Monthly Archives: September 2010

Finally Some Good News for Atheists and Agnostics – They Still Know More About Religion Than Their Religious Counterparts

It has been a torrid few years for thinking atheists and agnostics, having to be associated with the stridently confident, loud, and – quite frankly – downright embarrassing group known as the New Atheists. There is hardly a week goes … Continue reading

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O God of Players: An Interview with Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne grew up in Pennsylvania and completed her B.A. degree in Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Religion at Duke University in 1990. She entered Duke’s graduate program in religion and earned her master’s degree in 1996 and her Ph.D. … Continue reading

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How It Works: Shirley Sherrod, Park51, and the Big Mistake in American Culture

Two stories in the news that had me riveted this summer.  First, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” the Park51 Islamic community center (Jon Stewart labeled it the “Community Center of Death”) that a few Muslim New Yorkers applied for permission … Continue reading

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Tolerating Muslims at Ground Zero: No thanks!

In recent weeks I have observed U.S. liberals protesting against Terry Jones’ proposal to burn the Qur’an, and countering the pastor’s none-too-subtle violent posture towards Muslims. I’ve also witnessed other liberal-minded folk defending the decision to build an Islamic centre somewhere in the vicinity of the destroyed … Continue reading

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Theological punctuation?

What do you think? Clever use of punctuation to make a pithy, postmodern, metatheological comment? Or something else? Via The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. UPDATE: If anyone’s curious, this appears to be the Ellis Theatre in Perryton, Texas. A … Continue reading

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“I was like, dude, you HAVE no Qur’an”

Stop me if you heard this one. A guy walks into a park in Texas with a Qur’an, a lighter, and a can of kerosene, and, well — — nothing happens. Nothing that anyone expected, anyway. In a gloomy week … Continue reading

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Divided by Faith?

It seems to be a common sense notion that people fight over differing religious beliefs. Consider the following paragraph from an NPR news story, which I take to be typical: When Osama bin Laden declared war on the West in … Continue reading

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