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Daylight Atheism

Invincible Ignorance

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

The number of different religions on this planet is vast, and all their associated arguments and apologetics form a library that's vaster still. No matter how well-read or well-traveled any atheist is, they're bound to run into claims every so often that they've never heard before. It happens to me ...

Daylight Atheism

A Cold and Sterile Heaven

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

The other day while browsing in the library, I found out that Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, authors of the Left Behind series, have also written a trilogy of prequels. (As long as Christians continue to purchase these awful books, it seems, they intend to keep churning them out.) The final ...

Daylight Atheism

Some Items of Note

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

I have two short announcements to bring to your attention: • Daylight Atheism commenter Eshu has started his own blog, Bridging Schisms. If the first few posts are any indication, it ought to be a fine addition to the ranks of the atheist blogosphere. Go check it out and tell him I sent you ...

Eruptions

Early warning for volcanic eruptions

Missing
about 6 years ago

Since the "surprise" eruption of Chaiten in southern Chile (still erupting away), I'm sure there has been a lot of talk about better monitoring and predictions for volcanic eruptions. Now, we don't know the full extent of the facts, but usually an eruption of the magnitude of Chaiten (VEI 6, i.e ...

Daylight Atheism

Do You Really Believe That? (Abrogation)

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

Today's installment of "Do You Really Believe That?" will leave behind Judaic and Christian mythologies to examine a doctrine specific to Islam, the doctrine of abrogation. This belief holds that Allah originally revealed certain practices and rules to Mohammed, only to later issue new revelations ...

Strange Maps

294 - Err Lingus

Missing
about 6 years ago

What is it with airlines and maps? Which part of ‘atlas’ don’t they understand? You’d think that, being the business of transportation, they’d get their distances and directions straight. Some time ago, I posted a map by Swiss Airlines that placed a lot of its destinations at a worrying ...

Daylight Atheism

Book Review: Infidel

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

Summary: Brilliant, brave, inspiring. Read this book. In 2004, the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered in the street by a Muslim fanatic, Mohammed Bouyeri, who was enraged by van Gogh's production of a film titled Submission which criticizes the mistreatment of women in Islamic societies ...

Daylight Atheism

Poetry Sunday: Fern Hill

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

For my northern hemisphere readers, the full flush of summer has arrived. In honor of the season, I've picked an appropriate poem for this installment of Poetry Sunday: the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' idyllic, evocative hymn to nature and childhood, "Fern Hill", from his 1946 collection Deaths and ...

Daylight Atheism

Open Thread: Site Slowness, Continued

Dabanner
about 6 years ago

I'm aware that this site has been having problems loading these past few days. I assure you all, I'm just as frustrated by it as you are. In a way, it's good news - these are a sort of growing pains; the slowness is at least in part because of the steady increases in traffic I've been getting. But ...