This might be as wise as plunging an apple corer into my leg and then pouring molten metal into the wound, but I need some help: I don’t have a clue what the term “accommodationism” means, in the context of atheist/theist debates and the “New Atheist” movement in general. People seem to like throwing the term around, but whenever its meaning is clarified, it never seems to accurately represent the beliefs of the people who are being associated with it (at least in the few cases I’ve seen).
My friend [...]
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Atheism is the lack of a belief in God – end of story.
Oh, you want to know why I wrote that? Michael Egnor, on Evolution News & Views (which is strange, since it’s the Discovery Institute’s main blog, the one they would rather keep from being spoiled by matters of religion), asked “What Do New Atheists Actually Believe?” In the post he challenges the New Atheists to answer a list of eight questions:
1) Why is there anything? 2) What caused the Universe? 3) Why is [...]
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Reasonable Doubts, as I’ve said before, is one of my favourite podcasts on religion and atheism. Their most recent episode is a recording of a debate between their own Jeremy Beahen and Cliffe Knechtle, a Christian pastor, on the topic: “Is Christianity Rational?” It was a rather structured debate and one of the things I loved about it was its civility – Jeremy in particular didn’t raise his voice, didn’t get flustered or angry in his responses, even when stating that his opponent didn’t [...]
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At the Annual General Meeting today, Richard Hughes, of the Young Australian Skeptics, the Pseudo Scientists and Divisible By Pi, was elected the new President of the University of Melbourne Secular Society. It was pretty much unanimous… barring some (hilarious) mischief from his opponent, but ol’ Richard prevailed in the end. Rightly so too, because he’ll be an excellent President – kind and righteous to all of his… subjects? Yeah.
Richard replaced my/his good friend Jason Ball, who had been President from [...]
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Oh dear. The semi-infamous blog You’re Not Helping, which criticises the tactics of prominent bloggers such as PZ Myers and Greg Laden, has met a nasty fate – the author (yes, singular) revealed himself (yes, himself) as William, a student from the University of Alabama, as well as the person behind many of the suspected sockpuppet commenters on the site.
It’s all rather sad, really. He made some legitimate points, but those points were spread thinly upon a backdrop of whiny [...]
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I thought my university timetable was free of clashes, but apparently I was wrong – I had to skip the talk that Jamie Kilstein, the hilarious atheistic political comedian, gave at the University of Melbourne Secular Society last Wednesday because I had a Life, Earth and the Universe lecture at the same time. Not happy.
But luckily for me, and all you people who weren’t at the talk (most of you, I’m guessing), it was recorded! Pure digital goodness, this is. Watch it, you won’t regret it.
If you’re [...]
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The past week has been mightily busy, so sorry for not writing on Homologous Legs at all. But I have a good excuse – the Global Atheist Convention was held in Melbourne from the 12th to the 14th of March, and I was one of the volunteers. This meant that I had to hold up signs telling people where the ends of lines were located, register attendees, hand out programs, command the microphones for Q&A sessions, set up the Saturday night dinner tables, not to mention watch the talks and [...]
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Welcome to the 135th edition of the Carnival of the Godless blog carnival. Is that love in the air… or just beetle pheromones? Are you attracted to your partner’s gifts of chocolate, giant teddy bears and roses… or their sensuously-evolved secondary sexual characteristics? Ooh yeah baby, that’s right, it’s time for some lovin’ – Darwin style.
Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February has become boring. And while this edition of the blog carnival comes out a day too late, I hearby declare that the 13th of February [...]
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Note: Submissions are now closed.
Homologous Legs is hosting the 135th edition of the Carnival of the Godless on the 14th of February (Valentine’s Day), so the next 24 hour period is really your last chance to submit your godless posts for entry into the carnival – I’ll be starting to write it and put it all together late tomorrow night, so I can auto-post it on the 14th while I have more… romantic things to do.
Once again, submissions go here. And it’s never too late [...]
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Yes, I mentioned it in an earlier post, but now I’m making it absolutely clear – on the 14th of February (Valentine’s Day, eh?) Homologous Legs will be hosting the Carnival of the Godless blog carnival!
If you want submission guidelines, here’s the place to go, but really, anything pertaining to or about religion from a godless perspective is fine (which is what the guidelines say, but… some people never click links).
You go here to submit blog posts – none of that “emailing” [...]
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