Pasta-dish hat in driver’s licence – for confessional reasons of course…

The BBC reports of an Austrian man who has had his driver licence photo taken with a pasta strainer on his head… because he’s a Pastafarian. If you’re wondering what that is, it’s a fictional religion, said to involve the worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and was created as a kind of satirical response to the Intelligent Design movement. Niko Alm first applied for the licence […]

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Why more facts won’t change your mind

Historian John Dickson has an excellent piece in the SMH on why we believe things. It counters the idea that we believe something based purely on the evidence, as recent studies have shown that often evidence can cause people to simply become more entrenched in their opposing view. The evidence for biological evolution is good, but my six-day creationist friends seem to get stronger in […]

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Why God won’t go away – by Alister McGrath

Why God won’t go away Is the New Atheism running on empty? by Alister McGrath Paperback, Thomas Nelson, 2011   Following the events of 9/11 a phenomena has arisen in western culture which has been called New Atheism, and it’s leading exponents, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens sometimes called the `four horsemen’ of New Atheism. In this new book, Alister McGrath, […]

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Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me – by Ian Cron

Jesus, my father, the CIA, and me A memoir… of sorts by Ian Morgan Cron E-Book edition, Thomas Nelson, 2011   In this book, Ian Cron writes a powerful and engaging memoir of growing up with an alcoholic father who worked for the CIA, and his own journey of faith. Cron writes with wonderful wit and humour, describing his entirely dysfunctional and unconventional family and childhood […]

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Why we love men in capes

I’ve often enjoyed Mark Meynell’s book reviews and suggestions (the breadth and veracity of his reading is rather astounding) and appreciate his helpful ‘questions to ask of…‘ guides (all found at his blog Quarentia). He has a particular interest in exploring culture, and I think exemplifies a healthy approach to it. So, it was with great interest that I downloaded his latest offering Why we […]

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Atheist converts after his lotto prayer is answered

I’m not quite sure what to make of this one: Sal Bentivegna, 28, who did not previously believe in God, had sarcastically asked his mother to “ask your God for a million dollars”. However, his mother Gloria Bentivegna, follows the Catholic faith, and staying true to her belief refused to ask God for such a thing. Taking his joke further, Sal then prayed out aloud […]

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Review: The Language of God- Francis Collins

The Language of God: A scientist presents evidence for belief by Francis Collins Paperback, Pocket Books 2007   Another Amazon / Bookdepository review: Interesting, but tries to cover too much ground Dr Francis Collins is one of the worlds leading scientists, heading up the Human Genome Project’s successful sequencing of human DNA, arguably one of the greatest scientific and human achievements in recent times. This book is […]

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Review: There is a God – Antony Flew

There is a God: How the world’s most notorious atheist changed his mind by Antony Flew, with Roy Abraham Varghese. This book was published in 2007, three years before Flew passed away, and so it is not a new book, but was recently lent to me by a friend, and I’m using this as an excercise in writing a book review. While the designation of […]

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Fighting the definition

P.Z. Myers doesn’t like the term ‘militant atheist’ and thinks it should only be used of atheists who are physically violent. Now, while I agree that the term is, in practice, unhelpful and can be misunderstood, he’s actually trying to argue with the dictionary on this one. When we actually look up the term in the dictionary we see definitions such as: vigorously active and […]

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Sculptures from steam

The demand that God, if such a being exists, reveal “himself” to scientific investigation is a category error. It’s like demanding a sculptor carve a statue from steam and, when he can’t, saying that his art doesn’t exist. There is no “evidence” for God in the sense that science can unequivocally endorse because no other explanation is possible. But “reason” doesn’t end with science: there […]

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