All posts tagged health

Yeah, about that “healing”…

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. I caught this cute little posting on my Facebook news feed a Sunday or two ago: This is only one of a few that my friend posted while recovering from a cold, but in all of them she talked […]

Faith healers holding out on us?

In the comments of a recent post on evidence-based versus faith-based claims, Luke Holzmann (who writes at the Sonlight Blog) had some interesting things to say about miracles, pointing out that “Your assumptions make a huge difference in [how you interpret] those instances.” When I responded with an example about people getting better from colds […]

Sick (because of the devil?)

I’ve been sort of dead to the world lately because I’ve been sick. One of those normal, seasonal-change-related, upper respiratory deals, but it wiped me out enough to keep me home from lab last week and asleep more than half the time. Coincidentally, I was also involved in a conversation about the practice of faith […]

Don’t legitimize the illegitimate

One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about the farce that is Christian Science. Their religion — or, their religious addition to mainstream Christianity — consists of denying all the evidence about medicine and prayer, and believing that faith in Jesus is enough to give you a long and healthy life. […]

Is it okay to use drugs?

It’s time for another Sunday secular morality post. Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments — tell me where I screwed up! — but remember to leave religion out of it. I’ve started a page for this feature; check there for easy reference to earlier discussions. I personally eschew drugs of most […]

Exposing the faith healing scam

I’m not dead yet, guys, just too preoccupied with other things to pay as much attention to blogging as I’d really like to. With all that spare time you’re not spending reading my posts (which I do hope will return very soon — tomorrow?), perhaps you’d like to set aside an hour to watch this […]

40 days of lies

I caught a cryptic commercial yesterday for some program called “40 Days for Life.” All I got from the commercial was that it’s something that Real Christians™ are supposed to participate in, and it’s a great experience for them. I inferred that the forty days were Lent-related somehow, and that “Life” was a code word […]

One nonprofit in transition?

The organization formerly known as the YMCA, for “Young Men’s Christian Association,” is rebranding itself as simply “the Y.” Even after reading their press release about it, I’m not completely clear on the motivation for the change. One big part appears to be that many people refer to the organization by this even shorter version […]

File under “Accidentally True”

I recently watched video of a sermon by PJ Smyth (you might remember him) in which he quoted the evangelist A.C. Dixon (at 15:50): When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man […]

Friday Link Roundup #4

Obama’s speech on the Gulf Coast oil disaster made me cringe. I meant to complain here about how he tried to lead the nation in prayer at the end, but I’ll just direct you to vjack’s post at Atheist Revolution. (There are a couple more news clips up now at Friendly Atheist, too.) Some really […]