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  1. November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Perhaps some of your readers might enjoy an Atheist’s Lullaby:

  2. November 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm


    That was quite good. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    On a different topic, I enjoyed this review of ancient medicine by Hector Avalos, which discusses both herbal and religious approaches to medical treatment:


  3. November 20, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Thanks, and thx for the medical link. I just hope my PPO doesn’t find out about some of those low-tech “cures.”

    BTW, here’s my other video — of a rather different sort — on religion/atheism:

  4. 4 Bob Mack
    November 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    The AP just circulated a nice article about atheist groups on campuses, including mention of Harvard’s Humanist Chaplaincy: “Atheist student groups flower on college campuses”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_rel_atheism_on_campus The article closes with an interesting discussion of the tension between militant atheists and “why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along” types (which is closer to the ethos of New Humanism).

  5. November 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

    A few more interesting links:

    In France, a discussion of whether to tranfer the remains of Albert Camus (whose novel The Plague Greg Epstein discusses in Good Without God) to the Pantheon in Paris, a resting place for “secular saints.”


    In Israel, religious Jewish fundamentalists force Intel to employ only non-Jewish labor on the Jewish Sabbath


    A report on creationsim in the Muslim world. The rise of creationism in Turkey is actually a sign of its modernity. Elsewhere in the Muslim world, such as in Egypt, the theory of evolution is so little believed that religious authorities don’t need to criticize it.


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