, Popular Culture, Society, Presbyterian, Reformed, Secularism