Posts from the ‘atheism/humanism’ Category

Evolution and theism: a debate debrief

I’m writing this post as a debrief of a recent debate that I had on Facebook with a theist, on evolution and it’s consequences for theistic/atheistic views of the universe. I have blogged on this topic (reviewing written works) on a couple of occasions before: here and here. I think the debate I had was instructive so I thought I’d leave a record of it. Read more…

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Jesus the Pillar, and the problem of Christian Values in schools.

A week or so ago, the headmaster of my daughters’ school declared in front of the parents of new pupils at their open day, something to the effect of “Jesus is the Pillar around which this school is built”. Read more…

Why I have a problem with Jesus.

  1. If you think that the existence of Jesus matters, then there isn’t sufficient evidence to conclude that Jesus existed.
  2. The Jesus portrayed in the Gospels was weird, and certainly not worth worshipping. Read more…

Review of “Why call me God?” By J.H.Hatfield.

I came to read this book by an extraordinary encounter. I was speaking at my local Humanist Group on “Darwinism and Religion” a month or two back. At a couple of points in my talk I was interrupted by a member of the audience who went off on a rather long rant about what Genesis and the Bible were about. Read more…

Letter to the York Schools and Youth Trust

Just sent this letter to YoYo. I don’t like having to do this sort of thing, but I feel that someone has to do it and that not enough people are doing it. Read more…

More like Buzz Aldrin please: what should happen to prayers at council meetings.

Shortly after safely guiding the lunar module Eagle to mankind’s first touchdown on the lunar surface in July 1969, Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin broadcast these words: Read more…

My kid’s school is so proud of its faith. They should be ashamed of it.

I’ve been wanting to get this stuff off my chest for a long time. My eldest daughter goes to Archbishop of York Junior School, which was recently subject to an Ofsted inspection, as well as its Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools. In addition the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, recently visited the school’s Xmas play. In all these events/occasions, public comments were made about the school being good “because it is Christian”. Read more…