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A couple months ago, we learned that the Vatican named pollution a new sin and now it seems they like astronomy too… Funes [Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory] said science, especially astronomy, does not contradict religion… The Bible “is not a science book,” Funes said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is…

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of “new” sins such as causing environmental blight. The guidance came at the weekend when Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican’s number…

PZ Almighty? You Decide…

Since Monday’s foray into the realm of religion, many readers have responded regarding: I just don’t think these [atheist] books provide folks reason to notice they were atheists all along without a shepherd. Wouldn’t that liken PZ to Abraham? Or dare I say it, Jesus? Of course, this was only in jest and PZ knows…

I Fought God and, God Won

[God: “Go ahead, make my day.”] I have been staying out of the science and religion mess lately–although I think it’s already known that while I’m personally non-religious, I agree with Nisbet that going head-on at people’s faith probably isn’t a very good strategy if you want to defend the teaching of evolution in the…

Since posting on religion last week, readers and bloggers alike have hypothesized, proclaimed, and spun words to guess where I fall on matters of faith. Some even took the time to thoughtfully write and I enjoyed reading a few extremely creative suggestions regarding where I may have hinted. As stated previously, the principle reason I…

Science Blogs are abuzz since PZ, Rob, James, John, and Skatje Myers have reopened the Pandora’s box on matters of Faith. As I’ve stated before, I feel strongly that Science need not become universally synonymous with Godlessness because that certainly doesn’t win any converts. Any breed of fundamentalism (atheism included) usually results in alienating good…

The “F” Word

FAITH Several folks have emailed asking why I’ve yet to write about RELIGION. Simply put, what I believe is that faith has no place in science. Will someone please stand up and explain the circular argument, the rhetoric, the tomfoolery and fiddlesticks that is the age old debate on how these two worlds converge? Convince…

A Bonafide Atheist in Congress

According to the Secular Coalition of America, Pete Stark (D-Ca) doesn’t believe in God. I am quite certain he’s not the only such individual in Congress, but the fact that even in this day and age, such a revelation is tantamount to coming “out of the closet” is really staggering….

Not Too “Bright”

I didn’t mean to launch a name game yesterday with my remarks about Daniel Dennett and the “brights” label, but that’s what seems to have happened. More than fifty comments came in, many of them suggesting various ways in which atheists ought to be relabled: “humanist,” “freethinker,” and many others, including some amusing ones like…

Slamming Dennett

Everyone has been buzzing lately about Leon Wieseltier’s nasty review of Daniel Dennett’s new book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. I haven’t read Dennett’s new book yet, but having read and been impressed by his previous book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea–and, furthermore, finding Wieseltier’s take to be extremely nasty–I must confess my suspicion…