All posts tagged culture

Better Angels: From souls to lives

Here’s another interesting and relevant bit from Stephen Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature. (Previous post here.) In Chapter 4, “The Humanitarian Revolution,” Pinker presents a section on “Superstitious Killing: Violence against Blasphemers, Heretics, and Apostates.” (This is in contrast to superstitious killing of the “Human Sacrifice, Witchcraft, and Blood Libel” variety, which he […]

What it’s like to be an atheist

I don’t think many religious people understand what it’s like to be an atheist. They often conceive of religious belief as a quality that a person has, rather than a truth claim about reality. This is why, for example, even growing up as a nontheist UU I thought of atheism as just another kind of […]

Does this give you hope?

This is a post I wrote back on January 22, 2010, for another blog I used to write at (which no longer exists). Some of the references are a bit dated, but the ideas are as true as ever, and I thought the content would likely be interesting to NFQ readers. Apologies for the “recycled […]

And 8 out of 10 LSU students…

I saw this posted to Lamebook, a website that collects at least marginally-amusing social media “fails.” I clipped the image because there’s a comment in the original that I found pretty offensive and over-the-top, and it’s really beside the point as far as we’re concerned here. My point in the re-post is mostly to say: […]

And… we’re back!

I promised on Twitter a while ago that I would be back to blogging once the school year started. I know that means something different depending on where you are and what flavor of school you are in, but for me, Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the summer and the day after that […]

YOLO? You really think so?

I know, I know, the whole internet has mocked this “YOLO” thing to death by now. I’m sick of it too. But one of the recent snarky criticisms I saw got me thinking of another kind of snarky criticism I haven’t actually seen anyone make yet … which, of course, is where I come in! […]

Is it a religion or a cult?

I’ve seen this image in a few places, and I found it so elegant I just had to post it here. I’m not sure it’s 100% true; certainly people can be honestly mistaken about what they might have witnessed, and can also get caught up in the excitement of a crowd. We see this in […]

Mormons Made Simple

I don’t know how I found this video series — possibly it was through StumbleUpon. Anyway, I was intrigued by their offer of a “Facebook Missionary Challenge” so I signed up to see what Mormon Facebookers would be instructed to do. The basic idea is that you post the videos along with some cute little […]

I’ll wish you a Merry Christmas

Odds are you’ve seen this image floating around the ‘net. If you haven’t, it’s high time you give it a read. It seemed most appropriate to save it until today to post. I wrestle with the idea of participating in certain explicitly religious customs, because it’s important to me not to legitimize and encourage baseless […]

An interview with yours truly

Guys, guys, guys! Christian pastor and blogger Matt Appling has posted his interview with me over at his site, The Church of No People. If a blog name like that isn’t enough to get you to check it out, please also consider: It’s mostly about my take on being an atheist in a predominantly Christian […]