Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Jon Rowe

Edward Tarte

I haven’t seen this guy yet discussed on Scienceblogs (I could be wrong). But his atheist/skeptic arguments seem interesting to me. He’s a former Roman Catholic Priest and a cancer survivor. As an aside, I have no desire to debunk religion like he and the new atheists do. I do get the sense the problem…

Merry Unitarian Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Unitarian Christmas: Numerous articles and blogs have noted the strong case to doubt Christmas’ authentically “Christian” origins. Christ probably wasn’t born on Dec. 25. The Puritans banned the holiday because it wasn’t authentically Christian. And many of its rituals trace to the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice or Saturnalia. The…

Buddy Rich, Asshole

I’m not nearly a good enough musician (I play guitar) to have played with Buddy Rich. But if I were, I seriously wonder whether I would have put up with verbal abuse like this or told him to take the gig and shove it. The dude was an amazing drummer. Unfortunately, with tremendous talent and…

Robert Dale Owen on Romans 13

Folks interested in freethinking heritage may enjoy this. This is perhaps the first notable example of a freethinker using the revolution/Romans 13 argument, claiming the Founding for anti-biblical principles. Plenty of devout Christians during the American Founding thought the revolution sinfully broke Romans 13. And for that and other reasons they remained loyalists. As he…

Most Popular Post From My Personal Blog

It’s a “comedic” post that Ed linked to a number of times years past. Go figure. Here it is. It’s gone viral before. But every few years, I trot it out because it still delivers the laughs. Robert Reed, aka Mr. Brady, was a freakin’ pedantic nut. Below the fold is his angry Shakespearean memo…

Will “History” Ever End?

Writing in TNR, Mark Lilla informs that intellectuals in China seem genuinely interested in the theories of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss. I know more about Strauss than Schmitt. My admiration for the Straussians must be strange. I don’t agree with the Straussian neo-conservatism that wants war abroad and religious conservatism at home. Yet, I…

“John Ehrlichman & Bob Haldeman May 13, 1971 498-005 Oval Office” Apparently this was the first episode he saw and didn’t know the name of the show. He thinks Meathead/Rob Reiner’s character “goes both ways.” Like many things Nixon, oddly fascinating. Update: Here is a clip from the episode:

Peter Lillback and the power of Glenn Beck

I got Peter Lillback’s George Washington’s Sacred Fire (that argues Washington an “orthodox Trinitarian Christian”) when it came out in 2006 and began blogging about it. I don’t know the exact numbers of its original run; I seem to remember it doing well with the “Christian America” crowd (WorldNetDaily et al.). Yet, I never saw…

Farewell

This will be my last post guest blogging here. I want to again thank Ed for his support and the opportunity to guest blog here among such a distinguished group. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a “shout out” to my blogfather, Timothy Sandefur, one of the nation’s leading property rights attorneys. His…

Gouverneur Morris’ Sex Life

It was the most interesting of the Founders. I’m hoping that caught your attention. Ed and I have both linked to Dr. Gregg Frazer’s excellent paper he presented at the APSA 2008 Annual Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, entitled “Gouverneur Morris, Theistic Rationalist.” You should read the entire paper. You can read Ed’s post…