The following story is just another example of how the people of this country continue to be attracted to, and vote for, mediocrity.
Here’s a little piece that talks about Atheism 3.0. Presumably, Atheism 1.0 was the original atheism, 2.0 was the New Atheism of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennet (“we hate all theists”, or so it goes), and 3.0 is “We hate all theists, but religion might not be so bad”. I’m extrapolating here, but I surmise that there are some people who don’t believe in gods, or the supernatural, or are agnostic on the question of divinity (they live in Missouri, the Show Me state), but feel that religion is a positive force in society, and hence has qualities that are worth keeping.
“I don’t know if anybody is going to be able to convince me that God exists,” Sheiman said in an interview, “but they can convince me that religion has intrinsic value.”
…stuff. I’m being nice here. Actually, it’s full of shit. Bullshit.
I’ve been listening to Bart Ehrman’s lecture on the the History of the Bible, produced by the Teaching Company, and a few things struck me. Professor Ehrman is clearly a good historian, because he analyzes the Bible from a historian’s point of view, discounting as irrelevant the theological point of view. He’s also a skeptic (although anyone familiar with his books would already know that), which is a quality necessary to good historical research.
Here are some old Christmas songs I always loved, back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It amazes me how relevant they are today.
Here are the lyrics for Greg Lake’s I Believe in Father Christmas for you to sing along with the video. You remember Greg Lake? From Emerson, Lake and Palmer? Continue reading