I was awake early enough today (5:48 am) to hear the first indigestible gobbet of religious propaganda which Radio 4 vomits daily, Prayer for Today. The subject from Glenn Jordan, an evangelical from that bastion of religious tolerance, the province of Northern Ireland, was staggeringly inane and illogical.
His prayer was prompted by the destruction [...]
There is a myth prevalent, that “faith” schools have better standards of teaching, better discipline and better academic results than most other state and some independent schools. I doubt it, although I’m sure there are statistics available on both sides with which to argue the case. One thing faith schools are better at is religious [...]
Steven Weinberg is a Nobel prize winner, for his exposition of the big bang in his 1993 book, The First Three Minutes.
“The heavens declare the glory of god; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Psalm 19.1
To King David or whoever else wrote this psalm, the stars must have seemed visible evidence of a [...]
When’s there no future, how can there be sin?
I admire the stark bleakness of this line from God Save the Queen. It is an expression of the concept which the faithful routinely trot out; namely, without judgement in the afterlife what is to stop people from behaving “sinfully.”
They are rather missing the point [...]
Carl Sagan the cosmologist and astrophysist makes an excellent point about the solecistic nature of belief, exemplified as societal and cultural phenomena and not having much to do with god;
…think again of all the possibilities: worlds without gods; gods without worlds; gods that are made by pre-existing gods,; gods that were always here; gods [...]
I’ve just finished reading my first Kindle book, The Portable Atheist, a fascinating compendium of atheist articles, essays and statements (dare I say creeds) from writers, philosophers, scientists and a magician – Penn Jillette of course.
I thought I would share, over the next couple of days, some of the pieces which particularly struck me [...]
I’ve just seen a poster with for an upcoming film, “Cowboys versus Aliens” featuring an image of Daniel Craig holding a six shot pistol, looking moody, below an alien spacecraft. So I’m guessing that he and Harrison Ford (69 years old) will be able to hold off against an alien incursion with all their spaceships [...]
Just back from seeing Francesca Martinez at Stand 5 and I really enjoyed her biographical show – “What the #### is normal?”
An excellent question and one which Francesca discussed, using episodes in her life and career so far. However not before asking the audience the self same question. “Nick” in the front row, [...]