Recent media stories Thu, 18 Dec 14 23:01:39 -0500 Recent media stories en-CA Steve Jones on Radio 4 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:55:07 -0400 Simon 73@/forum/discussions
Perhaps most annoying was when he said something along the lines of: "Many UK Christians admit the flood, six-day creation, mental illness being caused by demons etc. are metaphors, however when I ask them where the metaphors end they get stuck... because if everything is a metaphor there is no point in believing". He obviously thought himself very clever to come up with this argument, indeed so clever that he didn't seem to realise how he has just shown himself completely ignorant of every subject outside of biology. Has he ever read any anthropology, philosophy, theology or even literary criticism? In this regard he is almost as ignorant as the YEC's and ID'ers he likes bashing.

The best analogy I can think of is that if I were to utter the phrase "it's raining cats and dogs", the YEC's would insist that cats and dogs were actually falling from the sky, whilst Steve Jones and his ilk would claim that because cats and dogs were not "actually" falling from the sky my utterance must be considered wrong/ignorant/evil etc. Both positions somewhat miss the point.
Chief Rabbi makes peace with Richard Dawkins Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:12:18 -0400 AnthonySmith 62@/forum/discussions This is good - catch it while you can (available until 19 September):

"Religion and science are frequently set up as polar opposites; incompatible ways of thinking. The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks begs to differ. For him, science and religion can, and should, work together. To mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, he puts his position to the test. He meets three non-believing scientists, each at the top of their field: neurologist Baroness Susan Greenfield, theoretical physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili, and the person best known for leading the scientific attack on religion, Professor Richard Dawkins. Will the Chief Rabbi succeed in convincing the militant defender of atheism that science and religion need not be at war?"
Evolutionary Religious Studies Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:40:41 -0400 Simon 61@/forum/discussions
Higgs boson: the particle of faith (Alister McGrath) Thu, 15 Dec 2011 10:35:34 -0500 AnthonySmith 32@/forum/discussions

People believe in the existence of the Higgs boson, even without explicit "proof" of its existence, because of its explanatory power.

Belief in God can be similar. (Surprisingly, CS Lewis doesn't get quoted!)

Quite a nice article, I reckon.

(The pun would work even better if there were 39 particles in the standard model!)
"New theists" or "Religion 2.0" Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:56:57 -0400 Simon 55@/forum/discussions
Dawkins vs Giles Fraser on Radio 4 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:07:42 -0500 Simon 36@/forum/discussions
Good idea but already polemical Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:24:01 -0500 Simon 34@/forum/discussions Whilst I applaud the overall action, by linking Dawkins to the argument and then being sketchy with definitions this article makes the issue more black or white than it needs to be. I just wish the press would do a better job of defusing rather than hyping up the issue.]]>
One less horseman Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:37:15 -0500 Simon 33@/forum/discussions

It's always sad when someone dies quite young, even if it is someone who I disagree with.

I imagine there will be some witty cartoons shortly showing Hitchens arriving in heaven...

Peter Enns' blog Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:10:46 -0500 Simon 26@/forum/discussions I have been enjoying reading a series of posts by the theologian and biblical scholar Peter Enns recently including a number on "recurring mistakes in the Adam/Evolution discussion" that seem pertinent to some of our other discussions, and also some interesting stuff on the authority of the bible. See:

Secular creationism! Mon, 21 Nov 2011 09:51:04 -0500 Simon 21@/forum/discussions]]>