Science and religion aren’t friends

Great article in USA Today by Jerry Coyne … picture in your mind an image of distraught believers splattering their breakfast out as they read this … Atheist books such as The God Delusion and The End of Faith have, by exposing the dangers of faith and the lack of evidence for the God of … Read moreScience and religion aren’t friends

Confrontation vs. Accommodation …

Yesterday a debate took place between a few of my favorite folks … namely Chris Mooney, Eugenie Scott, Victor Stenger, and PZ. I’m not going to get bogged down into a blow by blow description, but will instead pluck out a few words said by PZ, specifically because they pushed one of my hot buttons … Read moreConfrontation vs. Accommodation …

Bible questions … How well did the Atheists do?

Details of a US religious knowledge survey has been published and the results are quite surprising. The US has a reputation for being quite religious, yet despite this, the depth of bible knowledge demonstrated is quite low. The questions were not too hard, here is a quick sample

  • What is the first book of the Bible?
  • Name the first four books of the New Testament
  • Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born?

But its not just about the Bible, they included questions about other beliefs such as …

  • When was the Mormon religion founded? (They were not looking for a precise date, choices such as pre 1800 or post 1800 were suggested)
  • The Dalai Lama is …Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, Mormon, Hindu
  • In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva (SHEE-va) central figures?

OK, I think you get the idea. These are not challenging questions, so what results did they come up with? Well, what is quite interesting is that they included a lot of questions to precisely identify the beliefs of those that answered, so they are able to give an accurate breakdown of how followers of the various beliefs scored.

On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Jews and Mormons do well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7.

However, there is one group that stands out as the most knowledgeable, and did far better than any of the above … and that was …

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Societies without God are more benevolent

There is a great article in today’s UK Sunday Observer. On some occasions, when debating a believer, you often have bible verses tossed at you that announce “The fool has said in his heart there is no God”, or similar. This is more than a subtle hint that from the believers viewpoint you are a … Read moreSocieties without God are more benevolent

Christopher Hitchens Vows to Fight Religion, Cancer, and Deathbed Conversion

An article today in “Politics Daily” grants us an insight into the battles that Christopher Hitchens currently has to endure. True courage and the real test of who you truly are comes at the very darkest of hours … Unrepentant despite the ongoing ravages of esophageal cancer and the chemotherapy that is supposed to keep … Read moreChristopher Hitchens Vows to Fight Religion, Cancer, and Deathbed Conversion

Letter to the Reverend Pat Robertson

Dan Barker, the famous evangelical preacher who became a non-believer, has issued this open letter to Pat (God causes Earthquakes) Robertson yesterday … on behalf of the “FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION” … Rev. Marion “Pat” Robertson August 23, 2010 The Christian Broadcasting Network 977 Centerville Turnpike Virginia Beach VA 23463 Dear Rev. Robertson, On behalf … Read moreLetter to the Reverend Pat Robertson