+ The Atheist Church

Adapted from: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/oprah-winfrey-suggests-atheists-must-believe-in-god-if-they-experience-awe-and-wonder-8884013.html Oprah Winfrey recently caused consternation within the secular community by suggesting that atheists who experience awe and wonder are actually having a religious experience. In an interview with American swimmer Diana Nyad on her show Soul to Soul, Oprah questioned her about whether she could really claim to be an “atheist in…

+ No Woman No Drive

Reblogged from Why Evolution is True Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women to drive. Even foreign women can’t drive.  This is part of the religiously-based conservatism that pervades that Islamic nation. You might have heard about the biological consequences of driving: about a month ago a prominent Saudi cleric…

Part 4 – The birth of Judaism

In 586 BC (not 607 BC as the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim), the forces of the Babylonian Empire conquered Judah, destroying their country and carrying off a proportion of the Judahite population into exile. The captives consisted especially of the educated and upper-class, the nobility, priests and prophets as well as the Judahite royal family. King Tzidkiyahu’s (Zedekiah’s) children were killed in…

Linguistic Anthropology

One of the most fascinating things I find about etymology is the way that words in the Indo-European languages can tell us information about the kind of religion, culture and civilisation that the Proto-Indo-European people had in the Bronze Age of about 4000 BC… 6000 years ago!!!… Linguists to ascertain whether a certain group of…

A veil over French schools

In 1905, a law was passed in France confirming once and for all the separation of the church and the state. It confirmed the secular nature of the French government. Ever since the successes of the British Empire over the French Empire, the French have been rather ultra-sensitive and protective of their own national identity.…

“Temple to Atheism” or “Museum of Reason”?

Alain de Botton  is a philosopher and an atheist who seems to be elbowing his way into the so-called “four horsemen” of Dawkins, Dennet, Harris and Hitchins after the untimely passing of Christopher Hitchins in Decmeber. De Botton advocates an approach to atheism which is radically different from his fellow countrymen Dawkins and Hitchins, who…