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Teaching Astrology in a Faith School

January 26, 2012

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[The image above is purported to be from a Croatian Church (unsourced). For other examples see the 'Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri' in Rome] ———————— As Richard Dawkins pointed out in his Channel 4 documentary ‘Age of Reason: Faith School Menace’[1] (aired August 2010), around one-third of all schools in Britain has a religious affiliation. In this one-hour… [Read more…]

God of the Mathematicians

January 21, 2012

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Statistics In 1996, a survey was conducted by the Yale historian Edward Larson which asked a sample of scientists about their religious beliefs. The group’s aim was to discover whether religiosity among scientific academics has diminished, compared to results of a a similar survey from 1916.[1] The study found little change in the spread of response. You’ll be… [Read more…]

Kepler and Jesus’ Star

December 12, 2011

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Who vagrant transitory Comets see, Wonders, because they are rare: but a new starre Whose motion with the firmament agrees, Is miracle, for there no new things are. From John Donne’s ‘To the Countesse of Huntingdon‘ [Appears in Arthur Koestler (1959) 'Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe'] ———————— In 1604, while… [Read more…]

Arks and Bows

December 7, 2011

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In a previous article, I wrote about the sloppy representation of rainbows in art. Artists who usually demonstrate extraordinary observational skills for landscapes, animals, and human interactions, seems to have a terrible blind spot for the relatively simple rainbow. Considering that there is such a widespread misperception of this atmospheric phenenomon – certainly not restricted to artists - perhaps there… [Read more…]

Scientific Theories According to Christianity – Number 2: Work

December 4, 2011

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Click here for part 1 (Buoyancy) [Click to enlarge]

What Christmas is Really About

December 1, 2011

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‘Tis the season, for the free thinker, to be reminded of the mental slavery of others. Each year, large sections of our community, with considerable effort and resource, take this time to offer praise and thanks in dedication to a mythical being. A being that has performed, and some say still performs, astounding miracles. A… [Read more…]

The Two Euphemisms of ‘Reason’ and ‘Evidence’

November 23, 2011

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If you’re a Christian or other theist, don’t get too excited. I’m not going to do you that much of a favour. What I am going to do, is to offer a stronger case for the opposition. If you are a non-beliver, I predict that you are likely to disagree with what I am about to say. Indeed,… [Read more…]

In Conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar (Part 2)

November 18, 2011

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Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is a 20 year-old Middle-Eastern Humanist. If this were not rare enough, in September 2010, Faisal created the ‘Global Secular Humanist Movement‘ Facebook page with aim to, “promote public understanding and acknowledgment of the secular humanistic worldview, including equal individual rights and acceptance for people who hold it.” In just over a year, his… [Read more…]

In Conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar (Part 1)

November 17, 2011

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Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is a 20 year-old Middle-Eastern Humanist. If this were not rare enough, in September 2010, Faisal created the ‘Global Secular Humanist Movement‘ Facebook page with aim to, “promote public understanding and acknowledgment of the secular humanistic worldview, including equal individual rights and acceptance for people who hold it.” In just over a year,… [Read more…]

The Day Benjamin Franklin Caused an Earthquake

November 9, 2011

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In the early morning of November 18th 1755, eastern American felt the strongest earthquake the colonies had ever experienced. Witnesses reported it lasted for an uninterrupted 4 minutes. The earth cracked and walls fell. Chimneys collapsed and thousands of buildings were damaged. And it was all Benjamin Franklin’s fault. Well, that’s what Boston’s Rev. Thomas… [Read more…]

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