Tag Archives: atheism

The Religious Education Dilemma, Again

We just got a notice from my daughter’s state school yesterday inviting us to choose which religious education class we’d like to enrol her in. There were a multitude of choices: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Ba’hai, Buddhist and Hindu (an accurate reflection the nature of her school, I think). Finally, there was the choice to ‘opt […]

Hatches, matches and despatches

Once I am sure there’s nothing going on I step inside, letting the door thud shut. Another church: matting, seats, and stone, And little books; sprawlings of flowers, cut For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff Up at the holy end; the small neat organ; And a tense, musty, unignorable silence, Brewed God knows […]

The Two Cultures Redux

On May 7, 1959, British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered an influential Rede Lecture at Cambridge University. His lecture concerned the intellectual division between the sciences and the humanities, and contained the following famous passage: I remember G. H. Hardy once remarking to me in mild puzzlement, some time in the 1930s, ‘Have you noticed how the word ‘intellectual’ is used nowadays. There seems to be a new definition which certainly doesn’t include Rutherford or Eddington or Dirac or Adrian or me? It […]

Tapu

I don’t normally go around pimping other people’s stuff independent of our Saturday chit-chat threads, but this short essay on the difference between respecting beliefs you don’t share and giving those beliefs force of law is so good it deserves a wider audience. It had its genesis in this advisory from Te Papa (the National […]

And this isn’t okay, either

Just thought I’d remind certain peeps around the place.

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

… Or, should I say, Richard Dawkins. Apparently, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are consulting their lawyers to see whether the Pope can be charged when he visits Britain in September. Mr Dawkins and Mr Hitchens believe the Pope should face charges for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, The Guardian reports. […]

The Cats That Will Not Be Herded

I’m reasonably sure I was the first libertarian to suggest that organising libertarians was akin to herding cats (here, apparently), and since then the notion has spread around Ozblogistan. Well, I think I’ve found a new group of cats that will not be herded: atheists. This observation comes after noting the response to a piece […]

You gotta laugh at yourself, sometimes

The Dawkins Delusion – Guest Post by ‘G’

[SL: G is a lurker and occasional commenter on this blog who describes himself as an ‘amateur theologian’. I’m not sure what he means by that, because he seems pretty knowledgeable to me. His home blog is here. In this piece, he turns his mind to Richard Dawkins’s popular piece of God-bashing, The God Delusion. […]