Religion

Mormon underwear revisited

By · Sunday, May 20th, 2012 · 8 Comments »

Today’s New York Times has a squishy piece from Jodi Kantor about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism: Romney’s Faith, Silent but Deep. Doesn’t that sound like a James Cameron movie? The article is full of hilarious shit like this: He and others say that wholesomeness is deeply authentic to Mr. Romney, whose spiritual life revolves around personal […]

It’s that special time of year, when we celebrate the birth of the Cosmic Jewish Zombie

By · Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 · 84 Comments »

I was skimming around the blogs and news sites this evening while waiting to hear if Martha Coakley won in Massauchussets, when this post from Riverdaughter made me snort-laugh. She quoted the following Urban Dictionary definition of Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever […]

Jesus who?

By · Monday, August 3rd, 2009 · 13 Comments »

This is making me giggle: Instead, the Christians I’m wondering about are the millions of ordinary, considered followers of a Bronze Age guy named Jesus, a guy who, to my mind, had some pretty specific things to say about the U.S. health insurance industry and its practices. Who is this Bronze Age Jesus? I had […]

Sorry, I got swallowed by a whale

By · Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 · 70 Comments »

It was a rough three days, but now I’m back. Covered in stomach juices, it’s true, and far wiser about the digestive tracts of cetaceans than I ever expected to be. By the way, have you ever read the Book of Jonah? Really read it, in modern translation? It’s a comedy. A pretty good one, […]

Continuing the conversation on Islam

By · Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 · 23 Comments »

A couple of weeks ago I posted this link to Apostate’s compelling essay, Why Honor Killings Are A Religious Issue. In light of the New Yorker discussion of the extent to which Islamophobia is racist, sassysenora posed the following question: i agree completely that attacks on Muslims are more than simple racial bigotry. the bigotry […]

Proof of the existence of God (so glad we finally got it sorted!)

By · Sunday, December 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments »

From Keith Yandell’s The Epistemology of Religious Experience (Cambridge University Press, 1994): We can now put the view that religious experience provides evidence in favor of [the claim that] God exists along these lines: If one has an apparent experience of God under conditions in which there is no reason to think either that one […]

Here’s an idea: let’s stop calling it “faith”

By · Monday, December 10th, 2007 · 6 Comments »

The blogosphere is picking up on a story that started coming in over the wires last week: religious vigilantes in Basra have murdered at least 40 women in the past year for various infractions of Islamic law. Typically the victim’s body is mutilated and dumped with a note pinned to it explaining whatever monumental death-worthy […]

Our Mother Who Art in Heaven

By · Thursday, November 16th, 2006 · 6 Comments »

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this Harris Poll on belief in God, but what intrigues me is the question of God’s gender. More than a third of respondents think of God as male, while only 1% think of God as female. Most of that 1% is coming from women: 2% of women think […]

Personally I think Thor is more plausible than Yahweh anyway

By · Saturday, October 14th, 2006 · 42 Comments »

In this amusing interview in Salon, Richard Dawkins discusses why religion is both inane and dangerous. Of course he’s mostly talking about the Abrahamic religions, because as he accurately observes, belief in Apollo and Thor has pretty much died out. What I’ve been wondering for about 35 years now is why the believers in Yahweh […]

I hope the next release of Islam will have an irony feature

By · Sunday, September 17th, 2006 · 16 Comments »

1. Christian godbag quotes a Byzantine emperor who thought Islam was irrational and violent. 2. Muslim godbags around the world erupt in protest, responding with irrationality and violence (or threats thereof). A pox on both their houses. (*By the way, this is the most accessible summary I’ve seen of the Pope’s widely misunderstood remarks. The […]