How to be a good liberal but oppose the excesses of transsexual activism

The article below appears in the liberal magazine American Purpose, and is written by a liberal author (Jonathan Rauch, who is also gay).  It deals with a question that many of us have: how can we support transsexuals without having to buy into some of the claims we consider excessive (those involving sports, the claim … Continue reading How to be a good liberal but oppose the excesses of transsexual activism

I get emails from obscurantists: Is science based on faith?

Well, I’m not sure this person, a professor from Australia (name redacted) is being deliberately obscure, but the email below, which came out of the blue, certainly is a tough read. However, the aim appears to be simple: use a pile of quotes from Karl Popper and other people to refute the claim I made … Continue reading I get emails from obscurantists: Is science based on faith?

Cornell interviewing a potential professor who claims that the Qur’an miraculously anticipated scientific findings?

UPDATE: I have heard from Dr. Telliel, who tells me that the newspaper article grossly misrepresented his arguments (which did not involve accepting miracles), and that article has been removed from the Cornell Sun. I asked him to write a correction, which is below: The article in the Cornell Sun was written by an undergraduate … Continue reading Cornell interviewing a potential professor who claims that the Qur’an miraculously anticipated scientific findings?

Tom McLeish continues his accommodationism in Physics Today

Why on earth does the magazine Physics Today want to publish a piece trying to reconcile science and religion, and arguing that those who say they’re in conflict are actually damaging science? (Click on screenshot.)   The author of this accommodationist screed is Tom McLeish, professor of physics at Durham University, whose work is supported by … Continue reading Tom McLeish continues his accommodationism in Physics Today

Tom Todesca responds to my critique of his accommodationist comic

A while back, I wrote a critique of a project proposed by Tommaso Todesca and his colleagues: a comic book (or “graphic novel” if you will) designed to make the point that science and religion are fully compatible. (I found a description of the project on PuffHo.) Todesca a Catholic of Italian extraction and a wealthy … Continue reading Tom Todesca responds to my critique of his accommodationist comic

PuffHo tries accommodationism, but can’t quite get it right

PuffHo has a “Religion and Science” section, but virtually every post therein is accommodationist; there’s never anyone claimingthat science and religion are at odds or incompatible. (When he was alive, Victor Stenger used to write such posts.) Here’s a sampling of what’s on that page now (posts are fairly infrequent): Yep, and here’s Professional Accommodationist Elaine Ecklund: … Continue reading PuffHo tries accommodationism, but can’t quite get it right

Massimo Pigliucci takes out after Russell Blackford and me

Over at Philosopher’s Magazine (PM) online, Massimo Pigliucci takes it upon himself to review Russell Blackford’s review of my book Faith versus Fact—without in fact having read my book itself (his review is called “In defense of accommodationism: on the proper relationship between science and religion”).  Now I’ve done something like that before, but I’ve tried to … Continue reading Massimo Pigliucci takes out after Russell Blackford and me

The race is on for Atheist Butter of the Year

It’s only January 7, yet already the oleaginous atheist-butters* are pontificating in the newspapers. And we have a good candidate in the form of nonbeliever Joe Humphreys, whose article in yesterday’s Irish Times, “Why Irish atheists still need the Catholic Church,” is sure to piss off Michael Nugent, Atheist Ireland, and all the Irish nonbelievers who’ve fought … Continue reading The race is on for Atheist Butter of the Year