Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why Are Atheists So Angry?

Earlier this year, Newsweek religion columnist Marc Gellman confessed that atheists had lately befuddled him: “What I simply do not understand is why they are often so angry,” Gellman lamented. “I just don’t get it.”

Why are atheists so angry? Sam Harris and Dennis Prager inaugurate Jewcy’s “Big Question” series by arguing this very question. In the Big Question, passionate thinkers will debate the weightiest, most contentious issues of the day via e-mail.

Author of the thundering anti-theist polemics The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, Harris may just be the Thomas Paine of an emerging movement to wrench religion out of American life. Prager is a nationally syndicated talk radio host who trumpets the virtues of the Judeo-Christian tradition. For the next four days, each of them will send us one e-mail per day.

Day 1
From: Sam Harris
To: Dennis Prager
Subject: Yahweh Belongs on the Scrapheap of Mythology

From: Dennis Prager
To: Sam Harris
Subject: The Faith of Disbelief

Day 2

From: Sam Harris
To: Dennis Prager
Subject: The Burden of Proof Falls on the Faithful

From: Dennis Prager
To: Sam Harris
Subject: Straw Men, Teapots, and Moral Confusion

Day 3

From: Sam Harris
To: Dennis Prager
Subject: An Irrelevant Argument and Its Imaginary Facts

From: Dennis Prager
To: Sam Harris
Subject: Unhappy Correlations

Day 4
From: Sam Harris
To: Dennis Prager
Subject: Three Ways to Miss the Point

From: Dennis Prager
To: Sam Harris
Subject: Your Task is Far Greater than Mine

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Atheist Evangelist

Washington Post

In His Bully Pulpit, Sam Harris Devoutly Believes
That Religion Is the Root of All Evil


There are really just two possibilities for Sam Harris. Either he is right and millions of Christians, Muslims and Jews are wrong. Or Sam Harris is wrong and he is so going to hell.

This seems obvious whenever Harris opens what he calls "my big mouth," and it is glaringly clear one recent evening at the New York Public Library, where he is debating a former priest before a packed auditorium. In less than an hour, Harris condemns the God of the Old Testament for a host of sins, including support for slavery. He drop-kicks the New Testament, likening the story of Jesus to a fairy tale. He savages the Koran, calling it "a manifesto for religious divisiveness." ...

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Near Death Experience

The experience and analysis of Dr. Taylor suggests a natural explanation for NDE's which many attribute to supernatural agency.

"Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt..."

How it feels to have a stroke

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Friday, April 4, 2008

The Atheist Blogroll

"The Atheist Blogroll is a service provided to the Atheist and Agnostic blogging community. The blogroll currently maintains over 625 blogs."

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film about the Quran

"Fitna is a film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Dutch parliament. The movie offers his views on Islam and the Qur'an. The film's title comes from the Arabic word fitna which is used to describe "disagreement and division among people", or a "test of faith in times of trial". Fitna was released to the Internet on March 27, 2008"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dateline NBC Investigates Benny Hinn

Dateline NBC investigates popular televangelist Benny Hinn

"In just over a month in 2003 more than $23,000. in ministry cash was dispensed to Pastor Benny and his wife"

"And we found this record showing $25,000. in cash disbursed 'to accompany Pastor Benny Hinn' and for a crusade in Anaheim California - just 30 miles from his house."

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Dr. Michael Shermer vs Dr. Douglas Jacoby

"The debate between international Christian speaker Douglas Jacoby and agnostic and skeptic Michael Shermer took place Saturday June 23, the highlight of the 2007 International Apologetics Conference, sponsored by the Apologetics Research Society. The debate topic: Does God Exist? Dr. Shermer is one of the three or four most famous atheist / agnostic scholars in the world, author of 12 books and President of the Skeptics Society. He has held dozens of debates, appeared on Oprah, 20/20, Dateline, Tom Snyder, Larry King Live and The History Channel. Dr. Jacoby, director of the Athens Institute of Ministry, has spoken in hundreds of cities in some 80 nations. This exciting event was held before a packed house, with an overflow crowd watching close circuit monitors outside the venue. Kedron Jones (Board member of ARS) was moderator and affable host. Shermer and Jacoby both bring their best analytical skills to this debate. The interchange is lively, with both speakers willing to concede points made by their opponent. You will benefit greatly from weighing the arguments put forth. Douglas ... argues from cosmology (both its creation and its complexity). and the unmistakable fact that moral absolutes are part of reality. Shermer makes the case that religions are socially constructed, historically dependent, and that the faith you adhere to and the god you believe in depend largely on when in history and where in the world you were born. The two-hour debate is lively, engaging and instructional. You can watch each speaker's opening, rebuttal, rebuttal summary, and conclusion here at YouTube. For the entire debate in one DVD, however, including the 40+ minute Q&A session, please visit The Skeptics Society website is To post further comments, please visit Jacoby's forum at"

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