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    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Reclaim the Spring Festival

    Here's the poem read by Bruce Pettycrew for the Humanist Minute on April 20, 2014, known to some as Easter Sunday.  It is an excellent statement of how we should view the Spring Festival.

    http://www.humanists.org/blog/easter-holiday/



    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    Alcoholics Anonymous without a "higher power:

    It's now possible for freethinkers to attend an AA meeting without being a hypocrite or saying the Serenity Prayer.

    From the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/us/alcoholics-anonymous-without-the-religion.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    The Bad Astronomy guy answers 22 questions posed by creationists

    Phil Plait, the author of Slate Magazine's ever-informative and enjoyable Bad Astronomy blog takes on creationists after the infamous Bill Nye/Ken Ham evolution debate.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/02/06/religion_and_science_answering_creationists_questions.html



    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Another overwrought dismissal of the non-theist position

    From the New York Times comes this interview about the rationality of atheism.  One might question whether an individual who is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers is an unbiased commentator.  One also might wonder why the interview went on and on and on without accomplishing much.  Read at your own risk.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/is-atheism-irrational/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

    Would it be too much to hope for a follow-up interview on the rationality of theism?

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Can Science Deliver the Benefits of Religion?

    This is a long article that makes some provocative points about a perennial question.

    Be sure to save time to read the comments which are often amusing and sometimes informative.

    http://www.bostonreview.net/arts-culture/can-science-deliver-benefits-religion

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    Suggestions for winter reading

    I was delighted to find so many suggestions for reading on atheism and secular humanism, even on the mainstream Goodreads site.  Lots of duplication, of course, but some interesting suggestions nevertheless, especially from the more idiosyncratic lists.  Like you needed more books to read!  At least you'll be familiar with the titles.

    http://www.goodreads.com/genres/atheism

    A slightly different list from the same site

    http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/secular-humanism


    http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/op-ed-top-10-atheist-books-of-2013/article/364656

    http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=3545

    http://www.michaelnugent.com/best/140-favourite-atheist-related-books/



    And in case all that heavy reading gets you down, here's a list of atheist fiction.  Some of which I personally found as hard to get through as much of the non-fiction.

    http://www.librarything.com/topic/46683



    Just FYI, when I looked for best books for unbelievers on the web, I found a lot of books for devout Christians to present to their unbelieving friends to convert them.  Needless to say, those books are not included here.

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

    Krauss and Dawkins on a road trip - film review

    From the NY Times an article on a new film featuring Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss on a road trip.  Watch the trailer.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/10/science/space/the-unbelievers-chronicles-road-tripping-scientists-promoting-reason.html?emc=eta1