Month: October 2008

Bound by scripture

Last week I gave one of my talks where about half the audience was Muslim. (This is what happens when the organizers use a bland title such as “Islam and Science.”) These are always interesting. I don’t go out of my way to criticize Islam, but I forcefully point out the severe weakness of Muslim Bound by scripture

Talk in Madison, WI

I’ll be giving a public talk on “Islam and Science” in the Madison Public Library this Thursday evening at 7:00. (More information.) It’ll be based on An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam. I jut thought I’d mention it, in case anyone who reads this lives in the vicinity. Your name Your email Talk in Madison, WI

His mother was an atheist (horrors)

We’re pretty used to an atheist having a snowball’s chance in hell of success in American politics. Here is something I hadn’t come across before: a “values voter” firmly decided she’s going to vote against Barack Obama because his mother was an atheist and father was a Muslim. Does this mean there is someone His mother was an atheist (horrors)

Take the Unbelief Test!

I was looking at an ad on the Amazon site for Daniel Keeran’s book If there is no God, and I saw this blurb for the book: “Atheism is more than a belief in no god or gods. Take the unbelief test. Do you believe: 1. humans have souls? 2. there is an afterlife? 3. Take the Unbelief Test!

An Argument for Atheism – Part 4

In Chapter 2 of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins gives an argument for atheism. The argument is a chain of reasoning consisting of five inferences. The first inference is a non sequitur, but I have attempted to rescue the argument by making explicit an unstated assumption, and by clarifying the first two premises. In my last An Argument for Atheism – Part 4