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  • Sunday Potpourri

    The weekend is a good time to get some culture, and since there are a lot of things lately that I'm enjoying, I figured I'd write one completely miscellaneous post to mention all of them. Music: As I mentioned...

  • Testing My Moral DNA

    I read an article this week about a questionnaire whose creator, the "corporate philosopher" Roger Steare, calls the Moral DNA test. Over 50,000 people from 200 countries have taken this survey, which its creator...

  • Why I Should Pay Higher Taxes

    If you're an American, you probably know that this week is income-tax time. (If you didn't already know that, sorry to tell you, but you missed the deadline.) Most people anticipate tax season with dread, but for...

  • Little-Known Bible Verses: Preachers' Kids

    One of my favorite features of the old site was "Little-Known Bible Verses", a regular series highlighting frequently overlooked passages from scripture that are immoral, bizarre, or contradict well-established...

  • The Twitter Report: Could It Be... Satan?

    In my early days of blogging, I would have exhaustive debates, sometimes lasting for weeks, with believers who came across one of my websites and posed a challenge to me. But although it was fun in its time, I've...

  • Photo Sunday: A Houdini Pilgrimage

    At the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. last month, my friend Greta Christina told me something that I, a lifelong New Yorker, never knew: Harry Houdini is buried in a cemetery in New York City. Houdini, of...

  • Objecting to Big Think's Dawkins Test

    As anyone who knows me is aware, I'm generally a peaceful and diplomatic fellow. I'm not one to pick fights just for the hell of it. But that said, I'm afraid I have to raise some objections to a recent front-page...

  • The Radicalism of Obedience

    As I mentioned in my last link roundup, I wanted to discuss in more detail the Pope's latest Easter homily, in which he directly addresses the "disobedience" of priests who are calling for the ordination of women...

  • There's Never Been a Better Time to Join Kiva

    I've often written (although never on Big Think, until today) about Kiva, a nonprofit organization that connects charitable donors with microfinance institutions that cater to entrepreneurs in the developing...

  • Atheists Don't Just Want Sex and Drugs

    This essay was previously published on AlterNet. The death of Christopher Hitchens in December sparked an outpouring of tributes. Most of them praised his best qualities: his ferocious courage, his seemingly...

  • Weekend Coffee: April 7

    Here's what's in the news this week: • In these troubled economic terms, the Russian Orthodox church seems to be sensitive about their patriarch wearing a watch that costs 30,000 euros, which is why they tried...

  • The Mystical Dogma of Human Equality

    Recently, the Catholic writer and apologist Mark Shea fielded a question from a reader who was disturbed by pro-slavery Bible verses quoted on an atheist billboard in Pennsylvania. Here's the letter, in part (HT:...

  • Why Do Atheists Gather?

    In the first of my posts summing up the Reason Rally, there was a commenter who said that gathering on the National Mall was "sink[ing] to the level of the religious". At the time, I considered this too...

  • Notes on Pregnancy and Privilege

    In a previous thread, again buried in a huge pile of comments, there was one I wanted to highlight: Now you talk of pregnancy as a real life threatening thing to do like crazy acrobatic motorcycle tricks....

  • Christian Responses to the Reason Rally

    My Google news alert has been flooded with stories about the Reason Rally this week, and quite a few of them come from religious organizations expressing their own viewpoints about how they saw the Rally and what...

  • More Elucidation of Mansplanation

    My previous post on the term "mansplaining" was turning into a zombie thread, so I had to drive a stake through its heart. But there's more that needs to be said on the topic, and today it comes in the form of...

  • Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 3

    Read Part 2 here. I've talked about the weather, the crowds, the protesters and the speakers, and I wanted to end up with some overall impressions. One of the things about the Reason Rally that made me happiest...

  • Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 2

    Read Part 1 here. Before I deliver my recap of the speakers at the Reason Rally, I need to give a shout-out to the people who accompanied me for the weekend. On my first day in town, I met up with Rieux, who...

  • Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 1

    It's Sunday morning, and I'm writing this on the train from Washington, D.C. back to New York. I'm exhausted, washed out, and my calves are two knots of pain from all the standing and walking I've been doing these...

  • The Religious Demand for Obedience

    My latest column has been posted on AlterNet, How Religion's Demand for Obedience Keeps Us in the Dark Ages. It's about the religious worldview that sees human existence as a strict hierarchy of commandments and...