Sunday, March 28, 2010

The 138th Carnival of the Godless




As I explained earlier today, there was some kind of problem that prevented me from receiving any of the submissions but Mr. Braden and I got it all worked out. That is why this Carnival was a little late. For that I apologize. I had written out my introduction beforehand and I guess I jinxed myself. :- ) Originally, to keep the Carnival going I was going to find some other posts to show until I could get the posts that were actually submitted and add them in later when I received them, but I've decided to keep the posts I added anyway though I'll leave those for the end so those who submitted theirs will be seen first.

Hi folks, and welcome to the 138th Carnival of the Godless! I'm your first time host Ken, also known as Arizona Atheist. This is my first time hosting this so I hope I get things right for my first time. If not, my sincerest apologies! I hope you enjoy this edition and it was a lot of fun reading all of the submissions. Without further adieu, let's get this Carnival rolling!

First up is blogger and author John Loftus whose post, The Trouble With Natural Theology takes a look at why Biblical criticism destroys many theists' beliefs in Natural Theology.

Next, Chris Hallquist, author of UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus, presents Individualistic atheism posted at The Uncredible Hallq. In this post Hallq gives his thoughts about many atheists' curious need to "replace" religion with "something" and why this isn't necessary. I completely agree.

JesusFetusFajitaFishsticks wrote a commentary titled Shit on the minority! and is posted at JesusFetusFajitaFishsticks. In it, the author gives their opinions about the video clip showing a Fox and Friends segment where the ACLU is getting involved in a dispute over a vote made by a majority of students to include prayer into the graduation ceremony.

Next up is Eric Michael Johnson's post titled Why I Am Not A Humanist at The Primate Diaries where he explains why Humanists should not be afraid to acknowledge the relationship between man and our animal relatives.

Ashley Merusi presents Who’s That Deity? posted at Online Colleges.net. This is an interesting quiz that has you try to guess which religious founder is represented in a series of twenty pictures.

Steve Snyder presents Abortion: It happens in the animal world too posted at SocraticGadfly. This is a very interesting article and indeed it threatens the idea of intelligent design if abortion can be found in the natural world.

BroadSnark presents Are Atheist "Evangelizers" Feminists? posted at BroadSnark. This is a very interesting article discussing religions' views on abortion as attacks upon the very real power women have over their lives. Their very own natural rights.

Kylie Sturgess presents Presenting, Minorities And The Token Skeptic At #AtheistCon posted at PodBlack Cat.

Xamuel presents Simulationism posted at Xamuel.com.

Travis Morgan presents Children Good Without God posted at Travis Morgan. This is a very good opinion piece in response to a father asking the author how to teach children right from wrong without reference to any religious belief.

Gina Liggett presents Shari'a Law in the West?! posted at Politics without God. This article is a scary article explaining how Muslims immigrating to the West wish to create a parallel legal system of Shari'a law based on Islamic religious and tribal traditions alongside Western law. This sounds very dangerous for women, and in a place where womens' rights are valued by most it would be a shame for them to pass such legislation.

Eric Michael Johnson presents The Unseen And Unknowable Has No Place In Science posted at Eric Michael Johnson. This is an excellent article about the incomparability of science and religion and explaining the author's religious teachings and his questioning attitude which eventually lead him away from his faith.

Next, is a very good piece by vjack, author of Atheist Revolution, in answer to some of the nonsensical comments us atheists often get from christians in the post Common Absurdities Atheists Hear From Christians.

Nicholas Covington, author of Atheism and Naturalism and the excellent Answers in Genesis BUSTED! blog, has written a very good piece arguing why he feels the existence of god is very highly improbable in A Simple Case for the Nonexistence of God.

Ebonmuse, the author of Daylight Atheism writes an interesting piece about atheism, gender, and race, and asking fellow atheists to not forget the women and minorities who are also brilliant freethinkers, and become more sensitive to the issues they personally face, in Atheism, Race and Gender.

Richard Carrier, author of Not the Impossible Faith and Sense & Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism, wrote a very interesting piece about the relationship between christianity and science, and dispels some popular misconceptions in his blog post Science and Medieval Christianity. Even though it's from 2006 I consider it an oldie but a goodie.

When discussing the issue about how many wars, violence, and injustice christianity has brought upon the world almost all theists will no doubt chime in with the same old, confused question: "Well, what about Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot? Weren't they atheists, and didn't they kill more people than all of the wars of christianity put together?" Robert, from Making My Way writes an excellent post exposing the historical inaccuracies of christian apologists about the Communists and Hitler. This article should not simply be swept under the rug by apologists since Robert obtained his MA in Russian Studies at Georgetown University and can speak with authority on such matters.

At The Secular Web, Chris Hallquist has written a very good critique of William Lane Craig's 1994 book Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics. I also found an interesting blog post about Lee Strobel at his personal blog, The Uncredible Hallq, which attempts to expose Strobel's emotional, rather than intellectual, reasons for becoming a christian, unlike how he often presents his journey from non-belief to belief.

Finally, I found a fantastic article by Dr. Hector Avalos at the website for the book The Christian Delusion titled Darwin and Hitler where Avalos demolishes the arguments made by Discovery Institute fellow Dr. Richard Weikart which were used by the propaganda film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and Weikart's book From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Carnival of the Godless! The next one on Apr 11, 2010 will be hosted by godless blogger.

4 comments:

  1. Great job dude, this one is a who's who of atheist superstars. Thanks.

    Kriss

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  2. I'm humbled to be included among such august company. Thanks :)

    -Robert
    makingmyway.org

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  3. Nicely done, I've enjoyed working my way through the articles.

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